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A Reader's History of Science Fiction

May 25, 2020

Jules Verne was perhaps the first author to systematically incorporate the latest science into his work, becoming one of the biggest minds behind the idea of science fiction. Yet his focus wasn't so much on sci-fi as it was on adventure fiction. In this episode I explore how he contributed to the development of...

May 11, 2020

Modern science spread out from early satirical novels first to the gothic horror of the nineteenth century. This is the genre where the first real sci-fi novel appears. Yet it was still cloaked in supernatural themes, not quite come into its own as a genre.

Book recommendation: Frankenstein by Mary...