Explore the thin line between reality and fiction in literature, film, and gaming. We will look at science fiction from the perspectives of sociology, security, and political science. We will consider science fiction as a predictor – and ponder upon futurology and foresight. Alongside a series of discussions, workshops, and screening we will be working on essays for publication in a course anthology and exploring the new field of prototype/design fiction and micro science fiction prototyping (µSFP).
- Bladerunner: AI and the Robot Revolution
- Star Trek: Interstellar Travel
- Alien: Extraterrestrial Lifeforms
- Elysium: Healthcare
- Metropolis: Cities of the Future
- Minority Report: Security
- The Time Machine: Time Travels
- Universal Soldier: Future Wars
- Brave New World: Utopia or Dystopia
- Black Mirror: The Future of Social Media
- Avatar: The Challenges of Sustainable Development
- What did Stanisław Lem predict about the future
“The books were crystals with recorded contents. They can be read with the aid of an option, which was similar to a book but had only one page between the covers. At a touch, successive pages of the text appeared on it.”
– From Return from the Stars by Stanisław Lem (1961).
During this course we will also travel to Krakow, where we will visit Nowa Huta, developed by the Soviets as a model proletarian city.
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