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A Reader's History of Science Fiction

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 (


Season 2 Coming Next Week!

Jun 9, 2022

A Reader's History of Science Fiction will return next Monday with my interview with Farah Mendlesohn, author of The Intergalactic Playground. Be sure to check it out.


Apr 4, 2022

In the final episode of Season 1, we explore the state of the science fiction genre in the present day.

Book recommendation: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Worlds Without End's list of sci-fi classics
Worlds Without End's customizable list
N. K. Jemisin on the Broken Earth trilogy
Edit: corrected links.

Other books...


Apr 1, 2022

I missed a few important books in the previous episode on alternate history. Here is an overview of those works.

Recommendation: "If Lee Had Not Won the Battle of Gettysburg" by Winston Churchill (yes, really).

Other works discussed:
The Grasshopper Lies Heavy from The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Fallen...