Can a Pandemic Story Have a Happy Ending?
In the March episode of Future Tense Fiction, Annalee Newitz discusses their short story “When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis.”
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On this month’s episode of Future Tense Fiction, host Maddie Stone talks to Annalee Newitz about “When Robot and Crow Saved East St. Louis.” Annalee’s short story follows a disease-fighting robot—and its companions, both human and crow—on a quest to track an outbreak and develop a vaccine before it’s too late. The story was published in December 2018, but now, three years after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, it offers a look at how public health responses could better reflect the needs of the communities they serve. Plus, Annalee shares how they learned to speak crow language.
Guest: Annalee Newitz, author of The Terraformers, The Future of Another Timeline, and Autonomous.
Story read by Gin Hammond
Podcast production by Tiara Darnell