#9 – The Dystopia Classic

#12 – Isaac Asimov Part 1 A Reader’s History of Science Fiction

Isaac Asimov was own of the most prolific authors of the golden age of sci-fi, especially when it comes to short stories. In this episode, we explore an overview of his work. Book recommendation: The End of Eternity. “The Last Question”: Full Text Narrated by Leonard Nimoy A cool fan-made illustrated version I found. My analysis of Trantor.
  1. #12 – Isaac Asimov Part 1
  2. #11 – John W. Campbell and the Golden Age of Sci-Fi
  3. #10 – Stapledon and Lewis
  4. #9 – The Dystopia Classic
  5. #8 – The Dawn of Cinema

Dystopian fiction has become a popular subgenre of sci-fi in its own right, but the earliest dystopian novels shared some unique elements in common, inverting the standard tropes of the hero’s journey. In this episode, we explore what has made these stories so enduring.

Book recommendation: Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell.
My essay on the inverted hero’s journey.
Link to the Heroine’s journey.
Link to O’Brien’s speech.

Other books mentioned:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

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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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