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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (128 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Professor Michael D. C. Drout Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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Science fiction literature and films have contributed indelible images to the popular imagination, from H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds to Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles to the fiction of cyberpunks. In addition to enthralling readers with breathtaking narratives and dazzling the imagination with mind-bending glimpses of possible futures, the best science fiction asks essential questions: What does it mean to be human? Are we alone in the universe, and what does it mean if we're not?

Esteemed professor Michael D. C. Drout traces the history of science fiction in this series of stimulating lectures. From Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to today's cutting- edge authors, Drout offers a compelling analysis of the genre, including a look at hard-boiled science fiction, the golden age of science fiction, New Wave writers, and contemporary trends in the field. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney Young | 1/17/2014

    " I love SF movies, but had never much gotten into SF reading -- except from the soft side. This was very interesting and informative for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Freestewart | 1/5/2014

    " This was a great intro to the history and majesty of Sci-Fi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coyle | 1/2/2014

    " An excellent survey of 20th Century English science fiction. If nothing else, these lectures are useful for suggesting books to read that might otherwise be missed. Also interesting is comparing the books I've had assigned to me over the years to the books he says are essential. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gendou | 12/5/2013

    " An interesting lecture which has contributed many books and authors to my list for future reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 10/20/2013

    " An informative and comprehensive exploration of Science Ficition literature and the literary theory behind it for the discerning reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Glass | 7/4/2013

    " This is the BEST lecture on science fiction. Historical perspective, great authors, WOW!!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Void lon iXaarii | 7/2/2013

    " Some very interesting ideas and ways of presenting things in this course. I was particularly interested about some of the authors I knew and it was interesting to see an outside perspective. Also it was nice to see things abstracted to a higher level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 5/29/2013

    " A good listen. I enjoyed this critical look at the history of sci-fi and its principal writers and themes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy E. Evans | 3/22/2013

    " Great lectures! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Manifest Stefany | 12/14/2012

    " I wish I could take his classes. Very entertaining and engaging lecture that has made me want to re-read a number of books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis Neal | 9/4/2012

    " Another excellent lecture series. I don't think Drout is quite as passionate about science fiction as he was about fantasy, but the lectures are still well worth your time. If nothing else, it's a great source for recommended reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rolf | 11/23/2011

    " While a relatively short overview of Science Fiction, it leaves the listener with some good reading suggestions for exploring the various aspects that make up the Science Fiction genre. The lecturer's style is very pleasant and easy to listen too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 5/7/2011

    " This was an awesome overview of English-language SF as a literary genre from its inception through today. I love learning about different writing themes/genres/movements, their impact on culture, and how change over time; Professor Drout did not disappoint! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coyle | 4/19/2011

    " An excellent survey of 20th Century English science fiction. If nothing else, these lectures are useful for suggesting books to read that might otherwise be missed. Also interesting is comparing the books I've had assigned to me over the years to the books he says are essential. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Freestewart | 12/31/2010

    " This was a great intro to the history and majesty of Sci-Fi. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gendou | 12/29/2010

    " An interesting lecture which has contributed many books and authors to my list for future reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alexis | 12/13/2010

    " Another excellent lecture series. I don't think Drout is quite as passionate about science fiction as he was about fantasy, but the lectures are still well worth your time. If nothing else, it's a great source for recommended reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda | 4/6/2010

    " An informative and comprehensive exploration of Science Ficition literature and the literary theory behind it for the discerning reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 4/16/2009

    " This is the BEST lecture on science fiction. Historical perspective, great authors, WOW!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rolf | 4/26/2008

    " While a relatively short overview of Science Fiction, it leaves the listener with some good reading suggestions for exploring the various aspects that make up the Science Fiction genre. The lecturer's style is very pleasant and easy to listen too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 3/1/2008

    " A good listen. I enjoyed this critical look at the history of sci-fi and its principal writers and themes. "

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