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Three Percent #83: "Johnny Appledrone"

This week’s podcast is mostly about this BBC article on Hieroglyph, a collaborative project between scientists and science-fiction writers that was inspired by the Neal Stephenson article Innovation Starvation. Basically, this is a call to create fewer dystopian novels, and more positive sci-fi ideas that can help inspire the scientists of tomorrow. More or less.

We also read some fan letters (email us at threepercentpodcast@gmail.com), rave about Utopia and rant about film crews.

Finally, just a reminder that we’ll be discussing Roberto Bolaño’s A Little Lumpen Novelita later this month, and we’d love to hear your thoughts about the book. Email us by September 24th with any questions, comments, thoughts, and we’ll incorporate them into our discussion.

We’re planning on doing more of these “book club” episodes in the future, with the new Denis Johnson book and Jean-Patrick Manchette’s The Mad and the Bad (and the graphic novel version, Run Like Crazy, Run Like Hell) already on the list. More details TK, and if there’s a book you think would be suitable for this, send along your suggestions.

This week’s music is the theme song from Utopia. (The composer, Juan Cristobal Tapia De Veer, won the Royal Television Society Craft & Design Award for “best original music” in November 2013. That’s great, but mostly I just want to share this quote from the jury: “Startlingly original scoring of hyper-reality, and unlike anything we’ve heard before. The winner’s work blurred the lines between sound design and score, creating a soundtrack that the jury said felt like it was being played inside your head.”)

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