H G Wells at 150: Hope and Fear

H G Wells at 150: Hope and Fear

University of Dundee hub

Series Summary

The humanities meet science (and science fiction) in the University of Dundee’s hub programme. From the team that brought you ‘Mary Shelley’s Dundee: Re-animating a City’ (Being Human 2015) comes ‘H G Wells at 150: Hope and Fear’, a series of events that celebrate the 150th birthday of one of the most influential science fiction writers of all time. Our Scotland hub will be exploring the rich legacies of this writer in relation to contemporary ideas around art, science and everyday life.

The UK’s leading forensic scientist, Professor Dame Sue Black, will conduct a historically minded ‘Martian autopsy’ on a Wellsian alien. This one-off event (a programme highlight for 2016) will showcase the impact of the literary imagination on scientific endeavour – while also offering some macabre fun!

Other events will invite you to take to the streets to walk in the footsteps of Wells and to explore contemporary artworks based on the writer’s works.

Meanwhile, watch as Dundee academics and artists create before your very eyes a graphic anthology of short stories inspired by Wells’s tales. Drop by to speak with the creators of the comic or peruse at your leisure the artwork (including storyboards and sketches) that will be displayed in Dundee’s most prominent museum and art gallery, The McManus.

Exhibitions and installations throughout the festival

Reanimating H G Wells: an exhibition

Saturday 19 November

H. G. Wells: a graphic anthology
H G Wells at 150: Martian autopsy

Sunday 20 November

The time machine: a walking tour

Wednesday 23 November

Robert Duncan Milne: rediscovering Scotland’s H. G. Wells


Led by: University of Dundee
In partnership with: Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design |Dundee Comics Creative Space | The McManus | Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification