Science-fiction

Screen Memory, Social Distancing & Speculative Fiction: The Geek Anthropologist 2021 in Review

Screen Memory, Social Distancing & Speculative Fiction: The Geek Anthropologist 2021 in Review

2021 gave us new ways to think about virtual presence and digital connection through Minecraft; the role of a mediated and mediatized grief in Wandavision; the Marxist politics underlying GameStop stock; the ongoing importance of centering repatriation in the practice of archaeology; and the bureaucratic magic of Loki.

The Death of Outer Space Dreams: Hard Decisions and a War of Utopian Demands

The Death of Outer Space Dreams: Hard Decisions and a War of Utopian Demands

“What if we found new ways of existing in the harsh places we’ve ruled out on our homeworld, before forcing ourselves into the ecosystems of others? What if we revisited the ways of the ancient sea-faring cultures and the desert nomads? Drawing inspiration not from the speculative but from the real, the here, the now, the pragmatic and the historic.”