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1. Humanism, and the Value of Science Fiction | Jonathan Craig
19-03-2022
1. Humanism, and the Value of Science Fiction | Jonathan Craig
In this episode, Nelson talks to Jonathan Craig about Science Fiction, and whether it has literary value. Jonathan is a writer, policy advisor, accessibility consultant, and the former editor of Blind Citizen's News. He was an artistic advisor for Convergence: a speculative game about climate emergency.   The theme song is 'Zaftik' and was composed and performed by Nelson Rufatt.   Books and Other Pieces that were Mentioned 1) “Ian McEwan: ‘Who’s going to write the algorithm for the little white lie?’” By Tim Adams The Guardian, April 2019 https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/14/ian-mcewan-interview-machines-like-me-artificial-intelligence 2) Machines Like Me By Ian McEwan Jonathan Cape, 2019 3) Orthodoxy By G. K. Chesterton First published by John Lane, The Bodley Head in 1908 https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/130 4) “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species” By Ken Liu Printed in Lightspeed, August 2012 https://www.lightspeedmagazine.com/fiction/the-bookmaking-habits-of-select-species/ 5) Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown By Virginia Woolf The Hogarth Press, 1924  https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/63022 6) Frankenstein, Or The Modern Prometheus By Mary Shelley First printed without being attributed to Shelley by Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, and Jones on 1 January, 1818 7) The Machine Dynasty Trilogy By Madeline Ashby published between 2012 and 2020 by Angry Robot 8) The Lifecycle of Software Objects By Ted Chiang Subterranean Press, 2010 9) “Hobbits in Space?” By J. G. Ballard Appeared in Timeout, 1977 https://markingham.org/2015/12/24/hobbits-in-space/ 10) The War of the Worlds By H. G. Wells First published in hardcover by William Heinemann in 1898 11) Nineteen Eighty-Four By George Orwell Originally published by Secker and Warburg on 8 June, 1949 12) “Science Fiction and Mrs Brown” By Ursula K. Le Guin First printed in The Language of the Night Putnam, 1979 13) Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick Doubleday, 1968 14) The Cement Garden By Ian McEwan Jonathan Cape, 1978