Of Cyborgs and Starmen

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Science fiction has a powerful grip on popular music, from Ziggy Stardust to R&B singer's Janelle Monae's current android alter-ego. Today, we explore how the literary genre continues to shape music. Author Rick Moody, whose new novel The Four Fingers of Death involves a mission to Mars, joins us along with WNYC and WQXR host David Garland. Plus, Josh Ritter plays live from his new album So Runs the World Away, and talks about his spectacular recovery from writer's block.