The Troubadour Podcast

Science Fiction and Edgar Allan Poe's "A Descent Into the Maelstrom"

August 13, 2019
The Troubadour Podcast
Science Fiction and Edgar Allan Poe's "A Descent Into the Maelstrom"
Chapters
The Troubadour Podcast
Science Fiction and Edgar Allan Poe's "A Descent Into the Maelstrom"
Aug 13, 2019
Kirk j Barbera
Show Notes

This short story is what Poe called a 'Tale of Ratiocianation;" one where we look for reasons to solve a mystery. It is also an early science fiction thriller.

In previous podcasts I read and discussed Hawthorne and the birth of Sci-fi, now we turn to Edgar Allan Poe.

Hawthorne wrote science fiction in a romantic style, with elevated even poetic language; Poe, on the other hand, wrote science fiction in the precise literature of empirical science.

In this episode I give you a brief history of the first five years of the Royal Society of Science in the mid 17th century, and how that has shaped our minds through fiction to this day.



×

Listen to this podcast on