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An anthology of optimistic, near future SF

Archive for November, 2008

Crazy Story Ideas, part 1

Plastic OceanThinking about the last ‘off-the-cuff’ remark in my previous ‘relevant SF’ post, I produced the seed of a story outline. Since I am too busy to write this myself, I thought I’d share it with everybody interested in SHINE, and hope that it may inspire you.

Disclaimer: please don’t take my ‘thinking-aloud’ musings as gospel, but rather as a jump-off point for your own inspiration. Feel free to use each and every idea and notion, or to cherry-pick from them, or twist them to your own advantage. Even better if you think: “I can do much better than that, and I’ll show you’: I’ll happily look forward to your stories in May and June.

So here goes: Read the rest of this entry »

Music that makes you feel optimistic, part 2

Or: Spock’s Beard.

Spock’s Beard entered the music scene with their debut album The Light in 1995. Especially the epynomous title track is still a classic. However, the albums I find myself listening to the most are Beware of Darkness (1996), The Kindness of Strangers (1998) and V (2000).

SB -- beware-of-darkness1

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The Grapevine, part 4

And yes, another interview:

In my continuing quest for world media saturation the SHINE anthology now has pages and networks in the following places:

(I’ve made personal pages on FaceBook and MySpace as well, but won’t bother you with them. Yet.)

More links from the blogosphere and beyond:

And the sekrit, mad project? Sorry to taunt you, dear reader, but watch this space (and get a drink in the meantime)…

Relevant SF…


…or: The world is looking for solutions. Why isn’t SF trying to help, or at least trying to think along?

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve been in airplanes quite a bit. My airplane reading is mostly newspapers and science magazines like New Scientist and Scientific American. So when I flew to Spain about a month ago I delved into the October, 11th New Scientist “A Brighter Future” special issue, and when I flew to Calgary two weeks later I bought Scientific American‘s “Earth 3.0” special issue. Then there’s also Ode Magazine (I read the Dutch version, but there’s also an English one) with a ‘Generation Now’ special report. Read the rest of this entry »

There are more than one of us…

shine-the-movie1So, in the interest of disambiguation, I’ve added a note at the top of column 4, explaining that this is the site of the badass SF anthology for the good, and that others are, for example:

  • The Shine Journal: a webzine of flash literature, poetry, art & photography;shine-latrobe1
  • The Shine anthology: a showcase of student writing from LaTrobe Secondary College, published in 2004 (indeed, I did run across this — freely available — anthology when I checked the internet if there weren’t any other *SF* anthologies or magazines called ‘Shine’. I decided that the difference was very obvious);
  • Shine the yahoo lifestyle magazine: it’s about almost everything except science fiction. OK, if you search it for ‘science fiction’, you get exactly three hits among the kazillions of articles;
  • Shine the movie: I am very well aware of this one, as my sister — who lives in Melbourne — took me to that very movie when it came out. I love it: superb performance by Geoffrey Rush (and so quintessentially different from what I’m doing that I didn’t worry about the name sharing: rather the contrary);
  • LG’s Shine mobile phone: sold a measly 5 million or so. Kidding aside (I certainly won’t complain if my SHINE sells 1% of that number), there are so many products either called ‘shine’, or referring to ‘shine’ that I only focussed on the combination ‘shine’ and ‘science fiction’.

lg_shine_imgp0493_resize1Therefore, if somebody knows of a ‘shine’ anthology, magazine or website that is also strongly involved with science fiction, then don’t hesitate to inform me.

Kindred Spirits, part 1

In this post (and I sure hope there will be more, hence the ‘part 1’ addendum) I will be mentioning recent(*) publications that are also about change in the near future, are optimistic or have a positive attitude, or feature relevant SF, or — ideally — all of them.

I have two recent examples:


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The Grapevine, part 3

Yesterday, I thought that both the frequency and the content in upcoming grapevines would slowly diminish, but only the latter might be true, as exciting things keep happening. In this grapevine, I am happy to report that I have been interviewed about SHINE:

That’s one interview — and in Italian, at that — but there are two more upcoming: one in English, and one in French. Stay tuned!

More links from tah interwebs:

  • SHINE has been listed on Duotrope;
  • Yukon Science Fiction writer Jerome Stueart is getting into the optimistic groove, promoting a positive radio series, mentioning a column on Fantasy Magazine asking for scientist heroes (am I the only one who sees the irony here…;-), and shortly mentioning SHINE (bottom of the post);
  • Maree from New Zealand of ‘Just Add Books‘ realises SHINE isn’t out yet — it’s slated for late a 2009, early 2010 release — but she already wants it: Wednesday Wants!!!! Gotta love (future) readers like her, and thanks!

Finally, there’s something really crazy brewing: there’s a fifty/fifty chance it might happen, and if it does, you’ll read it here first (although you might hear about it someplace else).