#3 – The Roots of Sci-Fi in Horror

#9 – The Dystopia Classic A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Dystopian fiction has become a popular subgenre of sci-fi in its own right, but the earliest dystopian novels shared some unique elements in common, inverting the standard tropes of the hero's journey. In this episode, we explore what has made these stories so enduring. Book recommendation: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. My essay on the inverted hero's journey. Link to the Heroine's journey. Link to O'Brien's speech.
  1. #9 – The Dystopia Classic
  2. #8 – The Dawn of Cinema
  3. #7 – H. P. Lovecraft and Cosmic Horror
  4. #6 – Pulp Fiction
  5. #5 – H. G. Wells and the Dawn of Science Fiction

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About Alex R. Howe

I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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2 Responses to #3 – The Roots of Sci-Fi in Horror

  1. Terry Somerville says:

    Good stuff! Discovered your podcast through the link at today’s APOD and listened to the three current episodes. Are you aware that Brian Aldiss famously argued for “Frankenstein” as the first SF novel in “Billion Year Spree” (later expanded to “Trillion Year Spree”)? I point that out only because you sounded like it’s an original idea of yours, but maybe that’s just my poor interpretation.

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