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A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Jan 17, 2022

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...


Jan 3, 2022

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

Luke McKinney on "The Malcolm Fallacy"

Other works discussed:
The...



Dec 6, 2021

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 David Brin.

Other books discussed:
Permutation City by Greg...


Nov 22, 2021

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 William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
The Diamond Age by Neal...