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TTBOOK: The Future of Science Fiction
"TTBOOK: The Future of Science Fiction "
George R.R. Martin talks about science fiction, fantasy, storytelling and literature. Ursula K. Le Guin comments on science fiction as a literature of ideas. S.T. Joshi wrote a biography of horror and sci-fi author H. P. Lovecraft. Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. describes a few of “The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction.” George R.R. Martin has been called the American Tolkien. His epic fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire" is up to the forthcoming volume five; and he's published two volumes of "Dreamsongs," a career-spanning anthology of his science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories with short connective essays. Martin tells Jim Fleming that he thinks all fiction is about ideas and that only the furniture changes, that is the details of setting, character and storytelling style that the author chooses to use. And we hear Martin read an excerpt from Volume I of "Dreamsongs."

Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the most honored writers of science fiction. Her latest book is called "Lavinia." She talks with Steve Paulson about science fiction as a literature of ideas.

We hear an excerpt from the Landfall Productions audiobook production of H.P. Lovecraft's 1926 "The Call of Cthulu,read by Garrick Hagon." And Jim Fleming talks with S.T. Joshi, author of the acclaimed 700 page biography "H.P. Lovecraft: A Life." Joshi says Loveraft was always interested in pure science and has many imitators among contemporary writers. And we hear some music from the band H. P. Lovecraft.

Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. is the author of "The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction." He tells Anne Strainchamps where the title of his book came from, and outlines several of the beauties.