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Station Eleven: Introduction
Station Eleven: Plot Summary
Station Eleven: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Station Eleven: Themes
Station Eleven: Quotes
Station Eleven: Characters
Station Eleven: Symbols
Station Eleven: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Emily St. John Mandel
Historical Context of Station Eleven
Other Books Related to Station Eleven
- Full Title: Station Eleven
- Where Written: Canada
- When Published: 2014
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Science Fiction / Dystopia / Post-Apocalyptic / Literary Fiction
- Setting: Toronto, Hollywood, post-apocalyptic Great Lakes region
- Climax: The Georgia Flu Epidemic / Kirsten’s Confrontation with the Prophet
- Antagonist: The Prophet (Tyler Leander)
- Point of View: Third Person, With Focus on the Perspectives of Major Characters
Extra Credit for Station Eleven
High Praise. Station Eleven won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, which is given for the best science fiction novel in the United Kingdom, and the Toronto Book Award in the same year. The book was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction in 2015 and the National Book Award in fiction in 2014.
Genre Pigeonholing. Mandel’s first three novels were classified as Crime Novels or Thrillers, and so she wrote Station Eleven in part to escape from being pigeonholed into one generic category. This book is often considered Science Fiction, and it even won a sci-fi award, but, as it does not contain any new technologies, Mandel believes it is simply literary fiction. In a way, the novel defies genre, as most post-apocalyptic or dystopian novels deal with the chaos that immediately follows the cataclysm; Station Eleven is mostly set before or fifteen to twenty years after the Georgia Flu outbreak.