The Canals of Mars ignited so many imaginations, especially in science fiction stories, but they never really existed. What made us believe in them? And why did so many writers keep dreaming about them even after the theory had been disproved? Subscribe for more episodes every Tuesday!
Would you give up what made you unique in order to fit in everywhere? This is the question posed by William Gibson's short story, The Belonging Kind, where an awkward professor finds himself drawn into the mystery of a young woman who seems like a perfect fit everywhere she goes.
Ways that we dream about the world sometimes create a shared vision that we start to believe is real. When William Gibson first explored these "semiotic ghosts" of a pristine American future in the Gernsback Continuum, he showed how these visions of modern technology can separate us from our own reality and the personal meaning our world should hold for us.