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The Modern Scholar: From Here to Infinity ~An Exploration of Science…

by Michael D. C. Drout

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    themulhern: This awful work by Heinlein pretty much refutes everything positive that Drout has to say about Heinlein in his discussion of his work in this quite interesting lecture series.
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Good summary of the science fiction genre..I'm going to have to read some Greg Egan and Kim Stanley Robinson here soon! ( )
  timjaeger | Jan 7, 2019 |
The lecturer Professor Michael D.C. Drout is as passionate about science fiction as a pre-teen boy is about sneaking into a theater to see a forbidden sci-fi flick. And that’s what you want in a professor. He is articulate and well-versed in the genre. He divides the material into decades and themes in a way that allows the listener to both digest the voluminous material and see the genre’s progression though history.

You might hope that, as he walks through the decades, Prof. Drout would note one of your favorite authors. Sadly, he may not. He skipped some of mine. But to be fair there are so many science fiction authors that he had to be selective, and he seems to have chosen those that typified subgenres such as cyberpunk and slipstream.

I would have given this lecture series a 5 star rating had it not been his bias and praise for everything progressive. When it came to the Surrealists such as J. G. Ballard, the praise for progressiveness turned my stomach. (J. G. Ballard 's 1973 novel “Crash” is about a group of people who take sexual pleasure from car accidents.) This is twisted an sick.
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  Darrell.Newton | Dec 27, 2017 |
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. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
Drout is extraordinarily engaging. Of course, one of the effects of his engagingness is that you want to drop listening to him and go read one of the books he is discussing so interestingly. ( )
  themulhern | Sep 8, 2015 |
Excellent survey of SF. It was a delight to listen to such a well done, scholarly, treatment about Science Fiction. Drout takes it seriously and really knows his stuff. It was a pleasure to listen to a lecture and learn AND know so much about the topic (even more than he at times) at the same time. I'd love to talk to him about the franchise fiction (media tie-ins) and series books that he doesn't cover. Highly recommended. ( )
  mrklingon | Oct 15, 2009 |
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In this course, Wheaton College professor Michael D.C. Drout traces the history of science fiction. From Mary Shelly's Frankenstein to today's cutting-edge authors, Drout offers a compelling analysis of the genre.

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