#24 – The New Dystopias

S2E9: Catch-Up Episode #4: Horror A Reader's History of Science Fiction

In the first of three horror-themed episodes for October, I discuss one class work that I passed over before and one new work. Recommendation: The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham Other work discussed: Jordan Peele's Nope
  1. S2E9: Catch-Up Episode #4: Horror
  2. S2E8: Techno-Thrillers
  3. S2E7: Catch-Up Episode #3: Marvel Movies
  4. S2E6: Anime Science Fiction
  5. S2E5: Paul Frommer Interview

In the New Wave, a new batch of dystopian stories appeared that reflected the newer concerns of the time. These were different from the classics like Nineteen Eighty-Four–more diverse, and very often more hopeful. In this episode, we explore the highlights of these stories.

Short story recommendation: “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut.

My essay on the classic dystopias.
Kurt Vonnegut on “Harrison Bergeron.”
Darryl Hattenhauer on “Harrison Bergeron.”
My analysis of Logan’s Run.

Other works discussed:
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Logan’s Run by William Francis Nolan and George Clayton Johnson

Check out this episode!

About Alex R. Howe

I'm a full-time astrophysicist and a part-time science fiction writer.
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