Posts Tagged: science fiction
He loves me, he loves me not: science fiction’s relationship with L. Ron Hubbard.
Babies will stop the bullies!
The key to reckoning with climate change and nuclear bombs? Stories....more
Well, it’s been one week under the Trump administration, and already we are living in a land of “alternative facts.” After Kellyanne Conway used the term to defend Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s falsehoods regarding the inauguration crowd size on Sunday, the American people were, understandably, reminded of George Orwell’s 1984, and sales of the book skyrocketed to #1 on the bestseller list by Tuesday night....more
Why Finnish women matter to the history of science fiction.
Holiday science books: let visions of squid and sarcophagi dance in their heads.
Astronauts survive thanks to a black female mathematician.
This robot could make your toddler Mark Zuckerberg....more
Is HBO’s bookish Westworld poised to give science fiction the Game of Thrones treatment?
National Geographic‘s autumn book recommendations—sushi, hiking, murder, oh my!
Elon Musk name-drops Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy....more
In a universe slowly sinking into entropy, writing can take the disordered pieces of our experience and fit their edges together into something organized. If the work of a writer is to tease out meaning from the tangled mess of life, many of these algorithms essentially do the opposite, taking meaningful human posts or experiences and reducing them to their barest reportable facts.
For JSTOR Daily, Chi Luu examines the long-conflicting ideas of whether writing is a form of technology or a separate dialect of its spoken form. Luu references the upcoming film Arrival and the sci-fi novella it’s based on, Ted Chiang’s The Story of Your Life, which takes a linguist’s point of view in telling its story of a human-alien first encounter....more
At the Atlantic, Vann R. Newkirk interviews Hugo-winner N.K. Jemisin about her novel The Fifth Season and the hardline conservatives who boycotted it:
It’s the same sort of reactionary pushback that is generally by a relatively small number of very loud people.
At the Huffington Post, Maddie Crum and Maxwell Strachan ask 7 science fiction authors to hypothesize about what a dystopian Olympics might look like. While most of the authors acknowledge the influence that climate change and technology will have on the Olympics, Crum and Strachan note that the authors’ responses are surprisingly optimistic....more
Any Luddite with half a brain has already begun stockpiling nonperishables for the inevitable moment the robots rise up against us. Over at the Ploughshares blog, Joelle Renstrom recounts how writers were awakened to the threat of artificial intelligence:
A certain likeness to humans inspires kinship, but when the line blurs, that kinship turns to fear.
Less than two percent of science fiction stories published in 2015 were by black writers. And a recent study found that black speculative fiction writers face “universal” racism—more damning evidence demonstrating the institutionalized racism in book publishing, and the importance of introducing more diversity at every level of the process....more
I think what has brought imaginative fiction, imaginative literature, back into central centrality is that so much of it is very good, and so much of it is kind of needed because of the fact that it sort of opens doors to other possibilities—and that it gives the imagination exercise.