#10 – Stapledon and Lewis

#41 – Blockbuster Films Part I: The Rise of CGI A Reader's History of Science Fiction

In the 1980s and '90s, blockbuster films became a staple of Hollywood and of science fiction, and their rise went hand in hand with the development of CGI technology. In this episode, we explore the ways CGI has contributed to sci-fi over the years. Movie recommendation: Jurassic Park Sheldon Hall on the origin of the term "blockbuster." Documentary on the making of Independence Day. Other movies discussed: Terminator 2: Judgment DayIndependence Day Avatar
  1. #41 – Blockbuster Films Part I: The Rise of CGI
  2. #40 – Michael Crichton
  3. Writer's History #6 – David Brin
  4. #39 – Postcyberpunk and Transhumanism
  5. #38 – Cyberpunk Derivatives

Olaf Stapledon and C. S. Lewis both explored the spiritual side of science fiction, albeit in very different ways. In this episode, we explore how they went about it and why one of them is considered a must read by many of the greats of the genre.

Book recommendation: Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon.

Other books mentioned:
Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon
Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis
Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
That Hideous Strength by C. S. Lewis

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