Monthly Archives: February 2015

The networked self, etc

A film recommendation from Terry, followed by some thoughts from Erin B. From Terry: Since we will be watching Her in class next Friday, I’d like to recommend another science fiction film with Scarlett Johansson, called Under the Skin. It’s … Continue reading

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On Realism

I’m thrilled to see the discussion about the place (or necessity, or irrelevance) of realism in SciFi. I do, however, want to use it as an opportunity to point out that, like many of the terms we’ve already struggled with … Continue reading

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Humanities, Posthumanism, Extinction, Oh My!

Some recommendations from Erin B.: I want to recommend a book which deals with a lot of themes we are dissecting in class. The book is called The Possibility Of An Island (La Possibilité d’une île) by Michel Houellebecq. It deals … Continue reading

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Science Poetry?

Matthew P. brings up an interesting new angle on the question of defining Science Fiction: After reading some of the blog posts and the comments I finally came down to the last couple lines of Dan’s most recent comment: “The … Continue reading

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Is realism important in SciFi?

Some good questions from Matt D.: As of late, in many circles of sci-fi fandom, there’s been an almost obsessive need for scientific accuracy or realism in sci-fi films. Many going so far as to say they hated Interstellar because … Continue reading

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Who says being good with words is not useful?

Thanks to Olivier for alerting us to this incredible article on the crackdown on puns in China media. And now from Groucho Marx: “Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.” Finally, related to the assignment due next … Continue reading

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How does Newspeak work?

I’ve brought up Orwell’s idea of Newspeak in several lectures so far, and it will become especially important to our discussion of Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story and, in a different way, Kurt Vonnegut’s Galapagos and Ted Chiang’s … Continue reading

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