Author Archives: Alex R. Howe

About Alex R. Howe

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

S2E5: Paul Frommer Interview

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. Check out this episode!

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S2E4: Catch-Up Episode #2: Monster Movies

In this second catch-up episode, I talk about the most recent monster movies (and one novel) to come out and their place in science fiction as a whole. Movie recommendation: Love and Monsters My YouTube video on the physics of giant … Continue reading

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Follow-Up: Languages Mentioned in S2E3

In this week’s episode of A Reader’s History of Science Fiction, I talked about constructed languages, or conlangs. I listed the major ones I discussed in the description, but there were many more that I mentioned in passing, which I … Continue reading

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S2E3: Constructed Languages in Science Fiction

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 … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder is Disney’s latest addition to the MCU and the fourth Thor movie. This is actually a pretty big deal. Thor is the first MCU hero to get a fourth movie outside of the ensemble Avengers films. … Continue reading

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S2E2: Catch-Up Episode #1

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 … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Jurassic World: Dominion

The new Jurassic Park trilogy made big waves when it debuted in 2015. Now, that trilogy has concluded with Jurassic World: Dominion, and things are crazier than ever. This movie has not been loved by the critics, scoring the worst … Continue reading

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S2E1: Farah Mendlesohn Interview

I interview Farah Mendlesohn, a scholar of children’s sci-fi and fantasy literature and author of The Intergalactic Playground. Farah’s website. Farah’s book recommendations: The Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (free online) Check out this episode!

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Season 2 Coming Next Week!

A Reader’s History of Science Fiction will return next Monday with my interview with Farah Mendlesohn, author of The Intergalactic Playground. Be sure to check it out. Check out this episode!

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Television Review: Prehistoric Planet

This past week, Apple TV premiered its new dinosaur documentary, Prehistoric Planet. This is a bigger deal than it may sound. Okay, so, for a long time, the gold standard for dinosaur documentaries was Walking with Dinosaurs, which premiered on … Continue reading

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