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LSS: Rod Duncan - Building Imaginary Worlds

Description: Building Imaginary Worlds

Rod Duncan

How and why writers build imaginary worlds on the page and the changes these fantasies can make in the real world.

When writers create fantastical worlds, they are experimenting with ideas, asking 'what if...?' to test the limits of imaginary societies. And thereby perhaps to understand more about the time and place in which they live.

In the Gas-Lit Empire novels, Rod Duncan has created an alternate history: a what-might-have-been scenario, in which Britain has had its own republican revolution, shifting the geopolitical balance of the world.

The first of these novels, The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter, was shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick award, bringing it to a wider international audience.

But do such escapist fantasies have an effect beyond the page? What happens when an imaginary world starts to become real in the mind of a reader? And is there any overlap between this pursuit and the work of the political philosopher?

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Location: Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB
Date: Sunday, 29 September 2019
Time: 18:30 BST
Access: Public
Category: LSS - Secular Hall - Public event*
Created by: Public Access ( by LSS editor )
Updated: Tuesday, 27 August 2019 13:44 GMT
Attachments: None

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