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  1. Storyboard: In Search of Time Travel and an Atomic Clock

    For the last few weeks we’ve been working on a special project at the Storyboard, producing episodes outside the studio, with a little more style than our usual interviews (cool as those can be).

    This is the first of those new Very Special Episodes, in which I sidekick for an old friend, a musician named Paul Buckley, on a road trip.

    Buckley’s trying to keep a promise he made to himself as a 15-year-old: to stand on his head in front of an atomic clock on 11/11/11 at 11:11:11. But the trip quickly turns into a deeper dive into the world of atomic clocks, timekeeping and the nature of time itself. Except also funny.

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  2. Storyboard: How Charles Yu Uses Sci-Fi to Explore the Human Condition

    If anyone tries to tell you that science fiction isn’t literary, please point them to the work of Charles Yu. His debut novel, How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, used the conventions of sci-fi to tell the deeply emotional story of a time-travel technician searching for his missing father.

    His latest genre-bending effort is Sorry Please Thank You, a short-story collection in which people outsource their bad days and zombies go on dates.

    In this episode of the Storyboard podcast, Yu talks to Wired senior editor Adam Rogers about making metaphors literal, how sci-fi tropes let him explore the inner lives of his characters, and his particular brand of futuristic ennui.

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  3. Storyboard: Paolo Bacigalupi on Writing Political Sci-Fi for Young Adults

    In his debut novel The Windup Girl, science fiction writer Paolo Bacigalupi explored a world ravaged by climate change and energy scarcity — and won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards while he was at it.

    Though his dystopian future might not seem like the best place for kids, he followed up with two books for young adults: Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities. Set in the same universe as The Windup Girl, they are gripping adventure tales about kids doing what it takes to survive in a world where the odds are always stacked against them.

    In this episode of the Storyboard podcast, Bacigalupi talks to Wired senior editor Adam Rogers about the appeal of YA fiction, life in the “Accelerated Age” and writing political novels that don’t feel like polemics. There is a brief moment of mature language.

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  4. Storyboard Podcast: Sci-Fi Writer Kim Stanley Robinson Inhabits Space in 2312

    In his new novel 2312, legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson focuses on outer space and humans’ place in it.

    As you probably guessed from the title, the story is set three centuries in the future. It hinges on “the idea that the solar system is our neighborhood, and could be inhabited,” Robinson tells Wired Senior Editor Adam Rogers in this episode of the Storyboard podcast.

    In the book, which hits stores May 22, humans live not just on other planets, but also in miniature biomes in hollowed-out asteroids. Robinson’s oeuvre includes the Hugo-winning Mars trilogy and the global warming-focused Forty Signs of Rain. In the podcast, he talks about time travel, trips to Antarctica and the future of humanity.

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