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February 21 2014


February 17 2014


January 30 2014


Arthur C. Clarke’s Technologies

In our previous episode, we introduced Arthur C. Clarke, the amazing man and science fiction writer. Today we’ll be discussing his legacy and ideas on space exploration. You’ll be amazed to hear how many of the ideas we take for granted were invented or just accurately predicted by Arthur C. Clarke.

January 19 2014


Google Play presents: Iain M. Banks, Alastair Reynolds, and Peter F. Hamilton - YouTube

Bestselling British science fiction authors Iain M. Banks, Alastair Reynolds and Peter F. Hamilton have came together for a unique Science Fiction Hangout on... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZnZnza8Kng

January 06 2014


December 30 2013


4.20 - Lawrence Miles | SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival

Andrew Hickey talks to Lawrence Miles about his work, including Doctor Who novels Christmas on a Rational Planet and Alien Bodies http://www.sci-fi-london.com/podcast/2013/12/420-lawrence-miles

August 11 2013


Alien Worlds - The Starsmith Project Part 2

A freighter shuttling classified scientific hardware to Timeon III for the development of a revolutionary new hyper-drive unit is hijacked by aliens from a distant galaxy. A security breech is suspected… Starlab is contacted… and Captains Jon Graydon and Buddy Griff investigate.

Alien Worlds - The Starsmith Project Part 1

A freighter shuttling classified scientific hardware to Timeon III for the development of a revolutionary new hyper-drive unit is hijacked by aliens from a distant galaxy. A security breech is suspected... Starlab is contacted... and Captains Jon Graydon and Buddy Griff investigate.

Alien Worlds - The Sunstealers Part 2

The Spectral Analysis Officer aboard the Arthur C. Clarke Astronomical Observatory (aka: Starlab), notices unusual sunspot activity on Sol. Radio-telescope interferometry indicates the problem is getting worse and is causing earthquakes, tidal waves and rapidly dropping temperatures on Earth.

August 06 2013


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January 14 2012


Ted Chiang: What's Expected of Us

Ted Chiang's short story "What's Expected of Us"

October 31 2011


Authorised Domain by Cory Doctorow - New science fiction story podcast on the future of the living room

Here's a reading of my short-short story "Authorised Domain," commissioned as part of a package on "the future of the living room." The judge said I have to write this note and so I am, but I want to put it right at the top that I don't think it's fair. It begins with Mum and Dad having rows all the time. At first, they tried to hide it from me, but come on, the flat's not that big. When they put on their mean, angry voices, well, I'm not thick. Then they didn't even bother to hide it. Mum'd get at Dad about something, it didn't matter what -- taking out the rubbish or leaving his shoes in the hall or money (money was always good for an hour's moaning). Or Dad would storm into the house and not say a single word to anyone, just sit himself in front of the telly and enter a vegetative state that lasted until everyone had gone to bed. Mum'd make dinner for us two, and I'd go to my room and watch the stuff I'd saved up from the week, my shows, you know, the stuff everyone at school were talking about. Footie, of course, and Celeb Kendo. Had to, yeah? Before it expired, I mean. It was better when they split, and even better when they divorced. Kids aren't supposed to be happy about their parents' divorce, so call me a bastard, but my parents'd tell you I was right. Some people aren't meant to live together, I guess. Dad had me at the weekends, Mum had me during the weeks. Both of them were much nicer to live with, too. Plus, Divorce Dad was much cooler about things like going to the footy or Alton Towers, and then he'd buy me a takeaway and leave me at home while he went down to the pub. http://boingboing.net/2011/10/31/new-science-fiction-story-podcast-on-the-future-of-the-living-room-authorised-domain.html

April 10 2011


Patrick Rothfuss interview with€” Adventures in SciFi Publishing

February 23 2011


The Geek's Guide To The Galaxy Episode 5

John Joseph Adams and David Barr Kirtley — Skeptoid's Brian Dunning Debunks Crystal Skulls and Bigfootology in Episode 5 of The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Brian Dunning, host of the Skeptoid podcast, joins us to discuss critical thinking and its application in everything from alien abductions to medicine in the movies, plus Dave and John apply a little critical thinking of their own.

January 31 2011


BBC World Service - The Interview: Ursula Le Guin

Author Ursula Le Guin gives Owen Bennett Jones a lesson in science fiction and talks about how her work has been influenced by anthropology and Taoism. She also tells the story of Ishi, a native American who escaped the massacre of his tribe.

January 18 2011


Jennifer Finney Boylan Loves Monsters in Episode 28 of The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy

Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of Falcon Quinn and the Black Mirror, joins us this week on io9's Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast to talk about literal and metaphorical monsters, and growing up transgender. http://io9.com/5735299/jennifer-finney-boylan-loves-monsters-in-episode-28-of-the-geeks-guide-to-the-galaxy?skyline=true&s=i

December 10 2010


IT Conversations | William Gibson

Dr. Moira Gunn speaks with William Gibson, author of the books "Neuromancer" and "Spook Country," about where we are headed in this post-internet age. http://itc.conversationsnetwork.org/shows/detail3739.html

November 30 2010


Confessions of a Crap Artist

Philip K Dick is now world famous, thanks to films like Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report. But in the last years of his life he encountered something so strange and troubling he couldn't stop writing about it. Writer Ken Hollings asks: was it Phil's fault God talked to him or was it God's? Broadcast on Monday 16 January 2006, 20:30 on BBC Radio 4.

September 16 2010


To The Best of Our Knowledge: Superheroes

Batman, Superman, the Green Lantern… we all had our superheroes as kids. Maybe we still do today? In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, SUPERHEROES. We'll celebrate Wonder Woman's 70th birthday with a look at her controversial new costume. We'll also explore the actual physics of superpowers. And, "The 99" – an Islamic comic book in which each superhero reflects one of the 99 names of Allah. SEGMENT 1: James Kakalios teaches physics at the University of Minnesota and is the author of "The Physics of Superheroes." He tells Jim Fleming that Superman's powers make sense for a creature born on a planet with stronger gravity than Earth's, and that often fantasy writers strive to be scientific if you grant them one impossible feat. SEGMENT 2: Wonder Woman is 70! Jim Lee drew the updated Wonder Woman and describes her to Steve Paulson, explaining the reasoning behind the updates. Jim Lee is co-publisher of DC comics. Also, Aimee Mullins is an athlete, fashion model and activist who uses whichever of her 12 pairs of prosthetic legs is appropriate for the task at hand. She talks with Anne Strainchamps about why her running legs are modeled on a cheetah's and why she sees herself as having superpowers, rather than being "disabled." SEGMENT 3: Naif Al-Mutawa lives in his native Kuwait and is the Creator of "The 99," a comic book series featuring a group of superheroes each of whom derives a power from one of the 99 attributes of Allah. Al-Mutawa tells Steve Paulson that his Islamic superheroes are a response to President Obama's Cairo speech, and that they may soon engage with the traditional Western superheroes. http://www.wpr.org/book/100905a.cfm

July 23 2010


Howard Tayler (cartoonist) interview

Interview with Howard Tayler, author and artist behind Schlock Mercenary, space opera webcomic ( http://www.schlockmercenary.com ) which has been updating daily for 10 years. From http://balticonpodcast.org/wordpress/2010/07/bc44-93-howard-tayler-art-goh/
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