#4 – The Roots of Sci-Fi in Adventure

#41 – Blockbuster Films Part I: The Rise of CGI A Reader's History of Science Fiction

In the 1980s and '90s, blockbuster films became a staple of Hollywood and of science fiction, and their rise went hand in hand with the development of CGI technology. In this episode, we explore the ways CGI has contributed to sci-fi over the years. Movie recommendation: Jurassic Park Sheldon Hall on the origin of the term "blockbuster." Documentary on the making of Independence Day. Other movies discussed: Terminator 2: Judgment DayIndependence Day Avatar
  1. #41 – Blockbuster Films Part I: The Rise of CGI
  2. #40 – Michael Crichton
  3. Writer's History #6 – David Brin
  4. #39 – Postcyberpunk and Transhumanism
  5. #38 – Cyberpunk Derivatives

Jules Verne was perhaps the first author to systematically incorporate the latest science into his work, becoming one of the biggest minds behind the idea of science fiction. Yet his focus wasn’t so much on sci-fi as it was on adventure fiction. In this episode I explore how he contributed to the development of the genre.

Book recommendation: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas by Jules Verne.

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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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