The empires of the galaxy are getting a little old.

Paul de Filippo is the author of several science fiction books, including. Stampink Triad, ربوفنک۔, And WikiWorld. Her new novel. Summer thief. Is a picaresque adventure based on the work of Jack Venus.

“I always like to challenge myself with new fields of fiction writing,” de Filippo said in Episode 480. Gecko’s guide to the galaxy. Podcast “I felt like I had never done a traditional space opera, so that was the method I decided to try.”

De Filippo is a fan of classic space opera, but he seems to have a tendency to clash. He says, “In most space operas, you either have a very retro setup, like the famous Imperial setup of Star Wars, or you have the Star Trek setup, where it’s in modern liberalism stars. Is spread out. ” “I understand why people stick to them, because they’re the organization’s most prominent, archeological source. But I think if you’re going to speculate, you should try to break new ground.

I Summer thief.De Filippo envisions a galaxy ruled by Quinner, a group of organizations controlling five key industries – information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, real estate and security. “Coinery is a word that exists, but I’ve used it again,” he says. “It’s not the government at all, it’s not enough NGOs, it’s not enough corporations. It’s a body that unites them all.

De Filippo finds Coinry quite reliable, given that the modern world is controlled by only five companies – Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft. But he says readers will have to make their own world-making decisions. “I don’t have a degree in political science or economics or any of them,” he says. “I’m an English major, so it’s all out of my reading and my own head and experience. So we’ll see if people can buy it.”

Listen to the full interview with Paul de Filippo in Episode 480. Gecko’s guide to the galaxy. (Top). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.

On Paul de Filippo Mirror Anthology:

“We were 11 or 12. Mirror Anthology, and a colleague, Tom Maddox, have been left out. He doesn’t write fiction anymore, and we’ve lost touch with him. But if need be, I will talk to my colleagues from time to time. But then I said, ‘We never talk anymore’, and that was our common past, and we achieved something. So I compiled a CC list, and every once in a while I or someone else will see a related article and we’ll just broadcast it at 10 or 11 which is still right here in the mud. * We all still have a career and are still writing. John Shirley’s new book. Land of the Storm Was the best. Bruce Sterling released a collection of stories this year. And William Gibson, of course, nobody needs to tell anyone about his accomplishments. So I think we’re all just hanging on to the wonder that we’ve lived for the last 40 years and are still productive.

Paul de Filippo on “Rebofunk: Manifesto”:

“I said, ‘Let me make this half-serious, half-tongued gleaming polymeric sheet, and circulate it, and see what people think.’ So after preparing it on my dot matrix, I went to Kanko. [printer], And literally cut and pasted into a couple examples – and xeroxed 100 copies and sent them to different people. It was reprinted contemporaneously in some sources, and it seemed to touch the imagination of a few, as there was a small flourishing of such myths after this broadside. If you look at Wikipedia under ‘Biopanic’ – which is the name given to overcoming this subgenre of science fiction – I think they have a line that says, ‘Paul de Filippo gave it to everyone.’ Ribofink “tried to say. But no one did. So it was not a 100% successful revolution.

Paul de Filippo on Diplomatforming:

“I’m not a fan of it. [deplatforming]. I’m old school. The cure for bad speech is more speech. This is a classic belief that informs our country from the beginning. To me, an abundance of sounds would be the best technique to drown out crazy or evil or destructive sounds. Scaling never works. You try to silence something and you drive it underground, and oppression makes it stronger. So to me, the kind of frustration we face today is not a good thing. … There is a blow and the result of such an intervention, and we really have to use them sparingly, and with a little more wisdom than in the past.

Paul de Filippo on the Internet of Things:

“In my story, The Dish Run of the Spawn, based on the famous nursery rhyme, I looked at the Internet of Things, and how hacking challenges can come with the idea of ​​building a smart refrigerator. My thoughts on what could happen in these circumstances were inspired by the great Robert Shackley, a name that is not on everyone’s lips these days, but Shackley was a great, great writer in the 50’s and 60’s. … His myths always included a lot of tools that got him very good – in the style of Philip’s Dick, where the robotic taxib is arguing with you about where you want to go, so you can see that It’s a series of ideas that still exist. I’m here, 50 years after those people, still trying to understand those ideas.

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