Posts tagged "Science Fiction"

In the future, there are ‘Better Worlds’


Better Worlds is partly inspired by Stephenson’s fiction anthology Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future as well as Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, a 2015 “visionary fiction” anthology that is written by a diverse array of social activists and edited by Walidah Imarisha and adrienne maree brown. Their premise was simple: whenever we imagine a more equitable, sustainable, or humane world, we are producing speculative fiction, and this creates a “vital space” that is essential to forward progress.

The stories of Better Worlds are not intended to be conflict-free utopias or Pollyanna-ish paeans about how tech will solve everything; many are set in societies where people face challenges, sometimes life-threatening ones. But all of them imagine worlds where technology has made life better and not worse, and characters find a throughline of hope. We hope these stories will offer you the same: inspiration, optimism, or, at the very least, a brief reprieve that makes you feel a little bit better about what awaits us in the future — if we find the will to make it so. 



Welcome to 2030 [Fiction]
Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better

Science fiction by Ida Auken, MP, Parliament of Denmark. And a rebuttal by  Salvatore Iaconesi, founder at Art is Open Source, Human Ecosystems and Nefula.

 Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and I don’t know what life is anymore


Afrofuturism 101

Video by: Gina Barton, Victoria Massie, and Joe Posner Black people are rarely featured in sci-fi and fantasy films — that is, unless that black person is Will Smith. How do black people get to exist in the future? Afrofuturism, a scholarly and artistic movement that imagines the future through black people’s experiences is one answer. The term was coined in 1994 by culture critic Mark Dery in his “Black to the Future” essay.
In anticipation of her “Black Magic” exhibition, curator Niama Safia Sandy shares some of her favorite writers, artists and musicians contributing to the…


They Can’t All Be Dystopias

Project: Hieroglyph is an anthology of positive science fiction futures by: Elizabeth Bear, Bruce Sterling, Neal Stephenson, Cory Doctorow, Karl Schroder, Kathleen Ann Goonan, Madeline Ashby, Lee Konstantinou, Annalee Newitz, Geoffrey Landis, James L. Cambias, Gregory Benford, Vandana Singh, Brenda Cooper, Rudy Rucker, David Brin, Charlie Jane Anders.

Looking Backward, Looking Forward

November 21, 2016

Hello folks. In our harsh political climate it’s hard to think of the optimistic goals that would pull us towards building a better world.

In 1888 Edward Bellamy published ‘Looking Backward’ which described a quasi-socialist utopian American society. Over a hundred ‘Bellamy Clubs’ arose to debate and discuss the idea.

What are today’s lures (real and imagined) for social change that can challenge and interrogate our present?

(The name is inspired by the recent Saturday Night Live skit where Brooklyn people retreat from election results. Not above self parody.)