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David Brin Sounds Off on the Seriousness of Science Fiction and More

Not many people can claim the title of “futurist,” but David Brin isn’t your average guy. He’s a scientist, best-selling author, recipient of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, and someone who relishes tackling the big ideas about the future of society, science and mankind.

In these installments from UCTV Prime’s series “It Came from Riverside: Inside the World’s Largest Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection,”Brin gets real about the relevance of science fiction as “essentially American” literature and why it deserves legitimate study at American universities. He also discusses the merits and hazards of extrapolation in science fiction and shows his optimistic side, making the case for enlightened optimism in the face of growing cynicism about and within Western civilization.

It’s fascinating stuff and an inspiring way to wrap up an intriguing series.

Science Fiction Horizons: David Brin on Science Fiction as Literature

The Positive-Sum Game: David Brin vs. Cynicism

David Brin on the Science Fiction Barometer


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David Brin on The Science Fiction Barometer

Last week on “It Came from Riverside: Inside the World’s Largest Science Fiction Collection,” we heard from comic book writer and editor Marv Wolfman about the art and craft of writing compelling stories with emotionally complex characters and imaginative plots for comics, animation, video games and everything in between.

Now we have the honor of presenting our interview with David Brin, renowned science fiction author and futurist (possibly the coolest job title on the planet), who discusses the merits and hazards of extrapolation in science fiction while making the case for enlightened optimism in the face of fashionable cynicism.

Watch “David Brin on The Science Fiction Barometer” from our YouTube original channel, UCTV Prime.

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