Lit. Angels Episode #5 – Sci-Fi
Hey everyone. There’s a new episode of Lit. Angels tonight where we’ll be talking about comic books. So, make sure to listen in!
Last time, we talked about good old Sci-Fi authors and the ones that Stealthyslyth and I thought everyone should check out. Below, you can listen to the show, and see our notes for the books we talked about.
Music Intro – Ghosts II #20 NIN
GA Reminders – Petition on the front page about XBL Female Avatars
Intro to Golden Age of Science Fiction – little bit about Hard Sci-Fi (attention to scientic details – in some cases for early writers creating theories used by scientists in later years.) and Social/Soft Sci-Fi (with more attention to people in the world and sometimes includes speculative fiction – Brave New World, 1984, Handmaid’s Tale).
1940s – 1950s is considered the Golden Age of Science Fiction – The “New Wave” of Sci-Fi hit in the 60s where writers went from futuristic worlds to more fantastic adventures with more openness (like Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strangeland)
Stranger in a Strangeland – Robert Heinlein (1961) – used to comment on social concepts of religion, money, monogamy, and the fear of death with the Church of All Worlds (early description of the ‘waterbed’ created twenty years later – and the word ‘grok’
1984 – George Orwell (1949)
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley (1932)
Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury (1953)
The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury (1950)
The Forever War – Joe Haldeman (1974) (as a response to Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, sometimes considered pro-war) – comments about time in Vietnam
2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke (1968)
Isaac Aasimov – so many short stories in Campbell’s Astounding Science Fiction (Wrote or Edited more than 500 books)
L. Ron Hubbard
Philip José Farmer
Philip K. Dick
Authors we might not think of as Science-Fiction
Ursula K. LeGuin
Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange