Andrew Milner – The Sea and Summer: Utopia as Futurology
October 31, Building B, Room 2.20, Deakin University, Burwood, 4—6pm
Esteemed cultural theorist and literary critic, Andrew will be presenting The Sea and Summer: Utopia as Futurology, which looks at one of the earliest Australian science fiction novels to address climate change.
The “SF Masterworks” series, launched by Millennium in 1999 and currently published by Gollancz, had reached 111 titles by the end of 2012. The vast majority of these were either American or British in origin, but the list also included isolated instances of translations of Eastern European science fiction. Early in 2013 George Turner’s The Sea and Summer became the first Australian novel to be added to the list. First published in 1987, it is one of the earliest science fiction novels to devote serious attention to the politics of climate change. In 1988 it won both the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for the best science fiction novel published in Britain. The novel is organised into a core narrative, comprising two parts set in the mid twenty-first century, and a frame narrative, comprising three shorter parts set a thousand years later, amongst “the Autumn People” of the “New City”. The dystopian core narrative deals with the immediate future of our “Greenhouse Culture”, the utopian frame narrative with the retrospective reactions to it of a slowly cooling world. Turner had intended his novel as futurology and this paper will assess its adequacy as such.
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The Science Fiction Research Group @Deakin University Presents:
The Inauguration of the SF Seminar Series, Thursday, 22nd August 4-6pm at the Phoenix Gallery (Building B), Deakin University Burwood.
‘Scientia, Scientia Ficta et Arte: SF Arts’
Dr. Paul Thomas (Associate Professor at COFA) will be presenting his research into nanotechnology through his artworks Midas and Nanoessence. The focus will be on nanotechnology and the exploration of materiality and immateriality in the expanding area of art and science practice. Nanotechnologies have created new ways of thinking about materials and processes that construct different social realities. The presentation draws on contemporary science and art practice to confront traditional understandings of materiality, exploring key issues that define possible shifts in our conscious understanding of matter. The talk will explore his current research into Richard Feynman’s famous diagrams, parallel universes and quantum theories.
Tracy Sarroff will be presenting a talk on science fiction in relationship to her visual arts practice. Ecology and concerns about art and science underlie the majority of her projects. What prevails is an interest in the relationship between ecology and science and the creative boundaries of what is both imaginary and real. Frequently using ideas that are allied to science fiction and science fact, Sarroff’s work manifest an ambiguity in relation to natural and artificial engagement. Transgenics, biotechnology, microscopy, and science fiction have been some major themes fuelling her explorations to date. Often these themes relate to contemporary society and movements in scientific research. These topics will be discussed and analyses in relation to creative practice and the zeitgeist.
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