#6 – Pulp Fiction

The Cold War brought with it new tales of nuclear war in science fiction, both in the early days of the 50s and 60s, and later, when fears began to rise again. In this episode, we look at the highlights of these stories and how they vary widely in how they address the consequences of nuclear war. Book recommendation: Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank. The Office of Technology Assessment's 1979 nuclear war study. Other works mentioned: On the Beach by Nevil Shute (un-recommended) A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. Dr. Strangelove Fail Safe The Postman by David Brin The Day After WarGames
  1. #22 – Nuclear War
  2. #21 – Apocalypse How?
  3. Writer's History #1 – Max Hawthorne Interview
  4. #20 – Philip K. Dick
  5. #19 – The New Wave

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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About Alex R. Howe

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