What our science fiction says about us

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Different visions of the future are springing up around the globe. Tom Cassauwers explores what these movements reveal about the places in which they appear ‘ including China, Russia and Africa ‘ and how imagining alternative realities can be subversive.

The sun has cooled down and Earth has become uninhabitable. Only one solution remains for humanity: flee beyond the solar system. This is the premise for The Wandering Earth, and the movie could easily be a Hollywood blockbuster. The trailer even has Inception-esque foghorns. Yet this isn’t a US movie with an all-white cast, it’s the Chinese adaptation of a science fiction book of the same name by star writer Cixin Liu. It’s the Chinese who are saving humanity here, not the Americans.

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‘It’s tempting to think of the worlds of science fiction and business as completely incompatible. After all, some of our best science fiction helps us imagine the end of capitalism.

Businesses, however, are increasingly treating’the genre as a sandbox for innovation.’As Brian Merchant writes‘on Medium,’this practice is largely thanks to Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report, which has inspired 100 patents, including the gesture-based technology that powers today’s touch screens.

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On the role of truth and philosophy in fantastic fiction

Fantasy and science fiction author and political activist Steven Brust (previously) was this year’s Guest of Honor at Philcon, an excellent Philadelphia-area science fiction (I have also had the privilege to be Philcon’s GoH, and it’s a great con); his guest of honor speech is entitled Truth as a Vehicle for Enhancing Fiction, Fiction as a Vehicle for Discovering Truth, and he’s posted a transcript to his blog.

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