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Archives: NPR Interview with Noël Sturgeon, James Gunn and Elspeth Healey
On July 28th, 2011, Noël Sturgeon (Theodore Sturgeon’s daughter and literary trustee), Elspeth Healey (KU’s Special Collections Librarian), and our very own James Gunn (CSSF’s founding director) gave an excellent radio interview about the life, works and literary papers of Theodore Sturgeon.
You can find the interview on the website of KCUR, Kansas City’s NPR station: .mp3 File (right-click to download; may not load properly on Macs.) Podcast Archive
Sturgeon (1918 – 1985), a highly influential writer from science fiction’s "Golden Age" (and beyond), wrote many science fiction short stories (recently collected in thirteen volumes), several novels including the well-known More than Human, and three screenplays for the original Star Trek series. He also published under the pseudonyms Ellery Queen (along with many other authors) and Frederick R. Ewing. (Fuller bibliographies can be found at the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Trust and Emory Professor Eric Weeks’s page. The Trust also has more extensive biographical information.)
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…
American science fiction writer, Kim Stanley Robinson, best known for his award winning "Mars" trilogy, joins Lucy Sussex at the Melbourne Writers Festival to discuss the inspiration for his work and the problems facing planet Earth.
Robinson explains to his audience why it is important for everyone to know about science, especially in the face of the climate change crisis.
It’s a subject very close to the author’s heart: virtually all of Robinson’s novels have an ecological component with sustainability being one of his major themes.
Robinson also defends science fiction, believing it deserves more attention by literary awards such as the Booker Prize.
After all, if one of his favourite authors Virginia Woolf was a science fiction fan, why can’t contemporary literary audiences appreciate the genre more?
Kim Stanley Robinson is an American Science Fiction writer best known for the multi-award winning "Mars" trilogy.
Other books include "The Years of Rice and Salt" and his latest book "Galileo’s Dream".
In 2008 Kim Stanley Robinson was listed as the TIME "Hero of the Environment".
Lucy Sussex is a New Zealand born writer, researcher and editor. Sussex has published many short stories and a few novels, including "The Scarlet Rider" which won the Ditmar, Best Novel in 1997. She currently writes a review column for "The West Australian" and "The Sunday Age".
We talk to Tin House Co-founder and editor, Rob Spillman about what it’s like editing a literary magazine, what he looks for in a great short story, the importance of confidence in writing, recent trends in the world of literary fiction, and the (less-obvious) differences between short stores and full-length books. Listen to the entire interview below. […]
What kind of future do you want to live in? What excites or concerns you about the future? Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson poses these questions as part of The Tomorrow Project, an initiative to investigate not only the future of computing but also the broader implications on our lives and the planet. Science and technology have progressed to the point where what we build is only constrained by the limits of our own imaginations. The future is not a fixed point in front of us that we are all hurtling helplessly towards. The future is built everyday by the actions of people. The Tomorrow Project engages in ongoing discussions with superstars, science fiction authors and scientists to get their visions for the world that’s coming and the world they’d like to build.
The future is Brian David Johnson’s business. As a futurist at Intel Corporation his charter is to develop an actionable vision for computing in 2020. His work is called “future casting” – using ethnographic field studies, technology research, trend data and even science fiction to provide Intel with a pragmatic vision of consumers and computing. Along with reinventing TV, Johnson has been pioneering development in artificial intelligence, robotics, and using science fiction as a design tool. He speaks and writes extensively about future technologies in articles and scientific papers as well as science fiction short stories and novels (Fake Plastic Love, Nebulous Mechanisms: The Dr. Simon Egerton Stories and the forthcoming This Is Planet Earth). He has directed two feature films and is an illustrator and commissioned painter.
For over a year, Tor.com has brought you excellent short fiction on our site, but now we’re making the audio of these stories available to you in podcast form. We’ll be bringing you both new fiction and our archived stories, so don’t worry if you’ve missed anything archived on the site. The podcast will also include mention of the recent topics on the Tor.com blog, convention reports, and interviews from time to time. We hope you enjoy it and we welcome your comments.
We’re starting out with one of our classics, John Scalzi’s “After the Coup.” Read the original story here: http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=story&id=49
Does the consumption of crime novels influence the way we read about real crime? In this panel discussion, writers, curators and journalists explore the impact of real-life crimes on the writing and production of crime fiction, both on television and in print.
Joining our host, writer and journalist Barry Forshaw, are authors Laura Wilson, Robert Ryan and Mark Billingham and Carla Connolly, curator at St Bartholomew’s Pathology Museum.
By Albert Teichner; Read by Gregg Margarite
Eric was the best robot they’d ever had – perfectly trained, ever thoughtful, a joy to own. Naturally they had to destroy him! From If: Worlds of Science Fiction July 1961.
From LibriVox Short Science Fiction Stories collection Vol 034