#29 – Larry Niven and the Return of Hard Sci-Fi

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

By 1970, the New Wave in science fiction had made peace with a surge of new hard sci-fi works and writers. At the forefront of this trend was Larry Niven, who took a unique path in hard sci-fi by proposing new physics, but still applying it rigorously. In this episode, we explore his work.

Book recommendation: Ringworld by Larry Niven.

My blog post about Ringworld.

Other works discussed:
The Magic Goes Away
With Jerry Pournelle:
The Mote in God’s Eye
The Gripping Hand
Lucifer’s Hammer
Footfall

Check out this episode!

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