Characters on Star Trek suffer frequent misadventures on the holodeck, a room that creates advanced holograms indistinguishable from reality. But now theoretical physicists such as Brian Greene, host of the recent PBS special The Fabric of the Cosmos, are starting to wonder if every object in the universe isn’t some sort of hologram. Greene talks physics and science fiction in this week’s episode of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.
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Peter Fenzel, Mark Lee, and Matthew Wrather are joined by Chris Noessel, co-author of Make It So: Interaction Design Lessons from Science Fiction, to talk about fictitious user interfaces; they also cover Lee’s visit to New York Comic-Con 2012.
Journey to Planet JoCo: Betty and Me
John Scalzi asks Jonathan Coulton about his song “Chiron Beta Prime.”
John Scalzi asks Jonathan Coulton about his song “Still Alive.”
Science fiction has long been a popular genre - from print to television to film. But how does the Australian science fiction scene compare internationally? And why is it that there’ve been so few Australian scifi films?
Also the link between science fiction and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Mike Jones, Lecturer in Screen Studies, Australian Film Television and Radio School.
Dr Maria Cunningham, Lecturer, School of Physics at the University of New South Wales.
Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Speech, Privacy and Technology program.
Jonathan Strahan, Editor, anthologist and book reviewer.
Further Information: Jonathan Strahan’s website (http://www.jonathanstrahan.com.au/)
American Prospect article on Jay Stanley & scifi (http://www.prospect.org/cs/articles?article=humanoid_rights)
Dr Maria Cunningham’s profile (http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/STAFF/ACADEMIC/cunningham.html)
Mike Jones’s profile (http://www.aftrs.edu.au/about/staff--people/teaching-staff/mike-jones.aspx)
Mike Jones essay on fears and questions of science fiction (http://blogs.aftrs.edu.au/screenculture/?p=518)
Future Scifi project page (http://abc.net.au/rn/futuretense/stories/2011/3092658.htm)
Information about Awfully Wonderful - science fiction art exhibition (http://blogs.radionational.net.au/futuretense/?p=1405)
Conclusion of Knights of the Rainbow Table
Will the future be better or worse? And does the story we are telling ourselves help or hinder us? Can we make the right choices, and deal with the grand challenges ahead or will our ambitions and lack of political will get in the way. Jon Turney (The Rough Guide to the Future) chairs a panel including technology and SF writer Cory Doctorow and Mark Stevenson
Rick Moody creates a sleazoid end-of-the-world saga, basing his story on a cheapo so-bad-it’s-good sci-fi classic. By the end of this Kurt Vonnegut-inspired festival of terror, he’s tricked us into asking serious questions. How did we turn our culture into a sleazoid end-of-the-world saga? What is to be done?
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