Media

Andrew Stanton, WALL·E (FortyFour Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, 2008). (Available through NYU Stream)

Douglas Trumbull, Silent Running (Universal Pictures, Trumbull/Gruskoff Productions, 1972). (Available through NYU Stream)

Geek of the Week

  • Tianyi
    • Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze No Tani No Naushika), (Nibariki, Tokuma Shoten, Hakuhodo, 1984). (Available through NYU Stream)
    • “Ghibli don’t use the electricity powered by nuclear plant to make movie.”

Theory and Commentary

Andrew Milner, et al. 2015. Ice, Fire, and Flood: Science Fiction and the Anthropocene. Thesis Eleven 13(1): 12-27.4

Selection from Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, (Chicago ; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Lewis Gordon, “Silent Running: The Sci-Fi That Predicted Modern Crises,” BBC, February 15, 2021.

Shelley Streeby, “Introduction” and “3. Climate Change as a World Problem. Shaping Change in the Wake of Disaster” in Imagining the Future of Climate Change: World-Making through Science Fiction and Activism, (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2017).

All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace (1967)

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammals and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

– Richard Brautigan