1832 – The Invention of Science (and Science Fiction)

Why do we call Mary Shelley the inventor of science fiction? And why does it matter? We’ll explore those questions and also talk about what they have to do with The Royal Society of London, The British Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Anatomy Act of 1832.

James Gunn (ed.), The Road to Science Fiction: https://www.amazon.com/Road-Science-Fiction-Gilgamesh-Scarecrow/dp/0810844141
Francis Bacon, Novum Organumhttps://www.gutenberg.org/files/45988/45988-h/45988-h.htm
Francis Bacon, The New Atlantishttps://www.gutenberg.org/files/2434/2434-h/2434-h.htm
Margaret Cavendish, The Blazing Worldhttps://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/newcastle/blazing/blazing.html
David Cahan, From Natural Philosophy to the Sciences: Writing the History of Nineteenth-Century Sciencehttps://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/F/bo3644079.html

“The Boy Got Skills” by Max McFerren
“Dreaming in 432Hz” by Unicorn Heads
“Fiddles McGinty” by Kevin MacLeod
“The Theatrical Poster for Poltergeist III” by Chris Zabriskie

This episode features the voices of Steven Nelson and Mary Shelly.

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