not a week goes by that a news report doesn't begin with the phrase, "It sounds like science fiction...", but seldom does a news organization actually produce a work of science fiction. tonight NPR did just that. John Burnett's segment "What If Marijuana Were Legal?" ventures into the popular sub-genre of Alternative History to imagine what the U.S.A. would be like after cannabis is legalized. maybe they're after a Nebula Award for best script .
also in the same show was a short tribute to the late great JG Ballard.