In the third episode, Wu talks to Margaret Atwood, author of science-flavored dystopian fiction like Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood. In 2012, she published In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, in which she explored science fiction as an author and as a reader.
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The book has stayed pretty much the same for over 500 years: a bunch of paper pages between covers. It’s been both finite and easily grasped. But our digitally-connected world is forcing us to re-imagine what books could be.
Participants in the program:
Bob Stein, founder and co-director of The Institute For the Future of the Book, New York.
James Bridle, writer, publisher, editor, technologist, London.
Hugh McGuire, founder of pressbooks and libravox, co-editor of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto, Montreal.
Kylie Mirmohamadi, professor of English, La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Sue Martin, professor of English, La Trobe University, Melbourne.
This week’s show is dedicated to a discussion of the six books shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books.
Next week the winner of the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books will be announced. Previous winners have included Jared Diamond (twice), Stephen Hawking, Steve Jones, Bill Bryson and Stephen Jay Gould.
To discuss the merits of the shortlisted books (see below), Alok Jha is joined by one of the prize judges, Kim Shillinglaw, who is commissioning editor for science and natural history at BBC TV, and by science writer Ruth Francis, formerly of head of press at Nature Publishing Group.
During the course of this week the Guardian will review all the books online. We’re also giving away two complete sets of the shortlisted titles in our usual science trivia competition.
- The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
- The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene
- The Information by James Gleick
- My Beautiful Genome by Lone Frank
- Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
- The Viral Storm by Nathan Wolfe
If anyone tries to tell you that science fiction isn’t literary, please point them to the work of Charles Yu. His debut novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, used the conventions of sci-fi to tell the deeply emotional story of a time-travel technician searching for his missing father.
His latest genre-bending effort is Sorry Please Thank You, a short-story collection in which people outsource their bad days and zombies go on dates.
In this episode of the Storyboard podcast, Yu talks to Wired senior editor Adam Rogers about making metaphors literal, how sci-fi tropes let him explore the inner lives of his characters, and his particular brand of futuristic ennui.
In his debut novel The Windup Girl, science fiction writer Paolo Bacigalupi explored a world ravaged by climate change and energy scarcity — and won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards while he was at it.
Though his dystopian future might not seem like the best place for kids, he followed up with two books for young adults: Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities. Set in the same universe as The Windup Girl, they are gripping adventure tales about kids doing what it takes to survive in a world where the odds are always stacked against them.
In this episode of the Storyboard podcast, Bacigalupi talks to Wired senior editor Adam Rogers about the appeal of YA fiction, life in the “Accelerated Age” and writing political novels that don’t feel like polemics. There is a brief moment of mature language.
Today on Radio Johnny Jeff Parks talks with independent content and UX consultant, who will be presenting at the upcoming edUi Conference in Richmond, Stephanie Hay. Steph shares insights about writing content that is both compelling and useful by shifting our perspective to that of the people for whom we are trying to communicate. Sharing insights about user happiness and working towards are greater understanding of the emotional response of the user, organizations can start speaking to the values of their clients resulting in a better user experience.
The final Book Talk podcast of 2012 features a timely discussion of J.R.R Tolkien’s worldwide bestselling favourite The Hobbit, coinciding with the release of the first in Peter Jackson’s series of big-budget film adaptations of the novel.
Paul Gallagher is joined by Edd McCracken of Book Riot, Hollyrood High School librarian Rachel McCabe and two high school pupils, Juliette and Michael, to get into a wide-ranging discussion of the fantasy classic. With each of their Hobbit experiences being different - some having read it many times since childhood, some just reading it for the first time for this podcast - their reactions offer a great cross-section of opinions!
TOPIC: Creative Costumes vs. Pushing Out Product
This week Dan and Merlin talk about how the legends and mythologies around creative people and beautiful losers can become such a destructive MacGuffin for us aspiring civilians.
Getting gakked out on Hunter S. Thompson’s cocaine and buying Sylvia Plath’s oven are unlikely to take you anyplace useful, interesting, or…creative.
Judging from the copious blogs and metres of magazine columns most of the Western world wants to not only eat and drink good food and wine, but write about it as well.
And if we could get paid for it, and do it from an exotic locale, then that would be just cream on the cake.
But really, how hard is it make a crust from food writing?
RN First Bite is a fly on the wall as a bunch of hopefuls practise their craft in the quest for a different life.
Two writers tell us what it takes to create a recipe anyone can follow. Not all celebrity chefs cut the mustard.
So you have people coming over you want to impress. You dig into your books or online for that new perfect dish, shop for the ingredients, follow the recipe religiously, but when you pull it out of the oven it’s a disaster.
It can’t be you, we know that, so how did the recipe get it so wrong?
There’s art and skill in writing a recipe that can be replicated in the home kitchen, but not all recipe writers have got what it takes.
Cook and writer, Kate McGhie owns something like six and half thousand recipe books, she’s won international awards for her own publications, and she knows a thing or two about recipe success and failure.
Liz Harfull is in the process of writing a sequel to her immensely popular Blue Ribbon Cookbook - a collection of recipes awarded the blue ribbon first prize in the cooking sections of country shows.
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