Speculative Speakers Directory: Benjamin Rosenbaum

Name
Benjamin Rosenbaum

Email
info@benjaminrosenbaum.co

City
Falls Church

State
VA

Zip
22043

Country
USA


Travel
Negotiable

Bio
Benjamin Rosenbaum's short fiction ranges from crisply extrapolative science fiction in the Campbellian tradition, to richly ambiguous fantasy, to Borgesian fables and postmodern literary whimsies -- accordingly, it's been published in venues ranging from Asimov's and F&SF to Nature to Harper's and McSweeney's. Ben has been a finalist for the Hugo, the Nebula, and the Sturgeon Awards, and his stories have been collected in The Year's Best Science Fiction, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Best SF, and the seminal slipstream anthology "Feeling Very Strange". Ben studied Computer Science and Religious Studies at Brown University, and interplay of the rationalist and the mystical characterizes his work; he incorporates both speculations based on computer science (and 15 years of praxis in the computer industry), a wide range of human cultures (he's lived in four countries and speaks six languages) and a deep suspicion of cultural homogeneity, and an idiosyncratic and humanist religious sensibility in his work. Interests: Open Source, folksonomy, distributed decentralized human systems, and life in the digital age Theodicy, feminism, cybernetic consciousness, the malleability of humans, and the Singularity "Slipstream" and literary genres as traditions, communities, and loci of reader pleasure The collapse of twentieth-century axes -- pulp vs. literary, socialist vs. capitalist, Left vs. Right, materialist vs. religious -- into new syntheses. Jewish alternate history. Fees vary.

Date Entered
12/31/69

Keywords
Any, Other, or Unselected; Science Fiction: General; Science Fiction: Genre History; Science Fiction: Writing; Science: Speculative Breakthroughs; Society: Dealing With Rapid Change; Society: Other Cultures, Past & Future

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