09/26/2014

Stories to Make You Think BIG

17:26 minutes

The new sci-fi anthology Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future has a dual mission: entertain and inspire a new generation of scientists and engineers to think big. Cyberpunk author Neal Stephenson talks about his contribution, a story about building a 20-kilometer-tall tower that scrapes the stratosphere. Structural engineer Keith Hjelmstad weighs in on how we could make it happen. Read an excerpt from the book.

Segment Guests

Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is a science fiction writer and author of Seveneves (William Morrow, 2015) based in Seattle, Washington.

Keith Hjelmstad

Keith Hjelmstad is a structural engineering professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Heard on the Air

Read an excerpt from Hieroglyph.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is a producer for Science Friday. She’s visited Olympic ski jumps and a nuclear reactor, all in the name of science.

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Picking Up Where We Left Off

An excerpt from Neal Stephenson's story in "Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions For a Better Future."

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