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Who Owns the Universe?

My essay Who Owns the Universe appears in Aurealis #151. I was inspired to write after seeing the film of Chaos Walking (2021) and marvelling at colonists of the future behaving in more or less the same way as colonists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, appointing themselves owners of whatever land took their fancy and sidelining indigenous cultures that already existed on the same land. The essay tries to set out some considerations for more enlightened colonisers of the universe, illustrated with well-known science fiction stories.

For further reading, here are the main references I used in preparing the essay:

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