Every Sci-Fi Show Needs Characters Like in 'Years and Years'

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Lisa Yaszek, professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, was a guest on episode 402 of WIRED's Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast, which was released February 22. The podcast has more than 18,000 subscribers and has featured high-profile guests like Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin.

Yaszek gave her thoughts on a few novel aspects of the HBO show "Years and Years", such as its clever framing.


The series follows an ordinary British family, the Lyons, over two decades as their lives are upended by politics and technology. Science fiction professor Lisa Yaszek likes that the show focuses on a large, diverse family.

“When you have big issues, one of the ways you make them manageable is to explore them through the microcosm of a family,” she says. “It’s a great way to reach not just science fiction people, but people outside the genre, who always think that it’s about ‘dashing young singles going off into outer space to fight bug-eyed monsters.’ This reminds us that science fiction is a big tent, and that there are lots of ways to engage these big issues.”

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