„My science fiction has different ancestors — African ones,“ says writer Nnedi Okorafor. In between excerpts from her „Binti“ series and her novel „Lagoon,“ Okorafor discusses the inspiration and roots of her work — and how she opens strange doors through her Afrofuturist writing.
This video is an explanation of how time travel functions in different popular movies, books, & shows â€“ not how it works â€œunder the hood“, but how it causally affects the perspective of charactersâ€™ timelines (who has free will? can you change things by going back to the past or forwards into the future?). In particular, I explain Ender’s Game, Planet of the Apes, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Primer, Bill & Tedâ€™s Excellent Adventure, Back to the Future, Groundhog Day, Looper, the video game â€œBraidâ€, and Lifeline.
I propose that worldbuilding is the primary distinguishing characteristic of SF and fantasy (at least at a superficial level). Get the worldbuilding wrong, and your readers won’t be able to get a grip on the story line or the motivation of your characters. Or worse â€” they’ll get a grip, and realize that your story is, at best, a western or an age-of-sail yarn with the serial numbers filed off: that the trappings of the fantastic are only there to add a spurious sense of exoticism to an everyday tale.
Charlie Stross via World building 101 – Charlie’s Diary.
Romania has had a long history of science fiction from the end of the 19th century. This article summarises the highlights up to 1990
Sunday links for 2009-06-28:
- Too complex to exist: Why complex systems collapse
- Dymaxion Designs from the Buckminster Fuller Institute
- How Highway Adoption Signs are Repurposed for Political Goals
- Four crowdsourcing lessons from the Guardianâ€™s expenses-scandal experiment
- A Guide to International Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Recent scenes from the ISS
- A great magazine on particle physics: symmetry Magazine
- The World Simulation Project at Kansas State University
Yesterday I posted a link related to the death of JG Ballard. I think this Guardian article sums up why Ballard was more than a mere science fiction writer, and it elegantly condenses my fascination with Ballard in a sole paragraph:
The young science fiction author „wasn’t interested in the far future, spaceships and all that“, he explained; rather he was interested in „the evolving world, the world of hidden persuaders, of the communications landscape developing, of mass tourism, of the vast conformist suburbs dominated by television â€“ that was a form of science fiction, and it was already here“.