Presentation Title

"The Other Derelicts" by Trevor Blixt

Location

Online - Session 1B

Start Date

4-21-2021 10:50 AM

Major Field of Study

English

Student Type

Undergraduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Thomas Burke, MA

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The short story “The Other Derelicts” surveys the life and lives of Earth, a clone of the last living human. Inside of the intergalactic Museum of Cosmic Tragedy, Earth spends most of their time in solitude and recoils from the scrutinizing, patronizing gaze of museum visitors. The story explores Earth’s psychological, existential, and absurd interactions with other Derelicts, all of whom are fellow clones and endlings. This exploration is written and structured in the form of vignettes that focus on Earth’s conversation with other Derelicts. These vignettes in the MCT form an alternating lattice with mirrored vignettes from the perspective of an unnamed youth witnessing the collapse and restructuring of late 21st century San Francisco. Both perspectives are thematically informed by alienation, climate anxiety, class consciousness, science-fiction black comedy, and existentialism.

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Apr 21st, 10:50 AM

"The Other Derelicts" by Trevor Blixt

Online - Session 1B

The short story “The Other Derelicts” surveys the life and lives of Earth, a clone of the last living human. Inside of the intergalactic Museum of Cosmic Tragedy, Earth spends most of their time in solitude and recoils from the scrutinizing, patronizing gaze of museum visitors. The story explores Earth’s psychological, existential, and absurd interactions with other Derelicts, all of whom are fellow clones and endlings. This exploration is written and structured in the form of vignettes that focus on Earth’s conversation with other Derelicts. These vignettes in the MCT form an alternating lattice with mirrored vignettes from the perspective of an unnamed youth witnessing the collapse and restructuring of late 21st century San Francisco. Both perspectives are thematically informed by alienation, climate anxiety, class consciousness, science-fiction black comedy, and existentialism.