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A Reader's History of Science Fiction

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...

Nov 8, 2021

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:
by William Gibson
The Matrix
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan

Oct 25, 2021

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: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal.
My companion blog post on The...