Imagining Habitable Worlds

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


What happens when exoplanet scientists, science fiction writers, artists, composers, and translators collaborate? In this session, Dr Emily Finer, Co-Director of the St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science, will introduce new creative projects where science and science fiction inspire each other. The Multilingual Science Fiction Translation Project draws on the global expertise of undergraduates at St Andrews to ensure that our imagined futures in space are not limited to English-language culture. New translations of science fiction imagining exoplanets and first contact scenarios from Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, German, Hindi, Japanese, Malay, Portuguese and Russian enter into conversation with analysis from exoplanet scientists, new music and visual art. Around Distant Suns (Guardbridge Books, 2021) is an anthology of new science fiction authored by pairs of creative writers and scientists from the St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science, conceived and edited by PhD student, Emma Johanna Puranen. This presentation will transition into a workshop element where participants will join an informal discussion about examples of fictional exoplanets.
Period7 Nov 2022
Event titleForming and Exploring Habitable Worlds
International Meeting
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • science fiction
  • exoplanets
  • translation
  • multilingualism