“Science fiction is the marmite of literature – people tend to love it or hate it. Yet no one could deny that it has produced many of the great myths of our age, from Frankenstein’s monster to William Gibson’s cyber-reality.
SF blogger Damien Walter joins our panellists to discuss where it is now, and why we should all tune in to a genre that can be satirical, prophetic, political and plain good fun, often all at the same time. He also outlines some of the titles to look out for in 2010.
We also look at John Wyndham’s previously unpublished novel, Plan For Chaos, and interview China Miéville, rising star of the ‘new weird’.”
Sez Damien G. Walter:
“I have the pleasure of being a guest on this week’s Guardian Books Podcast. This was my second time on the show, but this time around the whole episode is dedicated to speculative fiction. Hurrah! We discuss the new John Wyndham novel (yes, you heard that right) and the reasons why there are so many sub-genres in SF. Michelle Pauli interviews China Mieville, and I give my SF picks for 2010.”
That old/new John Wyndham novel, Plan For Chaos, sounds very interesting, apparently its a kind of hybrid Science Fiction/Hard Boiled Crime novel. The rest of the podcast is also well worth listening to.
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Posted by Jesse Willis
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