It's obvious that Michio Kaku is about four steps ahead of the rest of the world. His books, 'The Future of the Mind' and 'Physics of the Future,' are as outstandingly entertaining as they are informative. In person, he's just like his books, smart beyond belief and lots of fun.
While I didn't see a "But I'm a physicist..." button when we spoke at KQED, I'm pretty certain if there was one he would have been hitting it more often as I was hitting the cough button. To be honest, I find the man astonishing. He's always on, and he has his subject down with a delivery that is authentically enthusiastic. It's easy to see why he has two TV shows and two radio shows.
I tried, with some success, to get him to talk about crafting the books. He clearly gets to have a blast in the process, particularly with the interviews, and I can see the "kid in a candy shop" scenes when he talks about visiting labs, and seeing dreams and telepathy demonstrated by actual scientists.
Readers will get to hear as well the thrill in Kaku's voice when he talks about how much he enjoys science fiction, and the importance of science fiction to the process of science. Here's where the rubber meets the road in the form-following function arena. Listening to Michio Kaku you can get an appreciation of hard science and completely nutso, goofy science fiction.