The project investigates the significance of science fiction for the medical humanities, and is intended to pathfind for a future, large-scale research project.
Science fiction isn’t confined to novels, short stories, and cinema; it also gives us a style and substance for our visions of medical progress. This project doesn’t investigate only the familiar genre elements of narrative fiction, cinema and TV. It also explores the so-called ‘technoscientific imaginary’, and its imagining of future possibilities enabled by biomedical progress.
The project’s activities include:
- A series of themed workshops, and a concluding conference, consolidating a network of interested researchers, clinicians, and writers.
- An online database of primary and secondary resources to aid future research.
- A themed special issue of BMJ Medical Humanities on ‘Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities’
- A creative writing competition, with successful entrants appearing in a competition anthology