• jinian

October science fiction readings

(Elliott Bay Book Company and the University Bookstore both included. Also perhaps some liberties taken with what's science fiction.

Tuesday 5 October, 7pm
UWAA College of Engineering Lecture Series presents "Making Finding Nemo and Gollum: The Science of Digital Filmmaking". UW Kane Hall 110. Register at uwalum.com or call (206) 543-0540.

Saturday 9 October, 3pm
Jon Scieszka for Science Verse. Bellevue University Bookstore. Free.

Sunday 17 October, 2:30pm
Eileen Gunn, L. Timmel Duchamp, Gwyneth Jones, & Nicola Griffith. UW University Bookstore. Free.

Tuesday 19 October, 7:30 pm
Speculations, the Elliott Bay Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club, discusses William Gibson's Pattern Recognition. In-store. Free.

Monday 25 October, 7pm
Matt Ruff for a new printing of Sewer, Gas and Electric. The Allegro Cafe, 4214 University Way NE. Free.

Thursday 28 October, 7pm
Mark Emmert, Rusty Barcelo, Susan Jeffords, and David C. Hodge present "Creating Futures". UW Kane Hall, Room 130. Registration required.
  • raevnos

Looking for suggestions

There's a growing sub-genre of science fiction featuring the idea that since the human brain is just a biological computer, it might be possible to reprogram it. Stephenson's _Snow Crash_ is the first one I can think of that really gets into the concept, though a bunch of cyberpunk from the 80's touches on it, and there might be older stuff (I'm not counting mind control/psionics type things, or just altering memories, for which a small mountain of prior art exists).

What I can't think of is an example where editing someone's mind/exec-ing a new program in that brain is, in the long run, beneficial to the recipient and perceived as so by others.