Tag: science fiction

Who can forget those scenes in Count Zero where they all stand around eating soup?

Back in the 1980s, the giant German sf publisher Heyne tried out an experimental partnership with a soup company Maggi (they’re still around), and it was bonkers. Under the terms of the deal, science fiction novels would be periodically interrupted by scenes in which the characters would drop everything and start eating Maggi […]

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Women weren’t excluded from early science fiction: they were erased

Science fiction scholar Lisa Yaszek’s recent book The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin, is a secret history of women in science fiction, reframing the story of exclusion (“women weren’t welcome in early sf writing circles”) as one of erasure (“women made […]

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A free book of science fiction from around the world about climate change, introduced by Kim Stanley Robinson

[Editor’s note: I’m a volunteer advisor to Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, and Joey Eschrich is a colleague of mine there; I invited him to write up his latest project, an anthology of science fiction about climate change.] Joey Eschrich: Today, the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at […]

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Hannu Rajaniemi’s Summerland: a midcentury spy thriller, with the afterlife

Hannu Rajaniemi is the Finnish-Scottish mathematician and science fiction writer whose debut, 2012’s Quantum Thief was widely celebrated; now, in Summerland, Rajaniemi delivers new kind of supernatural historical spy procedural, set in a 1938 where the afterlife has been discovered, colonized and militarized. Rachel White is a spy who is trying to help […]

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More videos from our University of Chicago interdisciplinary seminar series: “Censorship and Information Control”

[embedded content] Between September and December, I collaborated with science fiction writer and Renaissance historian Ada Palmer and science historian Adrian Johns on a series of interdisciplinary seminars on “Censorship and Information Control” with a rotating crew of academics and practitioners from several fields. Thanks to generous Kickstarter backers, we were able to […]

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Bruce Sterling’s Long Now talk: what it means to perform futurism

Bruce Sterling’s two-hour talk/Q&A at The Interval, a club for members of the Long Now foundation, may seem like a daunting load for a holiday week, but honestly, it’s worth every minute. Sterling delves into the true meaning of “futurism,” as a performative, social act, embedded in a time and place and operating […]

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Talking dystopia, utopia, science fiction and theories of change on the Netzpolitik podcast

When I was in Berlin last month, I stopped into the offices of Netzpolitik (previously), the outstanding German digital rights activist group, where I recorded an interview for their podcast (MP3), talking about science fiction, utopianism, dystopianism, how we can change the world, and why my kid has so many names. <!– Cory […]

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A science-fiction-inspired desktop UI for your Lin/Win/Mac system

Squared (AKA Gaby) is a French hacker who created edex-ui, a science-fiction inspired desktop “heavily inspired from DEX-UI and the TRON Legacy movie effects,” which gives you a terminal and live telemetry from your system; it looks like it would be especially fun on a tablet (though if you really wanna go sci fi, […]

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Heavy denim “Starfleet” jackets

I love the clothes from Volante Design (“Superhuman Streetwear”); their latest is the “Starfleet 2364” line of men’s and women’s jackets inspired by Star Trek: The Next Generation uniforms. The jackets are made of heavy denim and are basically extremely well-styled/tailored biker jackets (like Volante’s excellent Hacker jackets), partially or fully unzipping them […]

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Sole and Despotic Dominion: my story about the future of private property for Reason

Reason’s December issue celebrates the magazine’s 50th anniversary with a series of commissioned pieces on the past and future of the magazine’s subjects: freedom, markets, property rights, privacy and similar matters: I contributed a short story to the issue called Sole and Despotic Dominion, which takes the form of a support chat between a […]

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The first woman Doctor Who to be commemorated with a limited-edition Barbie

Tonight marks the world premiere of the first Doctor Who series in which the Doctor is portrayed by a woman. The limited-edition commemorative Barbie available for pre-order starting tomorrow, exclusively through Forbidden Planet. <!– Cory Doctorow I write books. My latest are: a YA graphic novel called In Real Life (with Jen […]

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“Radicalized” will be my next book!

I’ve just closed a new book deal: Tor Books will publish “Radicalized,” which tells four stories of hope, conflict, technology and justice in the modern world and near future in March 2019; along with the book deal is a major audiobook deal with Macmillan Audio and a screen deal with Topic Studios (a sister […]

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Congrats to this year’s MacArthur “geniuses,” including the amazing Kelly Link!

[embedded content] The MacArthur Foundation has announced its 2018 Fellows (AKA the “MacArthur Genius Prize winners”), a list of 25 remarkable people from all disciplines, including the incomparable Kelly Link (previously), who joins other science fiction writers who won the prize, including Octavia Butler and Jonathan Lethem. Congrats, Kelly! <!– Cory Doctorow […]

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Ted Chiang lecture on interspecies communications

[embedded content] Avi Solomon writes, “Author Ted Chiang (previously) discusses the making of The Great Silence as well as other works addressing interspecies communication, including ‘Story of Your Life,’ the novella which was adapted into the 2016 feature film, Arrival.” <!– Cory Doctorow I write books. My latest are: a YA graphic novel […]

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Swarm and Nexus: finishing the Zeroes trilogy with perfect form, as powered teens threaten each other — and the world

In 2015, Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti published Zeroes, a wonderful, intricately plotted YA thriller about the discovery by a group of teens (all born in the year 2000) that they have a variety of extremely millennial supernatural powers, which grow in strength in social situations; in the years since, the authors […]

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Karl Schroeder’s “The Million”: a science fiction conspiracy novel of radically altered timescales

By Cory Doctorow <!– By Cory Doctorow –> Karl Schroder’s 2014 novel Lockstep featured tour-de-force worldbuilding, even by the incredibly high standards of Karl Schroder novels: the human race speciates into cold-sleeping cicadas who only wake for one day in ten, or a hundred, or a million, allowing them to traverse interstellar distances and survive […]

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Patrick Stewart Will Return to Star Trek as Jean-Luc Picard

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. In a massive surprise announcement at the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, Patrick Stewart announced what many fans of the franchise have wanted for over 15 years — he’s returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard, sometime Captain of […]

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