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Seize the Moment Podcast

Feb 15, 2021

On episode 85, we welcome writer Sofia Samatar to discuss her chapter in Philosophy Through Science-Fiction Stories titled “The New Book of the Dead,” our obsession with and love of Artificial Intelligence, the persistent human quest for immortality, the process of uploading human consciousness, what a techno-topian future would look like, whether we’d still be ourselves if we were disintegrated and teleported  to another world, how literature and technology unite but can also divide us, moving with the technological advances instead of resisting them, what life could look like if most of our jobs become automated, and the invariable link between philosophy and science-fiction.

Sofia Samatar is the author of the novels A Stranger in Olondria and The Winged Histories, the short story collection, Tender, Monster Portraits, and The New Book Of The Dead featured in Philosophy Through Science Fiction Stories. Her work has won several awards, including the World Fantasy Award. She teaches African literature, Arabic literature, and speculative fiction at James Madison University.  

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