Upon leaving io9 in 2016 (a year after her co-founder Annalee Newitz), Charlie Jane Anders penned a thoughtful farewell reflecting on how, since io9’s launch in 2008, we have come to be living in a science fictional era. That sentiment has only grown more true since then, so it’s very fitting that Anders and Newitz are reuniting for a podcast discussing exactly that!
Our Opinions Are Correct, which recently launched, “explor[es] the meaning of science fiction, and how it’s relevant to real-life science and society.” In each episode, Autonomous author Newitz (“a science journalist who writes science fiction”) and All the Birds in the Sky author Anders (“a science fiction writer who is obsessed with science”) delve into science fiction books, movies, TV series, comics, and overall pop culture for considered but concise discussion peppered with plenty of SF references.
While the first episode was based primarily around Star Trek: Discovery (with plenty of spoilers for the first season), their second foray examines propaganda and mind control in SF. The cohosts connect classics such as 1984 to the very recent, “distinctly science fictional” revelations about how Facebook has been utilized by different groups to manipulate the perceptions of its users. It’s like hanging out with Anders and Newitz at a geeky happy hour, or getting a front seat to a delightfully interdisciplinary panel.
New episodes premiere every two weeks. Judging from this recent tweet, one of the upcoming episodes made for some eclectic reading…
We just wrapped a couple of great episodes, and got to talk about all these books AND MOAR. pic.twitter.com/ZTP37nhePw
— Our Opinions Are Correct (@OOACpod) April 1, 2018
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Annalee Newitz photo credit: Jonathan Wilkins