Science Fiction: A Complete History

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From Frankenstein to the Three-Body Problem, Science Fiction has a rich and interesting history. Let’s talk about that!
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Jackson T says:

Thank you so much for including nonwestern ancient literature! That is so rare to see!

SpankeyLuvinIt says:

pkd always gets snubbed

Torwynd says:

I think the Ramayana was based on things they saw in the distant past and not things they just thought up. Its based around their gods having a giant space battle. They didn't just think that up out of nowhere that long ago.

Sajid Amir says:

This made me subscribe. That 2001 is the greatest. That it is.

Luke Schroter says:

2001 a space odyssey and Blade runner Changed The GAME

Heather Pressed Between the Pages says:

Me: “I’m getting really curious about sci-fi…I wonder where I should start?” Daniel Greene: “hey, don’t worry, I got you.” 🥰 also: how is this he first time I’ve heard someone refer to William Shakespeare as “Willie Shakes”? That’s perfect

cham says:

if anyone wants to check out some really good foreign sci fi, Stanisław Lem was a polish author who is kind of an icon over in this part of the world when it comes to sci fi.the cyberiad or the star diaries have a really interesting (and kind of funny while still really insightful, which might be a good entry point for someone who has a hard time digesting very serious sci fi prose) tone and mix hard sci fi concepts and storytelling with satire and from what ive heard the translations are well done.

Tertain says:

God damn I love Frankenstein… we had to choose between a few books during senior year and hot damn Frankenstein was one of the only books that they made me read for school that I absolutely adored. Besides Life of Pi. Don’t know why everyone else didn’t like that one in my class.

Ryan Vance says:

Hey it’s nearly-torsoless-daniel

erfan ashkan says:

The writer of Cyrano de Bergerac, also wrote s book about man goin to moon I think .

mlnkmmr says:

When talking about SciFi and Mary Shelley I would also talk about her post-apocalyptic novel called "The Last Man".

Paul J says:

How do you not mention William Gibson and Phillip K Dick?

Mad God says:

It's Raa-Maa-ya-Naa

Justin Levy says:

Cloaking technology

Arhum Ahmad says:

does Star Wars really count as sci fi though? I always considered it more fantasy just in space

Devan Illusive says:

I really like how Story Grid by Shawn Coyne classifies sci fi. It has a five-leaf clover and each leaf is a part of the story's construction. Genre is one leaf. You've got action, romance, thriller, etc. Then you've got reality (the world it takes place in) that's where you get contemporary, fantasy, and sci fi. It's always bugged me how people talk about sci fi like it's a genre. No, it's the story's setting and it dictates the types of things that happen. But the genre of the story is action, romance, thriller, etc. While taking place in a sci fi setting, being given the tools to tell the action, romance, thriller, with different tools than if it happened in our world.

Mouse Hunt 1997 Extended Director's Cut says:

Love the video but could've used a PKD mention!

Tiaslin says:

I can't help but ask the question: How do you come to the conclusion that Star Wars was Sci-Fi at all? I mean, it's just basic fantasy story telling that just happens to be in space. I don't see any scientific concept explored, and the world is less fiction, nor even very authentic and cohesive, but actually a fantasy sandbox projected by the characters' internal conflicts. So, for all I can say, it's very much fantasy, classic Heroe's Journey material. No Sci-Fi in there. I'd go so far: Star wars has more in common with The Lord of the Rings than with any sci-fi story.
(Note: Don't get me wrong, I love Star Wars, but because it's fantasy)

chris tea says:

you could be a university lecturer

Darthrocker06 says:

you called star wars "soft sci-fi"? seriously?

Charlotte Balfour says:

I can't believe you didn't show anything in the Cyberpunk genre besides mentioning the game.
Neuromancer and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep are the quintessential dark sci-fi novels. They inspired Blade Runner, The Matrix and the high tech, low life concept.

Gavrahil says:

One thing to consider is that the division hard/soft isn't so cut and dry sometimes. In David Weber's Honor Harrington Series you find the classic Space-Opera with lots of character work and an epic overarching story, but also an almost obsessive level of detail to the science of the setting and some very interesting philosophical ideas thrown into the mix.
Another one would be Stephen Baxter in both his Xeelee Sequence and his Manifold trilogy. Stephen is an absolute beast when it comes to hard science, but he has a view that is so far reaching into the future, that at first glance the things he comes up with are infinitely more fantastical than anything Star Wars could ever come up with. I am speaking of SPOILER ALERT a ring with a billion light years in diameter… yeah!
And there are others: Niven's Ringworld Series, the Culture Series, even the Blame!-Manga straddle this line, where you create the almost magical with very scientifically grounded and solid ideas.

Guillaume Lagueyte says:

Hey Daniel! Thanks for the video, I strongly enjoy your fantasy content but usually I'm mostly into sci fi so it's nice to see you talking about it.

Unfortunately I don't know if that's been translated but if you want to broaden your horizons, as a French I would recommend books by Pierre Bordage, he does both sci fi and alternate history although I know him mostly for the former, it's generally very grim stuff, and also one of our classic sci fi writers (classic as in, the kind of stuff we may read in school) is Rene Barjavel, he wrote interesting time travel and post apocalyptic stories back during the 1940s. I heard a few times that he was the one to coin the grandfather's paradox although I don't know how true it is.
In France we're also very much into hard cover comics (bande dessinee / BD), and my favorite is Universal War 1 or UW1 by Denis Bajram. Apparently according to Wikipedia this was translated and published by Marvel in English version so if you have the opportunity I recommend it to you.

And while I'm at it, regarding fantasy I recommend Alain Damasio, although once again I'm not sure if it's been translated (we're pretty insular regarding our culture, sadly), he's done strange and interesting fantasy-ish short stories but mostly he's known for La Horde du Contrevent, a beautiful story about a troop that goes on a quest to find the origin of the wind.

Just a few ideas if one day you're out of reading material (which I doubt you'll ever be ^^)

Keep up the good work, cheers

Naptural Advice says:

Have you seen or reviewed 1972 Solaris ? It's a masterpiece.

John Dow says:

What the blue fuck do you have on your feet?

Anindya Dey says:

Arrival is a masterpiece…..way better than Ted Chiang's short story…that barely happens now.

meepsel says:

Ah yes, 🛸Twilight zone & the Outer limits 🛸😍
Watched a lot of sf, but lacking on the reading side. Im trying to catch up as we speak. My favourite genre atm.👍🚀

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