Princeton's annual History of Science workshop (February 2015) explored the history of science fiction and speculative non-fiction in the natural and human sciences.
How Do We Make the Future?
In conjunction with the workshop, we created an open-access website that explores the question of how futures are made in a world of scientific and technological innovation. Historians of science, technology, and medicine--who are constantly wrestling with time, innovation, and change as historical challenges--are uniquely situated to talk about these futures. Our essays illustrate the variety of ways by which scientists and authors of speculative fiction alike have sought to define the future: HISTSCIFI.COM.
Erika Milam and Joanna Radin (co-editors), Fred Gibbs (designer)
FRÉDÉRIQUE AÏT-TOUATI, "Seeing From Afar" [link]
RUHA BENJAMIN, "Black to the Future: Rethinking Race, Science, and Objectivity" [link]
STEPHANIE DICK, "The Future of Thinking: Computers and Minds in mid-Twentieth Century Computing" [link]
OLIVER GAYCKEN, "SuperVision: Images of the Technological Sublime" [link]
MICHAEL D. GORDIN, "What to Say After Nuclear War," Part 1. The Nuclear Novel and Language; Part 2. Universal Creole; Part 3. English's Atomic Mutants. [link]
NIKOLAI KREMENTSOV, "Between Science and Fiction," Part 1. Fedor Il'in's Valley of Life (1928); Part 2. Biotechnologies of the Future. [link]
PATRICK McCRAY, "Stay Frozen My Friends," Part 1. Many Are Cold, Few Are Frozen; Part 2. The Frozen Few. [link]
ERIKA LORRAINE MILAM, "Evolutionary Futures: ApeMan, Space Man" [link]
COLIN MILBURN, "Ahead of Time: Gerald Feinberg, James Blish, and the Governance of Futurity" [link]
PROJIT MUKHARJI, "Paranimate Science," Part 1. The Swarming Undead of the Raj; Part 2. Biomoral Animacies. [link]
MICHELLE MURPHY, "How Does Technoscience Dream?" Part 1. Speculating on the Future in Postcolonial Social Sciences; Part 2. Sultana's Dream; Part 3. Phantasmagrams of Population; Part 4. The Clock is Ticking. [link]
JOANNA RADIN, "Big Science Fiction," Part 1. Michael Crichton, Science Studies, and the Technothriller; Part 2. Virtually Authentic. [link]