S2E3: Constructed Languages in Science Fiction

S2E5: Paul Frommer Interview A Reader's History of Science Fiction

I interview Dr. Paul Frommer, the creator of the Na'vi language from Avatar as well as Barsoomian from Disney's John Carter. Prospective movie recommendation: Avatar: The Way of Water Dr. Frommer's blog.
  1. S2E5: Paul Frommer Interview
  2. S2E4: Catch-Up Episode #2: Monster Movies
  3. S2E3: Constructed Languages in Science Fiction
  4. S2E2: Catch-Up Episode #1
  5. S2E1: Farah Mendlesohn Interview

Science fiction frequently plays with language in different ways to explore the concepts of philosophy, culture, and cognition; and constructed languages (or conlangs) are a big part of that. In this episode, I highlight how conlangs have contributed to the genre over its history.

TV recommendation: Defiance (Kastithanu, L’Irathi, Indojisnen, and Kinuk’aaz, by David J. Peterson)

My blog posts about language in Creationism.
jan Misali’s Conlang Critic playlist.

Other languages discussed:
Newspeak (Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell)
Láadan (Native Tongue, by Suzette Elgin)
Klingon (Star Trek, by Marc Okrand)
Na’vi (Avatar, by Paul Frommer)

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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