Episode 12: Why are Utopias so hard to imagine?
In this episode, we look at Sense8, the globe-spanning show about mentally linked psychics from Lana and Lily Wachowski, and we celebrate its uplifting vision of people coming together and letting go of ego. But one of the most fascinating things about Sense8 is that its vision is fundamentally utopian. Why are utopias so rare in speculative fiction—and what makes them so hard to do well?
The Matrix trilogy, Speed Racer
Nalo Hopkinson, whose second novel is called Midnight Robber
Herland, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Utopia, by Thomas More
Venus Plus X, by Theodore Sturgeon
Woman on the Edge of Time, by Marge Piercy
False Utopias: Logan's Run, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Ingrid Goes West, Facebook
Facebook admitted that one-quarter of its accounts are fake.
What we're obsessed with:
Charlie is obsessed with Maria Dahvana Headley's The Mere Wife.
Annalee is obsessed with a new study in Science Robotics about training people to use a bionic third arm.