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This week, author / journalist Rod Pyle joins Summer in a lively chat about science fiction becoming science fact, and exploring those inventions in his new book, Blueprint for a Battlestar.
The table of contents for this book contains just about everything we’ve seen or wanted to see of the gadgets — and the nightmares — we’ve been seeing in our genre films for decades.
We talk about the feasibility of the things that are close to existing to the outliers that are still just beyond our scientific know-how, and that conversation wanders from flying cars and self-driving cars to AIs and fembots, from battle drones to insects being used as surveillance drones and more… and to some extent, the human factor that affects this all.
Rod also talks a little bit about his upcoming space race book, Amazing Stories of the Space Age, out from Prometheus in January, and some of the forgotten or abandoned space projects from our world’s attempts to reach farther out into space.
Have a question or comment on things Sci-Fi to Sci-Fact, and the cool toys we still hope are on the way? Let us know! Leave a message at 602-635-6976, or send Summer an email with a comment you’ve recorded!
Blueprint for a Battlestar: Serious Scientific Explanations Behind Sci-Fi’s Greatest Inventions by Rod Pyle
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Sterling (October 11, 2016)
Amazing Stories of the Space Age: True Tales of Nazis in Orbit, Soldiers on the Moon, Orphaned Martian Robots, and Other Fascinating Accounts from the Annals of Spaceflight by Rod Pyle
Paperback: 325 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books (January 24, 2017)
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