The Lectures in this series discuss the futurist dimension in the study of temporalities. Focusing primarily on science fiction and future histories, the goal is to help students engage with the history of speculative futures, and the way these speculative futures are shaped by particular historical moments.
This lecture presents an argument on the role of future histories in imagining multiple possible presents. It also presents "The Unicorn in the Garden" problem and how a theory of possible worlds can be used to understand science fiction. While it is primarily based on WP6, it also presents the first arguments towards WP7: Quantum.
Mark Bould is Reader in Film and Literature at UWE Bristol. He co-founded the Science Fiction Film and Television journal and the Studies in Global Science Fiction monograph series. His most recent books are Africa SF (2013), Solaris (2014), SF Now (2014) and M. John Harrison: Critical Essays (forthcoming). He is currently writing The Anthropocene Unconscious.
This lecture presents a history of science fiction's engagement with time, starting from the 19th century to the present age. It describes how scientific and technological developments, as well as historical developments change human experience of time, and how science fiction processes these changes.