April 29, 2016 Amanda Rees No comments exist

Author: Amanda Rees Not at any price would the Junior Meteorologist have revealed to the Chief that he was bestowing names – and girls’ names at that – upon these great moving low pressure areas. But he justified the sentimental vagary by explaining mentally that each storm was really an individual and that he could more…

April 27, 2016 Lisa Garforth No comments exist

Author: Lisa Garforth One of the aims of the Unsettling Scientific Stories project is to think about how sf creates futures, looking back from the present to see how it has done so in the past. But I’ve been thinking recently about how some writers see sf working the other way around, creating histories by looking…

April 25, 2016 Lisa Garforth No comments exist

Author: Lisa Garforth I am an environmental and cultural sociologist, STS-adjacent. In my research I have explored green utopias, examined claims about social-natural futures, and inquired into how the boring domestic work gets done in science labs. I am currently working on a book on environmental utopianism and papers on what happens to green hope…

April 21, 2016 Lisa Garforth No comments exist

Author: Lisa Garforth What is sf anyway? When we started the Unsettling Science project discussions it seemed that we didn’t know (or couldn’t agree on) the name of the genre we are going to be studying. But how could we – and why should we? In sf terminology there are a lot more questions than answers.

April 20, 2016 Mat Paskins 1 comment

Author: Mat Paskins Our project “Unsettling Scientific Stories” is about engagements between science fiction (SF), visions of the future, and the history, philosophy, and sociology of Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (HoS). Existing scholarship has suggested a number of promising ways of articulating the relationships between these topics and left some significant questions unaddressed. In…

April 19, 2016 Amanda Rees 1 comment

Author: Amanda Rees If I had to pick the SF that shaped both my expectations of the future and the broad outlines of my conceptual world, I probably wouldn’t start with books. I’d have to begin at about 7pm on Wednesday nights in the mid 1980s, when the closing theme of Star Trek would sing…

April 18, 2016 The Project Team 4 comments

The future. The moving frontier. These are the adventures of the AHRC project Unsettling Scientific Stories in its 36-month mission to seek out new insights, science histories, and understandings of sociology, and go where no one has gone before…   What is the future? How does it change? Why is it important to understand the…