Did you know the University has a world-leading expert on the history of science fiction on its staff? Find out more at the following events

Exhibition at Dundee Central Library Foyer from Monday 6th to Saturday 18th February

Public ‘round table’ discussion with students and staff: Friday 10th February 5:30pm-7:00pm

‘Blazing Worlds! Science Fiction by Women’ draws on research by Dr Keith Williams, a world-leading expert on the history of Science Fiction and related genres at the University of Dundee, and Rachel Harrison, whose doctoral research is remapping the neglected history of female-authored SF, as well as the creative practice of Michael Kirkham and his illustration students at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

This word-and-image exhibition celebrates the lives and works of influential or forgotten female authors from 1600 to the present: Margaret Cavendish, Mary Shelley, Margaret Atwood, Katherine Burdekin, Marge Piercy, Alice Sheldon, Mary Bradley Lane, and Elizabeth Burgoyne Corbett.

It is suitable for all ages, with a particular focus on young adults or anyone interested in Science Fiction or female authors. There will also be a ‘round table’ discussion with students and staff on Friday 10 February 5:30-7:00, to which all members of the public are warmly welcome.

Viewers and participants will discover a wealth of new information about influential or forgotten female authors. Even a famous former Dundee resident such as Mary Shelley will be shown in a new light – not only as the ground-breaking creator of Frankenstein but also the author of The Last Man and other works. Far from being a male-dominated genre, modern SF has been built by pioneering women who have not only broken the proverbial ‘glass ceiling’ but reached through it for the stars.

Book your tickets to the discussion https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blazing-worlds-science-fiction-by-women-tickets-511752995987

This event emerges from the recent Being Human Festival of the Humanities series Breaking Books, curated by Dr Daniel Cook. We wish to thank our funders, the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Read more about Keith’s research at

The Lost Father of Transatlantic Science Fiction


Review of ‘The Invisible Man’ (Dir: Leigh Whannell; Universal Pictures, 2020)

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