Science fiction
Organic Systems: Environments, Bodies and Cultures in Science Fiction

September 4th, 2017 by Martin Eve, in conference

London Science Fiction Conference

Sat, September 16th, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM.

Rooms B03, B04 and B06, Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD.

Though often understood in ecological terms, the word ‘environment’ can also be viewed more widely as the surroundings and conditions of a specific system—whether they be mechanical, biological, social or chemical. Culture arises from and then informs these systems, becoming itself a further component of environments. Science fictional texts have explored the interactions between culture, environments and bodies on a wide spectrum of scale: from the level of a planetary biosphere or climate system (e.g. terraforming) to a single body or organ (e.g. genetic engineering). This conference will gather Science Fiction researchers, critics, authors and readers together to discuss intersections between cultural and organic systems in all forms of SF media. More here.