#11 – John W. Campbell and the Golden Age of Sci-Fi

S2E2: Catch-Up Episode #1 A Reader's History of Science Fiction

My first episode catching up both on classic works of sci-fi that I passed over before, and new works from the past 2 years. These are "short" episodes that will continue intermittently with longer ones. Book recommendation: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini Other book discussed: Cities in Flight by James Blish My review of A Case of Conscience by James Blish
  1. S2E2: Catch-Up Episode #1
  2. S2E1: Farah Mendlesohn Interview
  3. #46 – Science Fiction Today
  4. Bonus Episode: More Alternate History
  5. #45 – Young Adult Dystopias

John W. Campbell was the controversial longtime editor of Astounding Science Fiction who single-handedly directed the course of science fiction in the 1940s, a time that is not called the “golden age of sci-fi.” However, I argue the golden age continued through the 1950s as writers who got their start under Campbell began publishing on their own.

Book recommendation: Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement.

Robert Silverberg on the golden age.
The Internet Speculative Fiction Database’s “Most-Viewed Short Fiction.”
Cory Doctorow on Campbell.
My essay on “The Cold Equations.”

Other books mentioned:
The Black Cloud by Fred Hoyle

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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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