Resources that might be relevant to your semester projects
New New York, via Doctor Who — helpful for Matt?
Telltale Games — helpful to Charlie?
The End (game); Speak, Memory (AI created replace a friend who has died) — helpful to Stacy?
Second Person Present Tense — short story by Daryl Gregory — helpful to Sigrid?
Perdido Street Station, a novel by China Miéville — especially elements about people remade with animal appendages, limbs, etc. as punishments — for Sophie?
In the novel Still Here, by Lara Vapnyar, a character creates an app that let’s the deceased “speak” through their aggregated social media profiles — useful for Stacy?
Relevant News and Other Sundries
Wired magazine’s fiction issue (December 2016) has a lead-off story by N.K. Jemisin.
Cool project that Sigrid’s friend did at the Met with interactive/AR art stuff called “Missing the Megafauna”
The World Wide Cage — how the Internet isn’t liberating anyone but is actually constraining and confining and limiting us
Pointing to science fiction’s Big Themes: Maria Popova (of the Brain Pickings blog) writes about the new book Pinocchio: The Origin Story. It’s a children’s book, but that doesn’t compromise its provocative message. — Robin
Our timing is a little uncanny; how is it that our Science Fiction class debut coincides with the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek”? For your reading pleasure and general edification, I give you this essay in today’s New Yorker magazine. Enduring lessons indeed!
And this: the remarkable story of Gene Roddenberry, illustrated by Matthew Inman (@Oatmeal). — Robin
Adding to our ongoing conversation about genres (and their lack of usefulness), I recently came across the subgenres catagories of cyberpunk and biopunk. — Sigrid
There’s Going to Be a Whole Line of Doctor Who-themed Mr. Men Books
Frankenstein (book, film(s))
Dracula (book, films)
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The Left Hand of Darkness
Planet of the Apes
I Am Legend (story, film)
Less Than Human, a book by philosopher David Livingstone Smith. The themes he explores connect to many of the conversations we’ve been having in class throughout the semester.
I,Robot (book, film)
Ghost in the Shell
Black Mirror, 2.1 “Be Right Back”
The Island (2005 Michael Bay film; stars Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGregor, Djimon Hounsou) // Could also be listed under Human
The Pentagon’s ‘Terminator Conundrum’: Robots That Could Kill on Their Own — The New York Times, October 25, 2016; a companion piece discusses SF sources of our ideas about AI; many of them have been in our discussions this semester
The Martian Chronicles
John Carter of Mars (books, film)
The Blob (1958 film; Steve McQueen’s movie debut)
Golden Record 2.0 — Science Friday, October 7, 2016