I was pleased to be invited to appear on a panel about politics and science fiction at CounterPULSE, a non-profit art/theater/community space in San Francisco, on March 24, sponsored by PM Press. Terry Bisson was moderator, and Lisa Goldstein, John Shirley, Terry and I talked to and with a large group of very well-read people (who came out on a school night!) asking intelligent questions about, say, how the field transitioned between the New Wave and Cyberpunk. Politics is a big enough topic (as is science fiction) that there is room to go in all sorts of directions, and while it is traditional when talking about SF to bemoan the imminent end of books, the depth of reading displayed by the audience was a great reassurance that there are still readers. A podcast is being prepared through CounterPULSE.