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Author Archives: smeelewm
Before this semester began, I harbored a secret interest in genetics and environmental heredity, an interest that I kept hidden from my work in English because it seemed so disconnected. But this has rapidly been changing. During this semester I have h… Continue reading
Perusing a robotics installation at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA this weekend, I came across a display on RoboBees. These fascinating micro-robots are technological replacements for diminishing honeybee colonies, created to supplement our most i… Continue reading
Describing his composition of Cloud Atlas Sextet to his friend Sixsmith, Robert Frobisher writes, “Boundaries between noise and sound are conventions…. All boundaries are conventions…. One may transcend any convention” (Mitchell 460). It is thi… Continue reading
“These are floor models. They represent the art of the possible,” explains Crake to a skeptical Jimmy as Jimmy is introduced to the life-blood of the Paradice Project (Atwood 305). The Crakers are human-animal splices that have been created by Crak… Continue reading
The aim of Sir Francis Galton’s compost portraiture, outlined in his 1897 essay “Composite Portraits,” was to find “the portrait of a type and not of an individual”—to discover, by the means of superimposing portraits of multiple individual… Continue reading
As a Victorianist with a primary interest in the natural sciences and a secondary interest in contemporary speculative fiction, my research and thinking is constantly plagued by the question: how can we use Darwin today? Darwin’s influence on the Vic… Continue reading
In science fiction, cyberpunk, and speculative fiction, technology is often presented as an answer to social problems; we like to think of it as manna delivered from the heavens by an unseen hand to feed a people hungry for progress. However, William G… Continue reading
We are all familiar with the swelling exclamation “It’s alive, it’s alive” spoken by Colin Clive in his famous 1931 depiction of Frankenstein, directed by James Whale. This scene has been so deeply drilled into our cultural psyc… Continue reading