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At Soonish, tech journalist Wade Roush argues that the future is shaped by technology—but technology is shaped by us. Season 2 features shows on the power of virtual reality to persuade us (and maybe deceive us) and the power of a total solar eclipse to unite us. Season 1 episodes explored what happens when movie directors try to get the future right, but fail; why monorails are a neglected but still promising form of urban transit; how technology can improve the museum-going experience; how entrepreneurs are working to create skilled factory jobs in an age of automation; who's working to develop and market substitutes for meat; why the next phase of space exploration is being led by private companies; why our personal productivity tools always seem to fail us; how we balance the past and the future in urban planning; and how a metaphor from the movie Apollo 13 can help explain the Trump presidency. More info at http://soonishpodcast.org.Read more »
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Sci-Fi That Takes Science Seriously
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The golden era of “hard” science fiction that respects the rules of actual science lasted from the 1940s to the 1960s. In the 1970s, demand for hard sci-fi fell off a cliff, with a big push from the first Star Wars movie in 1977. But for the last year and a half, Soonish host Wade Roush has been part of a project to revive this underappreciated genre. This week’s episode is all about Twelve Tomorrows, the new short-story anthology Wade edited for MIT Technology Review and the MIT Press. The episode outlines the book’s mission and origin story. And four of the eleven authors who contributed stories to the book weight in on the differences between hard science fiction, fantasy, and other sci-fi sub-genres.
Soonish listeners can get 30% off the book's list price by calling 1-800-405-1619 or writing to firstname.lastname@example.org and using the discount code SOONISH30. And now through July 31, listeners who become new Soonish patrons at Patreon at the $5 per episode level or above will get a free autographed copy of the book! To sign up go to patreon.com/soonish.
Music in this episode by Graham Gordon Ramsay and Titlecard Music. Full episode details at https://www.soonishpodcast.org/episodes/2018/6/18/208-sci-fi-that-takes-science-seriouslyRead more »
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