The Philosophical Roots of Science Fiction

People use science fiction to illustrate philosophy all the time. From ethical quandaries to the very nature of existence, science fiction's most famous texts are tailor-made for exploring philosophical ideas. In fact, many college campuses now offer courses in the philosophy of science fiction. » 8/08/12 11:34am 8/08/12 11:34am

A Story About Computer Failure Came Before The First Robot Conquest…

This year is the 100th anniversary of the first story about the Internet going wrong. E.M. Forster (better known for A Passage To India) wrote "The Machine Stops" in 1909, and you can read it online. » 11/18/09 8:30am 11/18/09 8:30am

Paradise Is A Lie: A History Of False Utopias

If you're living in a shiny happy world where everything is provided to you, and your white pajamas never ever get stained, then chances are you're in a false utopia. Someone's going to be coming and harvesting your organs, or culling you at age 30, or drugging you into obedience. The fake paradise built on a… » 3/25/08 10:11am 3/25/08 10:11am