S1 E10 Editing for the Multiversal Paragon

Story Kernels

Nov 11 2022 • 1 hr 38 mins

This week we welcome special guest and friend of the show, Karen Osborne! Karen is the author of The Memory War duology (Architects of Memory & Engines of Oblivion). If you enjoy a fresh take on aliens, first contact, and artificial intelligence, you should grab these books and take a deep dive into their world.

With Karen blasting toward science fiction, we shift our focus to technologies of the future and what some technologies might mean for children & parenthood. We tap dance around sinister ideas about manipulation and childhood before settling on a story about how parents can game the educational system to enter the multiverse of their dreams.

Digressions include: corporations don't love us (so we don't love them), how details build a setting, time changes hometowns, science and art both involve squishy feelings, revision is like adaptation, children: actually people, and we're keeping the dog!

Stay tuned at the end of the episode for a special announcement about the future of Story Kernels!

Today’s Prompt System:

100 Prompts for Science Fiction Writers by Leslie and Jarod Anderson

What’s Been Inspiring Us Lately:

Every Bone a Prayer by Ashley Blooms
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimerrer
The Umbrella Academy(trailer)

External Links:

Virginia Company
America’s Company Towns, Then and Now (via Smithsonian Magazine)
Star Trek: The Next Generation (credits)
CompuServe
Babylon 5 (credits)
DON'T TOUCH THAT!: A Sci-Fi and Fantasy Parenting Anthology edited by Jaymee Goh
Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop
Why Google Glass Failed… And Why It's Coming Back (video)
Cocomelon
Into the Spider-Verse, an exploration of multiversal memes (via Tumblr)
We Are Satellites by Sarah Pinsker

Music: Cherryblossom by Raptorface is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives.

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