Recording Date: November 8, 2017
Hosts: Julia Dina and David Payne
Episode Summary: Science fiction fans Beth Chandler, a librarian in our Collection Management division, and Richard McElroy, a Library Desk Assistant at our Silver Spring branch, talk about science fiction: what it is, how it has changed, and what it means.
Guests: Librarian Beth Chandler and Library Desk Assistant Richard McElroy
Featured MCPL Resource: Readers' Café, a virtual meeting place for books and reader. Visit Readers Cafe to find book reviews, recommended reading, book clubs, and more.
What Our Guests Are Currently Reading:
Beth Chandler: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
Richard McElroy: American Pastoral by Philip Roth
Authors, Books, Movies, Television Shows, and Other Items of Interest Mentioned During this Episode:
2001: a Space Odyssey: A film based on Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Sentinel" about the crew of a spaceship bound for Jupiter along with a self aware computer, HAL, who begins to malfunction.
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Doctor Who: The time and space traveling adventures of a long lived Timelord and his Terran companions.
Firefly: A science fiction television series about the adventures of the crew of Serenity, who make their living on the fringe of society.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Full Metal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
"The Last Question" (short story) by Isaac Asimov
Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Don Sakers: A Maryland science fiction writer and book reviewer for Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine. He is a frequent guest speaker at science fiction conventions. He will be a workshop presenter at MoComCon.
Star Trek: A long standing science fiction world that has spawned numerous television shows, movies, and countless books.
Star Trek: the Animated Series: A cartoon version of the original Star Trek television series, produced for 2 episodes during the 1970s.
Star Wars: Science fiction fantasy tale from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Twilight Zone: A genre mixing science fiction, horror, thriller television show begun in 1959 that often concluded with an unexpected twist.
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