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Why you can't write filipino science fiction

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Why you can't write filipino science fiction

  1. 1. Why you cant write goodFilipino science fiction By dom cimafranca villageidiotsavant.com
  2. 2. (ha. Gotcha.)
  3. 3. (of course you can]
  4. 4. (its just harder than you think]
  5. 5. (heres why]
  6. 6. what comes to mind whenyou think aboutScience fiction?What kind of stories?What kind of characters?
  7. 7. What makes a science fiction story filipino? -because a filipino wrote it? -because it has filipino characters? -because it is set in the philippines? -because it displays filipino sensibilities?
  8. 8. What makes a science fiction story filipino? -because a filipino wrote it? -because it has filipino characters? -because it is set in the philippines? -because it displays filipino sensibilities? “filipino-ness”
  9. 9. A brief history of science fiction
  10. 10. Point 1: science fiction wasfounded on a mass marketlooking for quick thrills andeasy entertainment
  11. 11. (pssst. Thats not a bad thing.)
  12. 12. Point 2: science fiction isrooted mainly in americansensibilities
  13. 13. Thats slightly more problematic...
  14. 14. What areamerican sensibilities?
  15. 15. 1. frontier mentality2. self-improvement3. efficiency through technology4. capitalism5. independence6. equality?
  16. 16. So why is this a problem?
  17. 17. 1. frontier mentality2. self-improvement COLONIZER!3. efficiency through technology4. capitalism5. independence6. equality?
  18. 18. How bout these?1. frontier mentalityAre these Filipino sensibilities?2. self-improvement3. efficiency through technology4. capitalism5. independence6. equality?
  19. 19. What arefilipino sensibilities?
  20. 20. 1. relationships2. loyalty3. cheerfulness4. industry5. ingenuity6. providence
  21. 21. “kapwa tao”1. relationships2. loyalty “utang na loob”3. cheerfulness “Pagkamasayahin”4. industry “masipag”5. ingenuity “mapanlikha”6. providence “mapanalig sa diyos”
  22. 22. By the way... (Ingenuity != innovation)
  23. 23. 1. relationships “kapwa tao”2. loyalty “utang na loob”Our values are inward-looking....3. cheerfulness “Pagkamasayahin”Accomodation and cooperation4. industryinstead of confrontation and “masipag”conquest5. ingenuity “mapanlikha”6. providence
  24. 24. ...and that runs counter to “science fiction”as we understand it...
  25. 25. ...is this why we prefer to write fantasy?
  26. 26. ...because we take prefer toTake refuge in an Imagined past?
  27. 27. Reclaiming (and re-shaping) the future
  28. 28. Science fiction is important becauseIt allows us to imagine the futureAnd our place in it
  29. 29. To imagine is to shape the future...
  30. 30. To imagine is to shape the future... ...else we be shaped by it
  31. 31. To imagine is to shape the future... ...else we be shaped by it (will our sensibilities survive the coming generations?) (if they dont, how does that affect our Filipino-ness?)
  32. 32. But darnit! We can win! (and its our culture and values which will save us)
  33. 33. A picture of the near future... Europe will implode Because of graying populations (as will japan) America faces social fracture (widening gap between rich and poor] Chinese ascendancy, but stalled by Graying population Escalating trade war bet. u.s. And china Continued Unrest in arab countries, spilling Over to europe and southeast asia Where and how does the Filipino fit in all of this?
  34. 34. ...and of a farther future... Global warming Fossil fuel depletion Asteroid mining Extended lifespans (100+ years] Genetically modified organisms Pandemics / Zombie outbreak? Where and how does the Filipino fit in all of this?
  35. 35. ...and farther still... Interstellar travel? First contact? singularity? Will there still be a recognizable Filipino-ness? What will happen to our communities?
  36. 36. (toldja it was hard]
  37. 37. A couple more things
  38. 38. “Mainstream” vs. “genre”
  39. 39. “Mainstream” vs. “genre”realism Fantasy Science fiction Horror Romance Crime / Mystery Alternate History ...
  40. 40. “Mainstream” vs. “genre” realism Fantasy Science fiction Horror Romance(psst...we have a Crime / Mysterymuch longer history) Alternate History ...
  41. 41. Whats the appeal of genre? To the reader? To the writer? To the publisher?
  42. 42. What is the appeal of fantasy? “Fairy tales say that apples were golden only to refresh the forgotten moment when we found that they were green. They make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water.” ― G.K. Chesterton
  43. 43. Fantasy is closely tied with identity.With fantasy we canreimagine and reinvent ourselves.
  44. 44. Thanks for listening
  45. 45. This work by Dominique Gerald M. Cimafranca is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Philippines License.This presentation uses:* Airstrip Font by Vic Fieger* A Hundred Miles by Kimberly Geswein
  46. 46. Why you cant write goodFilipino science fiction By dom cimafranca villageidiotsavant.com

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