Radical SF Authors
SF and Futurist
SETI and the Politics of Space
PAGE IS NO LONGER MAINTAINED. THE GOALS OF THE PAGE HAVE SHIFTED OVER TO THE
CYBORG DEMOCRACY BLOG.
was dedicated to the premise that the radical democratic movements - for
solidarity, equality and liberty - will need to incorporate, and be radically rethought in
terms of, the acceleration of technology. The largest and most accessible space for the
debate about these alternate futures is science fiction, and so I am attempting to bring
together resources which ask radical democratic questions in utopian, fantastic and
fictional ways. This page began as a resource to accompany my Politics
of Science Fiction course. Do theories of complexity suggest new models of social
change? Do technologies for gender modification suggest a post-gender world? What are the
biological and cognitive limits of citizenship in a future world of hybrid animals,
robots, cyborgs and post-humans?
This page is also dedicated to the memory of David Lasser
(1902-1996), socialist, SF editor and space activist
James Hughes, author
Speculative Political Organizations and
Models of Future Governance
World Government Creators and Reformers
The Future of Work
Socialists and Radical Democrats
Ethnic Identity Politics
for Alternative Futures -
Nonprofit research and educational organization specializing in aiding
organizations and individuals to more wisely choose and create their
Project - Initiated by the United Nations University, the aim of
the project is to provide a global capacity for analysis of long-range
issues and strategies.
Corporation - Nonprofit think tank that attempts to improve public
policy through research and analysis.
Futures International - A collection of links for organizations, people,
and publications about the future.
World Game Institute. An organization devoted to
R. Buckminster Fuller's vision of "make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the
shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, and without ecological offense or
the disadvantage of anyone."
World Future Society. A middle-of- the-road
organization studying social and technological developments, for the corporate consultant
who doesn't want to say anything exciting things about future lifestyle trends, but
nothing too upsetting about the collapse of the political economy, to the executives in
Future of War and Conflict
SF and Speculative Politics Syllabi
Futurist, SF and Speculative Politics Zines and Journals
of Transhumanism - A peer-reviewed electronic journal publishing
contemporary research into future science and philosophy. Published
by the World Transhumanist Association.
Renaissance - A progressive future-oriented journal, part of the policy.com
Science Fiction Studies
Literary criticism, postmodernist critique of SF.
SF Eye Cuttingedge
British post-cyberpunk journal with left leanings
SciFan, especially their
colllection of bibliographies on SF
the Society for Utopian Studies
Boing Boing A neat little magazine for the
fun-loving anarcho-techno-phile under 30years old.
Extropy A "journal of transhumanist
thought" dedicated to discussing life extension, artificial intelligence, smart drugs,
nanotechnology, space habitation, evolution and spontaneous order.
Virtual reality, artificial
life, cybermusic, performance art, smart drugs, anarchist sensibilities, and oh so much
more in each issue of this glossy guide to future.
Science as Culture
Book-sized collections of articles on issues such as the computerization of the modern
mind, the anti-nuke and AIDS movements, and images of science in the media.
Telepolis, a German
webzine devoted to the emergent culture and polity
A British science fiction review
of the Fantastic in the Arts Published by the International
Association for the Fantastic in the Arts
Linguistics and Science Fiction Newsletter
Review Published bimonthly by the Science
Fiction Research Association, the oldest professional
organization for the study of science fiction and fantasy
literature and film.
The critical journal of the British
Science Fiction Association
Theories of Social Change
Principles of Social Ecology - J. Hughes' course syllabus
Future of Humanity - form the Principia Cybernetica
Spiral of Capitalism and Socialism and the Future of the World-System.
Terry Boswell, Christopher Chase-Dunn. 2000.
Dimensions of Modern Systems Theory:
Temporary structures, Parallel structures, underground structures, and conflict
structures. T. R. Young, 1977, Red Feather Institute
Memetics at Anders Sandberg's
FUTURE: stages in future evolution A comparison of the far future
evolutionary schema of Stephen Baxter in his Xeelee series to those of other
thinkers and writers
Global Brain/Superorganism Study Group
Experiments in Synthetic Anthropology by Nick Gessler. About anthropoligical and
social studies of simulated systems, attempting to clarify studies of real systems.
Theory: A review of Kevin Kelly's 'Out of Control'" Richard Barbrook
"A review of Out
of Control" by Anders Sandberg
Values as Strange Attractors: Coevolution of classes of governance
principles," by Anthony Judge. Prepared for the 13th World
Conference of the World Futures Studies Federation (Finland, August
a futurology of the self: how to redefine the concept of "identity" in
a hyper-technical world", Barton
Kunstler, Chicago, 20/07/1998
Realities that will Shape 21st Century Politics," form the
Democratic Leadership Council, a centrist group
Futures" (Bullfrog Films) 12 programs, 30 mins each, 3
video-cassettes/Grades10-Adult. Produced by Hazel Henderson
Politics of Science Fiction
Bruce Sterling's HolyFire
about the politics of life extension
Nancy Kress' meditation on genetics, life extension and democracy Beggars Trilogy
The Future of Sex and Gender
Luddism and Philosophy of Technology
Effect of Net on Politics
and Future Politics in Audio
Hour 25 -|
Mike Hodel's Hour 25 is a two hour radio program of science fiction and
science interviews, with news, reviews, story readings and radio drama. It
is broadcast on Friday nites from 10 pm to midnight in Los Angeles on KPFK,
90.7 fm. Hour 25 has been on the air 25 years. When the original host, Mike
Hodel died, his friend author Harlan Ellison hosted the show for a year and
renamed it Mike Hodel's Hour 25. Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski
and others followed Harlan. The current host is TV personality and aerospace
engineer Warren James. Their website lists upcoming and recent shows, links
to the host and to interesting sites.
|Hour of the Wolf
Jim Freund has one of the most contemporary SF Radio shows around. Hour of
the Wolf is still going on WBAI in New York City. He plays SF radio theater,
but he also talks about what is going on in the field of SF literature and
media, and interviews the writers and artists and other shakers of the
industries that Science Fiction is a part of.
|That Sci-Fi Show -|
A weekly radio program located in the Palm Beaches (Florida) that
discusses all aspects of Science Fiction, Gaming, Anime, Comics and just
plain goofiness. Tune your radio in to 1340 AM every 10pm on Sunday nights,
or check out our archive of RealAudio Archived Shows.
|SHOCKWAVE - http://www.visi.com/~romm|
A long-running radio show still going on KFAI in Minneapolis.
|Seeing Ear Theatre -|
Part of The Dominion, the Sci-Fi Channel Web Site, Seeing Ear Theatre is a
home for audio theater on-line. You can download and listen to classic SF
radio, and new original programs.
Theater - GAIN Radio - http://gain.simplenet.com/program/scifi.htm|
An On-Line radio station, specializing in Science Fiction radio.