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Futures – Optimism in Science Fiction

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The Bantermen
S1E5 – Futures
by Rishi Diwan and Navin Sigamany

Episode Notes

Short episode with a main topic and a single diversion!

Segment: Rishi laments lost optimism in visions of the future in science fiction

Diversion: Twofer! Navin talks about the Temple of the Pig, Rishi about the Smoking Trees!

Useful Links

A fantastic Asimov retrospective: https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/01/isaac-asimovs-throwback-literary-legacy/605815/

Elon Musk alludes to Foundation:https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1226690465992409089

A philosopher analyzes Star Trek: https://fabiusmaximus.com/2018/02/11/the-philosophy-of-star-trek/

Jeff Bezos saves The Expanse: https://www.space.com/the-expanse-how-amazon-jeff-bezos-saved-scifi.html

A plea to stop being pessimistic in Science Fiction (By Neal Stephenson): https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dear-science-fiction-writers-stop-being-so-pessimistic-127226686/

Navin’s blog on The Temple of the Pig: https://www.navinsigamany.com/2008/09/10/temple-of-the-pig/

Temple and Pig Redux (not Navin’s tale!): https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/madurai/Pig-enters-temple-pooja-performed-as-cleansing-act/articleshow/23670193.cms

Ganesha idols drinking milk: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-38301718/the-milk-miracle-that-brought-india-to-a-standstill

License Info

All rights reserved (c) 2020 Hrishikesh Diwan and Navin Sigamany

Cantina Blues – Take the Lead by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100407 Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Forest Rhythm by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) Artist: http://audionautix.com/

Artwork: Photo by Yash Raut on Unsplash https://unsplash.com/@yashr08

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