Recent media appearances and interviews


hqdefaultI will be presenting a new paper titled “Artificial People in the Twilight Zone, 1959-1964” at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Spring 2016.

You can read more about this project here.



In the Media:

science for the people 1I was featured in the radio show Science for the People, discussing artificial intelligence with a great panel of scientists, journalists and researchers. The show’s host is Desiree Schell.

Artificial Intelligence #348

You can listen to our conversation by clicking on the title above. This episode aired on December 18, 2015.


GravityJennifer Goldbeck hosted a special episode of The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5  on “How Scientific Fact Informs Science Fiction,”  and I was part of the panel, which also included Bert Ulrich, Multimedia Liaison for Film and Television Collaboration, NASA; David Lavery, Program Executive, Solar System Exploration, NASA; and Ann Merchant, Deputy Executive Director, Office of Communications at The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

You can listen to the episode here.


martian-gallery3-gallery-imageI gave a number of interviews and comments on The Martian and its representation of technology, scientific processes, and space travel.  Both the novel by Andy Weir and the film directed by Ridley Scott revel in depicting realistic technological challenges and solutions.

You can read my discussion of realism and the portrayal of science in the film.  This piece had 20,000 views on its publication day.

“How Real is The Martian?” by Dave Taylor, published on PopZette, October 8, 2015.


matt-damon-the-martianYou can also read my comments on optimism in the film:




Arts Club of Washington I discussed my book Anatomy of  a Robot at the Arts Club of Washington on Wednesday March 18, 2015.


io9 I answered questions about my book and about robots in general on io9, a great website for science fiction fans, and people who know just about everything about scifi literature, film, comics, culture, real and imaginary science, aliens, robots, zombies, spaceships, you get the picture. Here is the link to the discussion, which took place on Friday August 15, 2014, from 11-12 Pacific Time. 


Screen shot 2014-07-29 at 2.50.21 PM I was so excited to be on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC, and to meet guest host Todd Kliman. He interviewed me about my book on Thursday, July 31, 2014, and you can see clips from the movies we talked about and hear the podcast here.



moonrise-kingdom-wes-anderson-young-adult-fictionI was quoted in “Making the Case for Young Adult Literature” by Alicia Lozano, published on the WTOP 103.5 FM website on July 29, 2014. I expanded my comments on this blog post “On the Recent Debate on Young Adult Literature.”