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

#41 – Blockbuster Films Part I: The Rise of CGI A Reader's History of Science Fiction

In the 1980s and '90s, blockbuster films became a staple of Hollywood and of science fiction, and their rise went hand in hand with the development of CGI technology. In this episode, we explore the ways CGI has contributed to sci-fi over the years. Movie recommendation: Jurassic Park Sheldon Hall on the origin of the term "blockbuster." Documentary on the making of Independence Day. Other movies discussed: Terminator 2: Judgment DayIndependence Day Avatar
  1. #41 – Blockbuster Films Part I: The Rise of CGI
  2. #40 – Michael Crichton
  3. Writer's History #6 – David Brin
  4. #39 – Postcyberpunk and Transhumanism
  5. #38 – Cyberpunk Derivatives

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

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