Dec 20, 2021
In this episode, I interview David Brin, author of the Uplift Series, The Postman, Existence, and many more.
Advice for new writers.
Sample chapters of many of Brin's books.
Brin's recommended reading list.
Brin on Robert Heinlein.
Recommended essay: "The World, the Flesh, and the Devil" by J. D....
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.
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:
Neuromancer by William Gibson
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...