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[S2E17] Historical Fiction


In this episode, I interview Donna Barba Higuera, author of the Newbery winning sci-fi novel,\u00a0The Last Cuentista (which I've previously recommended). Donna's book recommendation: Reclaim the Stars, edited by Zoraida C\u00f3rdova Donna's website","title":"S2E21: Donna Barba Higuera Interview","image":"https:\/\/ssl-static.libsyn.com\/p\/assets\/9\/b\/d\/3\/9bd31a78f67e37dc88c4a68c3ddbc4f2\/History_of_SciFi.jpg","guid":"7996a135-d698-4013-9298-c047937c55f4","publish_date":"2023-03-20T09:00:00+00:00","duration":"42:42"},"id":"podcast-track-2","link":"https:\/\/readershistoryofscifi.libsyn.com\/s2e20-newbery-medal-winners","src":"https:\/\/traffic.libsyn.com\/secure\/readershistoryofscifi\/History_of_SciFi_S2E20.mp3?dest-id=1975700","type":"audio\/mpeg","description":"In this episode, I take one more look at children's science fiction by surveying the winners of the prestigious Newbery Medal. 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[S2E17] Historical Fiction


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A biweekly podcast exploring the history of science fiction from the Renaissance to the present day. Astrophysicist and sci-fi enthusiast Alex Howe explores how the classic books, movies, and TV shows influenced the development of the genre and continue to do so today, with book recommendations for each episode.


The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In the episode, Michael Scott (Steve Carell) helps Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) with an important speech that he is going to give. Meanwhile, Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) plans a vacation to avoid Pam Beesly's (Jenna Fischer) wedding.


Next up we meet novelist Julie Carrick Dalton. As a journalist, Julie has published more than a thousand articles in The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek and The Hollywood Reporter among other publications. A frequent speaker on the topic of writing fiction in the age of climate crisis, Julie is an avid skier, hiker, and kayaker, and a former beekeeper who farms a tract of land in rural New Hampshire. She joins us to discuss her new novel THE LAST BEEKEEPER, a post-apocalyptic meditation on the fragility of nature, that was released on March 7th by Forge Books.


On the After Show we are joined by Stephanie Marie Thornton to discuss her new work of historical fiction, HER LOST WORDS: A Novel of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley, an homage to the legendary mother-daughter pair of writers, coming from Berkley on March 28th.


Dr Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is an award-winning Vietnamese writer and journalist and the author of eleven books of poetry, short fiction and non-fiction. Her debut novel and first book in English, THE MOUNTAINS SING, was an international bestseller, a finalist for the 2021 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the winner of many other literary awards. She will be joining us all the way from her current home in Kyrgyzstan in central Asia to discuss her new novel, DUST CHILD, a suspenseful and moving saga about family secrets, hidden trauma, and the overriding power of forgiveness, set during the Vietnam War and in present-day Vietnam.


WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block and Patti Callahan Henry are joined by Pamela Terry (When the Moon Turns Blue) and Anne Burt (The Dig) to talk about their new releases, the power of story, of character and explore how in fiction, things aren't quite as they seem. A truly fascinating conversation that exceeded expectations!


WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block and Mary Kay Andrews talk with Kristen Mei Chase about her charming and poignant debut novel A Thousand Miles to Graceland. We delve into the humor but also mother/daughter relationships, healing and representation of multi-racial characters in fiction. A don't miss episode!


Stick around for the After Show when we welcome New York Times bestselling author Jill Santopolo to showcase her new historical novel, STARS IN AN ITALIAN SKY, a sweeping story of two star-crossed lovers in post-World War II Italy, which Putnam will publish on 2/28/23!


WRITERS' BLOCK Ron Block and Kristy Woodson Harvey welcome Natasha Lester, author of the recently released historical fiction novel, The Three Lives of Alix St. Pierre, which is a fascinating look at fashion and espionage before, during, and after WWII in Paris. A terrific conversation about her process, her background and how it all came together.


Pam Jenoff is a Rutgers University law professor and the author of several works of historical fiction, including the New York Times bestseller The Orphan's Tale. With degrees in international affairs from George Washington University, in history from Cambridge, and law from UPenn, her novels are inspired by her experiences working at the Pentagon and as a diplomat for the State Department handling Holocaust issues in Poland. She joins us to discuss her latest WW2 novel CODE NAME SAPPHIRE. Join the convo as we discuss her research, inspiration, how she chooses her subject matter, and the process of writing about courageous women who embark on incredible journeys and are forced to make difficult choices.


Science fiction frequently plays with language in different ways to explore the concepts of philosophy, culture, and cognition; and constructed languages (or conlangs) are a big part of that. In this episode, I highlight how conlangs have contributed to the genre over its history.


Star Trek is the classic science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry and starred William Shatner as James T. Kirk, the captain of the USS Enterprise, a 23rd century interstellar starship on a five-year mission to seek out new worlds and new civilizations. The series only ran for three seasons from 1966-1969, but its cult fan following and its subsequently continual airing in syndication helped to spawn a feature film series in addition to the creation of several television series spinoffs. While the crew mostly used futuristic "phaser" weapons, they did encounter several worlds patterned after time periods in Earth history, where many real world firearms were featured. In order to differentiate itself from its many spinoffs, the series is also known as Star Trek: The Original Series. 041b061a72


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