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Episode 5

Writing the Future

Published on: 27th June, 2021

In this episode, we speak with Sherryl Vint. Sherryl is a professor of science fiction at University of California Riverside, and the author of a number of books including Science Fiction from the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, and Biopolitical Futures, which comes out later this year.

We'll be talking about the roles that speculative fiction plays in our society, ways to critically navigate both utopian and dystopian narratives, and how science fiction thinking is, and isn’t, making it into the corporate world.


The IAFA Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award


Speculative Fictions and Cultures of Science program at UCR


Ministry For the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

Foundation Series by Isaac Azimov

Ubik by Philip K Dick

Neal Stephenson's Website

The Centenal Cycle by Malka Older

The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Dune by Frank Herbert

The Bannerless Saga by Carrie Vaughn

Freedom(TM) by Daniel Suarez

The Expanse

Semiosis by Sue Burke

Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction by John Rieder

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Culture Series by Iaian M. Banks

Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

Enders Quintet by Orson Scott Card

Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds

Tom Moylan

Samuel Delany

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Ted Chiang's Soulful Science Fiction

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    Humanity stands at a crossroads. We face a myriad of existential challenges, yet we are closer than ever to realizing the dream of global flourishing. Finding the right path forward has never been more consequential.

    ReRoute is a podcast about creatively navigating around disaster and towards a brighter future.

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    Gavan Wilhite is a technologist creating systems and stories for bright futures.

    He helped Disney reboot educational gaming, founded AltspaceVR to solve socializing at a distance (acquired by Microsoft), and was recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30 for VR D&D. He is currently developing 3D-printed human tissues at Prellis Biologics and hosting the ReRoute.fm podcast.

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    Nick Thurston is an actor, writer, and creative producer, committed to leveraging the power of story to expand our consciousness and generate solutions to our problems.

    He co-founded the New Guard Theater Company in Los Angeles in the interest of creating an incubational space for cutting edge theater, and from 2016-18 he produced over forty pieces of original work while serving as its co-artistic director. He has appeared in numerous films and series, including Grimm, Snowfall, American Dad, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. As a writer, he has a video game in development and is at work on a series of epic fantasy novels.

    He is the producer of the ReRoute podcast.

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    David Schuler

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    David Schuler is a two-time Grammy Award nominated, multi-platinum worldwide selling record producer, songwriter, film composer and filmmaker from Rochester, NY. He has produced records and written songs with artists such as P!nk, John Legend, Daughtry, Backstreet Boys, The Saturdays, Scott Stapp, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Esmee Denters, Lauren Bennett, Teddy Geiger, Shy Carter, Aimee Proal, and others. He is the sole member of The Bad Dreamers, his personal music project.