SXSW: How to live safely in a science fiction universe

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  1. Charles Stross at DortCon 2013

    Science fiction author Charles Stross is most known for his near-future lovecraft-inspired "Laundry-Files" series, the near-future and more IT centric "Halting State" series as well as his far-future "Saturns Children" android book series - not to forget his science-fiction / fantasy "Merchant Princess" books and other numerous publications.

    When he attended DortCon (in Dortmund, Germany, hence its name) this year, he of course was the natural prey for us - so I asked for an interview. How does he manage those multiple universes, how does he cope with the special problems of looking into the near future…

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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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  4. Hanselminutes Technology Podcast - Creating Science Fiction with “Zoo City” author Lauren Beukes

    Scott is in New Zealand this week speaking at Webstock and spoke to the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke award winning author of "Zoo City," Lauren Beukes. What’s her process? How does she keep it all straight and how do you know when to stop? Lauren shares how she works, how she things and discusses her upcoming projects as well as writing for comics.

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  5. S&L Podcast - #64 - Interview with N. K. Jemisin

    This episode we get the distinct pleasure of chatting with N. K. Jemisin, author of our last book pick, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

    We’ll discuss a little about her writing process, how she invented the world her characters inhabit, and even get a bit political. Or at least social judicial.

    We also go over the books that are coming soon in the science fiction and fantasy world, and annouce the winner of the recent poll on Goodreads for our next book, which was up against some pretty tough competition in the "science fiction written by a female author" category. No recap on Game of Thrones this week, but it’ll be back next time! And we’ll have plenty to talk about, trust us.




    The Book of Transformations by Mark Charan Newton Tor


    Robopocalypse: A Novel by Daniel H. Wilson 6/7/2011

    Hot and Steamy: Tales of Steampunk by Jean Rabe 6/7/2011

    Jim and the Flims, Rudy Rucker (Nightshade Books)


    The Uncertain Places, Lisa Goldstein (Tachyon Publications) 6/15/2011

    Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit)


    Questions for NK Jemisin


    Book will be—- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins


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  6. KCRW Bookworm interview of Charles Yu on How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

    Charles Yu’s sweeter-spirited vision of how vintage science fiction can be used to imagine our world. Caught in a computer game, the hero seeks to escape his chronic melancholy. It just so happens that our hero’s name is the same as the author’s. In our conversation, the writing Yu works his creativity to a frenzy, bringing fiction, physics, math and philosophy to a happy meeting point: safe life in a universe controlled by the imagination.

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  7. Politics of Science Fiction - Kim Stanley Robinson

    Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the "Mars" trilogy, "2312," and "Shaman," has been called our greatest living science fiction writer AND one of the greatest political novelists.  He writes post-capitalist page-turners set in the far future and the distant past. We talk with him about the politics of science and the imagination.

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