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See on Scoop.itscience fiction, rhetoric and ideology – – – – Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry in 1966. He spent his early years in Cornwall, then returned to Wales for his primary and s…

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“Genre has become an increasingly significant part of academic and popular criticism since the year 2000. From Steampunk to Crunch Lit, Young Adult to Nordic Noir, new genres have arisen to sustain fiction and popular culture markets in the new millennium. Issue three of C21 Literature asks if the politics of genre can offer insights into developments across the first thirteen years of the twenty-first century. If genre development is a process of evolution then how and where do these genres originate – and what are the intertextual and historical frames in which they operate? The journal calls for articles examining developments in genre across the twenty-first century.”

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Why Catholics Love Science Fiction. Professor of Theology at Saint Vincent’s College has many good reasons Star Trek and other science fiction stories appeal to Catholics: If you don’t know that the new Star Trek movie is …

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See on Scoop.itsociety – science – μεταφορά

“…if humans act upon the natural environment — making tools, learning to use (e.g.) fire, wind, water, animals, electricity, nuclear fusion and solar power as energy sources, developing entirely new food supplies, making protective clothing and dwellings, creating the urban built environment, and so on — we sever the connection between reproductive success and formation of new physical and behavioral characteristics. Natural selection rests on the link between successful reproduction and shaping of the genetic code; but this link is broken. The simplest illustration should suffice: if we learn to make and use warm clothing to protect against cold, the opportunity for hairier or furrier individuals to survive more successfully, and pass their hairy or furry genes on to the next generation, is thwarted. To the extent that, in social evolution, individualsb with non-adaptive physical or imprinted–behavioral traits are nevertheless able to reproduce — because these non-adaptive qualities are replaced by tools, learned behaviors, and social institutions — the process of genetic evolution is disrupted. We are no longer evolving biologically, in the classical Darwinian sense. Cultural evolution replaces biological evolution. …”

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A marxist point of view. Editorial of Science&Scociety new issue (April 2013)

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The latest news about Sci Fi and Fantasy culture including books, movies, games, art. Read short stories from top authors and join in the discussion!
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Science Fiction is not what you think it is; it’s not even what most practitioners and critics of science fiction think it is. Science fiction is a poetry…
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A great deal of research has gone into the idea of ‘choice’. The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, by psychologist Barry Schwartz, supposes that when there are more than a just few options, the strain of selecting just one can result in anxiety. The problem lies in our ability to quickly and objectively work through the data so we feel we have actually been able to make the ‘right’ choice.

Data is wisdom?

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In 1949, He Imagined an Age of Robots
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MIT Institute Archives and Special Collections. An excerpt from the essay “The Machine Age” by Norbert Wiener.

Mariusz Leś’s insight:

A classic.

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See on Scoop.itScience Fiction – Education

“Who determines the worth of something to be digitised – “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”, who watches the watchmen. What is the role of the archivist in choosing what to digitise – and how does the cultural/social context of that archivist influence what is kept? (e.g. what was stored and kept from Ancient Greece influences our idea of what the classics are. What about all the works that weren’t retained? Someone decided what was kept, or circumstance e.g. war dictated it, and that has shaped our Western canon)”.
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See on Scoop.itScience Fiction – Rhetoric and Ideology

… to portray alternative societies (World of the Noon, a fictional future setting for a number of hard science fiction novels written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky) and to examine the implications of ethical principles (the works of …

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