A Brief Survey of Victorian Science Fiction

from Wondermark by David Malki !
At Chicon the other week, I moderated a panel on Victorian and Edwardian science fiction. I?ve read some of the classics ? Verne and Wells and so on ? but I was excited to moderate this panel because it meant I could ask questions of my far more informed co-panelists, Randy Smith and Matthew Bennardo.

 

Multiple Paths to Modernity

from The Reflection Cafe by Reflection Cafe

RESET DOC

www.resetdoc.org

September 2012


William Gibson explains why science fiction writers don’t predict the future

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

William Gibson on where the Internet’s Bohemias are

from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

 

cybernetic science fiction

from xirdalium by zephyrin_xirdal

Writer?s works still in demand decades later

from Hurriyet Daily News
Orhan Kemal was a modernist pioneer of the Turkish novel whose works continue to be relevant more than half a century on. Producers cannot seem to get enough of his works, with two new adaptations

 

Breast-Feeding While Teaching
When student journalists asked professor about how she fed her sick infant during first day of class, she objected — and told her story online. Amid all the discussion of family-friendly policies, is this an issue that remains undiscussed?

 

‘Reading fiction is political’
The Australian
REMEMBERING plays a crucial role in Orhan Pamuk’s work, but it’s not remembering in the way most of us understand it. He sees remembering as neither retrieval nor admonition, neither “Do you remember this?” nor “Remember to do that”. Rather, it’s a

How Occupy birthed a rhizome

from media/anthropology by John Postill
by Joan Donovan | September 17, 2012, via WagingNonViolence.org
[…]  By being involved in Occupy protests, I amplified my associations with all kinds of humans, broke with the norms of public decency and challenged authority by standing up to the state. Moreover, I had to confront my own middle class privilege and bourgeois values that bound me to a world that I only understood through social theory. Eventually, I had to accept that I was no longer ?just doing ethnography? in the moments when I was dodging rubber bullets fired by the LAPD or strategizing to blockade the ports with activists from Vancouver to San Diego. Importantly, personal revelations like these are essential for evolving research design, and they have led me to look at the history of occupation and its maturations. Comparing 2011 to 1968 sheds light on the past and present shape of the Occupy movement as a social change network that leverages both online and offline social networking to propagate ideas and produce distributed direct actions.

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