As an avid Science Fiction reader, I am already pretty excited about the genre, but professor Drout got me even more excited. Although the lecture is rather concise and a few things could have been explored in more detail (I personally missed more information about Arthur C. Clarke, as I do not know that much about him), no major writer is missing and the whole lecture follows a well thought-out plan. What makes this audiobook better than any other recording of a lecture I have listened to, is a) that it obviously was conceived as an audio book and not a lecture and b) professor Drout is actually a very good narrator. He seems to improvise some times, adds some jokes here and there, but most importantly for a recorded lecture, you can hear his enthusiasm all the time.
I will definitely get his Fantasy lecture next month and I recommend this Science Fiction lecture to anyone who does have at least a slight interest in the genre or literature in general.
Stranger in a Strange Land is a really good book, although it has not aged all that well. The social ideas presented, especially in the second half, are mostly old-fashioned hippie ideals that society has developed away from. However, the book is still very interesting and especially the first half still holds up pretty well.
The quality of the reading is okay, but not great. The sound quality however is horrible. Even worse than most tape recordings, I would say.
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