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Book Launch – Biopolis: Tales of Urban Biology
Cutting-edge life science meets speculative fiction.
Biopolis: Tales of Urban Biology book launch
8-9pm Wednesday 4th November 2020 – Shoreline of Infinity
Readings and chat from:
– Clare Duffy
– Pippa Goldschmidt
– Gavin Inglis
– Neil Williamson
– Andrew J. Wilson
– Kirsti Wishart
– Vivek Senthivel
Editors: Larissa Pschetz, Jane McKie, Elise Cachat
A selection of prominent writers living in Scotland were invited to engage in conversations with cutting-edge researchers based at the University of Edinburgh in order to create speculative stories about the impact of biotechnology on urban life. The resulting tales of brain simulation, mobile and malleable buildings, bio-recycling, biodesigned species, altered bodies and microbial communication simultaneously speak to our very human longings for connection, for recognition, for freedom; ultimately, they articulate our perennial aspiration to find better ways of living.
Mostly set in Scotland, these are deeply human and universal accounts of bio-based futures that illuminate the relevance of research in synthetic biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, computational biology, and biomedicine to our collective goals.