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Monday, 28 March 2022, 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Aliens in Science Fiction

Professor Jim Endersby

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. Whether aliens are imagined as conquerors or saviours, their superiority has often been used to explore human limitations.


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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.

Professor Endersby's lecture series are as follows:

2021/22 How Not To Be Human: Exploring Humanity Through Science Fiction

2020/21 Darwin's Descent: Monkeys, Orchids and Myths

2019/20 Utopian Gardens

All lectures by the Visiting Professor in the History of Science can be accessed here.

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