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Here at On Point, we keep an eye on the front pages. But we also look ahead, sometimes way ahead. Science fiction is one of our recurring themes, from the far-out future of NASA and dreams of asteroid mining, to the works of Margaret Atwood. We’ve looked at the future of the sci-fi genre, looked at the best sci-fi films, and talked with Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin.

We sat down with cyber prophet William Gibson and talked about the legacy of Michael Crichton, envisioned a 100 year starship, looked at the classic (and updated) War of the Worlds, dug into classics like Hunger Games and Star Trek.

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  • Sam

    You haven’t spoken about the comic books!!!

    “The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America” by David Hajdu

    Or how Science Fiction, Fantasy, comics were all used as an escape for teenagers “back in the day” before the internet.

    Where do kids escape to today?
    FB? In the age of web 2.0, where do kids escape to now and how does it, will it, affect our future?

    Thanks

  • J__o__h__n

    Tom should host a debate between William Shatner and George Takei to settle their fued. 

  • Will Tomlinson

    Please interview Charles Stross.

  • Agillespie

    You should talk with Cyberdelic pioneer RU Sirius… or his partner Rudy Rucker, both of whom founded Mondo 2000 in the early 90s forecasting much of what you discuss in your shows concerning technology.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002035780490 Marie Boyd

    its funny i was looking for the comments i left to comm angelo mcclain dcf ,can’t find them did u remove them

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