Monday, August 15, 2011

News from the Fish Bowl

Hi, it's me, Lucky, and I finally can use a computer again!  I'm so happy.  A few months ago I sprained a fin and couldn't type, but now I'm typing.  It's hard work because I have to jump out of the bowl while holding my breath and bang the keys until I have to breathe again, and then jump back in, but I'm bringing you Monday news anyway!

Intel Hires Science Fiction Writers

In an interesting marketing move, Intel has hired sf writers to produce an anthology of stories based on Intel's projects, according to SFGate, which actually stands for San Francisco Chronicle, but nonetheless frequently features articles on another kind of SF.  Here's an excerpt:
The chipmaker is trying to speed along the change by reaching engineers in a language they understand: science fiction. Last year Intel hired four sci-fi writers to study the company's latest research projects and produce an anthology, "The Tomorrow Project," envisioning how cutting-edge processors might be used in the near future.
Published online in February, the book supplements a series of short stories about artificial intelligence by Brian David Johnson, Intel's resident futurist. His latest story, "The Machinery of Love and Grace," about a grieving space station, was published online in late July. The goal of both projects is to help Intel's engineers design chips tailored to specific consumer uses with wide market potential.  [more...]

You can read that online anthology here.

Science Fiction Fools Australians

According to Darren Osborn with ABC Sydney, a new survey indicates that many Australians think extraterrestrial microbes have been discovered, or that humans can be successfuly frozen and resuscitated.
ANSTO's Discovery Centre Visitors Centre team leader Rod Dowler says the results were a surprise.

"This survey has confirmed that willingly or not, we believe in science fiction movies more than we realise," he said. [more...]

That's what you call "jumping to conclusions," since there could be other reasons people are misinformed about these matters. Perhaps they remember the real-life flurry over a particular Martian rock and forgot to follow up on it after the sensation died down. And I happen to know a person can be resuscitated after, if not freezing, at least drowning in very cold water--because I saw it in The Abyss.

NPR Lists Top 100 SF Novels

But what do they know? Glen Weldon discusses the voted-upon list, which is artificially skewed because it rejects YA fiction, making it a peculiar monster with The Lord of the Rings in the number one slot, followed, sadly, by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, followed by Ender's Game, which now of course would be considered YA fiction.  You can see Weldon's commentary on the list here.

World Science Fiction Convention--

Is Wednesday to Sunday in Reno, Nevada.  Jeremy Bloom comments.  One of the programs offered is entitled "A Trip to the Creation Museum," which is unfortunate, as it will almost certainly consist largely of self-congratulation, smugness, and ridicule.  Admittedly, a small amount of ridicule might be hard to resist after a trip to the Creation Museum, but that doesn't make it nice.  Another title is "Life, the Universe, and Everything:  Science, Science Fiction, and Religion."
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