Bhopal – the magical city of lakes encircling small hills is clean and beautiful. The Bhopal Literature Festival was held from 10 to 12 Jan 2020.
The year 2019 has been an inflection point, an exceptional year for Indian science fiction.
The challenge of sci-fi is that a new world with all its dimensions has to be imagined. It has to be populated by characters – living or machines – that are distinct, yet remain plausible. Keeping it believable – that is the key.
When men and women don’t need each other: A review of Sadhna Shanker’s Ascendance Gautham Shenoy June 30, 2019 https://factordaily.com/sadhna-shanker-ascendance-scifi-review/ On a distant planet called Elone, in the distant future, live two ‘species’ antagonistic to one another. Given their violent past – that began on their home planet, and continued even after this new planet was…
Even by the end, you can’t guess how the two sides could resolve their differences, you know that you need to hold on tight and trust her imagination. Because the ending, when it comes, blows you away!
She asked insightful questions on the impact of being Indian on the book and the underlying thread of violence. Made me think!
As our landscape evolves, we will have to be accommodative, compassionate and inclusive, not because we are ‘women’, but because the future tide should not rise to the advantage of a select few like it did in the past.
We are moving towards a huge change in human life. I don’t have doubts about it anymore. The future will arrive much faster than we want to accept or can foresee.
Review in a literary journal….
Brahmaputra Literary Festival, Guwahati, Assam