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Sonic Science Fiction

Sonic Science Fiction (University of Minnesota, forthcoming 2017)

This book suggests ways to listen to the science fiction film.  In search of moments of sonic novelty and alterity, it assembles a critical taxonomy of more than forty films, from Metropolis to Interstellar.

Sonic Science Fiction speculates on the wide range of conceptual and aesthetic effects that make sound relevant to an historical appreciation as well as a critical understanding of SF cinema. Science fiction studies, literary theory, philosophy, as well as film and sound studies inform this investigation into the production of new sounds. By addressing the ways in which new musical and sound-making technologies change the scope and quality of human consciousness, this book takes discussion of SF film soundtracks beyond narrative to sonic dimensions relevant to psycho-technological aesthetics in science fiction and a theory of cosmic music.

ALTER EGOS, Vol. II (Source Point Press, March 2014)
includes my pulp thriller, "The Hindenberg Incident: A Medicine Man Adventure." Shamanic superheroics in the alternate Manhattan of a very different 1937 .... Urban aerial combat! Bolshevik plots and Nazi terrors! Weaponized theremins and other weird inventions!



temple of sun ra
Boulder Laptop Orchestra plays Sun Ra (March 1, 2014)
Temple of Sun Ra visuals. Photo: Ira G. Liss.


Cover Page
Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture
Guest edited by tobias c. van Veen
:: feat. Mark Fisher, Trace Reddell, Graham St John, Nabeel Zuberi,
Reynaldo Anderson, DJ Spooky, Ytasha L. Womack ::


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Open the podbay doors. The Technicians of Space blog will soon be coming out of cryogenic stasis in support of the publication of my book, Sonic Science Fiction (2016). Stay tuned for transmission.