Sweconpoddar 25 – Is there an underdeveloped PUNK potential in Steampunk?

25 - underdeveloped punk potential

The word ”steampunk” originally didn’t refer to any punk content at all, but was just a pun on ”cyberpunk”, a dominating movement in science fiction in the 1980’s. Still, the word is suggestive and makes many look for the punk in steampunk. Some of them, some of the time, are disappointed, and say like Cat Valente: ”what a joke it is to call something so inherently nostalgic, conservative, and comfort-oriented ‘punk.'” Is there a potential, an unfulfilled promise, of ”punk” in steampunk? If so, what would be interesting ways of developing the punkier kinds of steampunk?

Miriam R. Roček, Mike Perschon, Chris Wooding, Cory Doctorow, Hillevi Pleijel (m).

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Sweconpoddar 22 – Updating our nightmares beyond 1984


We hear a lot about surveillance these days. NSA people know all about us, at least if they want to. People still talk about Big Brother and use Nineteen Eighty-Four as a common point of reference for understanding how we are being watched. But this is probably not a perfect image of the situation we are living in now. Should we update our nightmares, and how can we do that? How is science fiction today addressing these issues?

Participants: Cory Doctorow, Chris Wooding, Johan Schimanski, Thomas Recktenwald, Hans Persson (m).

Sweconpoddar 19 – Den svenskspråkiga fantastiknovellen

19 - den svenska fantastiknovellen

Denna panel spelades in på Swecon 2014 – Steampunkfestivalen i Gävle.

Det finns knappt några tidskrifter längre, men istället har det kommit en del
antologier de senaste åren. Hur är läget för den svenskspråkiga fantastiknovellen
idag? Är det stycksålda e-noveller som är framtiden? Och vart tog fantasyn vägen?

Johan Jönsson, Karin Tidbeck, Elin Holmerin, Nahal Ghanbari (m).

Musiken är en nedklippt version av Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC

Sweconpoddar 18 – Three authors, three countries, three cultures

18 - 3 authors

Panel at Swecon 2015 – Confuse in Linköping.

What is it like to be an author in Canada, UK and Sweden? How do the conditions differ, especially for writers of sf and fantasy? How is genre literature looked upon in the different countries? Is it becoming more or less appreciated, by the public and critics?

Participants: Madeline Ashby, Ben Aaronovitch, Kristina Hård, Patrik Centerwall (mod)

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0