Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Program Announces Book Prize Winner

UC Riverside award honors exceptional scholarship in the field

SFTS logoRIVERSIDE, Calif. – The Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program at the University of California, Riverside announces that the annual SFTS book award has been won by Aris Mousoutzanis, lecturer in film and screen studies at the University of Brighton, for “Fin-de-Siècle Fictions, 1890s/1990s: Apocalypse, Technoscience, Empire” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). The book is a richly historicized and powerfully argued exploration of the relationship between military technology, the apocalyptic imagination and the mobilization of popular narratives of prediction.

“Fin-de-Siècle Fictions” uses a number of well-known texts, from Dracula to Star Trek to X-Files, to connect the late Victorian era and our own fin-de-siècle (end of the century), said Sherryl Vint, UCR professor of English and jury chair.

“Spanning the chasm of the 20th century, the book’s argument compels us to see the connection between empire and Empire and the aftermath of the former as containing the seed of the crises of the latter,” Vint explained.

This SFTS prize honors an outstanding scholarly monograph that explores the intersections between popular culture, particularly science fiction, and the discourses and cultures of technoscience. The award is designed to recognize groundbreaking and exceptional contributions to the field. Books published in English between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014, were eligible for the award.

The runner-up for the 2014 prize was Pasi Väliaho’s “Biopolitical Screens: Image, Power and the Neoliberal Brain” (MIT Press, 2014). Väliaho is senior lecturer in film and screen studies at Goldsmiths, University of London

The jury for the prize were Paweł Frelik, (Marie Curie-Skłodowska University), Anindita Bannerjee (Cornell University), Jeff Sartain (University of Houston, Victoria) and Vint.

The award, which consists of a cash prize, was presented at the 2015 Science Fiction Research Association conference June 25-27 in Stony Brook, N.Y.

The Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program at UCR launched in 2008. It offers a designated emphasis at the Ph.D. level and an undergraduate minor. The curriculum encompasses courses in the social study of science and medicine, the history of technology, creative expression addressing relevant themes, cultural analysis of print and media texts dealing with science and technology, and the cultural differences in technology, including non-western scientific practices.

The SFTS program regularly holds symposia and panels and hosts invited scholars and visitors. For more information, please visit

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