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Katie Stone

Children are the Future: Utopia and the Child in Science Fiction of the 1970s and the 2010s.

My research focuses on the role of the Child in science fiction's (SF's) utopian imaginings of the future. The Child, as that which is radically new and that which experiences the world as a radically new place, is central to a genre fixated on the utopian potential of novelty. My work will explore how SF of the 1970s - from the reproductive technologies of feminist SF to Ernst Bloch's 'novum' and its use in Marxist SF theory - has been used by writers, activists and critics of the past seven years and how both periods' grapplings with novelty, futurity and utopianism can be better understood in relation to Childhood as a significant temporal category.

Supervisor: Dr Caroline Edwards