Stephen C. Tobin


Stephen C. Tobin is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCLA whose research focuses on Mexican fantastic and science fiction cultural production. He is currently working on the manuscript to his first book, Specular Fictions: Vision, Technology and Subjectivity from Mexican Science Fiction 1993-2008, which argues that science fiction literature has become a unique discursive space through which authors reflect upon and critique contemporary specular regimes within Mexico. His upcoming article titled "Does the posthuman actually exist in Mexico? A critique of the essayistic production on the posthuman written by Mexicans (2001-2007)" will be included in the forthcoming anthology Posthumanizing the World: Speculative Aesthetics in Latin(x) American Science Fiction, from Palgrave's Global Science Fiction Series. His article "Televisual Subjectivities from Pepe Rojo's Speculative Fiction: 1996-2003" was recently published at the University of South Florida’s Alambique: Revista académica de ciencia ficción y fantasía. He also has published piece in Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society, alter/nativas, and Meister, the Spanish and Portuguese Department at UCLA's literary journal. Likewise, he teaches courses on science fiction and posthumanism at UCLA, such as the survey course Spanish-American Science Fiction and Posthumanism from the Periphery: Robots, Cyborgs and Clones in Latin American Culture, which encourages students to critically consider these enduring icons that have appeared throughout the years in the region. In addition, Stephen’s courses host as frequently as possible science fiction authors, such as Pepe Rojo (Mexico) and Yoss (Cuba), which give students unmediated access to the creator of works under discussion.