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Alienating the Audience

Dec 2, 2021

Joe Haldeman's novel "The Forever War" is great science fiction in and of itself, involving aliens, time dilation, and how conflicts stretch out for centuries thanks to relativity. It's also a great exploration of the nature and hopelessness of war, a la Vietnam.

Tom Merritt joins to discuss

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Nov 18, 2021

Earth is a Class 12 Deathworld--we just didn't know it! To the rest of the universe it is violent and uninhabitable, and our amazing species grew up on this badass planet, and thought it was perfectly normal. Such is the premise of the Deathworld series.

Michael "Macca" Cameron joins to discuss Deathworld,...


Nov 4, 2021

Cardassians include some of Star Trek's best characters and plot, from Elim Garak (the best character ever) to Dukat (single greatest villain) to Orwellian illusions and Holocaust analogies. 

Scottish scifi aficionados Dickie and Stone Lynch return to discuss the Cardassian oeuvre.


Oct 21, 2021

"Waterworld" depicts a post-flood dystopia of psychos on jet skis and Kevin Costner with gills. 

John DeVore, celebrated writer for "Humungus" joins to discuss its deeper meaning, and how it's ultimately a Western--only wetter.


Oct 11, 2021

What qualities define a sidekick? What makes a good one or a cringey one? Tom Brennan and Jeremiah Johnson join to discuss.