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Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities

Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities

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Funded by:  Wellcome Trust

Main contact:  Dr Gavin Miller

Subject area:
English Literature - School of Critical Studies, College of Arts

The project investigated the significance of science fiction for the medical humanities, pathfinding for a future, large-scale research project. The project features an online database of Anglophone sources. These are of three kinds: i) Science Fiction: creative works with medical themes (novels, short stories, motion pictures, television, and so on). ii) Science Faction: (bio)medical sources that are non-fictional, but which borrow the conventions and style of science fiction. These may be in many different media: (non-fiction) books, newspaper and magazine articles; documentary motion pictures and television; websites; promotional material; and so forth. iii) Critical Sources: scholarly or other informed analysis of medical science fiction and/or faction.