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- DescriptionThe dawning era of natechlogy promises to transform life as we kw it. Visionary scientists are engineering materials and devices at the molecular scale that will forever alter the way we think about our techlogies, our societies, our bodies, and even reality itself. Colin Milburn argues that the rise of natechlogy involves a way of seeing that he calls navision. Trekking across the techscapes and the dreamscapes of natechlogy, he elaborates a theory of navision, demonstrating that natechlogy has depended throughout its history on a symbiotic relationship with science fiction. Natechlogy's scientific theories, laboratory instruments, and research programs are inextricable from speculative visions, hyperbolic rhetoric, and fictional narratives. Milburn illuminates the practices of natechlogy by examining an ermous range of cultural artifacts, including scientific research articles, engineering textbooks, laboratory images, popular science writings, vels, comic books, and blockbuster films. In so doing, he reveals connections between the techlogies of visualization that have helped inaugurate na research, such as the scanning tunneling microscope, and the prescient writings of Robert A. Heinlein, James Blish, and Theodore Sturgeon. He delves into fictive and scientific representations of gray goo, the nightmare scenario in which automous nabots rise up in rebellion and wreak havoc on the world. He shows that nascience and splatterpunk vels share a violent aesthetic of disintegration: the biological body is breached and torn asunder only to be refabricated as an assemblage of self-organizing machines. Whether in high-tech laboratories or science fiction stories, navision deconstructs the human subject and galvanizes the invention of a posthuman future.
- Author BiographyColin Milburn is Assistant Professor of English and a member of the Science and Technology Studies Program at the University of California, Davis.
- Author(s)Colin Milburn
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication28/10/2008
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note32 illustrations
- Weight431 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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