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Off Architecture Unveils Rolling Green-Roofed Apartment Complex for France

Off Architecture Unveils Rolling Green-Roofed Apartment Complex for France | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
Off Architecture’s apartment complex for Anglet, France features sweeping vegetated roofs and expansive green spaces.

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Guest blogger: Lissa Bilyk: dystopia, cyborgs, scifi/fantasy, and NaNoWriMo | Olsen Jay Nelson

Guest blogger: Lissa Bilyk: dystopia, cyborgs, scifi/fantasy, and NaNoWriMo | Olsen Jay Nelson | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

I’d like to introduce, Lissa Bilyk, author of ‘The Edge of Darkness,’ a futuristic, dystopian scifi novel with subjugated cyborgs who find a means to revolt. I love the sound of this, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to ask Lissa some questions related to this and her continuing participation in NaNoWrimo since it’s November again. Thanks Lissa …

 

1) ‘The Edge of Darkness’ is dystopian sci-fi, right – among other things? What’s your opinion about why dystopian realities have such appeal? Also, how did you make use of dystopian themes in the story, and what’s the effect you were looking for?

 

Lissa: I think that dystopians appeal to a lot of readers because ...

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David Orban on Singularity 1 on 1: What is the question I should be asking?

David Orban on Singularity 1 on 1: What is the question I should be asking? | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
Want to find out what CEO of dotSUB David Orban has to say about technology in general and the singularity in particular? Check out his interview for www.SingularityWeblog.com to find out!
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Guest Post: The importance of imagination to technological singularity | Alan Parr

Guest Post: The importance of imagination to technological singularity | Alan Parr | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

By Alan Parr

 

If I asked you what is the answer to the ultimate question, the question of life, the universe and everything, I expect you would already know the answer. It’s forty two. Simple. But now, what if I asked you to come up with a unified theory of how the universe works, something along the lines of the ultimate question (and answer). Any ideas?

The answer – my answer, anyway – is ‘imagination.’ It too is pretty simple, and yet even the most complex of theories are rooted in seemingly simple ideas...

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Book review: Utopia Forever - Visions of Architecture and Urbanism ...

Book review: Utopia Forever - Visions of Architecture and Urbanism ... | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
Utopia Forever - Visions of Architecture and Urbanism. An inspirational exploration of utopias and radical approaches to city planning. Edited by Robert Klanten and Lukas Feireiss (available on amazon USA and UK .) ...

[...] Five themes govern the selection of projects. Great Scapes examines proposals of living in inhospitable spaces: deserts, caves, online, up in the sky, etc. As its name suggests the chapter Rising Tides is all about projects that responds to rising sea levels. Ecotopia Emerging presents projects that have distinctly (and at times, extreme) eco-conscious ideals. Technology Matters highlights the impact of innovation on the way architects envision utopia. The last section, Sky's the Limit engages with vertical architecture. [...]

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Steampunk Will Never Be Afraid Of Politics | Tor.com

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Steampunk Will Never Be Afraid Of Politics by Magpie Killjoy of SteamPunk Magazine...

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Was a Giant Planet Ejected From the Solar System? (Discovery News)

Was a Giant Planet Ejected From the Solar System? (Discovery News) | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
The "fifth planet" is a hypothesized giant world that was flung out of our solar system 4 billion years ago.

 

Some recent simulations on how the Solar System was formed have indeed shown highly unlikely results when assuming 4 giant planets only (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune). But a much better outcome with a 5th planet.

 

Now, where is it? Somewhere wandering in the dark cold space within the Galaxy...


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SPAN - A Science Fiction Film

Earth and humanity are gone. But, two thousand years across the stars lies a new world. A world that can support life... A new home. (5 more left for @spanthemovie..nobody singing yet.
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Science Feature: Has Greg Egan Gone Too Far?

Science Feature: Has Greg Egan Gone Too Far? | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, one of our most noted authors of ultra-hard SF wrote a novel about a bunch of aliens living in the interior of an asteroid in close orbit around a black hole.
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LVB Research: Repo Men - The Transhumanist Future Revealed

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Guest Post: Science Fiction and the Scientifically Inclined Hero

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America...

 

When I was about six or so, I realized that what separated humans from other animals was our intelligence rather than our physical capabilities. Sure, there are other differences, such as the degree of tool use, or the social aspects of our species and how we employ culture and altruism to lead to ever increasing success, but ultimately we’re smart critters. We figure out how to do really complicated things both as individuals and as groups working together. Silly me, I logically decided to focus on intellectual achievement. 

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Future Wars May Be Fought By Synapses - Science News

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Neuroscientists consider defense applications of recent insights into the brain...

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Horror Prisons: Top 13 Most Terrifying Fictional Facilities | WebUrbanist

Horror Prisons: Top 13 Most Terrifying Fictional Facilities | WebUrbanist | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
The scariest prisons in the world involve mental manipulation, monsters and cannibalism - and they're impossible to escape. Luckily these ones are fictional.
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Floating "Solar Cucumbers" Form Artificial Reefs That Desalinate Sea Water (Video)

Floating "Solar Cucumbers" Form Artificial Reefs That Desalinate Sea Water (Video) | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
These low-impact, solar-powered desalination units could be a potential boon to water-scarce coastal communities, disaster-prone areas, as well as local marine life.

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Amazon.co.uk: Science Fiction Space Opera

Amazon.co.uk: Science Fiction Space Opera | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
#scifi @ConvergentSpace is ranked #1 in top-rated new Space Opera on Amazon - http://t.co/ydZa52e6...
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SpaceX has short list for commercial launch site | Spaceflight Now

SpaceX has short list for commercial launch site | Spaceflight Now | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

SpaceX is eyeing Puerto Rico, Texas, Hawaii, or Florida to be home of a new commercial launch facility for its Falcon rocket family, the company's founder and chief executive tells Spaceflight Now.

 

The site would handle commercial missions, while flights for federal government customers could continue to be based from Cape Canaveral, Fla., or Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.


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The Rise of the Intelligent Machine - Huffington Post UK (blog)

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The Rise of the Intelligent MachineHuffington Post UK (blog)This weekend in New York City, the Singularity Institute organised the 2011 Singularity Summit, an international gathering of scientist and futurologists.
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Guest post: The popularity of fiction in history and to society | Olsen Jay Nelson

Guest post: The popularity of fiction in history and to society | Olsen Jay Nelson | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

[19 November, 2011 update: Anomaly has reached #95 on Amazon (last I checked) and #1 in science fiction. This is amazing for an indie author with only one other published book and being so new to the scene: literally just a few months.]

Peter Cawdron is a hard SF author of two recently released Indie titles, ‘Anomaly’ and ‘Out of time.’ Last week ‘Anomaly’ reached the #2 position in Amazon’s Hot New Releases in High Tech Science Fiction category! This is evidently a great achievement for an Indie author just starting out and would never have been remotely possible just a few years ago.

Peter has a long-standing interest in science and is very keen on incorporating science-related content and themes into his fiction; in addition, as you will see from what he says below, Peter has a firm handle on the nature and purpose of fiction; consequently, it will be no surprise that his style of hard SF is infused with an understanding of characterisation and storytelling that make his work compelling on many levels.

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Why Science Fiction Writers Love Meeting the Other

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[...] Science fiction is never about the future and/or aliens — it's about the present and ourselves, as we are at that time. To me, it's fascinating to see how our imagined dealings with the alien have changed over the course of the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. Philip Jose Farmer and Theodore Sturgeon were the first writers that I knew of who wrote about xenophilia — loving the alien, if you will. I remember a very quiet story by Sturgeon in which an affair between an alien and a woman in a loveless marriage is thwarted by a matter of unfortunate proportions. The mores of the day meant Sturgeon could not be explicit, which actually makes the story that much more powerful: at the end, while the husband gives a patronising speech consoling his wife because he thinks the man in question is gay and cannot return her feelings, she stares at his arm resting on the table thinking, Yeah, that's just about the size of it. (Insert your own puny earth man joke here.) [...]

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Havoc 21 Presents: A Horror/Sci-Fi/Urban Fantasy Anthology

A collection of fantastic vampire, sci-fi, urban fantasy and horror tales presented in a unique multimedia experience! (You help fund my book and I give you free stuff! How cool is that!?
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Strange Horizons Reviews: Future Media, edited by Rick Wilber, reviewed by T. S. Miller

Strange Horizons Reviews: Future Media, edited by Rick Wilber, reviewed by T. S. Miller | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

[...] To conclude, then, that this collection is almost more of historical interest than as extrapolative SF is no criticism: since contemporary mediascapes change so quickly, what else could it be? In fact, some of the best stories in the collection are actually those less accurate in their predictions, and generally less concerned in the first place with rigorous extrapolation about future technologies. For example, today we are effectively no closer than we were in 1967 to achieving the capacity to transmit personal emotions and a subjectively-experienced sensorium directly from one person's brain to another for commercial purposes, yet Kate Wilhelm's "Baby, You Were Great" does not suffer in quality simply because the technology it imagined shows no signs of arriving soon. The story works just as well on the level of metaphor as a meditation on media, celebrity, and the various forms of vicarious pleasure we obtain from our technologies—of the '60s and today—and the fantasies of access that those technologies permit. [...]

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5 Sci-Fi Medical Procedures We'll Have in Our Lifetime

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Let's take a moment to marvel at the fact that we're not too far away from having fiction turn into reality.
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Selling Transhumanism to the Masses Using Psychological Warfare

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Hard Science fiction: history and examples

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Hard science fiction is not necessarily harder to understand than other forms of science fiction; rather, hard SF tends to focus on the science part of scie...
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Future Wars May Be Fought By Synapses - Science News

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