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Science fiction’s new golden age in China: what it means to the authors, many female, leading the way
"Recent Hugo Awards for Liu Cixin and Hao Jingfang have shone spotlight on new generation of Chinese sci-fi writers; we talked to some about their hopes and the deeper meaning of their works at a recent Hong Kong conference"
sciencefiction  books  china 
8 days ago by littlerhymes
Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in
Accelerationists argue that technology, particularly computer technology, and capitalism, particularly the most aggressive, global variety, should be massively sped up and intensified – either because this is the best way forward for humanity, or because there is no alternative. Accelerationists favour automation. They favour the further merging of the digital and the human. They often favour the deregulation of business, and drastically scaled-back government. They believe that people should stop deluding themselves that economic and technological progress can be controlled. They often believe that social and political upheaval has a value in itself.

Accelerationism, therefore, goes against conservatism, traditional socialism, social democracy, environmentalism, protectionism, populism, nationalism, localism and all the other ideologies that have sought to moderate or reverse the already hugely disruptive, seemingly runaway pace of change in the modern world.
accelerationism  politics  capitalism  technology  scienceFiction 
9 days ago by jamesmnw
Stargate, Independence Day, 10,000BC a Trilogy of Sorts. | Behind the Curtain | The Escapist
Many of the confusing elements of 10,000 BC would have been clarified if it was allowed to be an official part of the Stargate series. But there are a number of hints still woven in. The voice of the main slave gatherer sounds just like the Jaffa in Stargate. The plot of humans being enslaved in order to help build the pyramids also makes perfect sense in this new context. Considering Emmerich's hands were tied, I think he did a pretty great job of tying the three films together. Even how the hero throws his spear to impale the god at the end seems reminiscent of the mother ship being impaled by the missile carrying the nuclear warhead (why that missile didn't detonate when it hit the first wall, I'll never know).

Seen together, in chronological order, the three films combine to tell an amazing story of humanity overcoming the odds, resisting their overpowered oppressors, and reclaiming their independence.
sciencefiction  stargate  hollywood  cinema 
12 days ago by campylobacter
70s Sci-Fi Art
A rolling exhibition of retro SF art and book covers.
sci-fi  sciencefiction  retro  sf  design  Puddingstone  70s  fantasy  tumblr  graphics  art  bookcovers 
14 days ago by Puddingstone
The neural network writes the episode list for next season’s Dr. Who
I’ve trained this open-source neural network framework on a variety of datasets, including recipes, Pokemon, knock-knock jokes, pick up lines, and D&D spells. Now I give you: training a neural network on the complete list of Dr. Who episodes.
sciencefiction  scifi  sf  drwho  source:tumblr  neuralnetwork 
14 days ago by djwudi
Naive yet sexy: video pinpoints a big problem with women in sci-fi | Stylist Magazine
There are various ways in which the depiction of women in sci-fi has been problematic over the years, but a new YouTube video has pinned down a name for one particular trope you may have struggled to put your finger on in the past: Born Sexy Yesterday.

“The crux of the trope is a fixation on male superiority, a fixation with holding power over an innocent girl.

“But in order to make that socially acceptable, science fiction is employed to put the mind of that girl into a sexualised, adult woman’s body.”
tropes  sexism  sciencefiction  maleprivilege 
15 days ago by campylobacter
BBC Radio 4 - FutureProofing, The Future of the Future
"Does the accelerating pace of technology change the way we think about the future?

It's said that science fiction writers now spend more time telling stories about today than about tomorrow, because the potential of existing technology to change our world is so rich that there is no need to imagine the future - it's already here. Does this mean the future is dead? Or that we are experiencing a profound shift in our understanding of what the future means to us, how it arrives, and what forces will shape it?

Presenters Timandra Harkness and Leo Johnson explore how our evolving understanding of time and the potential of technological change are transforming the way we think about the future."
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17 days ago by robertogreco
RT : In our new Art Works we chat w/ abt , becoming a writer, freedom of speech + more…
sciencefiction  podcast  from twitter_favs
18 days ago by lisov

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