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June 2, 2016 Lisa Garforth 2 comments

Author: Lisa Garforth

Sfnal: it’s a term that says a lot about contemporary sf, its journeys, its uses, the cleverness of its readers and writers. I like the idea that something can be ‘science fictional’, that sf is not necessarily an object or a genre in the sense of a container, but rather that it is a shared way of thinking and doing things. (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 back from an imagined future. (more…)

April 25, 2016 Lisa Garforth No comments exist

Author: Lisa Garforth

LisaGarforthI 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 at nature’s end. I teach a module on society and the utopian imagination. (more…)

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 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 different ways in which the future has been imagined across the long 20th Century? What does science fiction have in common with (the histories of) science?  (more…)