Panel 3: Ecocriticism: Close Readings of the Future
Imagining Plant-Like Futures? Vegetal Intelligence in Brian Aldiss’ Novel Hothouse (1962)
John Ryan, University of Western Australia
How might we imagine humanity in 2050 as more plant-like—as in higher synchronization with vegetal temporality in our scientific, technological, cultural, and interpersonal pursuits? How might we resist denying a future to plants and, thus, to ourselves and other beings? This paper will address questions such as these through a reading of Brian Aldiss’ Hothouse, recipient of the 1962 Hugo Award for Best Short Fiction (more).
Science Fiction Questions the Foundations of Human Progress: Extrapolations of Desire in James: Tiptree Jr.’s A Momentary Taste of Being
Selena Middleton, McMaster University
This paper explores the ways in which science fiction exposes the mutability of our humanity within the context of ecological collapse as depicted in James Tiptree Jr.’s A Momentary Taste of Being. Tiptree’s narrative explores the transformation of the crew members of an interstellar voyage when they come into contact with an alien species (more).
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