#6 – Pulp Fiction

#17 – Arthur C. Clarke A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Arthur C. Clarke was the fourth of the "Big Four" authors of the golden age of science fiction. In this episode, we explore his work and his unique writing style, especially centered around "sufficiently advanced technology." Book recommendation: The City and the Stars. Other books mentioned: Childhood's End A Fall of Moondust 2001: A Space Odyssey The Colours of Infinity on YouTube. Clarke's three laws.
  1. #17 – Arthur C. Clarke
  2. #16 – Ray Bradbury
  3. #15 – Robert Heinlein Part II: Politics, Religion, and Sex
  4. #14 – Robert Heinlein Part I: The Juveniles
  5. #13 – Isaac Asimov Part II: Robots

The hallmark of early science fiction was the pulp magazines, which continued the tradition of larger-than-life adventure stories. Despite the sometimes silly and over-the-top writing style, this was an important step in the development of the genre.

Book recommendation: The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Other books mentioned:
A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burrows
Galactic Patrol by E. E. Smith
Armageddon 2419 A.D. by Philip Francis Nowlan

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I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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