His latest Young Adult novel is sure to inspire, thanks to its alluring tale of tech-savvy anarchist runaways who attempt to take on the entertainment industry.
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Bill Leff visits with Lauren Beukes, author of one of the hottest book of the summer The Shining Girls. Set in Chicago, it features a time traveling serial killer who eventually has the tables turned on him.
Lauren will be appearing at the Printer’s Row festival this Sunday, June 9th at ‘The Fierce Woman’ Panel also featuring Julia Keller and Laura Caldwell.
This week, Tim speaks with Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy and 2312. In Slate last year, Choire Sicha of the Awl wrote that 2312 “is his boldest trip into all of the marvelous SF genres—ethnography, future shock, screed against capitalism, road to earth—and all of the ways to thrill and be thrilled. It’s a future history that’s so secure and comprehensive that it reads as an account of the past—a trick of craft that belongs almost exclusively to the supreme SF task force of Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.”
In the episode, Robinson talks to Tim about the politics of science fiction, how robots have historically represented wage workers, and why we need to right Earth before we head to Mars.
Scientist, broadcaster and writer Adam Rutherford discusses his new book Creation which explores the chemical origins of life on Earth, and reveals why he believes our future is in the hands of genetic engineers.
Alok Jha is joined by Adam Rutherford to discuss how life began some 4bn years ago – and the manipulation of its blueprint, DNA, through genetic engineering. Adam’s latest book, Creation: The Origin of Life/The Future of Life, is two books in one. The first details the latest research into how the first cellular life form emerged, and the second looks at the rapidly developing science of synthetic biology.
On this week’s Science Weekly podcast, Guardian science correspondent Ian Sample and Guardian digital correspondent Jemima Kiss meet scientist, musician and web guru Jaron Lanier to discuss his new book Who Owns The Future?
Alok Jha discovers the lesser known role of Isaac Newton as radical historian when he meets Jed Buchwald and Mordechai Feingold, authors of Newton and The Origin of Civilization, about Newton’s Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended, published in 1728, one year after his death, which unleashed a storm of controversy.
Plus, Ian is joined by Observer science editor Robin McKie to discuss this week’s science news, including evidence of water vapour on exoplanets and the bicentenary of the father of epidemiology John Snow.
This week’s edition of the podcast is dedicated to the Sense About Science Lecture 2013, given by the sci-fi writer and web activist Cory Doctorow.
Cory’s lecture was entitled "We get to choose: How to demand an internet that sets us free" and was delivered to an invited audience at The Institution of Engineering and Technology on 13 May.
To find out more about Cory Doctorow’s writings go to his website craphound.com.
Horror writer Joe Hill’s new novel, "NOS4A2," came out April 30. He came to San Diego last Tuesday for a book signing at Mysterious Galaxy that went late into the evening as nearly 100 fans waited to meet the author.
In a sense, Joe Hill was born into horror. His dad is famed horror novelist Stephen King, and at age 9, Hill appeared in the 1982 film "Creepshow," which was written by his father and directed by horror icon George A. Romero. When Hill decided to pursue a writing career, he changed his name to distance himself from his famous father and to see if he could succeed on his own. His break came writing a Spider-Man story for Marvel Comics.
Hill is the author of two novels, "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Horns," a collection of short stories called "20th Century Ghosts" and the comic book series, "Locke & Key" for the San Diego-based company IDW Publishing. His new novel is "NOS4A2" or "Nosferatu."
It’s a story about Charles Manx, a man who has a way with children. He picks them up and takes them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate of NOS4A2. Hill describes it as being about "a wicked man whose car runs on human souls instead of gasoline." Once Manx has sucked the life force of his victims, he leaves them at a bizarre amusement park called Christmasland. Exclusive to the print editions of "NOS4A2" are illustrations by award-winning "Locke & Key" artist Gabriel Rodríguez.
The feedback and reviews have been favorable.
“Quite simply the best horror writer of our generation, Joe Hill’s masterful storytelling is on full display in ‘NOS4A2.’ It is by turns terrifying and hilarious, horrifying and full of heart, and relentlessly compelling," from Michael Koryta, "New York Times" bestselling author.
“’NOS4A2’ is a brilliant exploration of classic and modern monsters and dark fantasies, all cut up, restitched and retooled … With this novel, riveting from beginning to end, Joe Hill has become a master of his craft," from "Publishers Weekly."
Hill’s second novel, "Horns," is currently being adapted to the screen by Alexander Aja, and stars Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple.
Morning Edition’s new project, Cook Your Cupboard, invites cooks to send in photos of food items they aren’t sure how to use. In our first installment, NPR listener Marcy Misner has beans, vinegar and almond milk, and food writer Nigella Lawson gives her some guidance on where to go from there.
Time is special. How we see it helps determine how we see the rest of the Universe. Physicist Lee Smolin has a new book out that says we’ve been looking at time the wrong way. Adam Frank digs in and offers his own perspective on Smolin’s argument.
In Mission To Mars, astronaut Buzz Aldrin lays out his plans for getting Americans on Mars by 2035.