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Science Fiction Writer Ursula K. Le Guin Movingly Warns Against the Dangers of Capitalism (Video)

“We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings,” said Ursula K. Le Guin in her acceptance speech for the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th annual National Book Awards ceremony. “[But] any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.”

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Nan A. Talese

MaddAddam

The concluding volume in Margaret Atwood’s “dystopian trilogy”—a vision of global disaster in the not too distant future—is a brilliant piece of social science fiction.

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A Policy in Search of a Proponent

Now that the foundations of austerity are crumbling because of an Excel coding error, few may be willing to champion the economic theory; sci-fi may become part of the mandatory reading list for West Virginia students; meanwhile, flamenco has become more than a dance—it’s a new way to protest the banks. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Still from "The House I Live In" courtesy Derek Hallquist

Prison and Poverty for All: The Future We Live In

A new documentary about prison and the drug war makes the science fiction dystopias of “Looper” and “Dredd 3D” feel disturbingly plausible.

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Ray Bradbury: Thoughts at Life’s End (Video and Transcript)

Ray Bradbury, who died Tuesday night at the age of 91, spoke in 2008 with Truthdig’s Steve Wasserman about his books and the passions that drove his writing. The video, text excerpts and full transcript follow.

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Ray Bradbury: A Sampler

“Writing is not a serious business,” wrote Ray Bradbury, the prolific author of dystopian, fantasy and science fiction, who died Tuesday at the age of 91. “It’s a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it.”

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AP / Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

L.A. Jails to Get Ray-Gun Technology

Los Angeles jails may become the new frontier for science-fiction weaponry after the Sheriff’s Department unveiled plans to use heat-beam ray guns in one county jail, zapping unruly inmates with a beam that “makes them feel as though they are burning.”

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IMDB / Warner Brothers

‘Inception’s’ Suicidal Tendencies

Christopher Nolan’s epic and ambitious new blockbuster is a fascinating, skillfully made brain twister that gives Philip K. Dick a run for his existential money. But at the core of Nolan’s film is a troubling idea that won’t go away. (Spoilers!)

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE



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Ray Bradbury on Literature and Love

The renowned author sits down with Truthdig literary editor Steve Wasserman to tell stories about his books, the many loves of his life—including dinosaurs and Halloween—and his own starring role in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s rise to fame.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE


David Wu

Red Alert! There are ‘Faux Klingons in the White House’

Rep. David Wu brings some much needed Star Trek fandom to the capital, arguing that unlike the wise and logical Vulcans, the administration has behaved like a pack of war-hungry Klingons.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


Children of Men
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‘Children of Men’: Universal’s Orphaned Masterpiece

How do you make the best movie of the year—possibly the decade—and still get pummeled at the box office by Ben Stiller and a CGI dinosaur?  Sheerly Avni, Truthdig’s movie critic, lays it out in 10 easy steps.

Posted on Jan 9, 2007 READ MORE



Courtesy Warner Independent Pictures

‘Scanning’ the Darkness of Our War on Drugs

In this summer’s most talked-about movie, “A Scanner Darkly,” Keanu Reeves stars as an undercover narcotics agent losing his grip on reality in an America that has lost the war on drugs. True, the film is a warning call, but might it also inadvertently channel us toward the very dystopia it is warning against?
This article ran in May, but we’re trotting it out again because the movie just hit theaters this week.

Posted on May 14, 2006 READ MORE


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