#21 – Apocalypse How?

#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

In the 1950s and 60s, disaster and apocalyptic stories became prominent. However, the earliest ones could get pretty weird. It this episode, we take a look at the fantastic apocalypses that gave way to more realistic ones later on.

Book recommendation: The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham.

Other books mentioned:
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Wind from Nowhere by J. G. Ballard
The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard
The Burning World by J. G. Ballard
The Crystal World by J. G. Ballard

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I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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1 Response to #21 – Apocalypse How?

  1. Here’s what started our as serious science but found itself the target of angry Academic machinations. Worlds in Collision paints a startling view of not so ancient catastrophes on this planet. Immanuel Velikovsky researched our ancestors from across the globe to build his chaotic view of our early recorded and memorialised history. https://archive.org/details/B-001-014-474

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