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A Reader's History of Science Fiction

May 15, 2023

In the series finale, I interview Dr. Lisa Yaszek, a sci-fi historian from Georgia Tech, about where we can expect science fiction to go in the future.

Dr. Yaszek's recommendations:
Wormwood Trilogy by Tade Thompson
The Matrix
Sunspot Jungle, ed. Bill Campbell

Other works discussed:
Binti Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

May 8, 2023

Okay, not exactly all classics and not exactly lightning either, but in this episode, I discuss four books that I wanted to talk about in Season 1, but never got around to.

Book recommendation: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Other books discussed:
Helliconia Trilogy by Brian Aldiss
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Apr 24, 2023

In this episode, I discuss the precise nature of space opera, its origins, and its path through the history of sci-fi up to the current resurgence it's had in recent years.

Book recommendation: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by...

Episode 23 Delayed

Apr 17, 2023

I'm having computer problems which resulted in me not being able to record today, so I'm postponing Season 2, Episode 23 by one week to April 24.

Episode 24 will probably go up on May 1 as scheduled, but that is not certain yet. Subscribe to the feed if you haven't already to get automatic updates.

Apr 3, 2023

Not quite as space-themed as I intended, but these are the latest stories about aliens and comets and such.

Movie recommendation: Dune (2021)

Other works discussed:
Don't Look Up
The Tomorrow War
The Firefly tie-in...