How can science-fiction narratives help anticipate future technology developments and their impact on society? This is the departing question of the I EELISA Science-fiction Short Stories Contest.
China will be the guest country for this First Edition that aims for a global scope. An initiative with over 10.000 euros in prizes, that will encourage students from different cultures to use their knowledge and creativity to speculate on the impact of technology in society and envision different short- or long-term future scenarios for mankind through fictional stories.
Starting on April 28th, and preceding the call for stories submissions on June 15th, EELISA will offer a series of lectures that will give insight to the role of speculative literature in raising awareness on the potential of technology to impact societies and stress the value of visionary thinking to improve peoples’ lives, our planet and the physical and digital ecosystems that will become our habitat of tomorrow.
These talks will provide participants with an overview of speculative literature in connection with engineering and technical developments, and equip them with a framework and basic tools to turn their engineering knowledge -and its potential implications for humanity- into an engaging science fiction story.