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My PhD research traces the emergence of a Posthuman turn within Science Fiction by analysing works produced by three prominent authors in the genre over the last three-quarters-of-a-century; Isaac Asimov, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Kim Stanley Robinson. In line with my contention that modern SF is no longer reducible to a distinct megatext, and that contemporary Science Fiction is a (post)human art form spread across a broad range of modalities, my thesis also analyses a number of non- or semi-canonical texts, such as the rebooted BBC television series Doctor Who, the videogame Outer Wilds, The Cube Trilogy, and various short films released by the YouTube channel DUST.

Additional Work 

  • I am a visiting lecturer on the level 6 module EN6006 Science Fiction.
  • I have presented conference papers at the 2017 and 2019 Talking Bodies conferences, and at the 2018 and 2019 Beyond Humanism conferences.

Books:

Journal articles:

Chapters:

  • ‘A Hero Divided: The Fractured Narrative Arc of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars Expanded Universe (1977 - 2014)’, in We Want the Wilderness: Essays Examining Franchise Storytelling, eds. Rhonda Knight and Donald Quist (McFarland: Critical Explorations in SF & Fantasy, 2021) [Forthcoming]
     

Email: j.hay@chester.ac.uk