#18 – Movies in the Golden Age

#36 – Alternate History A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Alternate histories, where events in the past unfolded differently, are a fairly new genre, but it's made large strides since it first became popular in the 80s. In this episode, we look at an overview of these works. Book recommendation: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. My companion blog post on The Calculating Stars. Other books discussed: The Domination by S. M. Stirling "The Road Not Taken", The Guns of the South and Harry Turtledove in general. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
  1. #36 – Alternate History
  2. Writer's History #5 – Annie Geever Interview
  3. #35 – Time Travel Part II: Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey
  4. #34 – Time Travel Part I: The Classics
  5. #33 – Military Science Fiction

Like books, movies and television also went through a golden age in science fiction in the 1950s. In this episode we explore the trends in the visual medium at the time and how they compared to print.

Movie recommendation: The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Rotten Tomatoes’s list of top sci-fi films.

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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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2 Responses to #18 – Movies in the Golden Age

  1. Terry Somerville says:

    “movies and television also went through a golden age”
    Yes, but this is a reader’s history!

  2. Tom Bridgman says:

    Interesting aspects on the original Day the Earth Stood Still that I had not thought of.

    In regards to 2001, I think it was in “Lost Worlds of 2001” that Clarke said the effects version of Saturn was so incredibly realistic that they were concerned the audience wouldn’t believe it, so they sent Discovery to Jupiter instead.
    The effects people for “2001” (Douglas Trumbull?) would later use the Saturn they developed in “Silent Running”. Wikipedia page just reports the “2001” set had ‘technical difficulties’ with Saturn, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silent_Running

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