Neal Stephenson Talks Geek Culture in a New Slate Podcast

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April 29 2013 1:38 PM

Stranger Than Fiction, Neal Stephenson Edition

In a new podcast from Slate and the New America Foundation, science fiction writers discuss whether we’re living in the future.

Listen to Stranger Than Fiction No. 1 with Tim Wu and Neal Stephenson by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:

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Welcome to Stranger Than Fiction, a new six-episode podcast from Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. Each week, Tim Wu—a Future Tense fellow at New America, the author of The Master Switch, and a professor at Columbia Law School—talks to a contemporary science fiction writer about whether we’re living in the future.

In the debut episode, Wu talks to Neal Stephenson, the award-winning science fiction author of Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, and more. They discuss the purpose of science fiction, geek culture, and whether—contrary to our constant hand-wringing about “everything changing so fast”—innovation has really slowed down.

Here are links to some related material:

Check back every Monday for the next five weeks for a new Stranger Than Fiction episode, as Tim Wu speaks to Margaret Atwood, Cory Doctorow, and other leading science fiction writers.

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University.

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