Jo Walton on Science Fiction Without The Future

September 5, 2011

On Jo Walton writes Where are all the positive futures?

When I was writing about The Door Into Summer, I kept finding myself thinking what a cheerful positive future it’s set in. I especially noticed because the future is 1970 and 2000. I also noticed because it isn’t a cliche SF future—no flying cars, no space colonies, no aliens, just people on Earth and progress progressing. Why is nobody writing books like this now?

This is such an interesting debate. Among other interesting things, the comments on the post mention a bunch of works I’ve never heard of, and some that I have and seem like scraping the bottle of the barrel. I wish there were more like this..

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Interview with Steamcon Vice Chair Diana Vick

November 8, 2009

On, an interview with Diana Vick. Interesting mostly if you want to be aware of Steamcon.

Vick: Well, for example, we have a concert Saturday night. I’ve seen little concerts at some science fiction conventions, but not very often. We’re calling it Airship Invasion. Abney Park is headlining and we’ve also got Vernian Process and Unwoman. It’s an extra ticket event, because we have limited headcount to consider. Can’t cram the entire convention in there. It’ll be capped at about 500.

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Steam Boy (Steam Punk’d DMG – In Progress)

October 29, 2009

Seen on True Chip Till Death: Steampunk DMG.

This will be a (fingers crossed) fully functional gameboy with blue backlight, wood paneling, luxurious pleather and felt, and leafed in gold all-surface spray. Whole thing cost me about twenty bucks for supplies, and I just scrapped a bunch of household crap to it: A button, an old camera case and lens, wood paneling from a dresser on the sidewalk, a melted clock, and a shitty iPod case.

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President Obama and His Lightsaber

October 29, 2009

Speaks for itself. From Slashfilm:

President Obama was photographed swinging a Star Wars lightsaber toy around during an announcement of Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day: This Weekend!

September 10, 2009

From Dresden Codak: some ideas on how to behave.

– If you go the “prisoner who’s escaped the future” try shaving your head and putting a barcode on the back of your neck. Then stagger around and stare at the sky, as if you’ve never seen it before.

– Walk up to random people and say “WHAT YEAR IS THIS?” and when they tell you, get quiet and then say “Then there’s still time!” and run off.

– Stand in front of a statue (any statue, really), fall to your knees, and yell “NOOOOOOOOO”


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We’re In The Midst of a Literacy Revolution

August 28, 2009

File under: the sky is falling, science-fiction-without-the-future, get off of my lawn. On Slashdot:

Mike Sauter sends in a piece from Wired profiling research by Andrea Lunsford, a professor of writing and rhetoric at Stanford, from which she concludes that we don’t need to worry about computers and the Internet causing a decline in general literacy. “[Lunsford] has organized a mammoth project called the Stanford Study of Writing to scrutinize college students’ prose. From 2001 to 2006, she collected 14,672 student writing samples — everything from in-class assignments, formal essays, and journal entries to emails, blog posts, and chat sessions. Her conclusions are stirring. ‘I think we’re in the midst of a literacy revolution the likes of which we haven’t seen since Greek civilization,’ she says. For Lunsford, technology isn’t killing our ability to write. It’s reviving it — and pushing our literacy in bold new directions.”

This seems pretty obvious to me, although I must admit the case of the woman who always had the television on, and once she got Internet access, immediately went to watch the Harry Potter movie trailers.

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August 15, 2009

Seen on JWZ’s Livejournal: rain.


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Good luck, Devin!

August 14, 2009

Seen on Brian Clevinger’s site: an Atomic Robo costume. I also saw this close up at Anticipation — it was pretty damn cool!


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Tron Legacy Exposed

July 27, 2009

File under: Exciting Career Opportunities in Nostalgia Harvesting! The story on Slashdot.

KingofGnG writes “Disney has chosen the San Diego Comic-Con International to present its new sci-fi project: the sequel to Tron. The classic movie from 1982 dealt with video games, virtual reality and 3D graphics when none of those things were widely popular. The new movie has got an official title and synopsis now, and they’ve released the very first trailer from the movie (this time without silly censorship) together with some concept art and the teaser poster.” No matter how silly the movie is, they’ll at least get my money for sheer nostalgia.

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