English Majors Who Become Sci-Fi Authors: “In Love With This Civilization That’s Been So Good to Them”

For the latest Point of Inquiry podcast, my guest is also one of my heroes, a man whose books I read as a kid: sci-fi novelist David Brin.

The interview ranged over a broad area–from Brin’s latest writings, to the future of the Internet and the interstellar quest for other intelligent civilizations.

The title of this post quotes one of the many gems of wisdom and insight from the interview.

Some others that I tweeted or will tweet:

The left-right axis is the “most lobotomizing metaphor in human history”: @DavidBrin1 on @pointofinquiry http://www.pointofinquiry.org/david_brin_uplifting_existence/

Kicking the Hobbit: @DavidBrin1 critiques the romantic impulse in sci-fi/fantasy on the latest @pointofinquiry http://www.pointofinquiry.org/david_brin_uplifting_existence/

“I’d much rather have a free bottle in front of me than a prefrontal lobotomy” @DavidBrin1 on @pointofinquiry http://www.pointofinquiry.org/david_brin_uplifting_existence/

Too often, the “furniture of fantasy” stories is anti-democratic, anti-science @DavidBrin1 on @pointofinquiry http://www.pointofinquiry.org/david_brin_uplifting_existence/

How to change the Internet to ensure that bad ideas actually die! @DavidBrin1 on @pointofinquiry http://www.pointofinquiry.org/david_brin_uplifting_existence/

Check the show out here!