#21 – Apocalypse How?

#23 – Overpopulation and Environmental Collapse A Reader's History of Science Fiction

In the 60s and 70s, awareness of environmental issues was rising, and that was reflected in the New Wave of science fiction. Of particular note were overpopulation and pollution (leading to widespread environmental collapse). In this episode, we explore the highlights of this subgenre. Book recommendation: Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner Other books mentioned: Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi Paolo Bacigalupi interview on The Windup Girl
  1. #23 – Overpopulation and Environmental Collapse
  2. #22 – Nuclear War
  3. #21 – Apocalypse How?
  4. Writer's History #1 – Max Hawthorne Interview
  5. #20 – Philip K. Dick

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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