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.
©2006 Michael D. C. Drout; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC
From Here to Infinity is another 5 star course from Michael Drout. His enthusiasm for the subject is intoxicating. Obviously this is a course on Science Fiction and he goes into the origins and evolution of the genre in a detailed and entertaining fashion, but it is far more than that. Drout digs into the depths of the genre and explores the genre's different takes on the "big issues" of life and mystery. If you're an SF fan you simply have to listen to this course! It will give you a new and deeper appreciation for what you love about SF and it will open up the genre in a new way. He introduced me to authors that I had never heard of and made me want to read books that I may not have considered previously. If you're not that into SF then you too should listen to the course. It will give you a new appreciation for the complex philosophical questions with which the genre wrestles and for me -- it made me love SF a whole lot more than I previously did! Drout is the man!
I was somewhat disappointed by this book. While it gives a classification of part of SF literature and turns the reader on to a number of good books, I found it lacking in depth. More often than not the lecture does not go much beyond summarizing the content of a number of books, with little true analysis. The analysis is there is poorly structured and repetitive. Also, the course is really extremely America-centric. While the author is open about this fact and justified it by the fact that much SF originates in America, I still find it unfortunate. Yes, Jules Verne is discussed and Stanislaw Lem get mentioned, but that is about it. The biggest positive effect of this course was turning me on to Greg Egan, an author I had not yet read and now really like.
While I've read a handfull of the Modern Scholar series, to differing results, this is by far the most complete and comprenensive recording I have thus found!
The Lecturer clearly knows their subject well and, while they cover a huge number of books, in a staggering variety, each read is nevertheless given its time, and presented in a way that makes you interested to hear it.
If I were wondering which read to take on Next in the Scifi genre, this is probably the best guide I could imagine!
Time and again I find myself noting books or authors I'd like to explore, who's work I can now more fully appreciate in context, and who's stories are sorted in a way I both agree with, and largely credit with foreknowledge.
While there were several books listed I had already read, in a way that I felt did the work credit, there was a multitude more I had not heard of, in shades and flavors I have yet to experience!
By far my favorite modern scholar to date!
Very Well Done!
Would that they all could be so accessable and comprehensive!
Audio is excellent--great speaker/lecturer!
I have several of his lecture series and like all of the lectures by Michael Drout. He is an excellent speaker--informative and entertaining. His voice is easy to listen to and challenges the listener to think. Check out a preview. If you are a science fiction reader you will find this lecture series informative and may give you some ideas for other books to read. If you are a Tolkien or Fantasy fan, I recommend his Tolkien and Fantasy lecture series.
Feels like he is speaking to me. Very down to earth and enjoyable to listening.
I have listened to several of M. Drout's Modern Scholar Lecture Series. They all have something to learn. Learn and be entertained by an amazing speaker at the same time!
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