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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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'Greenland' spotlights cosmic doom

Fiction Science

'Greenland' spotlights cosmic doom

Fiction Science

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 17, 2020