Månadsarkiv: mars 2021

Sweconpoddar 102 – Fantastic identity

Which new perspectives on gender, identity and partnership/families can we get from fantastic fiction? How can writers use gender neutral robots, polyamorous aliens, many-bodied distributed AIs et cetera, to say something about the lifes and societies of humans today?

This panel was recorded at Swecon 2019 – Replicon in Västerås Sweden

Participants: Annalee Newitz, Charlie Jane Anders and Marika (moderator)

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Sweconpoddar 101 – God dividing by zero: the mathematics of black holes with Edmund Schluessel


Light can’t escape the edge of a black hole. Why? Gravity becomes infinite at the center of a black hole. Why? And when aren’t these things true? Using high school-level mathematics, journey inside one of astrophysics’ most fascinating objects.

This lecture was recorded at Swecon 2019 – Replicon in Västerås Sweden

Participant: Edmund Schluessel

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Sweconpoddar 100 – Nanites – salvation or threat?

Molecule-sized machines, possibly self-replicating, are quite common in sf stories and films, and have several names, one of which is nanites. They might be used for medical purposes to clean arteries or kill cancer cells, they could provide new competences, and it has even been suggested that they could provide a means for telepathy. But if they are selfreplicating they might turn everything into ”grey goo”. The panel will talk about nanites as presented in sf, what they could be used for and which role they play in stories.

This panel was recorded at Swecon 2019 – Replicon in Västerås Sweden

Participants: Ann Olsson Rousset, Sara@BooksOfDoom, Tommy Persson and Mattias Kuldkepp (moderator)

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Sweconpoddar 99 – Guest of honor interview with Charlie Jane Anders

Guest of honor interview with Charlie Jane Anders at Swecon 2019 – Replicon in Västerås Sweden

The interviewer is Anna Bark Persson

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0

Sweconpoddar 98 – Opening ceremony

Opening ceremony with an introduction of the Guests of Honor, and a discussion concerning: ”How can science fiction literature help us find a better future.”

This was recorded at Swecon 2019 – Replicon in Västerås Sweden

Participants: Annalee Newitz, Charlie Jane Anders, Gunilla Jonsson, Michael Petersén, and Håkan Wester (moderator)

The music is from Sands Of Time (Psychadelik Pedestrian) / CC BY-NC 3.0