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A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Nov 23, 2020

Arthur C. Clarke was the fourth of the "Big Four" authors of the golden age of science fiction. In this episode, we explore his work and his unique writing style, especially centered around "sufficiently advanced technology."

Book recommendation: The City and the Stars.

Other books mentioned:
Childhood's End
A Fall of...


Nov 9, 2020

Ray Bradbury is most famous as the author of Fahrenheit 451, but he was an important and unique figure in science fiction at-large, a master of short fiction with a colorful, Hollywood-centered career. Here, we explore some of his most notable works, and his philosophy in writing.

Book recommendation: Fahrenheit 451.


Oct 26, 2020

Robert Heinlein's later career went to some unusual places, including books with heavy philosophical and political themes, while still continuing with his classic hard sci-fi rigor. In this episode, we explore the highlights of his later work.

Book recommendation: The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress.

Other books mentioned:


Oct 12, 2020

Robert Heinlein was one of the first major authors to write science fiction specifically for children. In this episode, we explore how he did it and what sets him apart from his contemporaries in this area, along with the other classic children's sci-fi books up through the golden age.

Book recommendation: Have...


Sep 28, 2020

We continue our exploration of the work of Isaac Asimov with a study of his Robot Series and an introduction to robot fiction in general, which he shaped in ways that remain important to this day.

Book recommendation: I, Robot by Isaac Asimov.