New Book: Mutant Narratives in Ecological Science Fiction

With great pleasure, I invite you to celebrate the publication of my new book, Mutant Narratives in Ecological Science Fiction: Thinking with Embodied Estrangement. There are two events, one in Helsinki and another in Turku – I hope to see you in one of them! Details below. Many thanks to all the ISSN members who have commented on my work during the last decade or so! This work would not exist without you.

Using an innovative multidisciplinary approach, this book demonstrates how reading science fiction shapes the way we engage with lived environments. In dialogue with works by widely studied science fiction authors, Greg Bear, N.K. Jemisin, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Jeff VanderMeer, it draws out how they function as mutant narratives. The first to systematically integrate three fields – feminist posthumanism, enactivist narratology, and science fiction studies – it offers a complex and coherent understanding of readerly experience as material, embodied, dynamic, and imaginative.

Covering a range of urgent topics, including climate fiction, New Weird fiction, and new phenomenologies of the body, this book is the first to demonstrate how readerly experience acts as a site for ethical and political reorientation in the time of climate change. The book is the first item in the new Bloomsbury Academic series “Posthumanism in Practice”, edited by Matthew Hayler, Christine Daigle, and Danielle Sands.

You can read an extract of the book at the publisher’s website: . For a 35 % discount on purchasing the hardback version of the book from the Bloomsbury webstore, please use the code GLR AQ4. The code is also included in the flyer attached.

BOOK LAUNCH 1: February 2, 4-5pm, University of Helsinki, Tiedekulma / Fönster, Yliopistonkatu 4

Dr. Kaisa Kortekallio discusses her new book, Mutant Narratives in Ecological Science Fiction. Comments on Kortekallio’s presentation will be provided by Dr. Hanna-Riikka Roine.

The Helsinki book launch is organized by HSSH (Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities) funded project “Enhancing and Reassessing Enactivism” (ERE). ERE brings together scholars from the fields of philosophy, cognitive science, literary studies, aesthetics, and linguistics working with the enactivist framework.

BOOK LAUNCH 2: February 5, 4-5pm, University of Turku, Arcanum, room A112

Four TIAS affiliates, Luis de Miranda, Ranjana Saha, Martin Cloonan and Kaisa Kortekallio, will present their new books.

The Turku book launch is organized by Turku Institute for Advanced Studies. Please register in advance by sending an email to

Best regards,–

Kaisa Kortekallio, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow | University of Turku | Turku Institute for Advanced Studies / Department of Comparative Literature