Nov 11 2022
S1 E10 Editing for the Multiversal Paragon
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)
• Virginia Company
• America’s Company Towns, Then and Now (via Smithsonian Magazine)
• Star Trek: The Next Generation (credits)
• 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)
• 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.