Category Archives: A Reader's History of Science Fiction

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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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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#45 – Young Adult Dystopias

Dystopian fiction has been the core of young adult sci-fi for the past 15 years. In this episode, we explore how they got their start and what makes them so popular. Book recommendation: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins My analysis … Continue reading

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#42 – Blockbuster Films Part II: Superheroes Go Mainstream

As Hollywood moved into the twenty-first century, it found a new formula for superhero stories that catapulted them to some of the most popular stories in sci-fi. In this episode, we explore the history of superheroes in film and how … Continue reading

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#41 – Blockbuster Films Part I: The Rise of CGI

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 … Continue reading

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#40 – Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton was a huge influence on science fiction in the 1990s and 2000s, particularly through the many movie adaptations of his work. In this episode, I given an overview of his writings and his work in Hollywood. Book recommendation: Sphere … Continue reading

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Writer’s History #6 – David Brin

In this episode, I interview David Brin, author of the Uplift Series, The Postman, Existence, and many more. David Brin’s website.Advice for new writers.Sample chapters of many of Brin’s books.Brin’s recommended reading list. Brin on Robert Heinlein.Recommended essay: “The World, the Flesh, … Continue reading

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#39 – Postcyberpunk and Transhumanism

After cyberpunk had its day, a more mature, less countercultural successor to it emerged, known as postcyberpunk. In this episode, we explore what makes it distinctive and how it ties in with the ideas of transhumanism. Book recommendation: Existence by … Continue reading

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#38 – Cyberpunk Derivatives

Cyberpunk has produced many offshoots over the years as new authors have applied the style to other historical eras and new technologies. In this episode, we tour the wide spread of these diverse subgenres. Book recommendations: The Difference Engine by … Continue reading

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Follow-Up: Works Mentioned in Episode #38

In this week’s episode of A Reader’s History of Science Fiction, I discussed all of the various cyberpunk derivatives that have cropped up over the years. And much like the previous one about time travel, I ran through far too … Continue reading

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