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Disputing the deluge: Dr Darko Suvin to discuss collected writings on science fiction and utopian studies

3 December 2021 Life Members

Dr Darko Suvin, Professor Emeritus at McGill University and a Life Member of Clare Hall, will discuss his brand new book in a Zoom event this month.

Titled Disputing the Deluge: Collected 21st-Century Writings on Utopia, Narration, and Survival, the book draws together 24 of Dr Suvin’s most significant interventions in the linked fields of science fiction and utopian studies, with an introduction by editor Hugh O’Connell and a new preface by the author.

Beginning with writings from the early 2000s that investigate the function of literary genres and reconsider the relationship between science fiction and fantasy, these essays highlight the value of science fiction for grappling with the key events and transformations of recent years. Dr Suvin’s interrogations show how speculative fiction has responded to 9/11, the global war on terror, the 2008 economic collapse, and the rise of conservative populism, along with contemporary critical utopian analyses of the Capitalocene, the climate crisis, Covid-19, and the decline of democracy.

Learn more about this book at and Dr Suvin’s career at

Dr Suvin’s first book on science fiction and utopia, Metamorphoses of Science Fiction (1979), was largely written during his first sabbatical at Cambridge, when he became a member of Clare Hall. His latest publication was finished in a Clare Hall apartment in Summer 2019.

Join the discussion via Zoom:

Disputing the Deluge with Darko Suvin
12 December 2021, 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 862 4993 5852