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

#23 – Overpopulation and Environmental Collapse A Reader's History of Science Fiction

In the 60s and 70s, awareness of environmental issues was rising, and that was reflected in the New Wave of science fiction. Of particular note were overpopulation and pollution (leading to widespread environmental collapse). In this episode, we explore the highlights of this subgenre. Book recommendation: Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner Other books mentioned: Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi Paolo Bacigalupi interview on The Windup Girl
  1. #23 – Overpopulation and Environmental Collapse
  2. #22 – Nuclear War
  3. #21 – Apocalypse How?
  4. Writer's History #1 – Max Hawthorne Interview
  5. #20 – Philip K. Dick

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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