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Fiction Science

Fiction Science

By Alan Boyle
Cosmic Log's podcast from the place where science and technology intersect with science fiction and popular culture, hosted by science writer Alan Boyle.
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Fact and fiction in the billionaire space race
Jeffrey Kluger, editor at large for Time magazine and author of the sci-fi novel "Holdout," talks about the fact and the fiction surrounding commercial spaceflight and NASA exploration.
33:54
July 26, 2021
Octavia E. Butler's classic sci-fi reborn as graphic novel
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.
35:52
July 17, 2021
The meaning of life, death ... and black holes
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 captured - and why it's so intriguing.
25:41
June 6, 2021
Outer space gets stripped down in 'Voyagers'
Veteran production designer Scott Chambliss says he took a page from SpaceX's playbook when he created the look of the multi-generational spaceship for the movie "Voyagers."
19:03
April 8, 2021
Why Michio Kaku believes the God Equation will be our salvation
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.
36:44
April 6, 2021
Bonus: Talking fiction with Nathaniel Rich
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.
17:24
March 30, 2021
Are we killing nature, or creating a 'Second Nature'?
Nathaniel Rich, the author of "Second Nature: Scenes From a World Remade," lays out his vision of a post-natural world.
32:11
March 30, 2021
Is 'Machinehood' in our future?
In her debut novel, "Machinehood," S.B. Divya foresees a future where we merge with the machines through AI, nanotech pills and robotic implants. Would she want to be part of that future? Get the answer in this episode of Fiction Science, co-hosted by Alan Boyle and Dominica Phetteplace.
32:22
February 28, 2021
Annalee Newitz on 'Four Lost Cities'
Science journalist/author Annalee Newitz discusses her new book, "Four Lost Cities," and the evolution of past and present urban centers with Fiction Science hosts Alan Boyle and Dominica Phetteplace.
34:42
February 5, 2021
Michael Mann on 'The New Climate War'
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 of us can do to help the world avert the coming climate catastrophe.
37:07
January 11, 2021
'Greenland' spotlights cosmic doom
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 spectacle.
30:09
December 18, 2020
Sci-fi master Ted Chiang on AI, time travel and more
Science-fiction author Ted Chiang delves into thought experiments on artificial intelligence and time travel - and talks about how his involvement in the movie "Arrival" changed his life.
39:04
November 8, 2020
Kim Stanley Robinson on 'Ministry for the Future'
Science-fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson talks about his latest novel, "The Ministry for the Future," and the climate science behind it.
45:39
October 29, 2020
'Cyber Republic' and democracy's future
George Zarkadakis, author of "Cyber Republic," discusses ways to reinvent democracy with Fiction Science hosts Alan Boyle and Dominica Phetteplace.
34:18
October 12, 2020
How the stars gave birth to 'The Human Cosmos'
Jo Marchant, author of "The Human Cosmos," talks about the growing disconnect between humanity and the heavens - and how to fix it.
24:11
September 19, 2020
Twin Peaks star Kyle MacLachlan talks about Tesla
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.
22:53
August 17, 2020