[CORK] Islam and Sci-Fi
Mon, 24 Mar 2003 16:09:06 -0800
Jeff Bone said:
> Anybody else read _When Gravity Fails_ by George Alec Effinger and its
> sequels? Near-future somewhat-dystopian sorta-cyberpunk, set in a
> tech-infused slum (think Casbah) in a Muslim city / country.
> Interesting stuff. Paints a fascinating picture of a (future,
> speculative, "liberal") Muslim culture that might be very different
> from the rabid neolithic suicide-bomber image that's so common.
Bruce Sterling had a good one in _Mirrorshades_ too, about a near-future
> Another bit: if you weren't paying attention closely, the reportage of
> events in Iraq could easily sound like a mixed-up retelling of "Dune."
> Shaddam = Saddam, fedaykin = fedayeen, etc. I had lunch w/ Frank
> Herbert a few years before he died, we talked about how his Fremen
> culture was largely based on a mishmash of Bedouin and other Middle
> Eastern cultures. He said he wouldn't be surprised if that
> marginalized subculture persisted for thousands of years, wherever we
Totally! That was observed a few times after 9/11, too.
Isn't there some mix-and-matching involved, though? ie. I seem to recall
hearing that the language is based on Hebrew rather than Arabic (or maybe
that's just the phrase "kwisatz haderach", dunno).