Originally published in Nature magazine.
R. Scott Bakker has written eight novels translated into over dozen languages, including Neuropath, a dystopic meditation on the cultural impact of cognitive science, and the nihilistic epic fantasy series, The Prince of Nothing. He lives in London, Ontario with his wife and his daughter.
Eric Schwitzgebel is a professor of philosophy at University of California, Riverside. His short fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Nature, Weird Tales, and elsewhere. His most recent book, which he hopes is mostly non-fiction, is Perplexities of Consciousness, from MIT Press. He is also the world’s foremost expert on moral behavior of ethics professors. He blogs about philosophy, psychology, and science fiction at The Splintered Mind.
Narrated by Joshua Bregman
Fact: Science News by J J Campanella
Main Fiction: “Atonement Under the Blue-White Sun” by Mercurio D. Rivera
Originally published in “Paradox: Stories Inspired by the Fermi Paradox“.
Nominated for a 2011 World Fantasy Award in the short fiction category, writer Mercurio D. Rivera’s spec-fic stories have appeared in a wide range of markets such as Asimov’s, Year’s Best Science Fiction #17, edited by Hartwell & Cramer, Unplugged: The Web’s Best SF and Fantasy for 2008, edited by Rich Horton, Interzone, Black Static, Nature, Electric Velocipede, Abyss and Apex, Sybil’s Garage, Murky Depths, Aoife’s Kiss, Otherworlds Anthology and Northwest Passages: A Cascadian Anthology
Narrated by Jonathan Sharp
I was born in southern New Mexico in the nexus between Area 51, Trinity Site, and Spaceport America. I attended culinary school in Portland Oregon and have managed a number of restaurants, cafés, and bakeries. By day I am the produce manager of a natural grocery store. By night I practice narration and voice acting while dreaming of a future filled with world travel via sailboat, along side my lovely wife Paige.