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Humanist Archives: April 19, 2021, 7:04 a.m. Humanist 34.337 - the image of the computer in science fiction

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    [1]    From: maurizio lana 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 34.332: the image of the computer in science fiction? (29)

    [2]    From: James Rovira 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 34.336: the image of the computer in science fiction (10)

    [3]    From: Ernesto Priego 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 34.336: the image of the computer in science fiction (50)


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        Date: 2021-04-17 19:10:40+00:00
        From: maurizio lana 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 34.332: the image of the computer in science fiction?

hi Willard,

i had written nothing because i don't know any study that
focuses on the image of the computer in science fiction genres.
but i saw that many answers you got refer to images and types of
computer, rather than to studies.

so i would add the three movies mentioned in
http://starringthecomputer.com/computer.html?c=60
where the Differential Analyzer (the computer built by Vannevar Bush
in the Thirties) appears in full operation:

"Destination Moon", 1950 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042393/
"When worlds collide", 1951, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044207/
"Earth vs the Flying Saucers", 1956
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049169

best
Maurizio



crisi? piuttosto un brutale approfondirsi dell'ingiustizia sociale
g. strada

Maurizio Lana
Università del Piemonte Orientale
Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Piazza Roma 36 - 13100 Vercelli

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        Date: 2021-04-17 18:05:42+00:00
        From: James Rovira 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 34.336: the image of the computer in science fiction

Not so much focused on the image of computer itself but on the persons
creating the image of the computer:

http://sequart.org/magazine/62406/ex-machina-girlbots-vs-geekboys-and-creation-
anxiety-in-the-new-frankenstein/

I do hope someone here has something to say about Marvin in the
Hitchhiker's Guide novels.

Jim R

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        Date: 2021-04-17 11:01:48+00:00
        From: Ernesto Priego 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 34.336: the image of the computer in science fiction

Dear Willard,

Indeed your query was clear you were looking for *studies* rather than the
actual works. For what it's worth, below I share some stuff I have in my
bookmarks:

A place to start could be, perhaps, at least for the superhero comic book,
John F. Ptak's "Trying to Find the First Computers in Comic Books" blog
post from May 2015 (available at
https://longstreet.typepad.com/thesciencebookstore/2015/05/computers-in-
comics.html)
and the subsequent "The First Appearance of a Real Computer in a Comic
Book" post by Andrew Davison (available at
http://fivedots.coe.psu.ac.th/~ad/computerComics/index.html).

Also from 2015, this post on computers in *la bande dessinée*
https://maisouvaleweb.fr/lordinateur-individuel-dans-la-bande-dessinee/

Jeffrey Kirpal's book *Mutants and Mystics: Science Fiction, Superhero
Comics, and the Paranormal* (University of Chicago Press, 2011) features a
discussion of Cerebro in the chapter dedicated to the X-Men.

In the 1980s comic book writer Steven Grant wrote about computers in comic
books at https://www.atariarchives.org/deli/comic_books.php

Bill Benzon is right to mention manga and anime, and though I am not
familiar with manga scholarship there *should* be scholarly literature on
robiotics, cybernetics and computers in Japanese comics and animation. Then
again there also should be more easily discoverable scholarly literature
explicitly looking at computers in Western or world comics, and yet in my
experience the paucity of research is noticeable.

I'll also welcome references to academic publications specificaly studying
the representation or depiction of computers in comic books (rather than
the use of computers in comics, which is a different topic altogether).
This has been an interest of mine for years, and have been collecting
examples that now conform a corpus, for a long-deferred and ongoing project
that may or may not ever see the light of day.

All the best

Ernesto

@ernestopriego
http://epriego.blog/ 
The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship http://www.comicsgrid.com/
Parables of Care: https://blogs.city.ac.uk/parablesofcare/
Symbola Comics: https://figshare.com/collections/Symbola_Comics/4090025
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