I’m an NEH Fellow for City Tech’s “A Cultural History of Digital Technology” project. It brings together faculty from across the college to design humanities-course modules and a new course proposal that brings the six modules together. I am contributing to the Digital Fabrication Module of the course curriculum that the team will develop.
I put together the following bibliography of Science Fiction, critical work, video games, and software as part of my contribution to the project and the upcoming curricular work. Following my bibliography, I have included the preliminary viewings and readings for this module (which were selected before I joined the project as a fellow) for those interested in learning more about these topics.
Fiction: 3D Printing (chronological)
Heinlein, Robert A. “Waldo.” Astounding Science Fiction Aug. 1942: 9-53.
Smith, George O. “Identity.” Astounding Science Fiction Nov. 1945. 145-180.
Russell, Eric F. “Hobbyist.” Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 1947: 33-61.
Sheckley, Robert. “The Necessary Thing.” Galaxy Science Fiction June 1955. 55-66.
Clarke, Arthur C. The City and the Stars. Harcourt Brace/SFBC, 1956.
Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age, or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer. Bantam Spectra, 1995.
Gibson, William. All Tomorrow’s Parties. Viking Press, 1999.
Brin, David. Kiln People. Tor, 2002.
Marusek, David. Counting Heads. Tor, 2005. [expansion of his novella We Were Out of Our Minds with Joy, 1995].
Doctorow, Cory. “Printcrime.” Nature vol. 439 (12 Jan. 2006): 242.
Sterling, Bruce. “Kiosk.” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Jan. 2007: 68-113.
Doctorow, Cory. Makers. HarperVoyager, 2009.
Stross, Charles. Rule 34. Ace Books, 2011.
Hamilton, Peter F. Great North Road, Macmillan UK, 2012.
Gibson, William. The Peripheral. G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2014.
Newman, Emma. Planetfall. Roc, 2015.
Robinson, Kim Stanley. Aurora. Orbit, 2015.
Fiction: Fractals (chronological)
Langford, David. “Blit.” Interzone Sept./Oct. 1988: 40-42.
Rucker, Rudy. “As Above, So Below.” in The Microverse. Ed. Byron Preiss. Bantam Spectra, 1989. 334-340.
Shiner, Lewis. “Fractal Geometry.” in The Edges of Things. WSFA Press, 1991. 59.
Anthony, Piers. Fractal Mode. Ace/Putnam, 1992. [second novel in his Mode series].
Di Filippo, Paul. “Fractal Paisleys.” The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction May 1992: 72-106.
Charnock, Graham. “On the Shores of a Fractal Sea.” in New Worlds 3. Ed. David Garnett. Gollancz, 1993. 125-136.
Luckett, Dave. “The Patternmaker.” in The Patternmaker: Nine Science Fiction Stories. Ed. Lucy Sussex. Omnibus Books, 1994. 3-18.
Pickover, Clifford A. Chaos in Wonderland: Visual Adventures in a Fractal World. St. Martin’s Press, 1994.
Turzillo, Mary A. “The Mandelbrot Dragon.” in The Ultimate Dragon. Eds. Keith DeCandido, John Betancourt, and Byron Preiss. Dell, 1995. 167-172.
Williamson, Jack. “The Fractal Man.” 1996. in At the Human Limit. Haffner Press, 2011. 187-204.
Leisner, William. “Gods, Fate, and Fractals.” in Strange New Worlds II. Eds. Dean Wesley Smith, John J. Ordover, and Paula M. Block. Pocket Books, 1999. 166-183.
Thompson, Douglas. Ultrameta: A Fractal Novel. Eibonvale Press, 2009.
Patrice, Helen. “Mandelbrot Universe.” Dreams & Nightmares no. 92 (May 2012): n.p.
Strasser, Dirk. “The Mandelbrot Bet.” in Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction. Eds. Ben Bova and Eric Choi. Tor, 2014. 365-378.
Snow, C.P. The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution. Cambridge UP, 1961.
Rucker, Rudy. “In Search of a Beautiful 3D Mandelbrot Set.” RudyRucker.com. 5-14 Sept. 1988 (revised 24 Sept. 2009).
Hayles, N. Katherine. How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics. University of Chicago Press, 1999.
Thurs, Daniel Patrick. “Tiny Tech, Transcendent Tech: Nanotechnology, Science Fiction, and the Limits of Modern Science Talk.” Science Communication vol. 29, no. 1 (Sept. 2007): 65-95.
Video Games (chronological)
No Man’s Sky, http://www.no-mans-sky.com.
Julia Map, http://juliamap.googlelabs.com/.
Paul Lutus, The Mandelbrot Set, http://arachnoid.com/mandelbrot_set/index.html.
NOVA, “Fractals: Hunting the Hidden Dimension,” http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/physics/hunting-hidden-dimension.html.
Benoit Mandelbrot TED Talk, Fractals and the Art of Roughness, https://www.ted.com/talks/benoit_mandelbrot_fractals_the_art_of_roughness?language=en.
Devlin, Keith. The Language of Mathematics: Making the Invisible Visible. W. H. Freeman, 1998. 188-220.
Flake, Gary. The Computational Beauty of Nature: Computer Explorations of Fractals, Chaos, Complex Systems, and Adaptation. MIT Press, 1998. 59- 110.
Mandelbrot, Benoit. The Fractal Geometry of Nature. W.H. Freeman, 1983. 4- 38.
Mandelbrot, Benoit. Fractals: Form, Chance, and Dimension. W.H. Freeman, 1977.
Samuel, Nina. ed. The Islands of Benoit Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking. Bard Graduate Center, 2012.18-56.