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A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Jun 21, 2021

By 1970, the New Wave in science fiction had made peace with a surge of new hard sci-fi works and writers. At the forefront of this trend was Larry Niven, who took a unique path in hard sci-fi by proposing new physics, but still applying it rigorously. In this episode, we explore his work.

Book recommendation: Ringworld...


Jun 7, 2021

Dr. Benjamin Stevens is a professor of classical studies who researches the relationship between the ancient/classical tradition and science fiction and fantasy. In this wide-ranging interview, we discuss what makes sci-fi distinctive, classicism and modernity, ancient aliens, and more.

Dr. Steven's profile.
Classical...


May 24, 2021

Children's science fiction was still an unusual and peripheral category during the New Wave, but it did produce some important new classics. In this episode, we explore the highlights of what kids were reading during this time.

Book recommendations:
For upper elementary and middle school: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine...


May 10, 2021

Among the various social changes that accompanied the New Wave, this time period saw the rise of second-wave feminism. In this episode, we explore how that movement influenced the genre of science fiction.

Book recommendation: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Tor Books poll on women in speculative fiction.


Apr 26, 2021

In this episode, I interview Kira Leigh, author of the new, anime-inspired space epic, Constelis Voss, Volume 1.

Kira's website.

Kira's TV recommendations:
Farscape
Earth 2