Landscape and the Science Fiction Imaginary is an original and ambitious exploration of science fiction as a visual cultural discourse. This book argues that a serious account has yet to be given of the key role of the visual in a wider science fiction culture, both in its effects and its potentials. Taking influential historical works of visual art as starting points, along with illustration, movie matte painting, documentary, 'artist's impressions' and digital environments, John Timberlake focuses on the notion of science fiction as an 'imaginary topos', which draws principally on the intersection between landscape and historical/prehistorical time. As a genre science fiction has a peculiar ocularity and envisioning that places it at odds with realist fiction, and this book posits the genre as a form of 'alternate seeing', a deeply visual and evocative method for understanding the connections between science, history, the pre-human and the non-anthropocentric. Indeed, as the author argues, to begin to account for the excess of science fiction landscape is to examine how we as humans might look afresh, without the comforts of familiarity or complacency. Richly illustrated, this book will appeal to scholars, students and fans of science fiction and the visual culture that surrounds it.