Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Book Prize Winner for 2015 Announced

Colin Milburn of UC Davis is honored for “Mondo Nano: Fun and Games in the World of Digital Matter”

science fiction technoculture logoRIVERSIDE, Calif. – Colin Milburn, professor and Gary Snyder Chair in Science and Humanities at the University of California, Davis, has been awarded the third annual UC Riverside Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Book Prize for “Mondo Nano: Fun and Games in the World of Digital Matter” (Duke University Press, 2015). The book is a richly documented and illustrated study of the intimate integrations of technoscience and science fiction media: videogames and electronic environments.

The SFTS Book 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, 2015, were eligible for the award.

The jury for the prize were Anindita Bannerjee of Cornell University, Jeff Sartain of University of Houston-Victoria, David Wittenberg of University of Iowa, and Paweł Frelik of Marie Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland, who served as jury chair.

In his review of the book in the refereed journal Science Fiction Studies (#127, November 2015), Frelik wrote:

“ ‘Mondo Nano’ proposes that one of the most fruitful approaches to its discourses could be – and perhaps even should be – through the concept and practice of play. Very appropriately, the flow of ‘Mondo Nano’s argument emulates its major assumptions. From Hindu scriptures to Michel Serres to superhero comics to Pac-Man, Milburn effortlessly switches between cultural and scientific imaginaries, segueing from the descriptions of gameplay in obscure games to the politics of large research grants. ‘Mondo Nano’ is cultural scholarship at its very best, which forcefully and elegantly – but also not without much jouissance – drives the last nail into the coffin of C. P. Snow’s lecture on the two cultures.”

Runners-up for the 2015 prize were Esther L. Jones’ “Medicine and Ethics in Black Women’s Speculative Fiction” (Palgrave) and Julie Wosk’s “My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves” (Rutgers UP).

The Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies program at UCR 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.

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