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Mit i fantastyka – materiały konferencyjne – Alfa University, Belgrade


The preservation of culture is a theme that comes up often in your work. How do art and life intersect for you in that respect? Are there specific things about your family’s heritage that you are making a point of passing on to your children?

After having children, a lot of things I used to take for granted—my Chinese literary heritage, my knowledge of East Asian history, my comfort with Chinese culture’s diversity and internal conflicts—suddenly took on a new light. For my children, these things will not come to them effortlessly, to be imbibed from the surrounding culture like air and sunlight. Instead, if I want them to benefit from any of it, I will have to make a conscious effort to teach them. How to do so effectively is a challenge with which every parent is no doubt familiar. […]

za pomocą Author Spotlight: Ken Liu by Christie Yant | Lightspeed Magazine.

Why the West Loves Sci-Fi and Fantasy: A Cultural Explanation – Christine Folch – The Atlantic.

Why are we so into science fiction and fantasy? Nineteenth-century German sociologist Max Weber had a useful theory about this: The answer may be that we in the West are „disenchanted.” The world in which we live feels explainable, predictable, and boring.

Max Weber 1878

Max Weber 1878 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

„Odczarowani”, znudzeni? Być może, ale trudno też zaprzeczyć temu, że Zachód jest znacznie bardziej zaawansowany technologicznie. Uwielbiamy powtarzać, że nie można innych kultur wartościować, a sami własną poniżamy? Poza tym, dwie sprawy: 1. Zachód wcale nie uwielbia SF/F, tylko wciąż odsuwa je na margines, 2. czy naprawdę Hollywood stanowi centrum kultury zachodniej?

Rola fikcji w eksperymentach w ramach projektowania, sztuki oraz architektury

This paper offers a typology for understanding design fiction as a new approach in design research. The typology allows design researchers to explain design fictions according to 5 criteria: (1) “What if scenarios” as the basic construal principle of design fiction; (2) the manifestation of critique; (3) design aims; (4) materializations and forms; and (5) the aesthetic of design fictions. The typology is premised on the idea that fiction may integrate with reality in many different ways in design experiments. The explanatory power of the typology is exemplified through the analyses of 6 case projects.

The Uses of Genre and the Classification of Speculative Fiction

R.B. Gill
From: Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature
Volume 46, Number 2, June 2013
pp. 71-85 | 10.1353/mos.2013.0021

Optimally, a definition of speculative fiction will promote interpretation by suggesting affinities with similar explorations of human imagination and values. The looseness of the category provides opportunity for examination of varieties of classification and uses of genre.


„2013 Campbell Conference”

Ośrodek kierowany (od roku już chyba tylko honorowo) przez Jamesa Gunna, znanego u nas głównie z krytyczno-literackiej antologii Droga do SF, jest programowo najciekawszym przedsięwzięciem promującym SF, z jakim ostatnio się zetknąłem. Niestety, wydaje mu się brakować prężności. Nawiązuje więc do klasyki, co widać na plakacie. Mimo wszystko strona to pozycja obowiązkowa dla wszystkich „edukatorów”.

This year’s Campbell Conference will take place on June 13 – 16 in Lawrence, Kansas. We will again meet in The Oread hotel for all our activities – and have a room block there, too – one block from our prior rooms in the Kansas Union at the University of Kansas. Using the theme of „To the Stars,” we will explore SF’s long relationship with off-planet travel, its promises, and the future of the human race as a galactic species. We will also discuss the important steps along the path to the stars. This year – in addition to the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award – we give another literary honor during the Awards Ceremony: the „Lifeboat to the Stars” Award.

See on – science fiction, rhetoric and ideology

It can be a revelation to see an author in the place where he or she invented your favorite fantasy worlds. Out of these humble machines and cluttered studies come alternate realities.

See on

If the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe is just around the corner, what would be the consequences for religion? Would it represent another major conflict between science and religion, even leading to the death of faith? Some would suggest that the discovery of any suggestion of extraterrestrial life would have a greater impact than even the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions.

It is now over 50 years since the first modern scientific papers were published on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI). Yet the religious implications of this search and possible discovery have never been systematically addressed in the scientific or theological arena. SETI is now entering its most important era of scientific development. New observation techniques are leading to the discovery of extra-solar planets daily, and the Kepler mission has already collected over 1000 planetary candidates. This deluge of data is transforming the scientific and popular view of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. Earth-like planets outside of our solar system can now be identified and searched for signs of life.

Now is a crucial time to assess the scientific and theological questions behind this search. This book sets out the scientific arguments undergirding SETI, with particular attention to the uncertainties in arguments and the strength of the data already assembled. It assesses not only the discovery of planets but other areas such as the Fermi paradox, the origin and evolution of intelligent life, and current SETI strategies. In all of this it reflects on how these questions are shaped by history and pop culture and their relationship with religion, especially Christian theology. It is argued that theologians need to take seriously SETI and to examine some central doctrines such as creation, incarnation, revelation, and salvation in the light of the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

za pomocą Science, Religion, and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence – Oxford University Press.

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