Jonathan Lethem has created an alternate NY City circa 2004, with astronauts lost in space, aging child stars and a tiger stalking the Upper East Side. Chuck Klosterman reexamines the Unabomber’s Manifesto and thinks there are some interesting ideas in his writing. V. Vale is republishing author J. G. Ballard, considered a science fiction writer, but self-described as "picturing the psychology of the future." Brent Silby describes a view that suggests that our ‘reality’ is a simulation being run in a massive computer.
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Jonathan Lethem, the acclaimed author of Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude, reads from and discusses his new book Chronic City, a gorgeous, searing portrayal of Manhattanites wrapped in their own delusions, desires, and lies. Like Manhattan itself, Lethem’s newest masterpiece is beautiful and tawdry, tragic and forgiving, devastating and antic, a stand-in for the whole world and a place utterly unique.
Scott is in New Zealand this week speaking at Webstock and spoke to the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke award winning author of "Zoo City," Lauren Beukes. What’s her process? How does she keep it all straight and how do you know when to stop? Lauren shares how she works, how she things and discusses her upcoming projects as well as writing for comics.
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Jonathan Ross, graphic novelist Alan Moore and string theorist Brian Greene for a special science fiction themed programme.