Monday, November 19, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Stross, MacLeod)

In today's edition, two of today's foremost science fiction writers offer some futurological thoughts:

* Charles Stross presents his predictions about the year 2512, which, again, are a far cry from what his more extravagant fiction would lead one to expect (with rather less in the way of transhumanism and outer space adventures, and rather more in the way of climate change's consequences).

* Ken MacLeod's essay "The Soul of Man After Socialism," in which he argues that socialism, or something like it, will be more rather than less necessary in a transhuman future, on the grounds that nothing has quite matched the socialist project's assertion of a common humanity - a position which will be all the more challenged by technological change. As MacLeod notes in his mention of the essay on his blog, he touched on these ideas earlier in a September post, "Mapping the Posthuman," which also provides some useful context.

Leon Trotsky's Transhumanism
Postmodernism and Self-Censorship
New and Noteworthy (Blood & Chrome, Star Wars Episode VII, Strong AI)
A Note on Literary Technique in an Age of Muddle
New and Noteworthy (SF Debate, Strange Horizons Fund Drive, io9 Back Up, National Talk About Something Else Day)
Of Postmodernism and Conservatism

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