Author: Lauren Pedersen

  • Sex work, the law, and Company Town

    Madeline Ashby discusses her upcoming novel Company Town, which takes place on an oil rig in the Atlantic and delves into the legality and/or illegality of sex work in Canada.

  • Featured Contributor: Geoffrey A. Landis

    Geoffrey A. Landis is a scientist and a science fiction writer. As a scientist, he is a researcher at the NASA John Glenn Research Center. He works on projects related to advanced power and propulsion systems for space and planetary exploration, and is currently a member of the science team for the Mars Exploration Rover…

  • Featured Contributor: Vandana Singh

    Vandana Singh is a science fiction writer and assistant professor of physics at Framingham State University in Massachusetts; her area of expertise is theoretical particle physics. Her short stories, which most recently include “Peripateia,” (2013), “Cry of the Kharchal” (2013), “With Fate Conspire” (2013), and “A Handful of Rice” (2012), frequently appear in Year’s Best and other…

  • Featured Conversation: Ionic Levitation

    Take your dreams of levitating cars to the next level! Could an upgraded version of the ionocraft be the perfect addition to Neal Stephenson’s Tall Tower? Join the conversation about what it might take to get these floating vehicles into the upper atmosphere.      

  • Featured Contributor: David Brin

    David Brin is a scientist, best-selling author and tech-futurist. His novels include Earth (1990), The Postman (1985, filmed in 1997) and Hugo Award winners Startide Rising (1983) and The Uplift War (1987). A leading commentator and speaker on modern trends, his nonfiction book The Transparent Society (1998) won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. David also works as a consultant and…

  • Featured Conversation: Cryogenic Kids

    If cryogenic sleep were possible, would a child who was frozen for an extended period continue to grow?   Join the conversation about these tiny time travelers and whether they’ll have a serious growth spurt to wake up to.

  • Featured Contributor: Charlie Jane Anders

    Featured Contributor: Charlie Jane Anders

    Charlie Jane Anders writes about science fiction for and is the author of the novel Choir Boy (2005). She has contributed to Mother Jones, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, ZYZZYVA, Pindeldyboz, Strange Horizons, and many other publications. She is co-editor of the anthology She’s Such a Geek (2006) and published an indy magazine called other, which bills itself the “magazine of pop culture and politics…

  • Featured Conversation: Restoring the Ocean’s Ecosystems

    How can we restore the oceans to their former glory? Join the conversation about “replanting” the flora and fauna of the North Sea, establishing the elaborate food web and using social media to save the sea.

  • Featured Contributor: James Cambias

    Featured Contributor: James Cambias

    James Cambias is a New Orleans-based science fiction and fantasy writer whose stories have been nominated for the Nebula Award and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. In 2001, he was a nominee for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Cambias has also made a name for himself within the gaming community as…

  • Featured Conversation: Deep Archives

    How can we create a permanent vessel to preserve human knowledge for the distant future? Futurist librarian and Long Now Foundation intern Heath Rezabek started a thread exploring the possibilities for extremely long term preservation and imagining alternatives to storing information in a purely electronic form. Visit the Big Ideas Forum and join the conversation about…