MachineMachine /stream - tagged with sci-fi en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Octavia Estelle Butler: Notetaking as Science Fiction - Forte Labs]]>

Octavia Estelle Butler was born in 1947 in Pasadena, CA. Known in her early years as “Estelle,” she was raised by a single, widowed mother who worked domestic jobs to make ends meet.

Tue, 14 Sep 2021 03:51:25 -0700
<![CDATA[An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried]]>

Human extinction. The coordinated release of various strains of a human sterilization virus.

Thu, 22 Oct 2020 06:13:06 -0700
<![CDATA[The Posthuman Enlightenment | Public Books]]>

What does it take to think beyond the human? Can we imagine our human selves in other lives? And should we? While contemporary answers to these questions have highlighted the desirability and necessity of imagining ourselves as animals, plants, and even objects, others argue that such acts of the im

Wed, 12 Feb 2020 10:16:06 -0800
<![CDATA[Science Fiction and Posthumanism – Critical Posthumanism Network]]>

Donna Haraway famously pronounced, “the boundary between science fiction and social reality is an optical illusion” in her influential A Cyborg Manifesto.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 09:31:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Hong Kong winner of John W. Campbell sci-fi award stands by ‘fascist’ comments as new name for accolade is considered | South China Morning Post]]>

Hong Kong science fiction author Jeannette Ng became the city’s first to receive the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer last Sunday in Dublin, Ireland, but not without calling out the influential sci-fi writer whom the award is named after as a fascist. “John W.

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 04:28:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Links and Resources for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers | The World Remains Mysterious]]>

Useful Resources for F&SF; Writers: Awards Posts for F&SF; Writers Book Recommendations for F&SF; Writers: Craft Essays for F&SF; Writers Career-focused Essays for F&SF; Writers Story Prompts for F&SF; Writers #sfwapro

Mon, 02 Sep 2019 07:59:27 -0700
<![CDATA[Worlds || Fall 2019 - Ahmed Ansari - Medium]]>

This 7 week studio mini will deal with designing at the intersection of three things: developing rich worlds, i.e. experiences and narratives, understanding how different mediums work and what they do, and understanding how genres work in terms of conventions around content and form.

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:47:41 -0700
<![CDATA[In Praise of Samuel R. Delany - The New York Times]]>

The author of “Dhalgren” and dozens of other books “gives readers fiction that reflects and explores the social truths of our world,” the novelist Jordy Rosenberg writes. So reflects the nameless character, known only as “the Kid,” as he wanders an apocalyptic America in Samuel R.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:08:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Summer intensive science fiction course]]> ]]> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 11:35:21 -0700 <![CDATA[Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot - Wikipedia]]>

The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) was a project by Robotic Technology Inc. (RTI) and Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. to develop a robotic vehicle that could forage for plant biomass to fuel itself, theoretically operating indefinitely.

Thu, 28 Feb 2019 15:53:10 -0800
<![CDATA[Please Stop Talking About the "Rise" of African Science Fiction | Literary Hub]]>

Whenever I see an article that starts with “The Rise of. . .” I think of dough. When it’s applied to African science fiction, I picture an endlessly rising (and falling) dough that will never become bread.

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:50:45 -0700
<![CDATA[We Need To Do A Better Job Of Imagining Aliens – Adam Mann – Medium]]>

When imagining civilizations on other worlds, we tend to stick to the familiar. Aliens in the popular imagination are not all that different from us — they often have eyes and ears, walk on two feet, and understand the universe in roughly the same way we do.

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:25:21 -0700
<![CDATA[An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried - Motherboard]]>

Human extinction. The coordinated release of various strains of a human sterilization virus.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:08:44 -0700
<![CDATA[Climate change is so dire we need a new kind of science fiction to make sense of it | Claire L Evans | Opinion | The Guardian]]>

Star Trek was one way of dealing with the social anxieties of the 1960s. Since sci-fi mirrors the present, ecological collapse requires a new dystopian fiction Build an imaginary world in your mind, hanging in space. Spin it around a bit; kick the tires. Now change one thing about that world.

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:32:30 -0700
<![CDATA[The Noise of Being: available at!]]> ]]> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 05:37:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Singularities and Sisyphean Spikes in literature and film]]>

Looking for literary/filmic examples of singularities, infinite pits, wormholes, whirlpools, bore holes, large spacetimes in tiny crevices.

But also... Peaks too high to navigate, infinite ascents, Sisyphean feats of endurance, energy spikes set to break reality, very tall towers.

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 07:32:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Space and myth in a body horror - Mythogeography]]>

It might seem strange that a mythogeographer would be very interested in an action-horror movie from 1982, panned at the time of its release and largely ignored by audiences.

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:50:43 -0700
<![CDATA[Philip K. Dick: Stanisław Lem is a Communist Committee | Article |]]>

Stanisław Lem – according to Philip K. Dick, Lem was a composite figure created by a communist committee, photo: Elżbieta LemppIn September 1974, the FBI received a letter.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:27 -0700
<![CDATA[Sonic Acts 2017: The Noise of Becoming: On Monsters, Men, and Every Thing in Between]]>

SONIC ACTS FESTIVAL - THE NOISE OF BEING Daniel Rourke - The Noise of Becoming: On Monsters, Men, and Every Thing in Between 26 February 2017 - De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam, The Netherlands --- In this talk Daniel Rourke refigures the sci-fi horror monster The Thing from John Carpenter's 1982 film of the same name. The Thing is a creature of endless mimetic transformations, capable of becoming the grizzly faced men who fail to defeat it. The most enduring quality of The Thing is its ability to perform self-effacement and subsequent renewal at every moment, a quality we must embrace and mimic ourselves if we are to outmanoeuvre the monsters that harangue us. Daniel Rourke is a writer and artist based in London. In his work Daniel exploits speculative and science fiction in search of a radical ‘outside’ to the human(ities), including extensive research on the intersection between digital materiality, the arts, and posthumanism. In March 2015 artist & activist Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel released The 3D Additivist Manifesto – a call to push technologies beyond their breaking point, into the realm of the provocative, and the weird. Sonic Acts

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:02:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Cyberpunk Through A Woman's Mirrored Lens | Neon Dystopia]]>

Science fiction, cyberpunk included, has always been a bit of a boys club. Think of the names that we most readily associate with the genre. William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, Neal Stephenson, and the list goes on. Women have been part of the cyberpunk movement since the beginning, though.

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:54:38 -0700