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.

    4.857145
    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.

    4.666665
    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.

    3.5
    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.

    3.25
    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. 

    5
    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."

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

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

    5
    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.

    5
    Average: 5 (5 votes)