To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Future of Science Fiction

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  1. 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.

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  2. 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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  3. Saswato R Das: Wrong number

    A wrong number to a friend in Sri Lanka leads Saswato Das to the final interview with a famous science fiction writer.

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  4. 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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  5. The Science Fiction Show : MySciFiShow Interview 003: Writer Eric Trautmann

    This is the full interview with Eric Trautmann, writer of Red Sonja and Vampirella. Eric also spoke with us about his time working on the Halo video game series. That portion of the interview, about 15 minutes, can be found in Episode 005 of The Science Fiction Show.

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  6. The Fork: Science Fiction versus Mundane Culture

    Neal Stephenson delivers a talk on Science Fiction as a Genre at Gresham College. Four professors discuss the origins of science fiction, its overlap with other genres and its developments over more than a century.

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  7. Gripping Science Tales Need Not Be Science Fiction : NPR

    When does a story about science become science fiction? Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss and theoretical physicist Brian Greene discuss how to spin a yarn about string theory or the Big Bang, without hyping the science. And novelist Ian McEwan, whose books touch on neurosurgery and quantum field theory, talks about what science offers to fiction.

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  8. 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…

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  9. 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.

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  10. 179. Ann Leckie — Ancillary Justice

    Empires, spaceships, and corruption, oh my!  Author Ann Leckie joins us to discuss her much-discussed novel, Ancillary Justice.  We talk about gender paradigms (in her work and elsewhere), research, colonial empires, science fiction as a genre, and much more! We hope you enjoy the episode! Giveaway Rules: Answer the following question:  What is your favorite science…

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