#22 – Nuclear War

Writer's History #4 – Daniel Bensen Interview A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Daniel Bensen is an author of science fiction, alternate history, and stories of speculative evolution. In this interview, we discuss his new book, Interchange, sequel to his debut novel, Junction, and other writings. Dan's website. Dan's book recommendations: The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold Greg Egan The Darkness That Comes Before by R. Scott Bakker
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The Cold War brought with it new tales of nuclear war in science fiction, both in the early days of the 50s and 60s, and later, when fears began to rise again. In this episode, we look at the highlights of these stories and how they vary widely in how they address the consequences of nuclear war.

Book recommendation: Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank.

The Office of Technology Assessment’s 1979 nuclear war study.

Other works mentioned:
On the Beach by Nevil Shute (un-recommended)
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Dr. Strangelove
Fail Safe
The
Postman by David Brin
The Day After
WarGames

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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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1 Response to #22 – Nuclear War

  1. Tom Bridgman says:

    Another thoughtful (but a little depressing) episode.
    I remember “The Day After” when it was first broadcast. In the same vein, but not really sci-fi was “Special Bulletin”, a enactment of news coverage of nuclear terrorists with a bomb in the harbor of Charleston, SC. At the time I lived about 10 miles from ground zero in the movie.
    The Jack D. Ripper character in “Dr. Strangelove” is (loosely?) based on Curtis LeMay, who developed much of the U.S. air strategy. Malcolm Gladwell devoted four episodes to LeMay in Season 5 of his “Revisionist History” podcast.

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