Towards a planetary consciousness?

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Nearly everyone, over the age of fifty, knows the photo of the Vietnamese girl, Kim Phuc, who, half burnt, is running away after a napalm bombing by the Americans. At the time, this photo was an icon in the protests against the war in Vietnam. What has this image to … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Robert Heinlein

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Many experts see Robert Heinlein (1907-1988) as the father of modern social science fiction. Not only did he think about the technology and science of his time, his stories are also strongly influenced by world politics. Heinlein started out as a military (navy) man in his early twenties. He held the military … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Jules Verne

Many consider Jules Verne (1828-1905)  ‘the father of science fiction’. In the 19th century, he saw innovations in technology and in his tales of adventure took those innovations to the next level. Whereas the characters in his book explore far off lands, space and even inner-earth, Verne himself can be seen as ‘an explorer … Continue reading

Visionaries of the future: Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley (1797 -1851) made her debut as a writer in 1818 with the worldwide renowned novel Frankenstein. She became, according to experts, the first ever-true science fiction writer. Her story about Dr Frankenstein and his monster could be interpreted as a story of technology gone out of control. But she also asked … Continue reading