Tentative Outline

  • Episode One: The Evolution of Science Fiction — the birth of the genre through the 1920s.
  • Episode Two: 1930 – 1939 — How SF got its name and the important role fan culture played
  • Episode Three: 1940 – 1949 — The future starts to happen
  • Episode Four: 1950-1959 — The cold war
  • Episode Five: 1960 – 1969 — The “New Wave”
  • Episode Six: 1970 – 1979 — The growth of “soft” SF
  • Episode Seven: 1980 – 1989 — Cyberpunk, the Love Child of the New Wave
  • Episode Eight: 1990 – 1999 — The mainstreaming of the genre
  • Episode Nine: 2000 – Present — The State of the Genre

Sidebars might include: “The Relationship between Horror and Science Fiction,” “What Is the Difference Between Science Fiction and Science Fantasy?,” “The Fracturing of the Science Fiction Community,” and more. The above outline is only tentative. As my research fills out, the outline will be modified. Also, the dates are arbitrary — movements rarely fit into nice decade-sized packages. Their roots infiltrate the previous decade and their branches spill over into the next. But, as working outlines go, this will do.