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Arts • Education • Fiction

Socratica is all about Lifelong Learning. And one of the best ways to keep learning is to READ. What should you read? Everything! Our co-founder Kimberly Hatch Harrison shares what we're reading at Socratica. Current theme: SCI-FI As Ray Bradbury once said,“Science fiction is the most importantRead more

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The Magician's Nephew by CS Lewis

Nov 29 • 20:11

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Nightfall by Isaac Asimov

Sep 30 • 15:12

Isaac Asimov was trained as a chemist, but he achieved true immortality as a science fiction author. He wrote on every conceivable topic, including nonfiction works on the history of science and technology, The Bible, Shakespeare...His first big splash in sci-fi was the short story Nightfall, published when Asimov was only 21. You can buy your copy here:...

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

Aug 22 • 25:33

It’s hard to pick one book that Ray Bradbury is best known for.  He only wrote a handful of longer books (Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, etc.). Mostly he was a creator of perfect little storiesstories that were usually about something other than what you initially thought. 26 strange, lovely little stories about Mars are woven together in The Martian Chr...

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Jun 30 • 08:57

Have you been snacking on a steady unwholesome diet of Dystopian Science Fiction? Does anyone write Utopias anymore? Kimberly revisits Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and considers how this work influenced her thinking (and ultimately influences her work with Socratica). ...

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

May 4 • 06:01

EPISODE DESCRIPTION: When Flowers for Algernon came out in 1959, It was science fiction. What if you could go in for surgery and come out with more intellectual potential? In this episode of Socratica Reads, Kimberly ponders how some of this concept has actually come to pass (informed by her stint in Joe Tsien's "smart mouse" lab). How has this book influenced our work at ...

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Mar 11 • 08:29

Ender's Game is an essential read for gifted kids and adults who were gifted children. And anyone who is supposed to be raising or educating gifted kids. ...

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Jan 20 • 10:45

One of the silver linings to the very strange pandemic year we've all lived through, 2020, was the Octavia Butler renaissance. People woke up to the fact that she was a brilliant writer, and her book "Parable of the Sower" shot to the top of bestseller lists. The book was eerily predictive for 2020, in a lot of ways. ...

The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

Oct 30 • 10:17

Every year Kimberly reads The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, in remembrance. Did you put away your childhood loves? What do you remember? What have you been collecting since you were a child? ...

2001 by Arthur C. Clarke

Sep 23 • 14:06

On the first day of Autumn, Kimberly looks back at another fall day when she first read the book 2001 and her life changed for the better. Does this book still inspire hope for humankind?...

Happy 100th Birthday Ray Bradbury

Aug 22 • 11:02

Happy 100th Birthday to one of our greatest sources of inspiration - Ray Bradbury, who wrote beautiful stories about regular humans in extraordinary circumstances. Kimberly discusses the first Bradbury story she ever read, All Summer In a Day....

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