#21 – Apocalypse How?

#27 – Feminist Science Fiction A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Among the various social changes that accompanied the New Wave, this time period saw the rise of second-wave feminism. In this episode, we explore how that movement influenced the genre of science fiction. Book recommendation: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin. Tor Books poll on women in speculative fiction. Eric Leif Davin's Partners in Wonder. Sable Aradia's review of "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" My blog posts on The Handmaid's Tale: Part 1, Part 2 Jan Misali/Conlang Critic on Láadan. Princeton article on Láadan. Mary Robinette Kowal on women in sci-fi. Other works discussed: "The Screwfly Solution" by James Tiptree Jr. "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" by James Tiptree Jr. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin Kindred by Octavia E. Butler Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
  1. #27 – Feminist Science Fiction
  2. Writer's History #2 – Kira Leigh Interview
  3. #26 – Vonnegut, Adams, and Modern Satire
  4. #25 – Strange New Worlds
  5. #24 – The New Dystopias

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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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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