Writer’s History #3 – Dr. Benjamin Stevens Interview

#34 – Time Travel Part I: The Classics A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Time travel had a long history in science fiction, but it noticeably ramped up beginning in the 80s. In this episode, we explore some of the classic and iconic time travel stories of recent decades. Book recommendation: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. Other works discussed: Timescape by Gregory Benford Eon by Greg Bear Back to the FutureThe TerminatorBill and Ted's Excellent AdventureDoomsday Book by Connie Willis Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger See also the Jimmy Kimmel Back to the Future sketch.
  1. #34 – Time Travel Part I: The Classics
  2. #33 – Military Science Fiction
  3. #32 – Galactic Civilizations
  4. #31 – Alien Artifacts and Alien Contact
  5. Writer's History #4 – Daniel Bensen Interview

Dr. Benjamin Stevens is a professor of classical studies who researches the relationship between the ancient/classical tradition and science fiction and fantasy. In this wide-ranging interview, we discuss what makes sci-fi distinctive, classicism and modernity, ancient aliens, and more.

Dr. Steven’s profile.
Classical Traditions in Science Fiction, ed. by Brett Rogers and Benjamin Stevens.

Dr. Steven’s book recommendations:
The Just City/Thessaly Trilogy by Jo Walton
Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

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