A critical introduction to utopian and dystopian fiction written in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Africa, and India. It outlines the development of utopian writing over the last thirty years and analyses the relationship between postcolonial and utopian issues. Based on a comparative approach that takes into account the different traditions the texts are derived from, the book examines the function of utopian alternatives and dystopian anxieties in the writings of a wide range of well-known international authors such as Janet Frame, David Ireland, J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Peter Carey, Rodney Hall, Buchi Emechta, Margaret Atwood, Glenda Adams, John Cranna, Suniti Namjoshi, Mike Nico, Ben Okri, Gerald Murnane, and Timothy Findley. Also includes brief discussion of works by other Australian writers.