Imagining Possible Worlds

October 12, 2014
(was 04.13.2014)

Science fiction offers us visions of histories we don't know -- histories of the future and the past.  Today, legendary science fiction writers talk about science, utopia, and the imagination.  Plus, the winners of our 3 Minute Futures fiction contest!

CLICK HERE to read the winning entries and a selection of our favorites.

  1. 3 Minute Futures Winner: "Social Scene Alert"

    The winner of our 3 Minute Futures flash fiction contest:  "Social Scene Alert" by J.M. Perkins, from San Diego.

    Average: 4.9 (7 votes)
  2. Politics of Science Fiction - Kim Stanley Robinson

    Kim Stanley Robinson has been called our greatest living science fiction writer, and one of the greatest political novelists. He talks about post-capitalism, utopian visions, and the politics of science fiction.

    Average: 4.7 (3 votes)
  3. 3 Minute Future Fiction: "Food Production"

    Another winning entry in our 3 Minute Futures flash fiction contest, this story comes from Michelle Clay in Massachusetts.

    Average: 3.5 (2 votes)
  4. Star Trek Legacy - Gates McFadden

    Gates McFadden directed the cast of actors who dramatized our 3 Minute Futures stories. She played Dr. Beverly Crusher in "Star Trek: The Next Generation." In this interview, she looks back on the legacy of Star Trek.

    Average: 3.3 (4 votes)
  5. Science and the Imagination - Ed Finn

    Is it still possible to have a hopeful future vision? Ed Finn directs the Center for Science and the Imagination in Arizona, which pairs sci fi writers with scientists to dream up the next big science project. 

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  6. 3 Minute Future: "Dogs in the Snow"

    The third place winner in our 3 Minute Futures flash fiction contest is Jedediah Berry's story, "Dogs in the Snow."

    Average: 4.5 (6 votes)
  7. BookMark: Junot Diaz

    Junot Diaz bookmarks "Dark Reflections" by Samuel R. Delany.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  8. Race and Sex in Sci Fi - Samuel R. Delany

    Samuel R. Delany is a grand master of science fiction. He's a gay, African American author who writes fearlessly about sex and race... and the future.

    Average: 5 (5 votes)