Excellent NPR podcast on science fiction

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On this episode of To The Best Of Our Knowledge, among other
fascinating tidbits:

* George R. R. Martin hypothesizes that people prefer fantasy to
science fiction now because they don’t believe the human future will
be any better than the present.

* Scholar S.T. Joshi discusses H.P. Lovecraft’s philosophy of
cosmicism, which proposes that all human values are null when
confronted with the vastness and meaninglessness of the universe, and
pervades Lovecraft’s writing.

* There’s also a good dramatic reading of the climactic scene of “The
Call of Cthulhu”.

I usually enjoy To The Best Of Our Knowledge, but I enjoyed this
episode unusually much.