Imagination: everyone knows you need it to change the world, but nobody really knows how it works.
In this podcast from Arizona State University, we chat with artists, writers, scientists and engineers to explore how imagination is viewed, valued, and practiced in their work.
Troy L. Wiggins
Troy L. Wiggins is a writer and editor with a focus on Black speculative fiction and social justice.
In this episode of The Imagination Desk, we chat with Troy about power of speculative art as a tool for Black people around the world to reckon with their realities, share their histories and imagine new worlds.
Ytasha Womack is an award-winning author, filmmaker, independent scholar, and dance therapist. She is a leading expert on Afrofuturism, and on the imagination and its applications. In this conversation, we discuss her book Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, her film A Love Letter To The Ancestors From Chicago, and much more.
This episode of The Imagination Desk features Jonathan Alexander. Jonathan is Professor of English and Informatics at The University of California, Irvine and author of books such as Writing Youth: Young Adult Fiction as Literacy Sponsorship (2016) and a critical memoir, Creep: A Life, a Theory, an Apology (2017). We take a closer look at popular modern Science Fiction TV shows and their cultural and political uses, along with a look at writing stories in the digital age
This episode of The Imagination Desk features the band YACHT or Young Americans Challenging High Technology. We spoke with them about their new album Chain Tripping and it's use of machine learning.
This episode of The Imagination Desk features science fiction heavy-weight Paolo Bacigalupi, author of The Water Knife and Shipbreaker. We caught up with him in this bonus episode to discuss the changes in his writing process as well as his latest projects.
This episode of The Imagination Desk features Maureen McHugh. Maureen is an author and narrative designer who has worked on some of the biggest transmedia stories and alternate reality games (ARGs) in the history of the medium including The Beast for Steven Spielberg's AI, I Love Bees for Microsoft's Halo franchise, Nine Inch Nails' Year One and Why So Serious? for Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. Her novels include China Mountain Zhang, Half the Day is Night, Mission Child, and Nekropolis.