#9 – The Dystopia Classic

#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

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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