25 October 2018, 18:30 - 20:00
Speculative fiction has often warned of the dangers of political extremism. Critics and creative practitioners from Anglia Ruskin’s Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy discuss the different ways in which genre fiction engage with extremism, exploring both canonical writers and little known, but equally intriguing, works. They also look at those writers who, rather than warning against extremism, seem to embrace it, while acknowledging that an author’s intentions may not always easily be pinned down. Finally, to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, they consider some of the many different ways in which democracy and voting have been depicted in Science Fiction and Fantasy literature.
This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.