Stranger Than Fiction Podcast: Kim Stanley Robinson on Sci-Fi’s Track Record

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May 28 2013 12:26 PM

Stranger Than Fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson Edition

In the Future Tense podcast, the 2312 author explains why a voyage to Mars is a good “23rd-century project.”

Listen to Stranger Than Fiction No. 5 with Tim Wu and Kim Stanley Robinson 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 Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars trilogy and 2312. In Slate last year, Choire Sicha of the Awl wrote that 2312

“is his boldest trip into all of the marvelous SF genres—ethnography, future shock, screed against capitalism, road to earth—and all of the ways to thrill and be thrilled. It's a future history that's so secure and comprehensive that it reads as an account of the past—a trick of craft that belongs almost exclusively to the supreme SF task force of Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.”

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In the episode, Robinson talks to Tim about the politics of science fiction, how robots have historically represented wage workers, and why we need to right Earth before we head to Mars.

Check back on Monday for the final episode of Stranger Than Fiction, as Tim Wu speaks to Robert Sawyer.

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

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