episode 2 is now live!

The Deletion team is pleased to announce the release of Episode 2, available here:

Including

Editorial: http://www.deletionscifi.org/episodes/episode-2/episode-two/

Rhian Sheehan, Future Mughal Empirehttp://www.deletionscifi.org/episodes/episode-2/doves-fly/

Kevin Fisher, Forces of Gravityhttp://www.deletionscifi.org/episodes/episode-2/forces-gravity/

Brent Bellamy, U.S. Post-Apocalyptic Fiction, Tragedy or Farce?http://www.deletionscifi.org/episodes/episode-2/u-s-post-apocalyptic-fiction/

Carl Abbott, Science fiction Citieshttp://www.deletionscifi.org/episodes/episode-2/science-fiction-cities/

Andrew Frost, Gregory Crewdson: Narrative, Time & SF Photographyhttp://www.deletionscifi.org/episodes/episode-2/gregory-crewdson-narrative-time-sf-photography/

Alex Funke, Looking Back: On Shooting Miniatures for Science Fiction Movieshttp://www.deletionscifi.org/episodes/episode-2/looking-back-shooting-miniatures-feature-films/

Sophia Davidson Gluyas, It’s Timey Wimey for a Female Doctorhttp://www.deletionscifi.org/episodes/episode-2/timey-wimey-female-doctor/

Marleen S. Barr, Oy It’s the Cosmetics, Stupid: Or How Estée Lauder Changed the Post 9/11 Worldhttp://www.deletionscifi.org/episodes/episode-2/oy-cosmetics/

The Science Fiction Research Group Presents

Andrew Milner – The Sea and Summer: Utopia as Futurology

October 31, Building B, Room 2.20, Deakin University, Burwood,  4—6pm

Esteemed cultural theorist and literary critic, Andrew will be presenting The Sea and Summer: Utopia as Futurology, which looks at one of the earliest Australian science fiction novels to address climate change.

The “SF Masterworks” series, launched by Millennium in 1999 and currently published by Gollancz, had reached 111 titles by the end of 2012. The vast majority of these were either American or British in origin, but the list also included isolated instances of translations of Eastern European science fiction. Early in 2013 George Turner’s The Sea and Summer became the first Australian novel to be added to the list. First published in 1987, it is one of the earliest science fiction novels to devote  serious attention to the politics of climate change. In 1988 it won both the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for the best science fiction novel published in Britain. The novel is organised into a core narrative, comprising two parts set in the mid twenty-first century, and a frame narrative, comprising three shorter parts set a thousand years later, amongst “the Autumn People” of the “New City”. The dystopian core narrative deals with the immediate future of our “Greenhouse Culture”, the utopian frame narrative with the retrospective reactions to it of a slowly cooling world. Turner had intended his novel as futurology and this paper will assess its adequacy as such.

Join us…

Mhairi Mcintyre

Sean Redmond

Leon Marvell

Christopher Moore

Elizabeth Braithwaite

Trent Griffiths

Rosemary Woodcock

RSVP October 25: mmcintyr@deakin.edu.au

Science Fiction Seminar @Deakin Thursday September 26, 2013

The SF Research Group Presents: Sounding Science Fiction with Peter Miller

Sound Design in SF Film 

Peter Miller is a professional composer, musician, sound designer and visual artist with a career that spans more than 30 years. He is recognised both in Australia and internationally, and his feature film credits include Ray Lawrence’s Jindabyne, Jane Campion’s In the Cut, and Gore Verbinski’s The Ring and Rango. He has recently completed his science and mathematically-based visual art project Watching Europa, a speculative contemplation on alien life.

Thursday 26 Sept. 4-6pm. Phoenix Gallery, Deakin University

SF Seminar – Peter Miller

Sounding Science Fiction with Peter Miller

Sounding Science Fiction with Peter Miller

 

Science Fiction Seminar @Deakin Thursday August 22, 2013

The Science Fiction Research Group @Deakin University Presents:
The Inauguration of the SF Seminar Series, Thursday, 22nd August 4-6pm at the Phoenix Gallery (Building B), Deakin University Burwood.

‘Scientia, Scientia Ficta et Arte: SF Arts’

Dr. Paul Thomas (Associate Professor at COFA) will be presenting his research into nanotechnology through his artworks Midas and Nanoessence. The focus will be on nanotechnology and the exploration of materiality and immateriality in the expanding area of art and science practice. Nanotechnologies have created new ways of thinking about materials and processes that construct different social realities. The presentation draws on contemporary science and art practice to confront traditional understandings of materiality, exploring key issues that define possible shifts in our conscious understanding of matter. The talk will explore his current research into Richard Feynman’s famous diagrams, parallel universes and quantum theories.

Tracy Sarroff will be presenting a talk on science fiction in relationship to her visual arts practice. Ecology and concerns about art and science underlie the majority of her projects. What prevails is an interest in the relationship between ecology and science and the creative boundaries of what is both imaginary and real. Frequently using ideas that are allied to science fiction and science fact, Sarroff’s work manifest an ambiguity in relation to natural and artificial engagement. Transgenics, biotechnology, microscopy, and science fiction have been some major themes fuelling her explorations to date. Often these themes relate to contemporary society and movements in scientific research. These topics will be discussed and analyses in relation to creative practice and the zeitgeist.

Journey with us!

Leon Marvell
Sean Redmond
Elizabeth Braithwaite
Christopher Moore
Trent Griffiths

RSVP: leon@deakin.edu.au

Deletion: the Open Access Online Forum in Science Fiction Studies

Deletion: the Open Access Online Forum in Science Fiction Studies

 “Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today, but the core of science fiction — its essence — has become crucial to our salvation, if we are to be saved at all.”  Isaac Asimov

 Deletion the open access online forum in science fiction studies will publish original ‘think pieces’ every month of approximately 1200-1500 words. Committed to writing about science fiction in all its forms and modes of operation, Deletion will invite contributions from those writing about science fiction from a literary, philosophical, artistic, scientific, aural, televisual, games, and cinematic context.

Deletion will also solicit papers from the leading scholars in science fiction studies, organise and be open to regular ‘special editions’, and will accept and encourage non-standard submissions such as creative pieces. Submissions can also take the form of 2-3 minute podcasts or video blogs.

Deletion’s work will be framed around the following questions; what is science fiction today; what are its social, cultural and political functions; what forms does it take and what are the relationships in and between those forms; and how does creative practice best interpret contemporary science fiction?

Deletion will be led by scholars from Deakin University, Melbourne, who will form its ‘inner’ editorial board, alongside an international advisory board, comprising leading scholars in the field.

The first edition of Deletion will be a special invitation edition, where its key questions will be explored from an inter and cross-disciplinary perspective by renowned science fiction scholars and practitioners.

An open call for papers and creative pieces for publication in Deletion is now open. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Children in contemporary science fiction;

Environmentalism;

Scientific understanding and science fiction;

Haptic science fiction;

Robotics;

Literary dystopia;

The suburban artwork of Gregory Crewdson;

Independent science fiction cinema;

Fictions of science in games;

Surveillance;

4-D science fiction cinema;

Philosophy and science fiction;

The Alien messiah;

Case studies: authors and auteurs;

Costume and design in science fiction;

Transhumanism;

Science fiction installation art;

Ethics and morals;

Whiteness in science fiction;

Music video and futurism;

Cult science fiction;

Science fiction poetry;

Special affect;

Eugenics;

Armageddon;

Romance in science fiction;

Science fiction music;

Sounding science fiction;

Time travel;

The urban, the rural;

Sex in science fiction;

Papers (of 1200-1500 words in length) should be emailed as a word attachment to the following addresses:  Sean Redmond: s.redmond@deakin.edu.au and Chris Moore: c.moore@deakin.edu.au

Submissions for creative work will be dealt with on a case by case basis; please contact Sean Redmond: s.redmond@deakin.edu.au and Chris Moore:c.moore@deakin.edu.au with your initial expression of interest.

Deletion will go live at 1 minute past 1am on the 1st October 2013 (EST). Details of its URL will follow in September.

Sean Redmond

Leon Marvell

Chris Moore

Elizabeth Braithwaite

Trent Griffiths

Serres, time travel and the Gothic in science fiction

Three new postgraduate students to co-supervise this year. The first I’ve caught up with so far is a Creative Arts students writing a science fiction novel. The exegesis for the thesis will focus on the Gothic in science fiction and to kick the process off, we will be working on an analysis of the Gothic in the Mass Effect series. The aim is to prepare an article for a games studies or the science fiction studies journal, and to contribute to the formation of an emerging research group on technology and science fiction studies at Deakin. In doing some fresh research I came across a great article by Laura Salisbury on Michel Serres, time travel and gothic SF. It’s a cracking read and coincides with the material I’m working on using Serres concept of quasi-objects to analyse the use of screenshots in participatory gamer cultures (to adopt Joost Raessen’s term).