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The longlist for this year's Man Booker Prize has just been announced. Of the 13 books selected, 4 were written by Americans, marking the first time U.S. authors appeared on...
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The legendary hard-boiled detective fiction writer, Raymond Chandler, was born in Chicago on July 23rd, 1888.  We celebrate his literary legacy by revisiting Steve’s...
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The conflict between Israel and Hamas continues to intensify, with an Israeli ground operation in Gaza currently underway. In order to get more context on the conflict, we're...
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J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final Harry Potter novel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” was released 7 years ago this week. That got us thinking about our Harry Potter...
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Forty-five years ago, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to land on the moon. What you may not know is that years earlier, a group of female test pilots took...

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07.20.2014
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Brutal storms, rising seas, drought... you've seen the headlines. Our climate changed future seems pretty scary. But do all the messages about climate catastrope keep people from...
07.20.2014
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Science is moving out of the lab and into the pages of literary fiction.  This week, we introduce the “Lab Lit” movement and talk about why fiction needs more realistic portrayals...

Kim Stanley Robinson on Science Fiction Realism

We recently had science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson in town to judge our 3 Minute Futures competition. Watch this video to see what he had to say about the winning entries, as well as the role science fiction plays in shaping our understanding of the present and future.

You can also hear more on scifi and the future in Imagining Possible Worlds.

Kim Stanley Robinson: Science Fiction and the Realism of Our Time from Wisc Institute for Discovery on Vimeo.