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Final FrontiersScience Fiction and Techno-Science in Non-Aligned India$
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Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620283

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620283.001.0001

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Laboratory lives

Laboratory lives

(p.37) Chapter One Laboratory lives
Final Frontiers

Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee


The first chapter examines the representation of scientific laboratories in Indian science fiction of the non-aligned era. Such laboratories were seen as key sites for an acceleration of national ‘development’ in the decades following the country’s independence. But in science fiction laboratories were often treated critically, where key assumptions regarding the relationship of science, truth and progress were rigorously interrogated and revised.

Keywords:   Ghana-da, Professor Shonku, ‘Temples of Science’, ‘Laboratory state’, Scientific facts, Bandung conference

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