Listen to Stranger Than Fiction No. 4 with Tim Wu and Alastair Reynolds by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:
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.
This week, Tim speaks with Alastair Reynolds, author of the Revelation Space series, Blue Remembered Earth, and Doctor Who: Harvest of Time, which is set in the era of Jon Pertwee’s Doctor and will be released June 4. Reynolds, who has a Ph.D. in astronomy and previously worked for the European Space Agency, talks about interstellar travel, whether we need to invest more money in finding extraterrestrials, and more.
Check back on Monday for the next two weeks for a new Stranger Than Fiction episode, as Tim Wu speaks to Kim Stanley Robinson and Robert Sawyer.
Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University.
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