Friday, January 24, 2014
Scientists and science writers can rattle off all the sci-fi that inspired them to build great things. But Annalee Newitz, editor of io9, thinks that dystopian science fiction is less inspirational, but more influential. Dystopian sci-fi cautions against our hubris. For example, when Google bought ...
Friday, January 24, 2014
“By 2013, I literally envisioned that I would be retiring on the moon,” says Candy Torres, a former software engineer for the International Space Station. Like so many scientists of her generation, Torres grew up watching Star Trek in the late 1960s. On the Enterprise ...
Friday, January 24, 2014
It’s easy to look back at old science fiction and see it as silly. But there are important ideas embedded in those stories that influenced scientists and the way technology developed. Take the first science fiction film, Le Voyage dans La Lune or A Trip to the Moon, based on a story by Jules Verne ...
Monday, January 13, 2014
"Mankind will have become largely a race of machine tenders,” is one of the many predictions science fiction writer Isaac Asimov made in 1964 for what life would be like today. Matt Novak, writer of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog, talks about what Asimov got right and wrong.
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
There’s music inspired by Sci-Fi books & film for this New Sounds program. Listen to the internet opera and sonic book by Mendi & Keith Obadike, “The Sour Thunder,” which consists of two simultaneous stories; Mendi traveling with a friend to study Afro-Dominican culture and tracing the slave trade through the Dominican Repulic, and that of a state called Solaika Dast, where scent is the method of communication. There’s also recent music by Londoner Pete M. Wyer, his “Planet 49,” a response to the Danny Boyle film, “Sunshine” about a mission in 2057 to set off a nuclear bomb to reignite our dying sun.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury died yesterday at age 91. He's remembered best for short-story collections like "The Martian Chronicles," and novels like "Fahrenheit 451," "Something Wicked This Way Comes," and "Dandelion Wine." Kim Stanley Robinson, science fiction writer known for his award-winning Mars trilogy, was born in Waukegan, Illinois, the same hometown of Ray Bradbury. He describes Bradbury's enduring influence.
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Ray Bradbury has died at age 91, and with him dies an imagination that sparked the imagination of so many readers. John Hockenberry remembers his first Bradbury novel, The Illustrated Man, which came as part of his membership to a science fiction book club. John was joined by science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson, known for his award-winning Mars trilogy.
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Science fiction author Philip K. Dick died in 1983 at 53 years old. His cultural influence is everywhere, from box office hits like "Minority Report," to the novels of the late David Foster Wallace. His dark, twisted stories about drugs, psychological disorders, and government conspiracies have won awards and left an impression on the science fiction landscape.
Friday, October 07, 2011
Studio 360 came to the writer Aimee Bender with a commission for a short story on a giant topic: the Big Bang. Before she started writing, Bender decided to bone up on her science: she spoke with Nick Warner, a professor of physics, astronomy, and mathematics at the University of Southern California ...
Friday, August 19, 2011
Until the movie District 9 came out two years ago, “South African science fiction” didn’t ring any bells for Americans. But that may change. The winner of this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award, more or less the Pulitzer of sci-fi, is a journalist and novelist from Cape Town. Lauren Beukes’ novel is called Zoo City ...
Friday, September 07, 2007
Though Hollywood was slow to portray the war in theatrical features, now a whole batch of Iraq movies are set to come out –- including Paul Haggis’ In the Valley of Elah. But as cultural critic Laura Miller tells us, one of the first, most surprising attempts to deal ...
Friday, February 23, 2007
Friday, July 14, 2006
He lives in Austin, not L.A. He enjoys a level of creative freedom few filmmakers can afford. He jumps from quasi-animated philosophical films like A Scanner Darkly to mainstream comedies like School of Rock to classic romances like Before Sunset. Writer-director Richard Linklater talks with
Friday, April 28, 2006
Saturday, May 07, 2005
Sir Ridley Scott has directed many highly influential films including Blade Runner, Alien, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, and Matchstick Men. He directed thousands of television commercials before making the leap to film in 1978. In recognition of his contribution to the arts, Scott was knighted ...
Saturday, December 18, 2004
Kurt Andersen talks with novelist Margaret Atwood about how biology grabs headlines — and the imagination of artists. They discuss Atwood’s childhood among scientists, and her most recent novel, Oryx and Crake, in which biotech runs amok with catastrophic consequences.
The daughter of an entomologist, Margaret Atwood grew ...
Saturday, December 11, 2004