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  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  3. 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/

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  4. 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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  5. S2E3: Constructed Languages in Science Fiction | Science Meets Fiction

    Science fiction frequently plays with language in different ways to explore the concepts of philosophy, culture, and cognition; and constructed languages (or conlangs) are a big part of that. In this episode, I highlight how conlangs have contributed to the genre over its history.

    https://sciencemeetsfiction.com/2022/07/11/s2e3-constructed-languages-in-science-fiction/

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  6. A Reader’s History of Science Fiction: #27 - Feminist Science Fiction

    Among the various social changes that accompanied the New Wave, this time period saw the rise of second-wave feminism. In this episode, we explore how that movement influenced the genre of science fiction.

    Book recommendation:  by Ursula K. Le Guin.

    https://readershistoryofscifi.libsyn.com/27-feminist-science-fiction

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