Jon Orwant, from Google Research, introduces author Kim Stanley Robinson and gives us a nice quote from AI pioneer Marvin Minsky comparing Science Fiction and “regular” literature (about 1 minute):
Kim Stanley Robinson is currently one of my favorite authors. The first book I read by him was Shaman, a novel about a human tribe in the Paleolithic, around 30 thousand years ago. In this “Authors at Google” talk, he reads one of the most beautiful passages (about 5 minutes):
I suggest you watch the entire video.