Episode 5: An Incomplete History of Serious Events

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Perry and David, and their guest Leigh Edmonds talk about:

  • Perihelion Summer by Greg Egan (08:29)
  • Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers (02:16)
  • The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope (02:13)
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (06:52)
  • Problem of walled gardens of content (01:47)
  • Geographical restrictions on content (02:13)
  • Interview with Leigh Edmonds (36:29)
    • Both past and future are unknowable (02:41)
    • England in the 17th Century (02:08)
    • Both SF and history written for the present (01:50)
    • History of Technology (02:27)
    • Tax office as example of technological change (02:25)
    • History of Australia as a struggle to overcome distance (00:44)
    • Science Fiction and history (01:15)
    • The reason to read SF (02:37)
    • History of SF fandom (00:36)
    • Period of radical change in Australia (00:17)
    • The sub-cultures of Melbourne (01:23)
    • The change in Australian culture (03:04)
    • SF floods into the country (01:52)
    • The Sydney Push (01:20)
    • Importance of letters and fanzines in early years (04:49)
    • Fundamental change due to computers (01:14)
    • Difficulty of publishing a fanzine (00:30)
    • Fanzine publishing before WWII (01:13)
    • Passing on technique (00:20)
    • Why the history of fandom needs to be written about (00:43)

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