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Distraction at 20: An Interview with Bruce Sterling
This piece is a companion to my article in Slate on Distraction at 20, which is my very favorite book and one that everyone should be reading. Bruce was nice enough to answer several questions about the book.
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3 days ago by josephaleo
Kim Stanley Robinson: The Good Anthropocene – Locus Online
The thing about climate change is it’s usually pretty slow. While it will include some quick catastrophes that just slap you in the face, like a big hurricane or fire or flood, it’s more often slow, like the five-year drought we had in California.
climate  literature  books  futurism  science  sciencefiction  writing  nyc  weather 
4 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Nike and Boeing Are Paying Sci-Fi Writers to Predict Their Futures
Alternatively referred to as sci-fi prototyping, futurecasting, or worldbuilding, the goal of these companies is generally the same: help clients create forward-looking fiction to generate ideas and IP for progress or profit. Each of the biggest practitioners believe they have their own formulas for helping clients negotiate the future. And corporations like Ford, Nike, Intel, and Hershey’s, it turns out, are willing to pay hefty sums for their own in-house Minority Reports.
ScienceFiction  business  article  medium 
5 days ago by NightOwlCity
Announcing Better Worlds: a science fiction project about hope - The Verge
"Contemporary science fiction often feels fixated on a sort of pessimism that peers into the world of tomorrow and sees the apocalypse looming more often than not. At a time when simply reading the news is an exercise in exhaustion, anxiety, and fear, it’s no surprise that so many of our tales about the future are dark amplifications of the greatest terrors of the present. But now more than ever, we also need the reverse: stories that inspire hope.

That’s why, starting on January 14th, we’ll be publishing Better Worlds: 10 original fiction stories, five animated adaptations, and five audio adaptations by a diverse roster of science fiction authors who take a more optimistic view of what lies ahead in ways both large and small, fantastical and everyday.

Growing up, I was surrounded by optimistic science fiction — not only the idealism of television shows like Star Trek, but also the pulpy, thrilling adventures of golden age science fiction comics. They imagined worlds where the lot of humanity had been improved by our innovations, both technological and social. Stories like these are more than just fantasy and fabulism; they are articulations of hope. We need only look at how many tech leaders were inspired to pursue careers in technology because of Star Trek to see the tangible effect of inspirational fiction. (Conversely, Snow Crash author Neal Stephenson once linked the increasing scarcity of optimistic science fiction to “innovation starvation.”)

Better Worlds is partly inspired by Stephenson’s fiction anthology Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future as well as Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, a 2015 “visionary fiction” anthology that is written by a diverse array of social activists and edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown. Their premise was simple: whenever we imagine a more equitable, sustainable, or humane world, we are producing speculative fiction, and this creates a “vital space” that is essential to forward progress.

The stories of Better Worlds are not intended to be conflict-free utopias or Pollyanna-ish paeans about how tech will solve everything; many are set in societies where people face challenges, sometimes life-threatening ones. But all of them imagine worlds where technology has made life better and not worse, and characters find a throughline of hope. We hope these stories will offer you the same: inspiration, optimism, or, at the very least, a brief reprieve that makes you feel a little bit better about what awaits us in the future — if we find the will to make it so.

—Laura Hudson, Culture Editor, The Verge


“A Theory Of Flight”
By Justina Ireland | Animation by All In Pixel
A daring plan to build an open-source rocket could help more people escape Earth.

“Move The World”
By Carla Speed McNeil
Once in your life, you can choose to pull a lever that resets the world — but will it make things better?

“A Model Dog”
By John Scalzi | Animation by Joel Plosz
An overbearing CEO demands that his employees engineer a solution to his dad’s aging dog.

“Online Reunion”
By Leigh Alexander
A young journalist chronicling a vintage e-pet reunion gets more than she expected.

“St. Juju”
By Rivers Solomon | Animation by Allen Laseter
A young woman must choose between her secure enclave and the one she loves.

“Monsters In Their Season”
By Cadwell Turnbull
An island commonwealth integrates an AI to defend itself against a worsening hurricane season.

By Elizabeth Bonesteel | Animation by Device
A family hopes that running the perfect simulation can wake the father from a coma.

“Skin City”
By Kelly Robson
A street performer gets into trouble after falling for a radical privacy devotee.

“A Sun Will Always Sing”
By Karin Lowachee | Animation by Yeah Haus
A spacecraft carrying precious cargo embarks on a lifetime journey to a better world.

“The Burn”
By Peter Tieryas
As people around the world fall victim to The Burn, AR researchers begin to suspect a pattern."

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8 days ago by robertogreco
When reality is this weird, it's almost enough to make me give up on ...
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12 days ago by Surliminal
Klaus Walters Popstories: Zurück in die Schwarze Zukunft
Seit einiger Zeit feiert der Afrofuturismus eine Renaissance - als künstlerische, musikalische und literarische Strömung, die Elemente aus Sciene Fiction, magischem Realismus und afrikanischer Geschichte vereint. Eine Antwort darauf, wie man eine Zukunft gestalten kann, wenn man seiner Vergangenheit beraubt wurde.


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nca  ncpin  Podcasts  Africa  ScienceFiction  AfroFuturism 
20 days ago by walt74
Dystopias Now • Commune
This would be good reading prep for a futuring excerise to push people away from the dystopic?
writing  sciencefiction  futuring  participatory-design 
20 days ago by equivalentideas
RT : Using scenarios for thought and problem solving global problems is valuable bc it levels the playin…
sciencefiction  from twitter_favs
25 days ago by edsonm
How to use science fiction to teach tech ethics / Boing Boing
Science fiction writer/lawyer Casey Fiesler is a maven in the field of tech ethics education (she maintains the amazing spreadsheet of tech-ethics syllabi); she uses science fiction stories as a jumping-off point for her own classroom discussions of ethics in technology. In a fascinating essay for How We Get To Next, Fiesler describes how speculative…
design  ethics  scienceFiction  education 
26 days ago by basemaly
Bruce Sterling on architecture, design, science fiction, futurism and involuntary parks / Boing Boing In 1918, there was plenty of speculation about 2018; in 2018, no one is talking about 2118. Bruce Sterling discusses the relationship of industrial design to science fiction; the New Aesthetic and Turinese architecture; and many other subjects with Benjamin Bratton. (via Beyond the Beyond)
video  cities  architecture  scienceFiction  Future 
5 weeks ago by basemaly
Nine sci-fi subgenres to help you understand the future
“Cyberpunk” has been the go-to imagery of the future for a startlingly long time—Bruce Bethke’s short story of that name is 35 years old, and Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was released in 1982. We need some newer words for what’s coming next.

So I punted a question out on Twitter, asking the fans, authors, and futurists I know to share what they saw going on in speculative writing around the world and (often) outside the Anglosphere. These visions are, ultimately, reflections of where people believe the world is headed now, and cyberpunk is not the only vision the world has to offer—indeed, it was never the only one.

Which microgenres are bubbling up, and which trends and themes best describe how creators are imagining the future? Here are nine suggestions.
5 weeks ago by josephaleo

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