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Boom (2013) 3 (4): 27–34.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Michael Ziser This article looks at the California origins of much of Twentieth Century science fiction. It examines how the exploding growth and development of postwar California informed science fiction writers like Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, and Philip K. Dick, and looks to their books for...
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Boom (2013) 3 (4): 3–11.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Kim Stanley Robinson Boom interviews prolific science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson about writing, California, and the future. Topics of discussion include utopian and dystopian visions of the state, the Sierra Nevada and Sacramento Delta, the Orange County of Robinson’s youth, how...
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Boom (2013) 3 (4): 12–26.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Kristin Miller This article contemplates the way Northern and Southern California have been used in science fiction films since the 1970s. Continuing a trend the author traces to the 1940s novels Earth Abides and Ape and Essence , Northern California represents possible utopian futures while...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 18–24.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Karen Tei Yamashita Jonathan Crisman and Jason Sexton interview Karen Tei Yamashita about motivating and influential features behind her novels and plays, which are difficult to define by genre: they have been called science fiction, speculative fiction, postmodern, postcolonial, magic realist, and...
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Boom (2015) 5 (1): 92–94.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Alexis Madrigal In this short piece of science fiction, the author imagines a future California that is divided between people who have used artificial intelligence and bio-hacking to extend and optimize their lives, and those who have access only to 2015-era technologies, and therefore live and...
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Boom (2016) 6 (4): 62–69.
Published: 01 December 2016
..., birth the next reality. But odor is not a competition. California doesn t need to compete with itself to define its character. The state is too diverse to characteristically identify with science or fiction; likewise, it remains impossible to name the smell of the Gold Country. So, I am not surprised...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 1–3.
Published: 01 September 2016
... commemorating the tenth anniversary of the death of the brilliant science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler with a year-long slate of events. On the evening of 27 October, the Huntington Library the home of Butler s papers hosts Xenogenesis Suite, a musical tribute to the writer. Composed by Nicole Mitchell, the...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 12–17.
Published: 01 September 2016
... can distinguish between predictable next steps in addres- sing problems (an urban equivalent of Thomas Kuhn s normal science) and speculative, engaged approaches. The aim of urban humanities is not to create visionary, utopian schemes or science fiction scenarios, but instead to open new paths of...
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Boom (2016) 6 (3): 80–83.
Published: 01 September 2016
... about how they got home every day. Many residents, just like some of us researchers, seem to know more about the politics of the fictional city of Meereen than about their own city. To address such asymmetries, we taught students in the graduate course to collect their own data, to build basic sensing...
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Boom (2016) 6 (1): 58–64.
Published: 01 March 2016
... experimental office spaces in Culver City called the Hayden Tract; Gehry s Chiat/Day Building, fronted by a giant pair of binoculars, now home to Google in Venice; Mayne s Caltrans headquarters downtown I do sense the traces of a bold new future, a future, as science fiction writer William Gibson put it, that...
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Boom (2015) 5 (4): iii.
Published: 01 December 2015
... working on a book and documentary about Pentecostalism in a prison in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. J A M E S K Y U N G - J I N L E E is associate professor and chair of the Asian American studies department at University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Urban Triage: Race and the Fictions of...
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Boom (2015) 5 (4): 85–89.
Published: 01 December 2015
... perfectly suited my own intellectual restlessness. All of a sudden, I could teach what I wanted and write about what I wanted. During my first years in Berkeley, I offered an under- graduate lecture course on contemporary fiction in which I comfortably inserted the Hebrew novelist S.Y. Agnon alongside...
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Boom (2015) 5 (3): 4–11.
Published: 01 September 2015
...- ner managed to frame what LA might become without being much like LA at all, except for the color of the streetlights, which felt right even if the idea of rain in LA now seems more like science fiction than ever. But then movies have their own authenticity; for an Angeleno steeped in them, they...
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Boom (2015) 5 (3): 32–41.
Published: 01 September 2015
... be based on science. It can t be fantasy. You have to do some hard calculations and say, Would there still be enough land to feed people, and where are you getting your energy from? And how much You know, it s not just science fiction. It s got to be grounded, with real constraints. Boom: OK, so...
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Boom (2015) 5 (3): 90–97.
Published: 01 September 2015
... trace amounts of ancient DNA, or aDNA. Amplify the DNA, then clone it it s just that simple, in fiction. The movie version swept PCR under the rug a bit. In the animated video explaining how, within this movie universe, it is pos- sible to bring back dinosaurs, PCR is lumped in with a bunch of other...
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Boom (2015) 5 (2): 100–111.
Published: 01 June 2015
... atmosphere when we think it s dark, but it isn t quite yet. These are temporal zones of ambiguity that give us pause, and, along with the spatial ones, they have their par- allels in everything from literature to architecture. Science fiction horror stories are rife with twilights when the world turns...
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Boom (2015) 5 (1): 95–105.
Published: 01 March 2015
... science fiction stories to predictions of market share. And it also, in American society, means the idea of things changing. The future is an ideology as well as a time in America. And all of these things make it really hard to talk about the future. I once read an explanation of the Norns, who are the...
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Boom (2013) 3 (4): 1–2.
Published: 01 December 2013
...Boom Staff A list of nine things to do, see, read, and hear in California in early 2014. © 2014 by the Regents of the University of California 2014 Railtown, Ethan Elkind Juan Ortiz science fiction Star Trek Atlas of Calfiornia Richard Walker Suresh Lodha boom staff The Boom List...
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Boom (2013) 3 (4): 35–45.
Published: 01 December 2013
... cross before reaching it, if we ever do. Like science fiction novels and films, such artifacts seemed to summon the future to me, rather than forcing me to understand the future as a radically different time in which we might live by radically different rules if we survived at all. It was at an exhibit...
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Boom (2013) 3 (4): 54–66.
Published: 01 December 2013
.... As explored through Kristin Miller s photo essay in this volume, this binary has been rooted in, and an inspiration for, science fiction fanta- sies of film, television, and literature since the 1960s, pre- occupied as this genre has been with the prospect of imminent environmental and social...