#23 – Overpopulation and Environmental Collapse

#36 – Alternate History A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Alternate histories, where events in the past unfolded differently, are a fairly new genre, but it's made large strides since it first became popular in the 80s. In this episode, we look at an overview of these works. Book recommendation: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal. My companion blog post on The Calculating Stars. Other books discussed: The Domination by S. M. Stirling "The Road Not Taken", The Guns of the South and Harry Turtledove in general. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
  1. #36 – Alternate History
  2. Writer's History #5 – Annie Geever Interview
  3. #35 – Time Travel Part II: Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey
  4. #34 – Time Travel Part I: The Classics
  5. #33 – Military 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

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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 #23 – Overpopulation and Environmental Collapse

  1. Wyrd Smythe says:

    And the very obscure Half Past Human and The Godwhale by T.J. Bass.

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