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To the Best of Our Knowledge: The Language of Science Fiction

Written by: Jim Fleming
Length: 52 mins

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In this hour, China Mieville doesn´t follow trends. He sets them. His groundbreaking fiction has received critical acclaim and multiple awards. Mieville´s new novel is called Embassytown. It features aliens that speak a strange language in a strange way – with two voices simultaneously. Mieville spoke with Anne Strainchamps about Embassytown.

Then, Samuel R. Delany has been described as "American science fiction's most consistently brilliant and inventive writer." He was a published author before he turned 20. In 2002, Delany was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Delany's non-fiction includes the essay collection, The Jewel-Hinged Jaw: Notes on the Language of Science Fiction. He talked to Steve Paulson about his love of language.

Next, Seo-Young Chu teaches English at Queens College, City University of New York. She's the author of Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep?: A Science-Fictional Theory of Representation. In the book, Chu argues that science fiction is a kind of 'high-intensity realism." She spoke with Jim Fleming.

And finally, Amiri Baraka is a celebrated poet, playwright and activist. He's also the author of the foreword to the book, This Planet Is Doomed: The Science Fiction Poetry of Sun Ra. The book is a collection of poems by Sun Ra, the innovative band leader and composer. Baraka spoke to Steve Paulson about Sun Ra's music and poetry. [Broadcast Date: September 27, 2011]

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