#10 – Stapledon and Lewis

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

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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