Robin Yassin-Kassab

Strange Horizons

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iraqGautam Bhatia, for the sci-fi magazine Strange Horizons, hosted critic Marcia Lynx Qualey, writers Anoud and Ali Bader, and me, for a fascinating discussion on Arab sci-fi and other genre experiment. This was prompted by the short story collection “Iraq + 100”. You can read the discussion here.

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April 24, 2017 at 2:16 pm

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  1. I am Casey with the Diffractions Collective in cooperation with tranzit in Czech Republic. We are a Prague-based group of artists, writers, coders and thinkers who arrange discussion/workshops on topics of accelerationist philosophy, hyperstition, semiotics, and geopolitics. We would like to open dialogue with you regarding a possible guest lecture on sci-fi writing in Prague this summer.

    I read Burning Country while doing thesis work on Belgian travellers in Syria, titled Accelerationist’s Jihad (part of which is featured in our blog “Futurist’s jihad” tying in more Herbert/Zelazny sci-fi elements). I also recently read this discussion in Strange Horizons on Iraq+100 and “Swarm” in Beta-life, reminiscent of Ernst Junger’s Glass Bees, though enhanced with the anise-embued shot of araq! We are very interested in sci-fi theory, especially regarding speculative fiction and hyperstition, and I hope Diffractions can extend collaboration starting with an invitation.

    Feel free to contact me via email or from diffractionscollective.org

    Looking forward,

    Casey Carr

    May 16, 2017 at 10:31 am

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