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Alienating the Audience

May 31, 2023

"Enterprise" is the prequel of Star Trek, exploring the foundation of the Federation of Planets, and the bump, suspicious period when Vulcans and humans get to know one another.
Scottish science fiction twins Dickie & Stone Lynch return to...

May 18, 2023

There's a subgenre of science fiction we might call "femme fear," exemplified by writers like Margaret Atwood. 

Olivia Wilde's "Don't Worry Darling" is the latest example. And while it was mostly panned by critics, Heaton enjoyed it. 

Ashland Viscosi joins to discuss.


May 12, 2023

In "The Sparrow" by Mary Doria Russell, life is discovered on an alien planet, and the first humans to arrive are... Jesuits. The book explores the terrifying consequences of missionaries on a new world, who are there for good reasons--with good intentions--but don't know what they've got themselves into. Richard Amiro...

May 4, 2023

The Sith are the dark lords of Star Wars. But what do they want? Are they logically consistent antagonists, with clear rationales for their goals and methods, or just mustache-twirling villains with no depth?
Stephen Kent and Mike TV join...