Over on Slate's Future Tense, the brilliant internet law professor Tim Wu has just launched a series of interviews with science fiction writers — and he starts with Neal Stephenson. They talk about everything from Stephenson's hope for the future to Plato's Republic. It's heady, awesome stuff.

Look out for future installments in the coming weeks. Wu will be interviewing Margaret Atwood, Cory Doctorow, Kim Stanley Robinson, Alasdair Reynolds and Robert Sawyer.