Speculative Futures

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Nicht nur Wired hat ’ne ScienceFiction-Issue am Start, das US-Magazin The New Inquiry widmet sich ebenfalls der Suche nach der Zukunft und neuen Utopien an der Schnittstelle von Wissenschaft und Fiktion. Snip aus dem Editorial:

specSCIENCE, any scientist will assure you, is full of facts. But once they leave the paywalled confines of academic journals, these facts circulate like fictions. Politicians, corporations, and social engineers peddle scientific narratives, competing to realize their own visions for world domination. These narratives are the stuff we’re made of–physically, legally, anxiously, and spiritually. We’re limited not just by the shape their visions have taken, but by how little time for leisure their worlds allow. This is time that could be spent imagining ourselves (and our world) as otherwise.

Ein paar der Texte sind bereits online zu lesen, unter anderem The Changing Faces of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Trevor Paglens Invisible Images (Your Pictures Are Looking at You) (den Herrn kennt ihr möglicherweise von seiner Fotografie der Überwachungs-Strukturen), Joanna Radins Westworld-Analyse Where Nothing Can Possibly Go “Worng”, ein Review von Jacobin-Autor Peter Frases „social science fiction“-Buch Four Futures, „that follows technological development to what might hopefully be considered its logical endpoint—a post-scarcity world in which all work can be automated—and then examines the political possibilities of that world“.

Und dann noch diese umfassende Linksammlung zu SciFi-Longreads, ein Lehrplan (Syllabus) zu Speculating Futures, gibt's auch hier auf Github.

Speculating Futures looks at past speculative narratives, like those of Ursula K. Le Guin, and past attempts at creating technological utopia, like Chile's Cybersyn. These readings examine the shortcomings that prevented these visions from being fully realized and how they may have been limited or exclusionary. These texts also tie these visions to the contemporary issues/present dystopias that need to be addressed in subsequent utopian imaginaries. To paraphrase Gibson, "Utopia and dystopia are here, they're just unevenly distributed." Feeling like there's a future is vital for moving through the present, so we'll also envision our own utopian futures to work towards.