Unsettling Scientific Stories

Blogging the History of the Future

April 18, 2016
Sam Robinson

Kind Donation, Invaluable Resource: The Roger Alan Stansfield Collection

Author: Sam Robinson

Back in February one of the Unsettling Scientific Stories project’s co-PIs Prof. Iwan Morus got an email from Pam Stansfield, an alumni of University College Wales, Aberystwyth (now the University of Aberystwyth), with an amazing offer. She asked if her late husband Rog’s Science Fiction collection be of any use to the Unsettling Scientific Stories team. After a rapid exchange of emails it was agreed that the only answer to this would be a enthusiastic YES! Iwan’s dad likely taught some of Rog’s maths modules when he studied as an undergraduate at Aberystwyth and gives the collection a link to the project, universities, and people involved.


April 18, 2016
The Project Team

A History of the Future: Welcome to Unsettling Scientific Stories Blog


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…)

January 26, 2016
Sam Robinson

Welcome to the Unsettling Scientific Stories Project

Welcome to the Unsettling Scientific Stories blog! We will be using this space to write about the history of the future, or more specifically to explore the many uses and notions of the future that shaped science in the long technological 20th century.