Monday, May 25, 2009

News from the Fishbowl

For starters, we have an interview with Joe McKinney, homicide detective and science fiction writer, in the Austin Literary Examiner:

One hundred years from now I would love for some future horror and crime fiction fan to look at my collected works and say, “This guy witnessed the kind of senseless cruelty and depravity that would turn most men into Nihilists; and yet his writing shows how he never stopped looking for some sort of meaning in our lives. The way was murky, and he probably never succeeded in finding any sort of ultimate truth, but that didn’t matter. He believed it was worthwhile to look. The journey was all and all was in the journey. [more...]

Next up, we have io9, which is running a big series on deadly robots, including speculations on a Wall-E/Johnny 5 deathmatch and an overview of Isaac Asimov's inventive way of handling robots.

And in another...um...interesting move, the Department of Homeland Security has decided to consult science fiction writers to help think outside the box. Didn't something like that happen in Footfall?


The cost to taxpayers is minimal. The writers call this "science fiction in the national interest," and they consult pro bono. They've been exploring the future, and "we owe it to mankind to come back and report what we've found," said writer Arlan Andrews, who also is an engineer with the Navy in Corpus Christi, Tex. [more...]

And lastly for this post, we have CBS News, apparently in need of filler, predicting when the world might look something like Terminator Salvation:

The “Terminator” movies tell a horrifying tale of what might happen if machines made by men turn on them, a science fiction spectacle that may not be all that far-fetched, according to the Brookings Institution's P.W. Singer, author of “"Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century.” [more...]
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