Are you interested in exploring the future implications of your research by writing short fiction? Speculative fiction can be a powerful way to extrapolate from current knowledge to its future effects on nature and the human condition. Short fiction is also a great way to communicate cutting-edge research to non-specialist audiences.
Scientists may already be familiar with a regular fiction section in Nature entitled Futures:
https://www.nature.com/nature/articles?type=futures Scholars in business, the social sciences, agriculture, and the humanities regularly find inspiration and influence through fictional treatments of key ideas in their work. As recent debates over climate science, gender roles, and disease response have made plain, the imagination of the general public is key to a future shaped by the best ideas and insights we develop through our research.
As an expression of our university’s polytechnic advantage, we invite other Cal Poly scholars to join us in a speculative fiction writing group focused on the future implications of current research in your field.
- • Who: Cal Poly faculty members and staff researchers—any field, any rank, but best suited for post-tenure or senior faculty
- • What: A biweekly critique group to exchange and refine short speculative fiction
- • Where: Online in Spring 2021
- • Requirements: 5-6 hours per month to critique work by other participants and participate in online meetings; 10-15 hours per month writing on your own
- • Facilitators: Liam Corley and John Edlund, English & Modern Languages Department
To express interest, please send the facilitators a brief introduction of yourself and the topics you’d explore through fiction. Group size will be limited to five to eight participants.