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Tales from tomorrow

A group for fans of science-fiction literature. 

Books, graphic novels, even movies and videogames!

Let's talk about the ideas, story-lines and tropes, about authors and their writing, about how we imagine tomorrow will be.

Location: #arts
Members: 9
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What's behind sci-fi ?

Started by Marianne. Last reply by Marianne Mar 19, 2013. 2 Replies

In book stores, the science fiction section is always somewhere at the back and not really well advertized.  Why is that ?  Do readers, in general shun science-fiction.I'm wondering about allthis and…Continue

1960s Science Fiction Novels Everyone Should Read

Started by Michel. Last reply by Michel Feb 20, 2013. 3 Replies

I'm a HUGE science-fiction fan (not the movies, the books) and I stumbled upon this list of 1960s classics everyone should have read and was reminded again of how little I know even if I have a wall…Continue

Tags: literature, science-fiction, scifi, classics, 1960's

The Twilight Zone

Started by Adriana. Last reply by Adriana Feb 3, 2013. 4 Replies

I have recently started rewatching some Twilight Zone episodes (they can be streamed from Netflix). I loved that show when I was a kid, even though they were all reruns by the time I was watching.…Continue

Tags: science fiction, TV, Twilight zone

Ten tropes you’ll find in science fiction – over and over again

Started by Michel Feb 2, 2013. 0 Replies

Trope:a : a word or expression used in a figurative sense : figure of speechb : a common or overused theme or device : …Continue

Tags: superpowers, bodily transformation, robots, interstellar travel, scifi

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Comment by Stephen on July 31, 2017 at 12:27pm

British actor’s God blunder highlights Star Trek’s atheism

In the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series Captain Gabriel Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs,  strides across the Starship Discovery bridge in the midst of a battle against the Klingons, and says ‘fire at something, for God’s sakes!

According to Entertainment, the director abruptly halts the action and Isaacs, of Harry Potter fame, steps off the stage. The episode’s writer, Kirsten Beyer, then explains why Isaacs’ ad-libbed line is unacceptable.

“Wait, I can’t say ‘God’?” Isaacs asks, amused. “I thought I could say ‘God’ or ‘damn’ but not ‘goddamn’.”

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on July 19, 2013 at 4:11pm
Comment by Neal on February 20, 2013 at 11:43am

Didn't know this group existed. =(

Coolness. =)

Comment by Michel on February 16, 2013 at 4:51pm

I will indeed! Thanks =)

Comment by Adriana on February 16, 2013 at 4:34pm

You guys may want to follow this Twitter account:

Comment by Michel on February 7, 2013 at 12:08pm

Home of the 21st century:

Comment by Michel on February 7, 2013 at 12:03pm

Did the very first science fiction magazine appear in Russia in 1894?

Anindita Banerjee

We tend to think science fiction magazines started when Hugo Gernsback introduced the concept of "scientificion." But for the quarter-century leading up to the Russian Revolution, the Russians were massive consumers of "scientific fantasy," and they had a popular magazine called Nature and People, full of science-fictional speculations.

Cornell University Professor Anindita Banerjee uncovers the secret history of early Russian science fiction, and how SF tied in with Russians' obsessions with modernity, in her new book We Modern People: Science Fiction and the Making of... We're lucky enough to feature this exclusive excerpt, dealing with the founding of Nature and People and early writers such as Konstantin Tsiolkovsky and Yevgeny Zamyatin.

Top image: postage stamp showing Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, via

Introduction: Science Fiction and the Making of Russian Modernity

Science and technology are defining modern reality by transforming not just everyday life, but the very ways in which we think and imagine. A new kind of writing callednauchnaiafantastika, scientific fantasy, is playing a not inconsequential role in this process. Is it not in the imagination where bold theories and amazing machines are first born? Along with news of the latest scientific and technological developments, therefore, our magazine will continue to present a rich panorama of meditations on their potentials that will seem anything but fantastic to those of our times.

Opening the fifth-anniversary issue of Nature and People (Priroda i liudi) in 1894, this editorial note redefines the narrative parameters of a pioneering popular science journal in Russia.

Three decades later in 1923, Yevgeny Zamyatin — author of the landmark dystopian novel We(My), which George Orwell acknowledged as an inspiration for 1984  —  designated nauchnaiafantastika, or scientific fantasy, "the kind of literature that best commands the attention and wins the belief of us modern people." Consequently, he proposed it as the foundational template for a "New Russian Prose" of the twentieth century.


Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on February 3, 2013 at 4:14pm


John Gray in The Guardian:

ScreenHunter_86 Feb. 03 21.56Applying a formidable mix of history, science and common experience, Gore has produced a luminously intelligent analysis that is packed with arresting ideas and facts. The peaking of global conventional oilproduction that occurred some 30 or more years ago, the risks to fresh water supplies posed by fracking, the rapid ongoing evolution of cyber-warfare, the dangers and potential benefits of biotechnology and the possibility of genetic engineering of human brains are only a few of the facts, likely developments and possibilities that the former American vice-president explores. Summarising this rich and ambitious book in any detail is impossible. You simply have no alternative to reading it.

Some themes stand out as being especially salient. Unlike those – pious bien-pensants as much as religious bigots – who fume and splutter whenever the subject of population is mentioned, Gore recognises the increase of human numbers as one of the world's largest challenges. "During the last century alone, we quadrupled the human population. By way of perspective, it took 200,000 years for our species to reach the one billion mark, yet we have added that many people in just the first thirteen years of this century." With unchecked population growth and worldwide industrialisation, humankind has embarked on "an unplanned experiment with the planet".

Despite the incessant machinations of climate deniers, there is no scientific basis for doubt as to the reality of anthropogenic climate change. Some who accept the evidence suggest that rather than attempting to halt the activities that result in global warming we should adapt to the process as it goes along; but in Gore's view, muddling through is not an option.

More here.

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Comment by Michel on February 3, 2013 at 11:30am
Comment by Michel on February 3, 2013 at 11:25am

Some aspects of intelligence have already escaped the constraints of biology. It's going to grow as an extension on and around us, very organically.

If (or when) an AI individual wakes up to self-awareness, we probably wont let it become all-powerful.


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