Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Far Future Beckons

Welcome One and All, Far Future Calling is dedicated to the future of the human species. Our discussions will concern our immediate future and the far future measured on geological and cosmological timescales. Here we will also focus science, exploration and science fiction.

The name of this blog spot is derived from the radio play "Far Future Calling" written by Olaf Stapledon in 1931

This play was written shortly after Last and First Men's publication in 1930, and takes on the unenviable task of dramatizing that book (although it is more a summary of Last and First Men in dramatic form). It was clearly meant for broadcast on the BBC (the studio in Savoy Hill was the BBC's home at that point) but was never produced or broadcast.

Who was Olaf Stapledon you may ask?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

William Olaf Stapledon (May 10, 1886 – September 6, 1950) was a British philosopher and author of several influential works of science fiction.

His work directly influenced Arthur C. Clarke, Brian Aldiss, Stanis³aw Lem, C.S. Lewis and John Maynard Smith and indirectly influenced countless others, contributing so many ideas to the world of science-fiction (most of them inspired by his readings in philosophy) that they are too numerous to list. Although his work predated the appearance of the word "transhuman" in 1966, both the transhuman condition and the supermind (composed of many individual consciousnesses) form recurring themes in his work. Star Maker also contained the first known description of Dyson spheres. Freeman Dyson credits this novel with giving him the idea. Last and First Men also featured early descriptions of genetic engineering and terraforming.

The scope and sweep of his work covered vast spans of geological and cosmological time.

This blog spot isn't just about his work or science fiction of a similar vein even though at times we may and will discuss such works of fiction.
Our main concern here is the triumph of the Mind and Human Intelligence in a cold dark universe.

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