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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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#37 – Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk was the big new subgenre of sci-fi in the 80s–the combination of “lowlife and high-tech.” In this episode, we explore the highlights of this subgenre. Book recommendation: Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson Other works discussed: Akira Neuromancer by William Gibson … Continue reading

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#36 – Alternate History

Alternate histories, where events in the past unfolded differently, are a fairly new genre, but it’s made large strides since it first became popular in the 80s. In this episode, we look at an overview of these works. Book recommendation: … Continue reading

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Writer’s History #5 – Annie Geever Interview

In this episode, I interview Annie Geever, the author of the Undead Age trilogy of zombie novels. Annie’s website. Annie’s book recommendations: Thirteen or Black Man by Richard K. Morgan Fallen Dragon by Peter F. Hamilton Sun of Suns by Karl … Continue reading

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#35 – Time Travel Part II: Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey

Time travel has used in many different ways by many different writers across history. In this episode, we take a whirlwind tour of ten common time travel tropes to see how they have contributed to the genre. Book recommendation: The Time … Continue reading

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