The Scientific Muse: Poems for Robert Duncan Milne

Wyvern Poets, Bet McCallum, Roy Canning, Ann Prescott, Roddie McKenzie, Gavin Cameron, George C. Robertson, Anita Petrie, Rhoda Neville, Keith Williams (Editor), Faye Williams (Illustrator), Amy O'Brien (Illustrator)

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    The Wyvern Poets
    In association with the Being Human Festival of the Humanities and the Centre for Scottish Culture at the School of Humanities, University of Dundee.

    Welcome to the sixth collection by Wyvern Poets, in collaboration with the University of Dundee. This booklet for Dundee’s Being Human festival programme on the theme of ‘Renewal’ celebrates the life and work of Cupar-born Robert Duncan Milne (1844-99). Milne published around sixty Science Fiction stories (some multi-part or novella length), mostly in the Argonaut and the San Francisco Examiner between 1879 and 1899. He pioneered SF themes such as climate catastrophe, cryogenics, molecular re-engineering of the body, personality transfer, scientific terrorism and drone warfare, remote surveillance and telecommunications, satellite phones and technologies for visual time travel which anticipate cinema and TV. Scotland appears to punch below its weight in relation to early science fiction, yet Milne is an extraordinary lost presence who slipped through the cracks of the canon by a series of historical accidents - until now.

    Keith Williams, University of Dundee
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationDundee
    PublisherUniversity of Dundee
    Number of pages17
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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