Returning to India had its difficulties, but they were of the tourist-y kind: Mike Myers said in an interview that the British were good at comedy, because they were not afraid to look ridiculous. The local bookstores— and I visited quite a few— quickly showed why.
Where does it resemble or differ from the SF tradition in the West. One can already see these two very different dynamics at play in Children of Men vis-a-vis the Hindi movie, Mathrubhoomi.
SF will be immensely richer for it. No Gardener Dozois anthologies. Something like Bollywood, say.
The next ten years should be interesting. Now I am equally uneasy in any situation. SF related activities are becoming more common in India, including regular conferences from the Indian Association of Science Fiction Studies and an upcoming conference in Varanasi announced here.
Everything was horrible, wonderful, disgusting, delightful: Similar to their Western contemporaries, these techno fabulists plough the usual science fiction avenues: Now, many years later, I know that science fiction in India has had quite a history. English, Bengali and Marathi.
He talks of his Yaadish ki chori, The Theft of Memory as an example. Sounds impressive, but the trip missed most of North India and almost all of East India. I have about five thousand responses but will restrain myself to the occasional comment in the discussion section.
What did you learn about Indian SF, the writers, the level of interest among the people you met. So the strategy is to place the emotional content, not into characters, but into situations: There were writers like Prabha Mallya who are as influenced by Dita von Teese as by Indian folk tales.
It was the start of a love affair really, though I was too stupid to realize it. My question is this: But meanwhile, the characters fly around, amused, wisecracking, as cool as the Buddha, even as their numbers dwindle. But my friend and fellow SF writer Anil Menon went on some exploratory journeys not too long ago, and below he shares some of what he found, including some fascinating speculations.
Arvind Mishra, a senior government official with the Uttar Pradesh Fisheries Board, spends his day hours researching fish, and his evenings conjuring up aliens battling an intra-planetary caste system, and environmental degradation in planet Teran.
The eminent filmmaker Satyajit Ray wrote science fiction for children. Modern Western arts dreads sentimentality; it dreads emotional involvement of any kind other than that of irony, which of course is a kind of anti-emotion.
He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia. The psychology is not linear. Click the button on the left to login. Anil originally started writing stories to try out ideas that had no real place either in his research evolutionary computation or professional work software.
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I have to thank my parents for that. No need for violins though. Sat, Nov 22 A Conversation with Anil Menon A guest post by Vandana Singh October 7, When I was a kid growing up in India, my first exposure to things science-fictional sort of was through a series of fat little books in Hindi that could fit comfortably in my hand.
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SF related activities are becoming more common in India, including regular conferences from the Indian Association of Science Fiction Studies and an upcoming conference in Varanasi announced here. There are also many Indian writers writing SF in English. In Search of Indian Science Fiction: A Conversation with Anil Menon.
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