Some unexpected futurism avenues

There’ve been people writing sci fi in Syria during their civil war. They depict foreign occupiers as hostile aliens

The Muslims could probably help us formulate an “extraterrestrial religion” since God is less dead there.

And elsewhere on the “civilization continent”

What does a people steeped in the Vedas have to say about futurism?

Oh great, more for the list – “tracking down aliens”

How an Indian defined sci fi in the 70s – not wrong

Futurist Realism when it’s at its best, why not call it that instead of “science fiction”?

People in the past read theology to “do good works”. Asimov estimated that 1/100 people who read sci fi as a kid grew up to be scientists – a modern version of “good works”.

Another way to look at it- “science fiction” translated from Indian languages is approximately “stories of imagined science” or “speculative fiction”.

We saw the other day that the Chinese have a similar idea. We in the west tend to see it as closer to fantasy. The Chinese see it as deliberately promoting science and technology.

The Sanskrit word for “science” doesn’t translate directly. It’s closer to Hinduism and Buddhism for Indians than it is to the modern western industrialization that the word evokes for us. We could possibly use Indian and Muslim art futurism to get around “technological thinking” in the Heideggerian sense. People always make the argument that we don’t want to pollute outer-space, and they’re thinking of garbage. No, how about our mental garbage. We don’t want to pollute it with THAT.

Basically I’m just looking for something really weird, that’s all. The prog-west is such an echo chamber, probably in the realm of sci fi too. For instance, if a new sci fi movie were released here I doubt I’d watch it because I expect it to be more about diversity than it is about futurism strictly speaking. Because that’s the entire definition of futurism to them!

This should be interesting

Many Indian SF works retell mythical stories in futuristic contexts, or reinterpret myths within the physical laws of mainstream science

This author says that the genre is in constant battle with western epistemology. How frequently he refers to the British in this chapter is kind of sad really. We have slavery and the holocaust, and they have their past which they obsess over.

Due to their unique history one could expect this, eh?

space travel in Indian SF is more like adventure tourism than colonialism

For that very reason I wonder if revenge will drive their space program at all. “It’s our turn to do that.” Neither China or India have forgotten what was done to them (so brace yourself).

British invasion

Perhaps it’s satisfying to think that Indian SF originated in a true alien-contact story. Indeed, such a take on the emergence of the genre is not at all far-fetched

Ironic- “We bring you sci fi…”

I wish aliens would bring me some sci fi.

So, the Indians were writing sci fi 70 years before the Chinese. Can’t say that about many countries.

What could we possibly find from these billion plus people

Indian SF thus responded to the sociohistorical developments of the nineteenth century somewhat similarly (although ideologically very differently) to the industrialised West.

So the Brits were teaching them science- they couldn’t have been all bad.

These future histories are from the mid 1800s

And look at that, they did end up getting Independence in the 1900s. We need speculative fiction concerning independence from “the Farm”. It would make the concept more “in the air”.

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