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Fiction Science

19 EpisodesProduced by Alan BoyleWebsite

Cosmic Log's podcast from the place where science and technology intersect with science fiction and popular culture, hosted by science writer Alan Boyle. Support this podcast:

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Cat Rambo explains how to launch a space opera

November 11th, 2021


Award-winning science fiction Cat Rambo talks about their new novel, "You Sexy Thing," a tale about space pirates, a sentient starship and gourmet mercenaries that's been called a cross between "Farscape" and "The Great …

Neal Stephenson on the metaverse and the climate crisis

November 6th, 2021


Science-fiction writer Neal Stephenson discusses his new climate-change thriller, "Termination Shock," and the status of the metaverse - a concept he came up with nearly 30 years ago.

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Christof Koch on the mysteries of consciousness

October 31st, 2021


Allen Institute neuroscientist Christof Koch talks about his quest to understand the nature of consciousness, his magic mushroom experience and his …

Fact and fiction in the billionaire space race

July 26th, 2021


Jeffrey Kluger, editor at large for Time magazine and author of the sci-fi novel "Holdout," talks about the fact and the fiction surrounding …

Octavia E. Butler's classic sci-fi reborn as graphic novel

July 17th, 2021


Damian Duffy and John Jennings talk about how they transformed Octavia E. Butler's prescient science-fiction tale, "Parable of the Sower," into a graphic novel.

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The meaning of life, death ... and black holes

June 6th, 2021


Radio astronomer Heino Falcke, one of the leaders of the Event Horizon Telescope project, discusses how the first image of a black hole's shadow was …

Outer space gets stripped down in 'Voyagers'

April 8th, 2021


Veteran production designer Scott Chambliss says he took a page from SpaceX's playbook when he created the look of the multi-generational spaceship …

Why Michio Kaku believes the God Equation will be our salvation

April 6th, 2021


Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku talks about his latest book, "The God Equation," and explains how we might be able to use the theory of everything to escape the eventual death of our own universe.

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Bonus: Talking fiction with Nathaniel Rich

March 30th, 2021


Nathaniel Rich, author of "Second Nature," "Losing Earth" and the sci-fi novel "Odds Against Tomorrow," discusses the state of contemporary fiction with Fiction Science co-hosts Dominica Phetteplace and Alan Boyle.

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Are we killing nature, or creating a 'Second Nature'?

March 30th, 2021


Nathaniel Rich, the author of "Second Nature: Scenes From a World Remade," lays out his vision of a post-natural world.

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Is 'Machinehood' in our future?

February 28th, 2021


In her debut novel, "Machinehood," S.B. Divya foresees a future where we merge with the machines through AI, nanotech pills and robotic implants. …

Annalee Newitz on 'Four Lost Cities'

February 5th, 2021


Science journalist/author Annalee Newitz discusses her new book, "Four Lost Cities," and the evolution of past and present urban centers with Fiction …

Michael Mann on 'The New Climate War'

January 11th, 2021


Penn State climatologist Michael Mann, the outspoken author of "The New Climate War," talks about what Joe Biden, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and the rest …

'Greenland' spotlights cosmic doom

December 18th, 2020


A new movie titled "Greenland" calls attention to potential threats from comets and asteroids. Visual effects supervisor Marc Massicotte and Danica Remy, president of the B612 Foundation, discuss the science behind the …

Sci-fi master Ted Chiang on AI, time travel and more

November 8th, 2020


Science-fiction author Ted Chiang delves into thought experiments on artificial intelligence and time travel - and talks about how his involvement in …

Kim Stanley Robinson on 'Ministry for the Future'

October 29th, 2020


Science-fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson talks about his latest novel, "The Ministry for the Future," and the climate science behind it.

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'Cyber Republic' and democracy's future

October 12th, 2020


George Zarkadakis, author of "Cyber Republic," discusses ways to reinvent democracy with Fiction Science hosts Alan Boyle and Dominica Phetteplace.

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How the stars gave birth to 'The Human Cosmos'

September 19th, 2020


Jo Marchant, author of "The Human Cosmos," talks about the growing disconnect between humanity and the heavens - and how to fix it.

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Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan talks about Tesla

August 17th, 2020


Kyle MacLachlan looks back at "Dune" and "Twin Peaks," discusses his portrayal of Thomas Edison in "Tesla" and reveals which present-day tech titan intrigues him the most. Hosted by Cosmic Log's Alan Boyle.

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