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Witnessing our energy future
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science and Technology.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Fossil fuels power a large part of our society, but they also pollute and aresometimes extracted at large human costs. Nuclear power is efficient andpowerful, but the consequences of using it could be potentially fatal.Ethanol is described both as environmental saviour and villain. The energyissue is a jungle of pros and cons in which we need to navigate in order tomake decisions about what we want our future to look like. One placewhere different ways to navigate the energy dilemma is often discussed is inscience fiction, (i.e the Day of the Triffids, Moon, the Matrix) and I want toexplore some of these narratives and the way they handle the issue overtime. Science fiction has for the past 100 years been a platform wheresocietal issues have been been brought out to the public, discussed, andinterpreted. But what can we learn from looking at the energy issue from ascience fiction perspective? How can we go further than a mere text/imageanalysis? Are there threads leading from fictional narratives into the “real”world, and what do these threads look like? Can popular culture expressionshelp us decide anything about our future, and in that case, is it possible tofind out how?

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-111638OAI: diva2:587145
Science Fiction Across Media: Alternative Histories, Alien Futures

QC 20130523

Available from: 2013-01-14 Created: 2013-01-14 Last updated: 2013-05-23Bibliographically approved

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