#21 – Apocalypse How?

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

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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