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feature | Rjurik Davidson | Overland literary journal

feature | Rjurik Davidson | Overland literary journal | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

Speculative fiction – an umbrella term for science fiction, fantasy, horror and other non-realist forms – has always been peculiarly suited to political radicalism since the form investigates a world that is ‘other’ to our own, a world which is in some way changed or altered. It is a thought experiment: by developing this sense of estrangement, science fiction asks us to think back upon our own society.1 Crudely put, the departure from our empirical reality attracts those who would change that reality.

Leftists have always found the utopian mode of science fiction particularly useful for investigating and advocating other modes of social relations, while the strongest trend within feminist fiction is surely found within the genre.2 The radicalism associated with science fiction extends to criticism – within the academy, Frederic Jameson is probably the most famous enthusiast.3

Two writers at the forefront of radical speculative fiction are Kim Stanley Robinson and China Miéville. They spoke recently to Overland.

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3D printing is coming – so let's not strangle the industry at birth

3D printing is coming – so let's not strangle the industry at birth | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

Regulatory and infrastructure hurdles...Spencer Thompson: Now that we can download designs and turn them into objects, it's time for regulation to catch up...


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Mirai-ki: The Forgotten History of Japan’s Early Science Fiction

Mirai-ki: The Forgotten History of Japan’s Early Science Fiction | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
The history of Japanese science fiction usually begins with the 1880 translations of Jules Verne's From The Earth to the Moon and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

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10 Tips for Generating Killer Science Fiction Story Ideas

10 Tips for Generating Killer Science Fiction Story Ideas | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
Science fiction is the literature of big ideas — so coming up with an amazing story idea often feels like the biggest stumbling block in the way of your dreams of authorship.
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Finding ideas is great, but actually writing the stories is the hard part.

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Blade Runner: What has come true?

Blade Runner: What has come true? | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
It's been 30 years since the release of cult film Blade Runner, and it's 10 since Minority Report. But what elements of the films have come to pass?

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Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury: Three Unpublished Poems and a Meditation on Science vs. Religion

Happy Birthday, Ray Bradbury: Three Unpublished Poems and a Meditation on Science vs. Religion | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

"It is a small thing, this dear gift of life handed us mysteriously out of immensity." On Monday, we took a trip back to the day before...

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Dystopian Futures

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Dystopian Futures - Why the facination?
This month on the Liberation Frequency Podcast the LF editorial team is discussing Rise of the Machines, works of fiction where humankind’s own technology has turned against it with dire consequences.

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Cowardice, Laziness and Irony: How Science Fiction Lost the Future

Cowardice, Laziness and Irony: How Science Fiction Lost the Future | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
0. Awesomely Exhausted One of the most striking things about the worlds of science fiction, fantasy and horror literature is their marked propensity for boosterism. Shattered into dozens of incomme...
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Google Play presents: Iain M. Banks, Alastair Reynolds, and Peter F. Hamilton

Bestselling British science fiction authors Iain M. Banks, Alastair Reynolds and Peter F. Hamilton have came together for a unique Science Fiction Hangout on Air with Google Play and a bunch of fans on Thursday, September 27th. They discussed their latest books, their work, their writing processes and science fiction in general. 

Don't forget to check out their books on Google Play:

Peter F.Hamilton: http://goo.gl/42YHI
Iain M. Banks: http://goo.gl/xHp18
Alastair Reynolds: http://goo.gl/6NI54


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Boldly Into Our Patina’d Future: How Steampunk Can (Help) Save the World | Tor.com - vía @magpiekilljoy

Boldly Into Our Patina’d Future: How Steampunk Can (Help) Save the World | Tor.com - vía @magpiekilljoy | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
Boldly Into Our Patina’d Future: How Steampunk Can (Help) Save the World...

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The Technological Singularity and high-tech tedium in SF: avoiding the obvious and moving on…

The Technological Singularity and high-tech tedium in SF: avoiding the obvious and moving on… | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

There’s something that can get quite tedious and disengaging about the Technological Singularity and posthumanism…

Unrelatable worlds

What I find perplexing about the transhumanists and the singularitarians is that there’s a large vocal group of them that tends to construe progress almost exclusively in positive terms. Their reasons for this seem to me to be rather naive and simplistic…

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CommentaramaFilms: Is Science Fiction A Genre?

CommentaramaFilms: Is Science Fiction A Genre? | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

But science fiction is different. Most of what passes for science fiction does in fact need to piggyback on other genres. Indeed, in most science fiction movies, what you really get is a standard drama, romance, war film, action ...

 

 

 

[old problem but always vital]

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12 Greatest Science Fiction War Stories

12 Greatest Science Fiction War Stories | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
War changes everything. War is an apocalypse and a technological revolution and a life-changing adventure, all rolled into one. So it's not surprising that many of science fiction's most indelible stories are about warfare.

Via Artur Coelho, Ricardo Lourenço, Álvaro Holstein
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Unrealised potential for sci-fi to inspire future scientists

Unrealised potential for sci-fi to inspire future scientists | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

Jordi Solbes along with Fanny Petit submitted a questionnaire to 173 students at four different state and grant-maintained schools in both rural and urban areas with the aim of understanding the level of science fiction knowledge and its acceptance in schools. They noted a total of 578 specific references to science fiction culture. The most important mentions by number were 'Stars Wars', 'The Matrix', 'X-Men', 'I, Robot', 'Spiderman' and 'The Day after Tomorrow'.

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On Cynicism in Science Fiction and SF as Literature

On Cynicism in Science Fiction and SF as Literature | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

This video features with science fiction author an futurist David Brin talking about the role of science fiction as literature, the merits and hazards of extrapolation in science fiction, cynicism in sf and enlightened optimism in the face of that cynicism.

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10 great science fiction novels that have been banned

10 great science fiction novels that have been banned | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
In honor of Banned Books Week, Geekosystem's Susana Polo looks at 10 great science fiction novels that have been banned, or at least threatened with removal from libraries and schools.
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SF is becoming the work of the third artist. The...

SF is becoming the work of the third artist. The... | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

Olsen: a decent short comment...

 

“SF is becoming the work of the third artist. The first artist goes out and paints from life. The second artist copies the first artist. The third artist copies the second artist...."


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Progressive conservative and recursive conventional versus radical/experimental science fiction | sfauthoralliance.com

Progressive conservative and recursive conventional versus radical/experimental science fiction | sfauthoralliance.com | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
As far as I can tell, there are three main ways of writing fiction: progressive conservative, recursive conventional/commercial and radical/experimental or,...
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Predictions From The Father of Science Fiction

Predictions From The Father of Science Fiction | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

Hugo Gernsback's predictions give us a look at the most radical of technological utopianism from the 1920s...

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Hugo was quite the meglomaniac, but he made scifi a distinct publishing genre - not something everyone thinks was great. Some call it a ghetto.
Allan Dale Maurer's curator insight, April 1, 2013 2:11 PM

Hugo was very good at predicting coming tech, from radar to TV to microfilm.

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Science Fiction Plausibility & The Donnie Darko Effect

Science Fiction Plausibility & The Donnie Darko Effect | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it
The Donnie Darko Effect is my term for Science Fiction which seems plausible and logically consistent but which is ultimately frustrating.
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Sci-Fi’s Best Time-Travel Trop… | AW WebBiz & Social Media Blog

Sci-Fi’s Best Time-Travel Trop… | AW WebBiz & Social Media Blog | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

Sci-Fi's Best Time-Travel Tropes, From Fixing the Past to Unreal Time Machines: http://t.co/S4e0bIDK...

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PLURALITY

Directed by: Dennis Liu Written by: Ryan Condal Produced by: Jonathan Hsu, Dennis Liu Cinematography by: Jon Chen Music by: Pakk Hui Starring: Jeff Nissani, ...

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Predicting the future versus deconstructing the present in science fiction: reflecting on William Gibson | sfauthoralliance.com

Predicting the future versus deconstructing the present in science fiction: reflecting on William Gibson | sfauthoralliance.com | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

I’ve never really been interested in predicting the future in science fiction, and haven’t found a compelling need for it in future-based SF; taking this approach, I nevertheless found myself feeling nervous when I wrote my second novel because of this very issue regarding prediction. Throughout, I never thought that the novel was about prediction, but I thought that there would be readers who would want it to be … and worse, be in accordance with their ideas about plausible futures in order for them to suspend disbelief and allow themselves to arrive at and have a chance of accepting the actual narrative themes explored.

 

I read an interview with William Gibson in an article on Wired recently, in which he mentioned this problem:

 

"There’s really a lot of that in the futurology game, and everybody who markets any kind of futurological product — be it some kind of corporate advising or a given science fiction writer, has a real vested interest in making their product seem prescient. If I were a total cynical bullshitter, I’d go around trying to make everybody think that I knew what the future was going to be too. But I’ve never really seen the predictive part as being what I really do."

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Arms Race - steampunk short film

 The debut film from director Nigel Clegg, Arms Race is a steampunk action adventure set during the Crimean War.

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Intelligent Science Fiction | sfauthoralliance.com

Intelligent Science Fiction | sfauthoralliance.com | I want more science fiction | Scoop.it

Warning: This post contains spoilers about the books Who Goes There?, I Am Legend and The Hunger Games.

What is it about science fiction that gives this particular genre such a broad appeal? If you look at Hollywood you’d be tempted to think it was the visual sensation of blockbusting special effects, but nothing could be further from the truth. If anything, the reliance of movies on mind-bending special effects has diluted rather than enhanced great science fiction stories.

Science fiction has such a strong appeal because it is intelligent, it stimulates our thinking. And, often times, this distinction is lost when books morph into movies.

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