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Modernist Crisis and the Pedagogy of Form: Woolf, Delany, and Coetzee at the Limits of Fiction: Matthew Cheney: Bloomsbury Academic
"What is the role of the author in times of crisis? Modernist Crisis and the Pedagogy of Form examines how Virginia Woolf, Samuel R. Delany, and J. M. Coetzee developed literary strategies in common to cope with crisis periods they were anticipating, living through, or looking back on. Matthew Cheney outlines how the three writers shaped their art to create an author/audience relationship congruent with the goals of critical pedagogy espoused by such thinkers as Paulo Freire and bell hooks. Seeking to stimulate ethical thought, Woolf, Delany, and Coetzee required their readers to be active interpreters of their texts' forms, contents, and contexts. By pushing against fiction's fictionality, these writers of very different backgrounds, geographies, privileges, situations, tastes, and styles discovered complex ways to address the world wars in England, the AIDS crisis in New York, and apartheid in South Africa, going so far as to question the value of fiction itself."
book  publisher  literary-criticism  crisis  authors  sf 
4 weeks ago by tsuomela
An Uneven Showcase of 1960s SF - Los Angeles Review of Books
"American Science Fiction: Eight Classic Novels of the 1960s By Gary K. Wolfe Published 11.05.2019 Library of America 1500 Pages"
book  review  sf  1960s 
9 weeks ago by tsuomela
Sucker bet (a thought experiment) - Charlie's Diary
What should a wealthy billionaire born-today do in order to survive the next century?
wealth  futures  sf  scenario 
november 2019 by tsuomela
Tales of Science and Fiction | The Russell Kirk Center
"Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction by Alec Nevala-Lee. Dey Street Books, 2018. Hardcover, 532 pages, $29."
book  review  sf  genre  history 
august 2019 by tsuomela
Even Further Afield: On Charlie Jane Anders’s “The City in the Middle of the Night” - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The City in the Middle of the Night By Charlie Jane Anders Published 02.12.2019 Tor Books 368 Pages"
book  review  sf  climate-change 
july 2019 by tsuomela
Modern Masters of Science Fiction
"Science fiction often anticipates the consequences of scientific discoveries. The immense strides made by science since World War II have been matched step by step by writers who gave equal attention to scientific principles, to human imagination, and to the craft of fiction. The respect for science fiction won by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells was further increased by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ, and Ray Bradbury. Modern Masters of Science Fiction is devoted to books that survey the work of individual authors who continue to inspire and advance science fiction. Books are forthcoming on Ursula K. Le Guin, Neal Stephenson, Joanna Russ, Kim Stanley Robinson, Orson Scott Card, Roger Zelazny, and R.A. Lafferty. "
book  publisher  sf  series 
july 2019 by tsuomela
Surveillance in Science Fiction: A Colonializing Force - The Atlantic
"Dark Constellations by Pola Oloixarac Soho Press The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell Hogarth "
books  review  sf  privacy 
april 2019 by tsuomela
Moderan – New York Review Books
"Welcome to Moderan, world of the future. Here perpetual war is waged by furious masters fighting from Strongholds well stocked with “arsenals of fear” and everyone is enamored with hate. The devastated earth is coated by vast sheets of gray plastic, while humans vie to replace more and more of their own “soft parts” with steel. What need is there for nature when trees and flowers can be pushed up through holes in the plastic? Who requires human companionship when new-metal mistresses are waiting? But even a Stronghold master can doubt the catechism of Moderan. Wanderers, poets, and his own children pay visits, proving that another world is possible. “As if Whitman and Nietzsche had collaborated,” wrote Brian Aldiss of David R. Bunch’s work. Originally published in science-fiction magazines in the 1960s and ’70s, these mordant stories, though passionately sought by collectors, have been unavailable in a single volume for close to half a century. Like Anthony Burgess in A Clockwork Orange, Bunch coined a mind-bending new vocabulary. He sought not to divert readers from the horror of modernity but to make us face it squarely."
book  publisher  sf  fiction 
september 2018 by tsuomela
Strange Horizons - Scores By John Clute
Ka by John Crowley; Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
book  review  sf  fiction 
december 2017 by tsuomela
Overview: Stories in the Stratosphere – Center for Science and the Imagination
"A collection of science fiction stories, art, and speculative timelines exploring the near future of the stratosphere. From Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey to The Martian, great science fiction stories have shaped how we think about voyages into deep space—but what kinds of gripping confrontations and adventures might unfold in near space, above the clouds? Overview features contributions from renowned science fiction authors David Brin, Tobias Buckell, Brenda Cooper, Carter Scholz, and Karl Schroeder, working in collaboration with illustrators, graphic designers, and experts in fields ranging from human spaceflight and signal processing to law and tourism."
sf  fiction  futures  scenario  scenario-planning 
september 2017 by tsuomela
scout.ai
"The future is murky. Scout evaluates the near term implications of technology to help you de-risk decision making and seize opportunity. We know you’re busy. That’s why we do the hard work for you, publishing original research, analysis and science fiction scenario planning that evaluates the near-term implications of technology, anticipates opportunity, and highlights risk. Through Scout’s content, scenario planning events, and online conversations, we map the future of artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, brain implants, augmented reality, climate damage, genetic augmentation, and other emerging technologies with our community of scientists, technologists, NYT-bestselling authors, and strategic foresight experts."
sf  fiction  scenario-planning  scenario  futures  consulting 
september 2017 by tsuomela
<em>Green Earth</em> - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis
Robinson as a technocratic liberal universalist humanitarian with occasional failure to imagine sympathetic political opponents.
books  review  commentary  sf  politics  environment 
october 2016 by tsuomela
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