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Appleseed: Matt Bell on Doubting Techno-Optimists and Going Big with Wonder

Season 1, Ep. 7

Matt Bell's novel Appleseed has no shortage of urgent themes, and on this episode we talk about whether democracy is suited to the task of rapidly confronting climate change, the perilously seductive allure of techno-optimism, and how fiction can help us imagine a future less estranged from the nonhuman world. Should we take geoengineering seriously? How should those in high-emissions countries think about our own complicity, even as we take action against the governments and corporations who bear greater responsibility? What if Johnny Appleseed were a faun? All this and more explored in the episode.


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Lincoln Michel on the "speculative epic"

A case against geoengineering

A case for taking it seriously


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