116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Science Fiction II

Session Chair: 
Matthew Snyder, University of California, Riverside
Session 8: Sunday 10 am – 11:30 am
Miller Hall 235
Topic Area: 


  1. Tomas Vergara, "University of Edinburgh, Scotland"
    In this paper I am to argue that Jeff Noon's Falling out of Cars, through manifold narrative techniques concerning its temporal structure, depicts a catatonic mode of experience which critically challenges Gilles Deleuze, Pierre-Félix Guattari, and Fredric Jameson's diagnosis of schizophrenia as the cultural logic of late capitalism.
  2. Leean Lewis, California State University, Fresno
    James Dashner’s science fiction series, The Maze Runner, illustrates the societal fear of the power that a government holds over its people, and how it easy it would be for that government to sacrifice the individual for the sake of the “common good”.
  3. Dawn Dietrich, Western Washington University
    I will explore the question of queerness and desire in the context of recent AI and alien films, including Her (2013), Ex Machina (2015), and Under the Skin (2013). These three films look at recent advances in artificial intelligence from a transhumanist and non-binary perspective.  All three involve an artificial intelligence or an alien “presenting as straight, white female,” but identifying with the queer possibilities of liberation from heteronormative gender scripts.
Session Cancelled: