Tag Archive: science fiction

To Understand Bannon, Think Hollywood

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By Joe Lowndes (January 29, 2017) As Steve Bannon’s central role in the White house becomes increasingly clear, we are struck by panic about who he is and how to understand his power. I increasingly think the source of it is to be found neither in his Huntingtonian worldview nor his self-described Leninist orientation toward power, but rather Hollywood. Screenwriter/producer…
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Star Trek and the Radical Imagination @ Oregon State

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek: The Original Series, the Anarres Project for Alternative Futures presents a program of events that highlight the importance of this landmark science fiction franchise for advancing social justice and pushing the boundaries of the radical imagination.  Here is a listing of the events planned for Fall term 2016:  …
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Is it Ethical to Colonize Mars?

  By Joseph Orosco (November 4, 2015) Adam Frank, thinking about the success of Matt Damon’s new film The Martian, asks whether it would be moral to explore and colonize Mars. One of his concerns has to do with how we will treat any possible life forms that we encounter there, even at the microbial level.

Jedis for Collective Liberation: Why a Multiracial Star Wars Matters

  By Chris Crass (October 20, 2015) While the ‪#‎BoycottStarWarsVII‬ is easy to laugh at, and the diversity = white genocide people help expose the white supremacist roots of white fears and resentment of multiracial democracy, there are two key points to remember:

Science Fiction, Social Justice, and the Radical Imagination

Walidah Imarisha and Gabriel Teodros, with a special video discussion from Mumia Abu Jamal, examine the ways in which visionary science and fantasy fiction can inspire the radical imagination to envision the features of a socially just world.  Check out their work in the new anthology:  Octavias’ Brood:  Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements (AK Press: 2015)

Fantasy Might Make Another World Possible

  By Alexander Riccio In Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology David Graeber dedicates some time to the historical development of current anarchistic societies within Madagascar, which he explains happened as an insurrectionary response to the unsuspecting Malagasy government.