[SIGCIS-Members] Query: mobile phones and science fiction

Johannah Rodgers johannah.rodgers at gmail.com
Wed Oct 13 18:11:34 PDT 2021


One section of my edited collection "Technology: A Reader for Writers"
(Oxford, 2014) is comprised of readings exploring issues related to the
question "Does Science Fiction Inform Our Technological Reality?"  A list
of the readings in that section can be accessed here:
https://global.oup.com/ushe/product/technology-9780199340736?cc=us&lang=en&
.

Kathryn Cramer's "On Science and Science Fiction" (1995) is a must read; a
copy of this essay and Gregory Benford's "Real Science, Imaginary Worlds”
are both available in Cramer's edited collection of hard sf "The Ascent of
Wonder," which you can access here:
https://archive.org/details/ascentofwonderev00davi/page/n13/mode/2up

All best,

Johannah




On Wed, Oct 13, 2021 at 3:29 PM Andrew Russell <arussell at arussell.org>
wrote:

> Hi again SIGCIS - please see below, forwarded with permission via Peggy
> Kidwell -
>
>
> *From:* Baker, Alexi <alexi.baker at yale.edu>
> *Sent:* Wednesday, October 13, 2021 2:14 PM
> *To:* rete at maillist.ox.ac.uk <rete at maillist.ox.ac.uk>
> *Subject:* [rete] History of telecommunications / mobile phones
>
> This is perhaps going a bit far afield in the history of technology, but I
> have a student who is interested in the history of mobile phones with
> respect to science fiction. She is in particular interested in how the
> development of such telecommunications influenced, was represented in, and
> was influenced by science fiction films. Do any of you happen to know of
> historians who have focused on the development of mobile phones and/or on
> the relationship between sci fi and technology in general?
>
> Many thanks for any suggestions - Alexi
>
> Dr. Alexi Baker
> Division of the History of Science & Technology
> Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
> Tel. 203-737-3084
> alexi.baker at yale.edu
>
>
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