Galactic Empires Are Growing Small
Paul Di Filippo is an author of numerous science fiction books, including The Steampunk Trilogy, Ribofunk, ug WikiWorld. His new novel The Summer Thieves a picaresque adventure modeled on the work of Jack Vance.
“I always want to challenge myself in new fields of fiction writing,” Di Filippo said in Episode 480 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast “I realized that I had never created a traditional opera space, so that was the mode I chose to try.”
Di Filippo loves classic space opera, but feels it has a tendency to fall into a grave. “In most space operas, you have a retro setup, like the famous Imperial setup in Star Wars, or you have a Star Trek setup, where it’s modern liberalism that spreads to the stars,” he said. niya. “I understand why people stick to those, because they’re kind of an iconic, archetypal way of organizing. But for me that if you think about it, you have to try to destroy the new ground.”
on The Summer Thieves, Di Filippo envisions a galaxy ruled by Quinary, a group of entities that control five key industries – information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, land and security. “Quinary is a word that exists, but I repeat this narrative,” he said. “It’s not a government, it’s not a series of NGOs, it’s not corporations. It’s a body that’s like a mixture of all those.”
Di Filippo knows Quinary’s Faith well, given the extent to which the modern world seems to be controlled by only five companies-Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft. But he says readers should judge his worldly construction for themselves. “I don’t have degrees in poli-sci or economics or any of the good, no confusing disciplines,” he said. “I’m an unrepentant English major, so it’s not in my reading and it’s not in my own experience and experience. Let’s see if people buy it as credible.”
Listen to the complete interview with Paul Di Filppo in Episode 480 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.
Paul Di Filippo of Mirrors in the mirror anthology:
“We have 11 or 12 in Mirrors in the mirror anthology, and a colleague, Tom Maddox, fell. He no longer writes fiction, and we have lost contact with him. But I have long -term communications with my colleagues, as the need arises. But then I said, ‘We’re not all talking anymore,’ and it’s been divided before, and we’ve achieved something. So I put together a list on CC, and every time I or someone else sees a related article and we just post it to the 10 or 11 of us who are still on the right side of the earth here. … We all still have careers in a class and everyone still writes. New book by John Shirley Stormland very good. Bruce Sterling has a collection of stories coming out this year. And William Gibson, of course, has no need to be informed of his accomplishments. I think we’re all together because it’s no wonder we’ve survived the last 40 years and are still productive. ”
Paul Di Filippo of “Ribofunk: The Manifesto”:
“I said, ‘Let me take this half-seriously, half-tongue in the more polemical broadsheet, and go around it, and see what people think.’ So I went to Kinko’s – after making it to my dot matrix [printer], and literally cut and paste a couple of illustrations-and xerox 100 copies and send them to different people. It was also printed at the same time in some origins, and it has to do with the natures of some people, as there has been little progress in such fiction after most. If you look at Wikipedia below ‘biopunk’—Which is the name that dominates this subgenre of science fiction – I think they have a line that says something like, ‘Paul Di Filippo tried to call it all“ ribofunk, ”but nothing worked. ”That’s why it’s not a 100 percent successful revolution. ”
Paul Di Filippo on the damage:
“I’m not a fan of this [deplatforming]. I’m the old schoolboy ‘the cure for bad language is to talk too much.’ That is a classic belief that has been proclaimed in our country from the beginning. For me, a lot of sounds would be the best method for drowning out crazy or bad or destructive sounds. Squelching will never work. You try to silence something and you drive it underground, and it becomes even more powerful to chase. So to me, the unique wickedness we are experiencing today is not a good thing. … There is change and there is a fall from any interventions, and we really need to use it sparingly, and have a little more wisdom than before. ”
Paul Di Filippo of Internet of Things:
“In my story‘ The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, ’adapted to the famous nursery rhyme, I looked at the Internet of Things, and how there are hacking challenges associated with this idea to create a smart refrigerator to talk to a smart washing machine, and what can happen in those circumstances.My thinking about it was inspired by the great Robert Sheckley, a name that isn’t at the top of everyone’s speech today, but Sheckley was a major, lead writer in the ’50s and’ 60s. … His fiction is often accompanied by many devices that are more brainy for themselves – especially Philip K. Dick’s behavior, where the robot taxicab argues with you where you want to go. So you can see it’s that different in the line of ideas that just goes on. Here I am, 50 years after these people, still trying to understand these ideas. “