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What does fiction say about the world we wish we had?
Prof. Matthew BeaumontProf. Matthew BeaumontHD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript56m
Imagining new worlds in speculative fiction and sci fi doesn't just help us envision possible futures; it also gives us a way to think about our world as it is now. What do our fictional worlds tell us about the world we want to live in?

Imagining new worlds in genres like speculative fiction and sci fi doesn't just help us envision possible futures; it also gives us a powerful way to think about our world as it is now.

Matthew Beaumont is a Professor of English Literature at University College London in the UK, where he is Co-Director of the UCL Urban Laboratory. His work focuses on representations of the metropolitan city, particularly at nighttime, as well as nineteenth-century literature, film, crime fiction, utopian and dystopian literature, and many other genres of English literature and literary theory.

Matthew joins us in The Garden to explore what the fictional worlds we create tell us about the world we wish we had.

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Utopia

In difficult times, humans start thinking about what a perfect world - a utopia - might look like. Many have explored the concept, some have even tried to build it. We’re exploring how different thinkers have approached the idea of utopia.

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Do you think cultivating a greater appreciation for our power to create utopias and dystopias, will help people deal with the uncertainty the climate crisis promises? and how do we go about reminding people that they have the power to create?
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I think when I go “the end of the world sounds quite nice” it’s because it represents a catharsis— but that’s a different thing from giving thought to what comes next. Does a desire for utopia have to be inherent in a desire for catharsis?
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