Robert Charles Wilson and the Importance of Science Fiction

 Happy Monday Readers!     

This blog is one that I thought I would never write, just because I thought I would never interview this author. Robert Charles Wilson, who I will be talking about today, is a well-known and award-winning science fiction writer. His work has spanned decades, with book titles such as Gypsies, Darwinia, and Spin. While this blog covers popular science writers, I also wanted to interview a science fiction writer, as science fiction is a surprising but impactful way that science can be communicated. Many scientists around the world will tell you they became interested in science due to reading science fiction. Even amateur scientists and science lovers will agree that science fiction has played an important role in how the general public has viewed science. 

Before I discuss the interview, I must give a notice that I did not interview Robert Charles Wilson in person, but rather over email. Robert is a very private individual, and with respect to his wishes, the interview below was voiced by myself and my fellow science fiction reader, Austen Hughes. Robert gave us permission to read the interview this way, and I am grateful for him taking the time to share his thoughts with us. 

  Robert’s books all contain strains of science within them, making them integral to certain storylines. In the interview below, I discuss Robert’s book Spin, which won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 2006. Spin discusses changes in time and humans’ perceptions of time, as well as space travel, Martians, and even cults. The few books of Robert’s I have read offer new perspectives on how science impacts society, from Victorian botany to alien politics. Robert’s books hook you in from the beginning and keep you entertained as well as challenged. As you’ll hear in the interview below, Robert is an expert on plot twists, so you’ll find a surprise ending by the time you finish his book. You can find your own copy of Spin here. 

Robert hasn’t been writing for a while, but his most recent work is a short story that you can find in the sub-Terrain magazine here. 

In the interview below, you’ll find Austen Hughes and I talk about Robert’s books Spin and Darwinia specifically, but also the common themes within his work. Even if you’re not a Robert Charles Wilson fan, or have read very little science fiction, have a listen below, as it’s important to see how science fiction impacts our world today. 

 

 

 

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