[SIGCIS-Members] Literature on the place of science fiction (and its fandom) in the history of technology

James Sumner james.sumner at manchester.ac.uk
Fri Aug 17 10:04:13 PDT 2018

Hi David

The Unsettling Scientific Stories project in the UK, which deals with 
imagined futures largely through history-of-science and 
science-and-literature approaches, held a conference I attended recently 
where about a third of the presentations dealt with these themes at some 


Unfortunately the book of abstracts doesn't seem to be available, but 
the titles give a useful indication of people who are currently writing 
on relevant questions. See in particular the whole session chaired by 
Stephen Cave: this was put together by members of the Leverhulme Centre 
for the Future of Intelligence (lcfi.ac.uk), which is largely focused on 
policy but has brought together quite a few people interested in SF and 
other literary roots in contemporary AI research.

Hope this helps!


On 17/08/2018 16:48, David C. Brock wrote:
> Dear All,
> I would be very grateful to learn of your favorite pieces that you’ve read on this topic: the place, role, and function of science fiction and science fiction fandom in the history of technology, and especially the history of computing. I’m wholly ignorant about it, bibliographically.
> Thanks as ever,
> David
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