To The Best Of Our Knowledge - The Future of Science Fiction

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    Author Ursula Le Guin gives Owen Bennett Jones a lesson in science fiction and talks about how her work has been influenced by anthropology and Taoism. She also tells the story of Ishi, a native American who escaped the massacre of his tribe.

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  5. What Makes A Blockbuster: George Lucas Weighs In

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  6. ‘A Dance With Dragons’ Author George R.R. Martin ‘Playing For Keeps’ : NPR

    Author George R. R. Martin’s latest epic fantasy, A Dance With Dragons, is finally in bookstores after a six-year delay. Now, fans of his work can finally find out whether their favorite characters will survive — not always a given in Martin’s work.

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  7. 291: I Like Complicated Books, Glenn

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  8. Iain M Banks and Ken MacLeod

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  9. Ursula Le Guin on the Decline of Reading | To the best of our KNOWLEDGE

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