Over at Strange Horizons, I look at the intersection of speculative fiction and dreams.
For large complex economies, perhaps this is the question we should be asking: Why are we not paid to dream? I mean, why else would I dream? The exposure?
A few more notes on dreams and science fiction here.
By Regina Kanyu Wang et al. Published as part of Vector 293 exploring Chinese SF.
According to Science Fiction World, the concept of “science fiction (SF) industry” was first proposed in academia in 2012, when a group of experts were brought together by the Sichuan Province Association of Science and Technology to comb and research SF related industry, and put together the Report of Research on the Development of Chinese SF Industry. Narrowly defined, the SF industry includes SF publishing, SF films, SF series, SF games, SF education, SF merchandise, and other SF-related industries, while a broader definition also includes the supporting industries, upstream or downstream in the industry chain.
According to the 2020 Chinese Science Fiction Industry Report, the gross output of the Chinese SF industry in 2019 sums up to 65.87 billion RMB (about 7.4 billion GBP), among which games and films lead the growth, with publishing and merchandise following (check out more in Chinese here). The SF industry plays an important part in China’s cultural economic growth.
We have invited sixteen organizations, companies, and projects that play a role in China’s SF industry to introduce themselves to the English readers. You can see the diversity and vigour from the texts they provided. We’ve tried to keep editing to a minimum in order to show how they posit and define themselves in the SF industry. Here they are, ordered alphabetically.
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Some resources that may be especially of interest to academics studying speculative fiction. Feel free to suggest more.
Databases, Reading Lists, Miscellaneous:
Presses / Series:
There are many many more of course, but …
See this blog post by Jim Clarke for more suggestions.
SF Studies adjacent:
- Kincaid, Paul. Iain M. Banks. University of Illinois Press, 2017.
- Hubble, Nick, Maccallum-Stewart, Esther, and Norman, Joseph, eds. The Science Fiction of Iain M. Banks. Canterbury, UK: Gylphi, 2018.
- Colebrook, Martyn and Cox, Katarine, eds. The Transgressive Iain Banks: Essays on a Writer Beyond Borders. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.
- Norman, Joseph S. The Culture of “The Culture”: Utopian Processes in Iain M. Banks’s Space Opera Series. Liverpool UP, 2021.
- Caroti, Simone. The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks: A Critical Introduction. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2018.
- ‘A Few Questions About the Culture’: Jude Roberts interviews Iain M. Banks. Strange Horizons.
- Vint, Sherryl. Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction. Toronto: University of Toronto Presss, 2007.
- Iain (M.) Banks at the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.
- Nussbaum, Abigail. A review of Paul Kincaid’s Iain M. Banks. A Political History of the Future.
- Hubble. Nick. A review of Paul Kincaid’s Iain M. Banks. Strange Horizons.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database.
Crash Course style may not be appealing to all, but younger audiences may appreciate John Green’s thoughts on:
- ‘The Handmaids Tale’ by Margaret Atwood
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Here’s a roundup of some recent calls for academic papers: