15.47: Worldbuilding Science Fiction, with Cory Doctorow

Your Hosts: Mary Robinette, Piper, and Howard, with Cory Doctorow

Worldbuilding is something you do to some degree in everything you write. Cory Doctorow  writes (among many other things) near-future SF, and he joins us for a discussion of extrapolative worldbuilding.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Bert Grimm, and mastered by Alex Jackson


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5 thoughts on “15.47: Worldbuilding Science Fiction, with Cory Doctorow”

  1. The dynamic trio, Mary Robinette, Piper, and Howard, got together with Cory Doctorow to talk about worldbuilding in science fiction, especially near future science fiction. Not strange new planets, just what’s around the corner. From science fiction as throat swabs in a petri dish to the enduring issues of computers and medicine to the worldbuilding needed for even simple stories set in the present or near past, the foursome had some great discussions that you can read about in the transcript, available now in the archive.

  2. Note to correct a quick statement on the fly: Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy is transmissable to humans.
    In discussion on the fly, I had incorrectly recalled TSE as transmisable to humans instead of BSE, rather than remembering more accurately that BSE falls within types of TSE.

    1. Yes. BSE is generally assumed to be transmissible to humans. That is why Britain slaughtered most of its cattle in the ‘90s.

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