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Explore the meaning of science fiction, and how it's relevant to real-life science and society. Your hosts are Annalee Newitz, a science journalist who writes science fiction, and Charlie Jane Anders, a science fiction writer who is obsessed with science. Every two weeks, we take deep dives into science fiction books, movies, television, and comics that will expand your mind -- and maybe change your life

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    • 4.9 • 275 Ratings

Explore the meaning of science fiction, and how it's relevant to real-life science and society. Your hosts are Annalee Newitz, a science journalist who writes science fiction, and Charlie Jane Anders, a science fiction writer who is obsessed with science. Every two weeks, we take deep dives into science fiction books, movies, television, and comics that will expand your mind -- and maybe change your life

    How to imagine the next political uprising

    How to imagine the next political uprising

    Science fiction and fantasy are the perfect genres for exploring what political uprisings might look like in the future, or an alternate present. We discuss Blake’s 7, a subversive 1980s TV series from the UK, and how it offers us a realistic portrait of political revolutionaries — flawed, dangerous, and full of hope. Claire Light (AKA Jadie Jang) also joins us to talk about her new novel, Monkey Around, about shapeshifters during the Occupy movement.

    Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownot

    • 49 min
    Three Simple Tests That Reveal A.I. Consciousness

    Three Simple Tests That Reveal A.I. Consciousness

    One question has plagued both scientists and science fiction authors for centuries: Will humanity ever build artificial beings who are conscious the same way we are? Spoiler alert: No. But we may one day work alongside sentient robots. In this episode, we talk about the tests people have devised to see if a computer is self-aware, some of which are totally bonkers. We'll also talk to Chen Qiufan, co-author of the brand new book A.I. 2041.

    Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

    • 45 min
    How To Use Research To Make Your Fiction Even More Irresistible

    How To Use Research To Make Your Fiction Even More Irresistible

    Even when you're making up your own story, you still need to do tons of research. But the good news is, research is super fun. We talk about how to bring a dose of reality to your imaginary people and places. And we also discuss Charlie Jane's brand new book about how to write yourself out of the bad times!

    Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

    • 39 min
    Do you suffer from historical amnesia?

    Do you suffer from historical amnesia?

    Have you noticed how hard it is to remember the past 18 months? You might be dealing with historical amnesia, the process by which we collectively forget traumatic events in the past. Storytelling is a major driver of historical amnesia -- in science fiction, and in political rhetoric too. We also talk to Ayanna Thompson, author of a new book called Blackface, about how people have forgotten the history of minstrelsy in the US -- and why that's a problem.
    Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

    • 39 min
    How gender essentialism warped our view of science

    How gender essentialism warped our view of science

    Gender essentialism is the idea that there is something eternal and innate about people's gender identities, and nothing can change that. Popularized during the 1970s, it affected how science fiction stories represented gender -- and it spawned new academic disciplines devoted to scientific misogyny. We talk about all this, and do a deep dive into the "What Women Want" franchise.

    Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

    • 49 min
    Gods of Mischief

    Gods of Mischief

    Loki has been one of the best characters in the Marvel movies for a long time — but what is his new TV show revealing about the God of Mischief? We delve into his character, and the neuroses that drive him. Plus we talk to Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game and The Biggest Bluff, about what real-life con artists are like.

    Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
275 Ratings

275 Ratings

Boyce G ,

Great Podcast!

Two wonderful brains are at work on this show! I have known Charlie Jane’s work for a number of years, and was so excited to discover this podcast and have the joy of listening to Analee’s brilliant mind in motion as well!

If you’re not a huge fan of science fiction — no matter. This show covers lots of fascinating subjects, sometimes with Sci-Fi as simply as one of the lenses through which the topic is investigated. And the Sci-Fi-heavy episodes investigate so many relevant topics that you won’t even flinch if Sci-Fi isn’t your genre.

Highly recommended!!

roythesnake ,

New listener and I'm already hooked

Charlie and Analee have a great chemistry and I'm really enjoying the topics available.

Red Rhody (Lesley) ,

So Glad I Found You!

I have to give props to the incomparable LeVar Burton who introduced me to Our Opinions Are Correct through his LIVE Reading of Charlie Jane Anders’ brilliant short story “As Good As New.” I’ll be binging until I’m caught up and will keep an ear out for new releases!

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