Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.
- Arthur C. Clarke
We know, we know. Science Fiction is a lot to take in.
It somehow ranges from exaggerations of the current socio-political climates to fictional societies occupying the galaxies far far away. It highlights the technologies of tomorrow and how they impact us individually or collectively. Oh, and it is obsessed with Individuals! Be it Mary Shelley's Monster who screams in anger at the top of his lungs asking Frankenstein why he was created. Or Deckard, from Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep, who falls in love with an Android and is forced to wonder what exactly separates humans from androids. Be it Huxley's Brave New World, where humans exist but in a way that seems strikingly inhuman. Or HAL9000, the AI whose motivations seem more human than its human companions.
Science Fiction includes crazy, innovative, yet sometimes cliched, concepts of Time-Travel and Teleportation and Extraterrestrial Life and Parallel Universes that are capable of making us question the future of our bodies and our minds and our culture. But it also often fuses these concepts to come up with fresh approaches to these grand old questions, the way Ted Chiang does in his novella Story of Your Life by simultaneously giving us incredible hope for the future and terrifying us the way Orwell did in 1984.
Yet, at the end of the day, let's believe Bradbury when he says, Science is no more than an investigation of a miracle we can never explain, and art is an interpretation of that miracle, and gather at our usual place, at our usual time, sipping our usual beverages to interpret some of the most unusual things ever written. There is no restriction on the size, geography, or language of these stories. But then again, if you feel that there is a story out there that does not fit these labels and is yet worth discussing, bring it along to Dialogues Koramangala at 4 pm on 9th Feb 2020 (Sunday). And yeah, as usual, no book is barred. :)
Registrations will be on a first come first serve basis. Walk-ins/spot registrations will be charged 100/- extra.
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