Category: Science fiction

How to create a livable urban future: Part 2, the past is ever with us

17 November, 2011 (10:00) | Boston, Cities, Creativity, CSFW, Future, Housing, Personal, Primer, Science fiction, Speculation, Urbanization, Writing |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   As we saw yesterday, reflecting on so translating our essay, How to create a readable future, written by several of us authors of Future Boston, The History of a City, 1990 to 2100, writing stories about the future uses many of the same mental muscles […]

How to create a livable urban future: Part 1, competitive collaboration

16 November, 2011 (10:51) | Boston, Cities, Creativity, CSFW, Future, Housing, Personal, Primer, Science fiction, Speculation, Urbanization, Writing |

By:David A. Smith   As I posted many months ago, the Boston Phoenix published an essay, How to create a readable future, about the mosaic novel, Future Boston, The History of a City, 1990 to 2100, created by the many authors in my former writers’ workshop.   Continuing our occasional series on the Ultimate Future […]

Inventing the future city

15 February, 2011 (11:34) | Boston, Cities, CSFW, Housing, Personal, Science fiction, Speculation, Urbanization |

By: David A. Smith   Not long ago, the Boston Phoenix published an essay, How to create a readable future, about our mosaic novel, Future Boston, The History of a City, 1990 to 2100.    Five of FuBos’s authors: Left to right: Alex Jablokov, David Smith, Jon Burrowes, Sarah Smith, Steve Popkes   Continuing our […]

The ultimate future city: Trantor

2 December, 2009 (11:57) | Asimov, Cities, Ecosystem, Housing, Science fiction, Speculation |

By: David A. Smith   Continuing our occasional series on the Ultimate Future City: The Caves of Steel, by Isaac Asimov, 11/07 The Naked Sun, by Isaac Asimov, 11/07 The World Inside, by Robert Silverberg, 12/07 Diaspar, The City and the Stars, by Arthur C. Clarke, 3/08   Displaying our technology for the universe to […]

The ultimate future city; 1984, Part 2, the slums of poverty

4 September, 2009 (09:43) | Cities, Science fiction, Speculation |

[Continued from yesterday's Part 1].   Yesterday’s exploration of 1984 (a devastating movie, by the way) developed the poverty of slums: how Winston Smith and all his like were ground into subservience by squalid living conditions, deliberate under-maintenance, and oppressive overt surveillance – where both work and home are merely a low-grade prison.   Big […]