Adam Stock is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at York St John University and the author of Modern Dystopian Fiction and Political Thought: Narratives of World Politics (Routledge, 2019). His current research project investigates migration, borders, and deserts in utopian, dystopian, and science fictions.
This cluster takes as its theme the entwinement of modernisms and science fiction, alternative and counterstories, against a planetary backdrop. One is a mode of cultural production that in its early years frequently positioned itself as a consciously elitist pursuit, which only those with the most advanced knowledge and understanding would appreciate, and the other is modernism. Virginia Woolf's response to SF author Olaf Stapledon's book suggests that they share significant concerns and ideas.