Stranger Than Fiction Podcast: Robert J. Sawyer on Standing Out in the Sci-Fi World

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June 3 2013 4:18 PM

Stranger Than Fiction, Robert J. Sawyer Edition

In the Future Tense podcast, the sci-fi author explains why he avoids “robots run amok” stories.

Listen to Stranger Than Fiction No. 6 with Tim Wu and Robert J. Sawyer 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 Robert J. Sawyer, author of the WWW trilogy, the Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, and Flashforward, which inspired the 2009 TV show. Robert explains why he avoids the usual “robots run amok” sci-fi stories, the short-sightedness of people who are against human enhancement, and much more. 

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

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