On Our Minds
Sci-Fi Authors Get Real
Our executive producer Steve Paulson has interviewed a lot of science fiction writers this year, and he noticed a trend: writers ditching tropes like "warp drives" and "transporters" to tackle harder (yet much more probable) science problems. These authors include some of the biggest in the genre—from breakout self-publishing star Andy Weir to veteran Neal Stephenson. According to Stephenson, "If we want a better future, maybe we need better stories." Read and listen to Steve's article for NPR here.