112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Science Fiction I: SF Affects

Session Chair: 
Rob Latham, University of California, Riverside
Time: 
Session 5: Saturday 8:45-10:15am
Location: 
RCC Raincross A
Topic Area: 

Presenters/Papers:

  1. Rudi Kraeher, University of California, Riverside
    This paper analyzes some examples of online fan art featured on social network sites like DeviantArt. Paying particular attention to visual renderings of fantastic and impossible spaces based on Jorge Luis Borges's "The Library of Babel" and H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, the paper aims to compare the different strategies of disorientation that the writers and the fan artists employ in their intepretations of these spaces.  
  2. Richard Hunt, University of California, Riverside
    Through brief, comparative readings of three novels, this presentation tracks themes and representations of listening and difference in communication themed sf novelsto suggest that the promises of listening lie somewhere between an obsession with the technical mastery of symbol systems and a nihilistic commitment to radical contingency.
  3. Jeffery Anderson, California State University, Los Angeles
    Never Let Me Go raises many pertinent questions concerning human rights especially when applied to the future of cloning. Reading NLMG in light of two competing theorists, Lynn Hunt author of Inventing Human Rights and Michel Foucault author of Discipline and Punish, exposes the largely forgotten and nebulous concept of empathy and its potential use for manipulation. NLMG redefines empathy for a new class of human, the clone, and shows empathy’s use as an ideological tool for control.
Session Cancelled: 
No