How Is Media Technology Changing Science Fiction?

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We know that science fiction is a form of media that changes the future - it's influenced everyone from scientists to economists. But are new media technologies changing SF? The Small World podcast explores some answers.

This week I was lucky enough to join scifi writers Cory Doctorow and JC Hutchins, along with scifi podcaster Steve Eley, to talk about the future of media - and especially scifi media. Our host was Small World podcaster Bazooka Joe, who asked some great questions. Not only did Doctorow get to describe his ideal ebook reader, but I got to talk about the future of online media. It was a damn good time.

Here's how Bazooka Joe described the show:

We live in a world that increasingly resembles the science fiction stories of our youth.

For example, nearly all of us have mobile phones that are very much like the communicators that appeared in the Star Trek television series in the late 60s . . . But if we are living in a world that seems straight out of a science fiction novel, then how is our current technology changing science fiction?

We'll explore that question on today's Small World.

We'll talk with Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing fame and author of his recent book, Makers, about eReaders and digital rights management. We'll also talk with Annalee Newitz, the editor-in-chief of the io9, a blog focuses on science fiction and futurism, about how we'll get our media tomorrow. J.C. Hutchins, the author and podcaster of 7th Son, will talk about the changing role of publishers and content creators. Steve Eley, the founder of the Escape Pod science fiction short story podcast, will talk about the possible demise of science fiction magazines.


Take a listen here!

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I was hoping it would be on the radio so I could get my irony fix for the day.