1. Introspection by Adam Boman

    17 December 2014 by Adam

    Close your eyes and relax every muscle of your body. Sense how your limbs are growing heavier and heavier. Focus all your attention on your sensory input: The sound of your breathing, the dark red color behind your eyelids.

    Now leave these sensations behind and instead consider the purely cognitive aspects of your mind. Attempt to make your mind blank. Let your thoughts drift by like tiny leaves in a watercurrent.

    Select one thought and study it more closely. See the complex structure of symbols, connected in a web of associations. Look even closer. And closer... Finally you reach the machine code that runs your binary mind.

     

    This comic was published in the international comic art magazine C’est Bon Anthology volume 22. The theme of that issue was singularity, so my comic is inspired by the technological singularity.

    Reading list:

    Introspection in C'est Bon Anthology vol. 22


  2. Zero History by William Gibson

    14 December 2011 by Adam

    I always become happy when I read something by William Gibson. While reading Zero History I found the following in the Swedish terrain:

    William Gibsons väg

    William Gibsons väg (William Gibson’s street)


  3. GeekScienceFiction

    3 July 2011 by Adam
    class GeekScienceFiction extends ScienceFiction {
    /*

    In recent years (or at least since the end of the previous century) a new strain of Science Fiction has been propagating in the literary biotope. It is a new variant that appears to be written by computer geeks for computer geeks.

    The sub-genre is characterized by frequent use of concepts an terminology from the field of computer science, such as object oriented programming. One or more of the following themes are usually present:

    • cryptography
    • copyright and intellectual property
    • artificial intelligence
    • nanotechnology
    • the Singularity

    There is definitely an overlap with the sub-genre postcyberpunk, and many of the authors can have either tag. However, the level of technological understanding expected of the reader is usually higher.

    Examples of works that fit this label are Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, Accelerando by Charles Stross and many short stories by Cory Doctorow. Since copyleft, open source and free software are highly regarded in the geek community, many of these stories are available under Creative Commons licences. I’ll link to a few at the end of this post.

    I guess it’s not surprising that there has evolved a genre that caters to the tastes and interests of compuer geeks. Classic science fiction, with robots and space ships, has always had a large following among engineers and scientists. This is simply the next logical step. And the target group is growing steadily.

    There’s one thing I’m curious about, however: Would anyone who’s not a computer geek appreciate this type of literature?

    Thankfully, at least Stross’ Accelerando has a technical manual written by its fans: Accelerando Technical Companion

    Links:

    */
    }

  4. B-movie poster mayhem

    4 June 2011 by Adam

    I found this great site: Wrong Side of the Art

    This is the place I post B-movie posters. One sheets, half sheets, daybills, locandines, quads – whatever I find. Also – some random movie stills. The resolution is usually good, but not perfect. Which means the quality is okay for an A4 quickie for your cubicle, but certainly not enough to reproduce the original poster.

    Movie posters: Wrong side of the art


  5. Illustrators that I like: Staffan Göransson

    18 January 2010 by Adam

    Staffan Göransson made a number of wonderful cover illustrations to Asimov-novels during the eighties. Göransson’s drawing style is far from the boring, clinical illustrations that come with a lot of science fiction. Enjoy:

    Död robot av Isaac Asimov, omslag av Staffan Göransson

    Död robot (The Robots of Dawn)

    Den okända lagen av Isaac Asimov, omslag av Staffan Göransson

    Den okända lagen (Robots and Empire)

    Preludium till Stiftelsen av Isaac Asimov, omslag av Staffan Göransson

    Preludium till Stiftelsen (Prelude to Foundation)

    Stiftelsetrilogin av Isaac Asimov, omslag av Staffan Göransson

    Stiftelsetrilogin (Foundation Trilogy)

    Stiftelsen och Jorden av Isaac Asimov, omslag av Staffan Göransson

    Stiftelsen och jorden (Foundation and Earth)


  6. Great SF audio stories

    19 December 2009 by Adam

    While being a stay-at-home-dad, I have had many opportunities to listen to podcasts with science fiction stories – of course only when my son is sleeping. Here are a few that I have enjoyed.

    Escape Pod SF podcast

    EP 204: The Fifth Zhi

    Episode 198: N-words

    Episode 197: From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled…

    EP195: 26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss

    EP192: Sumo21

    EP187: Summer in Paris, Light from the Sky


    StarShipSofa

    Graves by Joe Haldeman (maybe not SF, but really well written!)

    We See Things Differently by Bruce Sterling

    Mars: A Traveler’s Guide by Ruth Nestvold

    Gift Of Joy by Ian Whates

    The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang


    Stories by Cory Doctorow

    When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth

    The Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away


    + The Gospel According to Mark by Jorge Luis Borges


  7. Dystopian science fiction comics – call for submissions

    16 December 2009 by Adam

    The message below is great news.
    I hope the series is a great success – there is really a need for good science fiction comics.
    Mattias Elftorp is one of the few people that could actually pull it off.

    DYSTOPIA

    From Wikipedia:
    A dystopia is the often futuristic vision of a society in which
    conditions of life are miserable and characterized by poverty,
    oppression, war, violence, disease, pollution, nuclear fallout
    and/or the abridgement of human rights, resulting in widespread
    unhappiness, suffering, and other kinds of pain.
    More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dystopia

    In short, DYSTOPIA is a series of comic short stories about the dark
    future that may be coming, or the one that is already here. These books
    will contain science fiction, cyberpunk, horror, current political
    subjects and other stories that fit into the concept.

    We want these stories to move their readers and we want them to matter. To
    warn us and help us chose a better future for ourselves.

    SUBMISSIONS
    We accept submissions from anyone who has something interesting to say on
    the subject, after the following specifications:
    -Each book can be one story (24 pgs max) or be done as a split, a flip
    book between two artists if the stories are shorter.
    -The format is 140x182mm.
    -Both color and black & white is acceptable.
    -DYSTOPIA will be made in two editions (Swedish and English). If you can’t
    do both versions yourself, we can help you with the translation.
    -Send digital material. Line art should be 1200dpi. Gray or color should
    be at least 300dpi.
    -.TIF is a good file format. .JPG is bad (don’t use if avoidable). If you
    aren’t sure, ask us for advice.
    -Questions, submissions or ideas for submissions to mattias @ elftorp .
    com (delete the spaces).

    Unfortunately, we can’t pay anyone for their contributions at this stage.
    Participants will get 5 copies for a full book and 3 copies each for a
    split. Language optional.

    There are no deadlines. Simply send us stories and if we accept them we
    will publish them as we go along, depending on our situation when it comes
    to time and money.

    PUBLISHER
    DYSTOPIA is a cooperation between Wormgod and the Swedish Comics
    Association. Editor is Mattias Elftorp.

    http://www.wormgod.net
    http://www.serieframjandet.se

    Facebook-event:
    http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189666498883&ref=nf


  8. William Gibson, godfather of Cyberpunk!

    18 October 2009 by Adam

    Here’s a cool clip about William Gibson and Cyberpunk. It’s really old, but that makes it even better.

    Thanks to: Mattias Elftorp!