Links for 15th July 2010

Fresh from the clogged tubes of teh intarwubs…

  1. Blogging the Hugos: Decline, Part 1 – Paul Kincaid

    "If, however, we contrast the human scale of steam technology with the posthuman scale of digital technology, a visible, graspable, clearly understandable machinery of pistons and levers with an invisible, super-fast, mystifying machinery of bytes and information, then maybe we are on to something. Steampunk represents a decline from the modern, but a decline to something comforting in scale and appearance; a decline from a fractured, computer-controlled society, but a decline to a more ordered, hierarchical social order. Sometimes we want to step away from tomorrow, and steampunk gives us a way to do so that can convincingly claim that it is not anti-technology, but that is rather stylish and fashionable." YES. Nostalgia for the future.

    Tagged with: sfsciencefictioncriticismsteampunkPaulKincaid

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