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Week of April 13, 2014

Imagining Possible Worlds

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.

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    Average: 4.8 (5 votes)
  2. Politics of Science Fiction - Kim Stanley Robinson

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    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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  5. Science and the Imagination - Ed Finn

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    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. 

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  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."

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    Average: 4.8 (5 votes)
  7. BookMark: Junot Diaz

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

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  8. Race and Sex in Sci Fi - Samuel R. Delany

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    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.

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Escape

04.13.2014

Have you ever dreamed of escaping?  Your job, your spouse, your country?   This hour, stories of rescue and escape.

  1. Heroin from A to Z - Ann Marlow

    Ann Marlow had a successful career on Wall Street – and simultaneously, a heroin habit.  She never resorted to selling drugs or her body.  She never hit rock bottom.  After ten years, she decided to quit– and never went back.  The antithesis of the junkie stereotype.

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    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  2. How to Disappear - Frank Ahearn

    Frank Ahearn is a former skip tracer, a Private Investigator who specializes in finding people who don’t want to be found. 

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  3. Sonic Sidebar: Kidnapped

    In 2008, Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout and photographer Nigel Brennan were kidnapped in Somalia, by Islamist insurgents.  They were held hostage for 460 days. Escape became the focus of their being.

    For an extended interview CLICK HERE.

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  4. The Devil's Highway - Luis Alberto Urrea

    A true story of 26 Mexican men who tried to cross the Sonoran desert into the US in 2001.  Only 12 of them survived. The others are known today as the “Yuma 14.”

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  5. Dangerous Idea: Alternative Currency

    Douglas Rushkoff's Dangerous Idea is alternative currencies.

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  6. On Our Minds: Poet Les Murray

    Australian poet Les Murray is considered by many critics to be the greatest poet in the English language today. Steve Paulson sat down with Les Murray for a rare interview.

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