After my (ahem) uncharacteristic outburst of loathing in the previous post, I figure I should relax. Here, then, Gentle Reader, is Isaac Asimov, explaining the “Golden Age” of science fiction, when John Campbell tried to drag the genre out of its pulp ancestry.
And here is Asimov explaining what happened after that, in the Fifties and Sixties:
These interviews were conducted in 1971, so there’s a good bit of history left to cover — inventions and reinventions, dangerous visions made tame by the years, and so forth.
Oh, and just for fun, this is what The Caves of Steel would look like if it were adapted to the screen by the people who did the BBC Hitchhiker’s Guide.
Really, does it get better than that?