Neuroscience is affecting some amazing sci-fi.

Collection of Daryl Gregory Impossible Numerous short stories inspired by neuroscience, including “Digital”, in which a man’s consciousness moves from his head to his finger, and “Glass”, in which sociopaths would “recover” by activating their mirror neurons. Are

Gregory said in Episode 484, “It’s great to get a job where you get permission to pursue your hobby and buy as many books as you can, and that’s how I buy neuroscience books.” Gecko’s guide to the galaxy. Podcast “I’m fascinated by this thing, and so I’m always looking for ways to put it into stories.”

In his story “Dead Horse Point”, an intelligent physicist suffers from a strange condition that causes him to disappear from his mind for weeks at a time. Gregory says the story was inspired by a friend. “He wasn’t completely passive like the characters in my story, but he was really a skilled mathematician, and when he was working on a difficult problem, he would go around for several days at a time. He would eat on his own, he would barely talk to people, “says Gregory. “She had to stop doing that when she had kids, because you can’t get away from your kids and come back three days later and see if they’re okay.”

One of the most interesting stories in the book is “The Second Person, the Present,” in which a teenager takes a drug that disrupts communication between his conscious brain and the rest of his brain. Gregory says she uses the drug more, and then steps into a new consciousness, and she knows what happened – she also has access to the old man’s memories – but her identity It doesn’t feel like a person, it feels like a new consciousness.

Gregory thought the idea was a complete myth, but later realized it was something that could actually happen. “I got an e-mail from a guy who’s a professor, and he’s like, ‘I read this story, and it happened to me, except that it wasn’t medicine, it was a motorcycle accident. When I woke up in the hospital, I knew I was a different person, but I wasn’t as brave as your main character – I was making my way through it, “says Gregory. He was just trying to get through, even though he knew he had nothing to do with the former man who had a motorcycle accident. “

Listen to the full interview with Daryl Gregory in Episode 484. Gecko’s guide to the galaxy. (Top). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.

Daryl Gregory in his story “Rocket Boy’s Continuous Adventures”:

“[Gordon Van Gelder] Great service for me on ‘Rocket Boy’s Continuous Adventures’, which is in the collection, and published by Gordon. * He actually said, ‘Look, this is not really a science fiction story. This is a mainstream story about science fiction. So I can’t take it, I can’t buy the story. And I said, ‘Yeah, that makes sense.’ But I said, ‘You know, I really hope people in science fiction read it, because it’s growing about me as a reader.’ I went to write other stories for Gordon, and then he came back to me and said, ‘Look, I can’t stop thinking about this story. Let’s run it. And he ran it, but with disclaimer – not for sex or violence, but for the annoying lack of gender content.

Daryl Gregory on his novel Revealer:

“I’m really interested in the idea of ​​gods who aren’t enough gods, demons who aren’t really devils. Like this new book. Revealer, There is a family in the smoky mountains in the 1930s and 40s, and for many generations they have been worshiping their personal deity, and they have called it God, but what is it really? One of the mysteries of the book is, ‘Well, what is this thing? We have made it a god, and it is doing things, and it seems to be supernatural, but is there any other science fiction explanation for it? One of the secrets of the book is that it is a corrupt science fiction novel. I wrote it in such a way that it feels scary and imaginary, but there is a scientific explanation for everything that goes on in the story.

Daryl Gregory on Roger Zelzny:

“I grew up reading people like Roger Zelazny who would combine science fiction and fantasy.… Zelazny wrote this great novel that had such an effect on me that it was called. Lord of light., Where it’s basically a science fiction space opera with a distant civilization that crashed – we found out later that they came aboard – but for some of the original crew members, their high-tech The deity makes the Hindu Pantheon it is very good. It blew my mind when I read it in my second year of high school, and when you read something at that age, it can draw a deep hole in your brain. And yet a part of me, years later, wants to be Roger Zellzny more than anything. I want to be her when I grow up. “

Daryl Gregory on his novel Dr. Morao’s album.:

“I thought, ‘Well, all the suspects are going to be human-animal hybrids – a bat and an elephant boy, and they’re all going to be suspects.’ … I had these five boys who were born on a secret science seed and raised by bad genetic engineers, and they spent all this time together, and thus figured out how to talk to each other. Will do, like the brothers, and each will have a different personality, this was the most fun of the book, so before I ever started a plot, let me sit down and talk to each other. Will – I’ll just keep typing, try to come up with a dialogue – and that’s where I found this book, was one of those five people, the way they would argue, and each of them was funny in a different way. How will

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