Sci-Fi, History and Law as Speculative Storytelling

31 Pages Posted: 20 May 2020

Date Written: January 15, 2019


This paper considers science fiction, history and law as related forms of speculative storytelling. The first part describes the author’s reflective approach and voice. The second section identifies narrative and uncertainty as elements common to sci-fi and speculative fiction, which also demonstrate a reliance on temporality and dissociation. The third part uses classical and colonial examples to compare similar uncertainty, narrative and dissociation in sci-fi and history. The last section examines the inherent uncertainty and the importance of time in law, which along with fiction and narrative, suggests it similarly requires a hypothetical mindset and a speculative storytelling capacity.

Keywords: Science-Fiction, History, Law, Literature, Narrative, Semiosis

JEL Classification: K10, K40

Suggested Citation

Harrison, Thomas, Sci-Fi, History and Law as Speculative Storytelling (January 15, 2019). Available at SSRN: or

Thomas Harrison (Contact Author)

Queen's University ( email )

Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6

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