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  1. It Sounds Like Science Fiction But… It’s A Cliché : NPR

    The Internet is full of science fiction becoming science fact. NPR Science Editor Geoff Brumfiel is ready to make a stand. Sort of.

    http://www.npr.org/2017/04/09/523030282/it-sounds-like-science-fiction-but-its-a-clich

    —Huffduffed by grankabeza

  2. Future Tense: Science Fiction

    Russian/American scientist and author, Isaac Asimov, once wrote: Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today — but the core of science fiction, its essence, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.

    —Huffduffed by Clampants

  3. What Can Economics Learn From Science Fiction?

    Economics and science fiction have many relationships that are rarely noticed. A lot of economics is science fiction, in that economists believe in the fiction that they are practicing a ‘science’, and that progress in this ‘science’ can potentially solve all economic problems. Equally, science fiction can be a helpful way of imagining alternative realities, making us re-think assumptions about economy and society that we otherwise take for granted. In this public lecture and launch event for PERC, Professor Ha-Joon Chang argues that science fiction teaches us important lessons about the economy, in particular that it can be changed, that it has been changed, and, most importantly, that it has been changed in the way it has only because some people dared to imagine a different world and fought for it.

    —Huffduffed by jamesmnw

  4. The Fork: Science Fiction versus Mundane Culture

    Neal Stephenson delivers a talk on Science Fiction as a Genre at Gresham College. Four professors discuss the origins of science fiction, its overlap with other genres and its developments over more than a century.

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  5. Gripping Science Tales Need Not Be Science Fiction : NPR

    When does a story about science become science fiction? Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss and theoretical physicist Brian Greene discuss how to spin a yarn about string theory or the Big Bang, without hyping the science. And novelist Ian McEwan, whose books touch on neurosurgery and quantum field theory, talks about what science offers to fiction.

    http://www.npr.org/2013/03/29/175741695/segment-3?ft=1&f=1008

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  6. 38: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-First Annual Collection

    Is science fiction becoming a conservative genre? The Sometime Seminar discusses the 31st (2014) edition of The Year’s Best Science Fiction, an annual anthology of short stories edited by Gardner Dozois which in decades past has served to define, and to introduce many readers (including us!) to, the…

    http://thesometime.com/seminar/38-the-years-best-science-fiction-thirty-first-annual-collection/

    —Huffduffed by RCR

  7. Design Fiction by Britt Wray (from PRX)

    What does it mean to design technology that doesn’t exist…yet? This type of design exists, and it takes its inspiration from Science Fiction. They call it…Design Fiction.

    This story is about how design fiction imagines and shapes future technologies, featuring transmedia futurist Trevor Haldenby and engineer/philosopher Julian Bleecker.

    http://www.prx.org/pieces/94905-design-fiction#description

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  8. No Warp Drives, No Transporters: Science Fiction Authors Get Real : NPR

    Some of the biggest names in science fiction right now — like The Martian author Andy Weir — are writing what’s called hard sci-fi, based on real-world science and a vision of hope for the future.

    http://www.npr.org/2015/12/13/459392474/no-warp-drives-no-transporters-science-fiction-authors-get-real

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  9. The Catholic Geek: The Science of Science Fiction 06/05 by We Built That Network | Technology Podcasts

    Karl Gallagher returns to discussion where science fiction is more fiction than science and vice versa. Host Declan Finn will try to keep up. Karl K. Gallagher is a systems engineer, currently performing data analysis for a major aerospace company. In the past he calculated trajectories for a commercial launch rocket start-up, operated satellites as a US Air Force officer, and selected orbits for government and commercial satellites. Karl lives in Saginaw, TX with his family. So yes, he is a rocket scientist.

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/webuiltthatnetwork/2016/06/05/the-catholic-geek-the-science-of-science-fiction

    —Huffduffed by curtjester

  10. Future Sci-Fi - RN Future Tense - 27 January 2011

    Russian/American scientist and author, Isaac Asimov, once wrote: Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today — but the core of science fiction, its essence, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.

    Now, there’s no denying science fiction has long been a popular genre — from print to television to film. But does it have the influence it once had?

    Some argue the exponential rate of technological change makes sci-fi less effective in its ability to predict, inspire and shape the future of the real world.

    Here at Future Tense we’re starting the year with a look at the power of science fiction.

    —Huffduffed by imsmi