[SIGCIS-Members] Literature on the place of science fiction (and its fandom) in the history of technology

Luke Fernandez luke.fernandez at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 11:23:08 PDT 2018

Stephen Cass mentions the Pontin MIT interview with Neal Stephenson.  Here
is a five minute video excerpt of that interview in which Stephenson speaks
for the need for more utopian science fiction.  It's a great entry into
pondering the relationship between science fiction and engineering:


I'm sure Thomas Haigh has written elsewhere on this subject as well but he
has a nice essay titled
"Technology's other storytellers: science fiction as history of technology"


Luke Fernandez

On Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 11:07 AM Ian S. King <isking at uw.edu> wrote:

> OK, likewise engaging in horn-tooting, I recently published a paper in
> 'Ethics and Information Technology' entitled "Science fiction as a value
> scenario for historical technology" (King, I. S. (2018). Science fiction
> as a value scenario for historical technology. *Ethics and Information
> Technology*, 1-5.), in which I discuss the use of science fiction to
> enhance historical interpretation of values that influenced the creation
> and adoption (or lack thereof) of technology.  Please don't hesitate to
> contact me if you or your institution do not have a SpringerLink account,
> and I welcome feedback.
> David, I hope this is helpful to you.  -- Ian
> --
> Ian S. King, MSIS, MSCS, Ph.D. Candidate
> The Information School <http://ischool.uw.edu>
> Dissertation: "Why the Conversation Mattered: Constructing a
> Sociotechnical Narrative Through a Design Lens
> Principal Investigator, "Reflections on Early Computing and Social
> Change", UW IRB #42619
> Archivist, Voices From the Rwanda Tribunal <http://tribunalvoices.org>
> Value Sensitive Design Research Lab <http://vsdesign.org>
> University of Washington
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