Dr. Alan Finkel Spruiks The Benefits of SF

Take a listen to Dr. Alan Finkel, Australia’s chief scientist on Radio National’s “Big Ideas” with Paul Barclay, who sums up Finkel’s speech in the following way:

“Our future leaders and policy makers should read more science fiction…scifi can be useful for the building of a good society.”

Just one quote here from Dr Finkel’s speech:

“Take Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game published in 1985. He envisaged a world where students used flat touchscreen computers in class, where citizens could access the ‘nets’ for worldwide digital communication, and where anyone could comment on politics while hidden behind a digital identity. And today we call these tablets, the internet, and social media. It’s a reminder that every great human advance is preceded by a leap in imagination.”

You can find the program audio here: <http://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pgM7rLEl26>, originally broadcast on ABC Radio National on Tuesday September 19 2017.

New Website Manager – Ion “Nuke” Newcombe

The editor of AntipodeanSF, Ion Newcombe, has been appointed as the new ASFF webmaster. “Nuke” has been a zealous reader and occasional writer of science fiction since his childhood. He welcomes all comments, news, and views from within and without the ASFF, and aims to make the website a valuable resource for all.

The Instrumentality, 7 May 2017

Norma K Hemming Award

Regretfully there will be No Award for the Norma K Hemming Award in 2017. The Norma K Hemming Award for 2018 (for works published in the 2017 calendar year) will open later this year and there will be some changes on how to enter the Award.

Big Issue Short Story Competition

Details how to enter here: http://www.thebigissue.org.au/blog/2017/03/09/fiction-submissions-open/ Entries close 5 June.

The Instrumentality, 7 May 2017