William Gibson w Ken Goldberg, at JCCSF

Back in 2012 William Gibson sat down to chat with Ken Goldberg, craigslist Distinguished Professor of New Media, UC Berkeley.

I recently watched and Tweeted these quotes;


Also, love how he explains why his last three (at his time) novels “are science-fiction”?

They are set in “speculative novels of very recent past…they are…made out of the stuff of science fiction…picture’s of our world made out of the stuff of science fiction“…

Back in August, Business Insider published a fairly extensive interview with him.


re: L.A. as the “capital of science fiction.”

Also – “Some of the early LGBT leaders were also active in early sci-fi reading circles, and they used the genre to explore possible futures where they would find acceptance for their sexuality… I’m always interested in how science fiction or speculative fictions refers back to the moment in which it’s created. We tend to think of it as pie-in-the-sky fantasy, but there’s a strong strain of social commentary. A lot of dystopian or apocalyptic writing about Southern California – much of which blurs the line between pop culture and literary culture – seems to grow out of science fictional tropes.


L.A.’s Bonaventure Hotel, photographed by Wayne Thom in 1978. Courtesy of the USC Libraries – Wayne Thom Photography Collection.

Via kcet.org, featuring thoughts from Christopher Hawthorne, William Deverell and David Ulin instigated/edited by Nathan Masters.

Matt Webb on Fictional Futures

As part of Matt Ward’s (of BERG a designer, technology researcher and lecturer at Goldsmiths College, University of London) Fictional Futures project (about the design of “imagined, science fiction inspired, future artefacts”—read the original brief for more) Matt presented this gem of a slideshow which explores some of his favourite concepts from science fiction.

Came across via a recent posting by Adam Greenfield of Speedbird.

Matt Webb opened with this provocative statement;

Science fiction and philosophy. I don’t really believe there’s much of a difference. I’m just going to show you some stuff that I like.

Rest can be found here and includes thoughts on moving cities, the Moon, the concept of a Lifecone, David Cronenberg’s film, eXistenZ, the input-output difference, slow species, 19th century urban pneumatic and hydraulic networks, The Krebs cycle, Project Cybersyn, Catalhoyuk and the invention of Streets, and finally, counterfactual universes as big metaphors.

I loved this image of