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  3. 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.

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  4. 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

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  5. 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.

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  6. Science fiction can save the world. For real.

    It’s not too "out there" to suggest that contemporary science fiction writers are to the cyberspace era what Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell were to the Industrial Revolution: Commentators on the impact of technology on society and human nature. Their novels, like the novels by certain science fiction writers, ultimately changed the way people looked at everything from labor to the environment.

    Science fiction author David Brin has explored these and other themes in Earth, Sundiver, The Postman and many other books. He speaks in this episode of Podium about the ideas that have shaped his imaginative life — and shares his belief that science fiction has the power to forestall the worst of humanity’s doomsday scenarios.

    http://domino.research.ibm.com/comm/research.nsf/pages/d.compsci.podium.david.brin.html

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  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. 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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  9. Did science fiction predict the future of journalism?

    What’s the future of journalism? Amidst countless conferences, anxious op-eds and much hand-wringing, journalist Loren Ghiglione believes he might have found some answers in an unlikely place: science fiction. Despite his initial disdain for the genre, Ghiglione explains to Brooke that sci-fi is full of predictions that we’d be wise to consider.

    http://www.onthemedia.org/story/did-science-fiction-predict-future-journalism/

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  10. 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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