No one knows what the future will bring, but science fiction authors are willing to take a stab at imagining it. We take our own stab at imagining them imagining it. Find out why the genre of science fiction is more than a trippy ride through a bizarre, hi-tech world, but a way to assess and vote on our possible shared future.
Also, an astronomer learns how many rejection slips it takes before becoming a published science fiction author …. what author Bruce Sterling wants to get off his chest … and what the joke about the neutron walking into a bar to ask the price of beer has in common with H.G. Wells, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Ridley Scott.
Oh, and the price of beer? Bartender: “For you, no charge.”
Ed Finn - Director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University
Andrew Fraknoi – Chair of the astronomy department at Foothill College. His story, "The Cave in Arsia Mons", is in "Building Red", here. His list of astronomically correct science fiction is here.
Bruce Sterling - Science fiction author, journalist, and editor
Brian Malow - Science comedian, science communication officer, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
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