Folks who enjoy classic science fiction might enjoy, as I do, the X Minus One podcast. X Minus One was, apparently, a science fiction radio broadcast that ran between 1955 and 1958.
Having been born in 1978, I missed out on the so-called Golden Age of SF, but thanks to the nostalgic impulses of at least a few computer-literate people, I can now plumb the archives of the retrofuturist treasure trove that is early short sf.
Granted I've been reading a lot of similar stuff (mostly in mouldering old anthologies from libraries and flea markets and basements) since primary school, and there are even some X Minus One stories I know I've read (such as some of the awesome Ray Bradbury material). But until recently I'd had no idea of the number of delightfully melodramatic audio renditions of some of the sf work from the 1940s - 1960s.
And in that regard, X Minus One is an excellent means to genre delights aplenty.
I recently listened to a story that almost had me on the floor laughing, though somehow I doubt the author intended the story to be funny. Frankly it was funny because of how utterly ridiculous it was. It was not one of the better episodes from a writing or plotting standpoint -- if I didn't know better I'd almost have guessed it a parody of the kinds of adolescent boy wish-fulfillment fantasies characterizing a certain percentage of oldschool sf. But no, it seems to have been written in earnest.
Called Honeymoon in Hell, the plot revolved around an Actual Rocket Scientist, a HAL-like supercomputer, and a world in peril. Male babies are no longer being born -- meaning that the world will first be overrun with women (oh, those incomprehensible creatures!), and then the whole population will of course die out within a few generations.
Of course, it turns out that the gender imbalance is due to "some kind of radiation". An experiment is henceforth proposed -- send a man and woman to the moon, have them get busy, and see if they can conceive a boy.
Of course our fearless protagonist is recruited as the male half of the couple, and he gets "married" to a hot, smart (but not smarter than him!) Russian pilot.
The two of them depart to the moon with, I kid you not, cases of Scotch and vodka, and a directive to "go get acquainted".
Then there's some stuff about blobby green aliens, and a daring escape...or so it seems. This is of course followed by the protagonists Saving The World through drunken, hypnotized mating. On the Moon. International cooperation follows.
Again, I kid you not.
And then we find out that the whole thing - spoiler alert! - was orchestrated by the two biggest most complicated supercomputers in the world, which just happened to be located in the USA and in Russia.
There are some literary gems on X Minus One, don't get me wrong. But stories like Honeymoon in Hell are fascinating because, well, they're terrible. Hilariously terrible. To the point where I am immensely glad someone took the time to preserve the audio, because let me tell you, it is incredibly instructive for modern folks like me and my fellow nerdlings to get a nice whack over the head now and then with the fact that science fiction is not about the future, but about the present.
The future we are actually living in is not one, thank goodness, in which women are relegated to Moon Womb status. So while I love science fiction dearly, and while there are assuredly some modern works whose speculative worlds (as seen through the lens of today) are more thoughtful and less ridiculous, I definitely try to keep in mind when reading the fact that the "lens of today" is a permanent feature of every today that ever was and ever will be.
This is not, however, a sad limitation -- just something that ought to be understood and acknowledged in one's explorations of literature that can be at once fun, fantastic, and yes, even ridiculous to the point where you don't know whether to laugh or count your blessings that things didn't turn out according to the author's speculations.