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  • adj. That serves to extrapolate


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  • But I think she's got a point here: we may be overrelying on the hard-edged "extrapolative" approach, a greater use of other imaginative approaches perhaps injecting some extra juice into the field.

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch Puts Her Money Where Her Mouth Is

  • Now American comics publisher Fantagraphics Books, home to titles by authors including R Crumb and Charles Schulz, has acquired rights in the book and will publish it next summer, describing it as "the kind of extrapolative, futuristic feat of imagination that a reader would expect from the author of Nova Express and The Ticket That Exploded — a mind-boggling tour de force, dramatising outré theories with a science fiction patina".

    William Burroughs graphic novel to be published for first time

  • While the basic underlying idea doesn't have solid SF justification inside the story, the way that Mieville works out the consequences and implications has an extrapolative soliditity that I think will feel quite familiar to hard SF readers.

    WINNER: 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award

  • There is a subset of SF -- dystopian fiction such as Orwell's NINETEEN EIGHTY-FOUR, for example -- where the extrapolative novum read as caricature rather than metaphor, capable of being read as literal predictions even if they are not meant as such but rather as exaggerations designed to focus our attention on the real defects they represent, defects neglected in the ruling paradigm.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • What they have done with the international aid money and loans they have received over the decades provides compelling extrapolative evidence of what they will do with any windfall of carbon blood money.

    Alemayehu G. Mariam: The Toxic Ecology of African Dictatorships

  • Applying a range of extrapolative techniques to explain this alien society with its heirarchy of common citizens and elite technologists, the film shows how they survive, and hope to cope with a post-20th Century South Africa.

    Brad Balfour: Q&A: Sci-Fi Director Neill Blomkamp Describes Life in District 9 As No Picnic

  • But as a unreconstructed Asimovian and a good Suvinian I worry about the consequences of an ideology in which science and military aggression are bound up tightly together through a science fictional aesthetic of extrapolative realism—against which any form of resistance, alas, is just pure fantasy.

    ‘Avatar’ and the War of Genres « Gerry Canavan

  • Excellent near-future extrapolative sf with more than a tinge of Golden Age around it.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • But that can be a feature as much as a bug; scientists who write science fiction tend to lose their extrapolative imaginations when writing about their own field of expertise, because they know too many arcane reasons why any particular scenario wouldn't work according to the current model.

    Interview with Peter Watts

  • Still to others it is an extrapolative extension of the Scientific Method, a way of asking "What if?"

    Horror Science Fiction


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