SFWA blog post + research list

I’m honored to have a blog post published on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) official blog.  You can read it here:


This essay resulted from me happily falling down a research rabbit hole of empathy, A.I., design fiction, and related concepts.  Here’s my research list in case you’d like to take a similar plunge:

Author(s) Title Year
Adler, Nancy J. The Arts & Leadership: Now That We Can Do Anything, What Will We Do? 2017
Bal PM, Veltkamp M How Does Fiction Reading Influence Empathy? An Experimental Investigation on the Role of Emotional Transportation 2013
Blythe, Mark A. & Wright, Peter C. Pastiche scenarios: Fiction as a resource for user centred design 2006
Bunce, Louise & Stansfield, John The Relationship Between Empathy and Reading Fiction: Separate Roles for Cognitive and Affective Components 2014
Djikic, Maja & Oatley, Keith & Moldoveanu, Mihnea Reading other minds: Effects of literature on empathy 2013
Dourish, Paul & Bell, Genevieve “Resistance is futile”: reading science fiction alongside ubiquitous computing 2014
Fei-Fei Li Opinion | How to Make A.I. That’s Good for People 2018
Fraiberg, A. Fiction, business studies, and leadership: From know‐how to embracing the impossible 2010
Geoff Colvin Humans are underrated 2015
Johnson, D. R., Cushman, G. K., Borden, L. A., & McCune, M. S. Potentiating empathic growth: Generating imagery while reading fiction increases empathy and prosocial behavior 2013
Johnson, Dan R. Transportation into a story increases empathy, prosocial behavior, and perceptual bias toward fearful expressions 2011
Kohei Nomura and Seiki Akai Empathy with Fictional Stories: Reconsideration of the Fantasy Scale of the Interpersonal Reactivity Index 2012
Lackey, Chad Social Science Fiction: Writing Sociological Short Stories to Learn about Social Issues 1994
Michael Sainato Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates Warn About Artificial Intelligence 2015
Peterson, Jordan B. ; Oatley, Keith & Mar, Raymond A. Exploring the link between reading fiction and empathy: Ruling out individual differences and examining outcomes 2009
Raymond A. Mar, Keith Oatley, Maja Djikic & Justin Mullin Emotion and narrative fiction: Interactive influences before, during, and after reading 2010
Steven S. Taylor and Donna Ladkin Understanding Arts-Based Methods in Managerial Development 2017
Sturdee, Miriam & Coulton, Paul & Lindley, Joseph & Stead, Mike & Ali, Haider & Hudson-Smith, Andrew Design Fiction: How to Build a Voight-Kampff Machine 2016
Tanenbaum, Joshua & Pufal, Marcel & Tanenbaum, Karen The limits of our imagination: design fiction as a strategy for engaging with dystopian futures 2016