Call for Fan!

In concomitance with the sixth edition of NipPop: Parole e Forme da Tokyo a Bologna, NipPop will kickstart a new FAN section on dedicated to Sci-fi made in Japan.

From Ghost in the Shell to Godzilla, from Akira to Metropolis and Summer Wars, Japanese sci-fi has molded, and is still molding our vision of the future. Often dystopian landscapes born from the knowledge of living in the post-atomic age, cyberpunk worlds inhabited by artificial intelligence give Japanese mangaka and directors the inputs necessary to retell us the fragile condition of an humanity suspended between present and future. Sci-fi's fundamental role is to help us understand the present in order to shape the future.

Furthermore, Japan's sci-fi has felt the impact of WWII, and filters this historical knowledge through its future-bound means. From the tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki mutant monsters are born, those same creatures that found celebrity on Italian TV between the Seventies and the Eighties; as well as artistic commentaries on the pressing need for an ecological, sustainable relationship with the world we inhabit.

Now, sci-fi tells us of the invasion of our daily life by the pervasive technology we cohabit with. The optimism that characterized the previous century has subsided to the fear of technological proliferation's horrific consequences; still, sci-fi gives us a lens through which we can dissipate techno-paranoia and generate a better relationship with the new, artificial worlds that surround us.

The new FAN section will collect essays from sci-fi enthusiasts, selected and posted online by the NipPop staff. Any article in Italian or English, text only or illustrated, will be considered as long as it addresses sci-fi in its widest meaning.

How to Participate:

1- the call is open to all sci-fi fans.

2- essays must be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 10/05/2016, with the subject 'NipPop FAN Open Call'.

Editorial Guidelines:

1- Word file.

2 – No more than 4000 characters.

3- 1,5 spacing and Times New Roman 12 type.

Images must be sent as files, and not within the body of the text.

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