Creative writing competition is open! E-mail

ISWA project is carrying out the Literature competition based on Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics among secondary school students around Europe.

Read the announcement and participate to the competition! The short imaginary stories will be submitted by email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Italo Calvino and Cosmicomics E-mail

is a book of short stories by Italo Calvino first published in Italian in 1965 and in English in 1968. Each story takes a scientific "fact" (though sometimes a falsehood by today's understanding), and builds an imaginative story around it. An always extant being called Qfwfq narrates all of the stories save two, each of which is a memory of an event in the history of the universe. Qfwfq also narrates some stories in Calvino's t zero.

All of the stories in Cosmicomics, together with those from t zero and other sources, are now available in a single volume collection, The Complete Cosmicomics (Penguin UK, 2009).

Mutual Relations of Science, Technology, Literature and the Arts

There’s real poetry in the real world.

Science is the poetry of reality (Richard Dawkins)

Although in ancient times scientific and technological knowledge was often presented in form of poetry, modern scientists, engineers and writers tend to think of their enterprises as fundamentally different and perhaps even diametrically opposed. Writers and literary scholars in particular often find questions involving possible relations between the fields annoying, irrelevant and threatening.


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