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A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Aug 8, 2022

I interview Dr. Paul Frommer, the creator of the Na'vi language from Avatar as well as Barsoomian from Disney's John Carter.

Prospective movie recommendation: Avatar: The Way of Water

Dr. Frommer's blog.


Jul 25, 2022

In this second catch-up episode, I talk about the most recent monster movies (and one novel) to come out and their place in science fiction as a whole.

Movie recommendation: Love and Monsters

My YouTube video on the physics of giant monsters.

Other works discussed:
The Color out of Space (2019)
Underwater (2020)


Jul 11, 2022

Science fiction frequently plays with language in different ways to explore the concepts of philosophy, culture, and cognition; and constructed languages (or conlangs) are a big part of that. In this episode, I highlight how conlangs have contributed to the genre over its history.

TV recommendation: 


Jun 27, 2022

My first episode catching up both on classic works of sci-fi that I passed over before, and new works from the past 2 years. These are "short" episodes that will continue intermittently with longer ones.

Book recommendation: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini

Other book discussed: Cities in Flight by...


Jun 13, 2022

I interview Farah Mendlesohn, a scholar of children's sci-fi and fantasy literature and author of The Intergalactic Playground.

Farah's website.

Farah's book recommendations:
The Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve
The Year's Best African Speculative Fiction (