#5 – H. G. Wells and the Dawn of Science Fiction

#27 – Feminist Science Fiction A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Among the various social changes that accompanied the New Wave, this time period saw the rise of second-wave feminism. In this episode, we explore how that movement influenced the genre of science fiction. Book recommendation: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin. Tor Books poll on women in speculative fiction. Eric Leif Davin's Partners in Wonder. Sable Aradia's review of "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" My blog posts on The Handmaid's Tale: Part 1, Part 2 Jan Misali/Conlang Critic on Láadan. Princeton article on Láadan. Mary Robinette Kowal on women in sci-fi. Other works discussed: "The Screwfly Solution" by James Tiptree Jr. "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" by James Tiptree Jr. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin Kindred by Octavia E. Butler Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
  1. #27 – Feminist Science Fiction
  2. Writer's History #2 – Kira Leigh Interview
  3. #26 – Vonnegut, Adams, and Modern Satire
  4. #25 – Strange New Worlds
  5. #24 – The New Dystopias

H. G. Wells was in many respects the first real science fiction author, where earlier writers wrote more or less in existing genres. This episode is an overview of his work and legacy.

Excerpt on Wells’s Law.

Book recommendation: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells.

Other books mentioned:
The Invisible Man
The Island of Doctor Moreau
The War of the Worlds

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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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