Ward Shelley’s work gives curious shape to cultural history

Artist Ward Shelley guides us through the twists and turns of his astonishing History of Science Fiction (2011) and reveals how he creates his biomorphic cultural narratives. Shelley discusses the role of the artist as storyteller, the different priorities of science and art, and the benefits of having a squid-shaped sense of time.

VII.10 History of Science Fiction

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.