Martin Byrne

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This book is a collection of thirty-five texts from the first series of guest writers’ essays, written specifically for The Funambulist weblog from June 2011 to November 2012. The idea of complementing Lambert’s own texts on his blog with those written by others originated from the idea that having friends communicate with each other about their work could help develop mutual interests and provide a platform to address an audience. Thirty-nine authors of twenty-three nationalities were given the opportunity to write essays about a part of their work that might fit with the blog’s editorial line. Overall, two ‘families’ of texts emerged, ...
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PublisherThe Funambulist2014
This conversation with Martin Byrne aims at introducing the rich literary work of science fiction author Philip K. Dick (1928-1982). We explore together his recurrent hypotheses of overlapping realities, the idea of entropy of matter and mind as expressed through the neologisms of kipple and gubble, the question of what is a human being thanks to the character of the android, and finally Dick’s mysticism through his exegesis. Dick’s work has been adapted many times in cinema and is recurrently quoted in current events, as his inexhaustible imagination has depicted more or less near futures which base tell us something about our present. Martin ...
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Volume 10 is devoted to the topic of Literature, with entries by Lambert and other authors. The idea that architecture can be created through narrative is popular in some academic circles. It seems a fruitful approach to the discipline as it unfolds an important imaginative field. It also envisions a resistance to forms of architectural teleology, since fiction is usually based on the dysfunction of the environment in which it is set. For this reason, we could go as far as to affirm that fiction operates in contradiction to the traditional design method. The word “literature,” however, is not often ...
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Volume 09_Science Fiction includes: Introduction: When James Graham Ballard meets Philip K. Dick, What do They Talk About? — Science Fiction as an Inventor of Dilemmas: From Utopia to Apocalypse (by Peter Paik) — 2037 (by Raja Shehadeh) — Collision, Sexuality and Resistance — Ballardian Landscapes: Desacralizing Thaumaturgic Modernity — The Fouled Beauty of James Graham Ballard — Letter to James Graham Ballard (April 14th 2009) — Psychotropic Houses (by James Graham Ballard) — The Brutal Art of Enki Bilal — The Work of Philip K. Dick: Between Paranoia and Schizophrenia — Funambulist Paper #03: Transcendent Delusion or; The Dangerous ...

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