So, the trailer for the Dune movie was released last week, and the folks who made it clearly did a great job. In honor of this, we’re getting extra nerdy as we talk Dune, sci-fi, and Dave having meetings to run to. Listen in to hear:
- The difference between hard and soft sci-fi
- If Dune is a good option for jumping into the genre
- How ET ruined sci-fi for Scarlet
- If speculative fiction counts as sci-fi
- Another Lonesome Dove progress report
Be sure to check out the NYPL article mentioned in the show on the differences between hard and soft science fiction as well.
The Sci-Fi List
This week, we’re forgoing our traditional “what we’re reading” list in favor of a few recommendations of generally accessible science fiction reads:
- The Oracle Year by Charles Soule
- The Martian and Artemis by Andy Weir
- The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (this is really more absurdist comedy with sci-fi trappings)
- Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
- Dune by Frank Herbert (note: this one requires some commitment)
- Recursion by Blake Crouch
- 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
- Ringworld by Larry Niven
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