Some say there are certain works & authors in SF/F/H that one Must Read in order to appreciate or understand the genres. But with all the amazing new work coming out from new voices around the world, are the so-called "canonical" works even relevant anymore? How can fans navigate the world of speculative fiction in a way that makes it meaningful (and let's not forget FUN) for them? We get into it with two fantastic guests: 2019 Astounding Award winner & author of Under the Pendulum Sun, Jeannette Ng, and Georgia Tech Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies & author of The Future is Female, Dr. Lisa Yaszek. Heads up: there may be some discussion of gross '70s Jell-O molds.
Jeannette Ng: Website and UNDER THE PENDULUM SUN
Dr. Lisa Yaszek: Website & Amazon author page
Octavia Butler on Devil Girls from Mars:
Hugo Gernsback and Amazing Stories
Jeanette Ng’s Astounding Award Acceptance Speech: https://medium.com/@nettlefish/john-w-campbell-for-whom-this-award-was-named-was-a-fascist-f693323d3293
We Have Always Fought
Big Book of Science Fiction (edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer):
The Last Man by Mary Shelley:
Brian Aldiss on Mary Shelley:
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