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My research is clustered around genre fictions, exchanges between literature and science, and cultural history. The Emergence of the Fourth Dimension: Higher Spatial Thinking in the Fin de Siecle, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, negotiates these concerns by considering the development and popularisation of radically new geometries in the late-nineteenth century and the implications of these for the understanding of abstract space in the early twentieth century. Reading the registration of these ideas across the cultural sphere – with particular focus on literature, occult texts and popular science – it considers how newly imagined spaces were registered in cultural productions at the levels of both form and content.

A new project, Xenolinguistics, will examine the reciprocal relationship between speculative fiction and linguistics, reading creative neology and first contact scenarios as privileged cultural sites for the exploration of linguistic theory.

I have recently written essays and book chapters on Spatial Form and Weird Fiction, Dracula and the New Horror Theories, the work of the contemporary novelist Tom McCarthy, Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High Rise, and the philosophy of John le Carré. I am making an essay film over the summer of 2017 that responds, ten years on, to Gordon Burn's novel Born Yesterday.

From 2014-15 I worked on a collaborative research project with the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature. Aspects of that research can be read at the tumblr site www.thegeekpound.com and an ebook is forthcoming.

My first novel, I’m Jack, was published by Granta in June 2015 and I am currently working on my second. I write for the national press on literature and culture and maintain a related research interest in new directions for contemporary fiction.