A Soundtrack for Science Fiction Writers

I’ve been meaning to put this together for a while, and this evening, I took a break from my database development work and finally did it. I put together a “soundtrack” for science fiction writers. This is a CD-length playlist of 21 songs that have something to do with writing or science fiction. I tried not to pick obvious or overused songs, but in some cases, I couldn’t resist. Those interested in the contents of the soundtrack, please proceed through the link.

  1. Paperback Writer — The Beatles (2:18)
  2. Don’t Stop — Fleetwood Mac (3:12)
  3. Dream On — Aerosmith (4:25)
  4. Captain Crash and the Beauty Queen from Mars — Bon Jovi (4:31)
  5. Everyday I Write the Book — Elvis Costello (3:52)
  6. Lonely People — America (2:28)
  7. Weird Science — Oingo Boingo (3:49)
  8. Man on the Moon — R.E.M. (5:14)
  9. Lost for Words — Pink Floyd (5:15)
  10. Turn the Page — Bob Seger (5:03)
  11. I Won’t Back Down — Tom Petty (2:58)
  12. Your Possible Pasts — Pink Floyd (4:26)
  13. The Scientist — Coldplay (5:09)
  14. Einstein on the Beach (for an Eggman) — Counting Crows (3:52)
  15. Twilight Zone — Golden Earring (4:51)
  16. St. Judy’s Comet — Paul Simon (3:16)
  17. New World Man — Rush (3:42)
  18. I’m on My Way — The Shimshaws (2:52)
  19. I Can’t Hide From My Mind — They Might Be Giants (2:43)
  20. Back In Time — Huey Lewis & the News (4:18)
  21. Around the Sun — R.E.M. (4:28)

The total playtime is 1:18. Yes, there are a lot of songs that I could have included and chose not to. I was going for songs that are a little more obscure and depending on who you are, I may or may not have been successful. Regardless, there you have it. My Soundtrack for Science Fiction Writers!

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.