Science Fiction

The State of Things
11:07 am
Tue July 1, 2014

A Fictional Trilogy Explores Nature's Secrets

"Authority" is the second book in The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff Vandermeer

Host Frank Stasio talks with author Jeff VanderMeer

    

Author Jeff VanderMeer dreamed he was walking down a tunnel where words were appearing on the wall.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue October 29, 2013

North Carolina Writer Wins Campbell Award

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Travel guides can help the ordinary humans navigate locales near and far, but what about those monsters banished to the nether regions of human imagination? Well, for those creepy crawlies, there is a service that will help guide them through the underworlds of planet Earth. At least, that’s the premise of Mur Lafferty’s novel, “The Shambling Guide to New York City,” (Orbit/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks with North Carolina writer Mur Lafferty about her new novel.

  

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The State Of Things
11:32 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Conference Examines People Of Color In Space Exploration

Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha Womack
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Recently, the Voyager One space craft entered interstellar space, the farthest a man-made object has ever traveled. But as we push the bounds of space travel, the number of people of color in space-related careers remains low. This weekend, Duke University is holding the first conference to explore the intersection of identity and space exploration, “Race in Space.” Host Frank Stasio speaks with conference participants about the involvement of people of color in space-related careers.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Wed October 2, 2013

A Dad Who Loves Telling Stories Becomes A Published Author

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John Stanley has been telling stories to his twin boys since they were old enough to listen.

When his children started reading chapter books, he kicked his storytelling up a notch and started writing a book. Stanley's debut work, "Mickey Price: Journey to Oblivion" (Tanglewood Press/ 2013), features children traveling to the moon. Host Frank Stasio talks with John Stanley about penning his first book.

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The State of Things
12:13 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Sci-Fi Publisher Leaves Catholic Faith For Fantastic Worlds

Sci Fi publisher Jim Minz speaks on the State of Things.
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Jim Minz, senior editor at Baen Publishing, discusses his life and the evolution of book publishing

Today's State of Things show is a rebroadcast of an interview with Jim Minz.  The program originally aired on April 1, 2013.

Jim Minz’s childhood in small-town West Bend, Wisconsin prepared him for two things: game shows and science fiction.

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The State of Things
10:39 am
Tue September 3, 2013

David Drake Launches ‘Monsters Of The Earth

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Author David Drake talks about his new novel, 'Monsters of the Earth'

David Drake  has garnered a reputation in the world of science fiction readers as a leader in the military sci-fi genre. But he won’t be penned in by labels. His latest novel, “Monsters of the Earth” (Tor/2013), is the third in his Books of the Elements fantasy series.

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The State Of Things
10:26 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Bringing A Caribbean Sensibility To Science Fiction

'The Best Of All Possible Worlds' by Karen Lord
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Frank Stasio talks to science fiction writer Karen Lord and Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, publisher of Bull Spec Speculative Fiction Magazine

  

Science fiction is a genre dominated by white men. So, Karen Lord is something of an outlier. She’s a woman, first of all, but she is also a native of Barbados, and as such brings a decidedly Caribbean perspective to her novels.  Karen Lord is in town and making various appearances around the Triangle. She will be at the Bull Spec Summer Speculative Fiction event at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh this weekend.

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The State of Things
10:51 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Abandoning The Black Hero

The film adaptation of Frank Yerby's 1946 best-selling novel, The Foxes of Harrow.
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A panel of writers and scholars discuss the white life novel.

African-American literary authors like James Baldwin or Zora Neale Hurston are famous for their depictions of black life. But these novelists have also written books with white protagonists. Why is this unexpected? Is there a mandate that black authors write only about black characters?

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The State of Things
9:28 am
Thu June 27, 2013

NC Symphony Takes On Science Fiction

An image of the Sombrero galaxy, created from composite photos of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.
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Host Frank Stasio talks to the NC Symphony's Amy Russell and Amy Mason.

The full sound of symphony orchestras is a familiar accompaniment to science fiction spectacles like Star Trek and Star Wars. The North Carolina Symphony is celebrating the music of sci-fi in its Sci-Fi Spectacular tonight and tomorrow.  The concert is hosted by George Takei, “Mr. Sulu” of Star Trek fame.

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The State of Things
10:38 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Sci-Fi Publisher Leaves Catholic Faith For Fantastic Worlds

Jim Minz
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Jim Minz, senior editor at Baen Publishing, discusses his life and the evolution of book publishing

Jim Minz’s childhood in small-town West Bend, Wisconsin prepared him for two things: game shows and science fiction.

West Bend was home to the West Bend Company – the maker of small appliances which were regularly featured as consolation prize on game shows.

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