The Impact of Evolutionary Theory on Nineteenth Century Science Fiction

Themes:
HistoryCultureAcademicLiterature
What:
Panel
When:
Sunday Aug 19   05:00 PM to 06:00 PM (1 hour)
A popular argument is that modern science fiction emerged as a consequence of the rise of modern science and the secular theory of progress, and rapid changes in human life brought about by technology and industry. But was evolutionary theory of equal, if not more importance, in triggering the development of modern science fiction in the nineteenth century? Was it only after Darwin and other key nineteenth century evolutionary writers that modern science fiction really blossomed? What important and essential themes and ways of thinking did evolution contribute into the creation of modern science fiction?
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Center for Future Consciousness
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The Experimental Rocket Propulsion Society, CONTACT Cultures of the Imagination, USAF (retired)
writer, astronautical engineer
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Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Radiation Physicist

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