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The Archive Incarnate

The Embodiment and Transmission of Knowledge in Science Fiction

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The Archive Incarnate by Joseph Hurtgen
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We live in an information economy, a vast archive of data ever at our fingertips. In the pages of science fiction, powerful entities-governments and corporations-seek to use this archive to control society, enforcing conformity or turning citizens into passive consumers. Opposing them are protagonists fighting to liberate the collective mind from those who would enforce top-down control. Archival technology and its depictions in science fiction have developed dramatically since the 1950s. Ray Bradbury discusses archives in terms of books and television media, Margaret Atwood in terms of magazines and journaling. William Gibson focused on technofuturistic cyberspace and brain-to-computer prosthetics, Bruce Sterling on genetics and society as an archive of social practices. Neal Stephenson imagined post-cyberpunk matrix space and interactive primers. As the archive is altered, so too are the humans that interact with ever-advancing technology.

Author Biography

Joseph Hurtgen is a science fiction critic, novelist, and screenwriter. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Release date NZ
November 30th, 2018
Pages
158
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
McFarland & Co Inc
Dimensions
165x220x25
ISBN-13
9781476672465
Product ID
28209362

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