Academic journal article Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

Colin Milburn: An Introduction

Academic journal article Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

Colin Milburn: An Introduction

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It is my pleasure to introduce colin Milburn, whose work goes beyond simply discussing science, and fiction, and science fiction to theorizing how these discourses might be symbiotically interrelated in our current cultural landscape.

Colin is a very prolific scholar, and his major publications follow an unusually straightforward trajectory: Many of us are familiar with his book Nanovision: Engineering the Future, which looks at nanotechnology as a cultural and scientific concept, bringing the splatter and gray goo of nano[particles] into discussions of apocalypse and the posthuman. His forthcoming book Mondo Nano: Fun and Games in the World of Digital Matter continues this work, analyzing how the discourses of nanotechnology converge with digital gaming, and his current project, All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Video Games and Technopolitics, focuses more specifically on digital games. Don't be fooled, though, by this trio of interrelated projects--his research interests span science fiction, gothic horror, the history of biology, and the history of physics, in addition to nanotechnology, video gaming, and the digital humanities, interests represented by the occasional article published on Jack the Ripper and Victorian vivisection, or syphilis and "syphilography" in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queen.

Colin specializes in doubling up on degrees: He has two PhDs, in the History of Science and in English and American Literature, both from Harvard, and before that earned both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science at Stanford. It is no wonder, then, that his current research and teaching at U C Davis, where he is a Professor of English, and Science and Technology Studies, and Cinema and Technocultural Studies, is able to combine so many disciplines together. …

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