Forums – regular meetings and Book Circles – meet at 6:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room (875 Bethel Road). Also be sure to check out – and like – “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!
Forum: September 19, 2015
Topic: The Challenge of Science Fiction: “Where is my flying car and my anti-gravity boots??
Guest speaker Maura Heaphy is a senior lecturer at OSU, teaching a course in science fiction called “Flying Cars and Anti-gravity Boots? Where is the Future Science Fiction promised us?”
As the course is described, “Within the theme of “science and technology, … this course asks you to consider three scenarios of advanced technology that could yet happen in our lifetimes, and which pose a challenge to our current ideas of morality and our expectations of the world. … stories are … discussed, not as literature or story-telling, but as a way of putting a human face to the challenges we might have to face in the future.”
At our meeting in September, we’ll consider a short story by William Gibson, “The Gernsback Continuum” – available online at the link, and also at these links, pdf, and audio (23:12). According to Ms. Heaphy, “I think it’s a very witty consideration of the way that ‘the future’ can bleed into our lives and affect the way we live now. The story focuses on the art deco future of the 1920’s and ’30’s, but I think we’ll be able to make all sort of connections to pop culture that we’re all familiar with, like Star Trek and Back to the Future, just for examples …”
For extra credit, consider these recommendations as well: “The Introduction to a book called Future: A Recent History, by Lawrence R. Samuel. I think it does a very good job of establishing that the idea of a “future” that offers us change and new wonders is quite new, and even thought it’s been a recognizable concept only briefly, it’s meant very different things to different people at different times in the past century or so.”
And just for fun, here is a link to two stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, from the Wind-up Girl Universe. N.B. “The Calorie Man.”
This conversation promises to be a lot of fun –
We look forward to seeing you and pursuing a unique discussion at this meeting of the Columbus Futurists!
Columbus Futurists founding member Steve Millett is in the process of completing a new book, American Ways: A Behavioral History of the United States with Expectations for the Future.
As in the past, Steve is sharing some early thoughts and edits, and soliciting feedback from other member of the Futurists. On November 19, he will discuss the project, and members will have an opportunity to weigh in with their thoughts.
See this Post for more information.
Scheduled meetings for 2015 (all meetings meet 6:30-8:30 at the Panera Bread Co. community room,875 Bethel Road): (Also be sure to check out – and like – “Columbus Futurists” on Facebook!)
- Sep 17, 2015 – Topic: The Challenge of Science Fiction: “Where is my flying car and my anti-gravity boots??” Guest presenter – Maura Heaphy
- Oct 22, 2015 – Topic: Economics: What are the implications of the disappearing Middle Class? What can be done?
- Nov 19, 2015 – Topic: American Ways: A Behavioral History of the United States with Expectations for the Future, a sneak preview of a new book by Columbus Futurists founding member Steve Millett
- Dec – no meeting