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Aliens in Science Fiction

*Watch Online/In person*: Science fiction’s most frequent alternative to human is 'alien', another rich imaginative resource with which to think about what makes us human. This lecture will include reflections on various aliens, from H.G. Wells Selenites, to Octavia Butler’s Oankali, the genetic traders who link the novels of her Xenogenesis trilogy who are imagined as both saving and enslaving humanity.

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Speakers

Professor Jim is Visiting Gresham Professor in the History of Science. He is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Sussex and specialises in Victorian natural history and the modern genetics and has presented programmes for BBC Radio 4.

Location

Gresham College Barnard's Inn Hall Holborn EC1N 2HH

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