Representations of Science in Twenty-First-Century Fiction

Human and Temporal Connectivities

  • Nina Engelhardt
  • Julia Hoydis

About this book


This collection of essays explores current thematic and aesthetic directions in fictional science narratives in different genres, predominantly novels, but also poetry, film, and drama. The ten case studies, covering a range of British and American texts from the late twentieth to the twenty-first centuries, reflect the diversity of representations of science in contemporary fiction, including psychopharmacology and neuropathology, quantum physics and mathematics, biotechnology, genetics, and chemical weaponry. This collection considers how texts engage with science and technology to explore relations between bodies and minds, how such connectivities shape conceptions and narrations of the human, and how the speculative view of science fiction features alongside realist engagements with the Victorian period and modernism. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, contributors offer new insights into narrative engagement with science and its place in life today, in times past, and in times to come.


science fiction speculative fiction science and literature medicine and literature posthumanism technology and literature epistemology knowledge transformation realism in science fiction

Editors and affiliations

  • Nina Engelhardt
    • 1
  • Julia Hoydis
    • 2
  1. 1.University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany
  2. 2.University of CologneCologneGermany

Bibliographic information