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Dr. Liz Williams

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Liz Williams is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in Glastonbury, England. She is  published by Bantam Spectra (US) and Tor Macmillan (UK), also Night Shade Press and appears regularly in Realms of Fantasy, Asimov's and other magazines. She is the secretary of the Milford SF Writers' Workshop, and also teaches creative writing and the history of Science Fiction. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Science from Cambridge University.




Looking Towards The Galactic Frontier

How do we see our planet? – and are there any others? The idea of other worlds has fascinated us for over 300 years – perhaps much longer, if we link myth with the enquiring nature of the human mind. In this, our scientific age, the likelihood of life being present elsewhere in the universe is becoming more and more plausible. Science Fiction writers continue to visit such concepts – but how does Science Fiction relate to science, and to the way in which we see our own world? How can it impact on prevailing ontologies – ways of understanding what our world contains? How can exploring the imaginary nature of life beyond Earth enable us to understand our own natures, our own societies? And can SF help us to address the abiding problems of the era in which it is written, such as ecological concerns?

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