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A Reader's History of Science Fiction

Oct 11, 2021

In this episode, I interview Annie Geever, the author of the Undead Age trilogy of zombie novels.

Annie's website.

Annie's book recommendations:
Thirteen or Black Man by Richard K. Morgan
Fallen Dragon by Peter F. Hamilton
Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder


Sep 27, 2021

Time travel has used in many different ways by many different writers across history. In this episode, we take a whirlwind tour of ten common time travel tropes to see how they have contributed to the genre.

Book recommendation: The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter.
TV recommendation: "Blink" from Doctor Who.

Other works...


Sep 13, 2021

Time travel had a long history in science fiction, but it noticeably ramped up beginning in the 80s. In this episode, we explore some of the classic and iconic time travel stories of recent decades.

Book recommendation: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.

Other works discussed:
Timescape by Gregory Benford
Eon...


Aug 30, 2021

Sci-fi stories about wars and military service in the future are widespread throughout the genre. In this episode, we explore a few of the highlights from this wide field.

Book recommendation: Old Man's War by John Scalzi.
Honorable mention: Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein.

Other books discussed:
The Forever War by...


Aug 16, 2021

With the release of Star Wars, sci-fi became more mainstream than ever, and in its wake came many stories about a galaxy filled with many kinds of alien life. In this episode, we explore a few of these stories of galactic civilizations.

Book recommendation: A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

James W. Harris on 80s...