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Ontological Realism and Creating the One Real Future

Ontological Realism and Creating the One Real Future | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
An ongoing debate in ontology concerns the question of whether ideas or the physical reality have primacy. In my view, the physical reality is clearly ontologically primary, because it makes possible the thinking and idea-generation which exist only as very sophisticated emergent processes depending on multiple levels of physical structures (atoms, cells, tissues, organs, organisms of sufficient complexity – and then a sufficiently rich history of sensory experience to make the formation of interesting ideas supportable).
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Great Writers of Alternate History: From the Classical Era to the Age of Enlightenment - Amazing Stories

Great Writers of Alternate History: From the Classical Era to the Age of Enlightenment - Amazing Stories | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
The Alternate History genre did not spring up over night. In fact, it has deep literary and historical roots.
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No, Dystopian Sci-Fi Isn’t Bad for Society. We Need It More Than Ever | Opinion | WIRED

No, Dystopian Sci-Fi Isn’t Bad for Society. We Need It More Than Ever | Opinion | WIRED | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
Dystopian fiction is a warning, and if it makes people pay attention, then good—that's the point. People shouldn't fear technology, but they sure as hell better consider its effects.
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Why archaeologists make better futurists than science-fiction writers

Why archaeologists make better futurists than science-fiction writers | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
Human beings seem to have an innate need to predict the future. We’ve read the entrails of animals, thrown bones, tried to use the regularity or lack of it in the night sky as a projection of the future and omen of things to come, along with a thousand others kinds of divination few of us have ever heard of. This need to predict the future makes perfect sense for a creature whose knowledge bias is towards the present and the past. Survival means seeing enough ahead to avoid dangers, so that an animal that could successfully predict what was around the next corner could avoid being eaten or suffering famine.
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J.G. Ballard’s favorite food

J.G. Ballard’s favorite food | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
 
Visionary writer J.G. Ballard‘s list of simple but enjoyable foods would probably make most struggling “healthy living” bloggers’ heads explode. Especially the ones on restrictive diets whose mission is to bore everyone around them to death by talking of nothing else. Ballard, who spent two years of World War II in a Japanese internment camp with his family, also remembered the postwar food rationing that persisted into the ‘50s in the U.K. Even so, he wasn’t obsessive about food. In fact, he saw a happy correlation between food and sex.

He told The Guardian about his usual diet in 2003 (and, of course, a doctor was brought in to explain why all of his choices were unhealthy):

One should love outside one’s own head. I believe that the tongue is just as important as other organs. If you have an appetite for food, you’ll have an appetite for sex. I’m always suspicious of people who lack an appetite and I admire people with strong appetites. However, now I’m 72 I don’t eat a great deal and, let’s say, my tastes have simplified. It is a matter of metabolism, and I’m...
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Daniel Salvo @cifiper : Somos injustos con Clemente Palma

Daniel Salvo @cifiper : Somos injustos con Clemente Palma | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
El heterónimo de Daniel Salvo se guarece bajo el DNI de Julio Viccina (Ica, 1967). El amante de la narrativa fantástica vive bajo la piel de un abogado analista del Diario Oficial El Peruano.
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Sometimes The Future Seems Closer To Fantasy Than Science Fiction

Sometimes The Future Seems Closer To Fantasy Than Science Fiction | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
We've all heard Clarke's aphorism that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. But sometimes, it seems like we're already living it, as our tech acts more like sorcery.
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Gaza Is a Transhumanist Issue!

Gaza Is a Transhumanist Issue! | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
Transhumanists as a rule may prefer to contemplate implants and genetic engineering, but few if any violations of morphological freedom exceed being torn to pieces by shrapnel or dashed against concrete by an overpressure wave. In this piece I argue that the settler-colonial violence in occupied Palestine relates to core aspects of modernity and demands futurist attention both emotionally and intellectually.
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Here’s a Bunch of Science Fiction Books with Cats on the Cover | Electric Literature

Here’s a Bunch of Science Fiction Books with Cats on the Cover | Electric Literature | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
Look, the title pretty much explains it all. It's covers of science fiction books with cats on the cover. You need a reason? It will reaffirm your faith in
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The Uncanniest Valley: What Happens When Robots Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves?

The Uncanniest Valley: What Happens When Robots Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves? | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
The “uncanny valley” is a term coined by Japanese roboticist Mashahiro Mori in 1970 to describe the strange fact that, as robots become more
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Transhumanism -- the future is all about control!

Transhumanism -- the future is all about control! | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
I'm doing a little research on IBM lately. To me it looks like they are wanting to control the populace using very sophisticated technology, linking all our brains together to form a singularity. I...
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Gregory Benford on Philip K. Dick

Gregory Benford on Philip K. Dick | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
SF author/physicist Gregory Benford reminisces about his friend Philip K. Dick: ...I used some connections in the CIA to inquire with the FBI about Phil, and the break-in.
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The computer will see you now

The computer will see you now | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
ELLIE is a psychologist, and a damned good one at that. Smile in a certain way, and she knows precisely what your smile means. Develop a nervous tic or tension in an...
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The largest public sci-fi library in the world is under threat from new management

The largest public sci-fi library in the world is under threat from new management | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
If you’re a sci-fi or fantasy fan who loves to read, there’s no cooler place than the massive Eaton Collection library at UC Riverside — but all that could change soon.
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The Artificial Womb Will Change Feminism Forever

The Artificial Womb Will Change Feminism Forever | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
A report says a man-made womb could be reality within 30 years. But when the womb—the most politicized body part in history—is separated from the woman, what will it mean for feminism?
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An Interview with: Professor George Slusser – Eaton science fiction collection’s Curator

George Slusser is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of California in Riverside (UCR, CA, U.S.A.), Ph.D., Comparative Literature (Harvard University), the first Curator (Emeritus) of the J.
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Ursula K. Le Guin talks to Michael Cunningham about genres, gender, and broadening fiction | Electric Literature

Ursula K. Le Guin talks to Michael Cunningham about genres, gender, and broadening fiction | Electric Literature | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
To celebrate this fantastic conversation between Hugo-and-Nebula award winner Ursula K. Le Guin and Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Cunningham about writing,
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The Forrest Gump Syndrome: Soft History, Full Of Famous People

The Forrest Gump Syndrome: Soft History, Full Of Famous People | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
We tend to idealize the past. We file off a lot of the rough edges, imagine everybody having better teeth, and generally tone down a lot of the ugliness. This can be problematic -- especially when we soften the depiction of past atrocities.
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Sci-Fi Books that Predicted the Future | Electric Literature

Sci-Fi Books that Predicted the Future | Electric Literature | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
The future is tough to foresee. Ask any stock-picker, or the writers of Space 1999. Imagining it is fun, though, and occasionally fiction authors will get s
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Holy Nostalgia! Harlan Ellison Wrote an Episode for Adam West’s Batman | Tor.com

Holy Nostalgia! Harlan Ellison Wrote an Episode for Adam West’s Batman | Tor.com | Science Fiction Golden | Scoop.it
Holy the chance Rachel never got, Batman! Harlan Ellison wrote an unfilmed episode for Adam West's Batman that would have introduced Clint Eastwood as Two-Face!
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