Mary Shelley, Lieutenant Uhura, Ellen Ripley, and so many more.
Tip for all my student readers: if you’re too lazy to use a bibliography creator like NoodleBib or RefWorks, let Google generate your bibliography entries for you. All you have to do is google the article/book title in Google Scholar, click “cite” at the bottom of the search result, and copy either the MLA, APA, or Chicago cite into your word document.
from the site:
A Yahoo research fellow at Georgetown University, Kalev Leetaru, extracted over 14 million images from 2 million Internet Archive public domain eBooks that span over 500 years of content. Because we have OCR’d the books, we have now been able to attach about 500 words before and after each image. This means you can now see, click and read about each image in the collection. Think full-text search of images!
How many images are there?
As of today, 2.6 million of the 14 million images have been uploaded to Flickr Commons.
I just lost half an hour looking up the “Japan” tag. They have some amazing photographs of 1900s Japan!
A new novel shows the darker side of cute.
This is a ridiculously reductionary article that discusses some of my favorite texts - but the notion of subverting the adorable with the grotesque manifests in every culture in a variety of ways. The headline is unfortunate clickbait that continues throughout the rhetoric of the article - even in the second to last paragraphs that begin to ask interesting questions, the author is still deploying cloying and hackneyed notions of femininity to sound critical - and all it does is sound salacious. It is ridiculous to suggest that it is only in Japan that this kind of play with innocence and violence is happening - it happens everywhere. Also, to correlate Confessions with Battle Royale (a story conceived in the 90s era boom made into a film in the 2000s - that in many ways was a reflection on the brutality of capitalism and post-boom economy and the construction of a hyperconsuming child subject) and Kono Taeko’s work (written in the 1960s that is an evocative and brutal criticism of the constructions of women’s roles in the post-war) without real analysis of the politics at work is a disservice to all three works.
A future in which it is difficult to tell man and machine apart could soon become reality, scientists say, after recent robotic breakthroughs in Japan.
“More important is robots and androids as a mirror to reflect humanity. Once we become friends, the boundary between human and robot disappears,” added Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University.
A meditation on Chinese science fiction’s rather unique place in the culture and literature of modern China.
Has some interesting things to say about SF in general, as well as SF in China
The history of Japanese science fiction usually begins with the 1880 translations of Jules Verne’s From The Earth to the Moon and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Most Japanese science fiction of this era bears Verne’s influence, most notably Shunro Oshikawa (1877-1914) and his six book “Undersea Warship” series. But this is not the entire story of 19th century Japanese science fiction. Japan has a separate tradition of science fiction which has nothing to do with Verne.
Jeff sez, “The Journal of Asian Studies has two science fiction-related essays: a full-length study that focuses on North Korean sci-fi stories of the 1950s and 1960s, which were intended for children and influenced by Soviet works of the time; it’s paired with a shorter comment that explores parallels between texts Zur analyzes and SF produced in Mao era China.” Things were getting busy on the major flight corridors between the Earth and Mars, or so the casual observer of socialist bloc science fiction from the 1950s might come to believe.
Ah, cold war SF. Tasty.
The Swiss artist who designed the ‘xenomorph’ creature in Alien as well as imaginative sleeve designs for Debbie Harry and others has died aged 74
it’s a sad loss for sci fi imagination