In the latest episode of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast the panel discusses why Black Mirror is better than most other sci-fi TV.
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In the latest installment of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, author Jeff VanderMeer talks about the weirdness in his work.
Jeff VanderMeer knows weirdness. His 2009 novel Finch is a detective story set in a city ruled by evil mushroom-men, and along with his wife Ann he edited the 2012 anthology The Weird, a massive book that catalogs a century’s worth of peculiar fiction. As you might imagine, spending all that time exploring weirdness can lead to some pretty strange dreams, like the one that inspired his latest novel, Annihilation. VanderMeer dreamed he was descending into a subterranean tower, following along behind a monster that was writing eerie sermons on the wall in bioluminescent fungus. He used the monster’s words in his novel.
HOLY SHIT. People like this book. SMART people like this book. The New York Times liked this book. The problem is that this book is a piece of crap that basically functions as a checklist of nostalgia items from the 1980’s.
Join game designer Mike Sacco and I as we yuk it up over the text of this reference-packed slog through a future world that seems like it was conceptualized in 1985. Highlights include: Aerosmith’s "Revolution X" video game, misidentifying this author as the guitarist of Wilco, and probably way too much on-mic laughter.
P.S. Did I mention that this book is BAAAAAAD? Cuz it is.
Bumper Music: "Video Games" by Lana Del Rey, "Pac-Man Fever" by Buckner & Garcia, and "Before Baywatch" by Donuts N’ Glory
Book Club: "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline.
It’s episode 6! We’re officially into the high single digits. In this episode, I speak to writer, publisher, producer, maker and all round difficult-to-pigeonhole person, Leila Johnston. We talk about play, and making for the sake of it; that bit in the venn diagram where geeks and sci-fi cross over; the future, and what it means without the past; grassroots movements and the consumer experience; coding because you have to, and experts vs ignorance.
Plus – in what is becoming a regular feature – more holiday tips.
Sandy Noble’s Linear Clock
Leila at TEDx Brighton
Warhammer and Warhammer 40K
Sarah Angliss in Wired
Alex May on the ZX Spectrum
Holiday tips! Acoustic Mirrors at Dungeoness, and Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station, Lizard Peninsula
Leila’s website, Finalbullet.com
This week Myke is joined by Andy Baio. They talk about Upcoming.org, Waxy.org, Kickstarter, working on independent projects and XOXO.
Welcome to Stranger Than Fiction, a new six-episode podcast from Slate, the New America Foundation, and Arizona State University. Each week, Tim Wu—a Future Tense fellow at New America, the author of The Master Switch, and a professor at Columbia Law School—talks to a contemporary science fiction writer about whether we’re living in the future.
In the debut episode, Wu talks to Neal Stephenson, the award-winning science fiction author of Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, and more. They discuss the purpose of science fiction, geek culture, and whether—contrary to our constant hand-wringing about “everything changing so fast”—innovation has really slowed down.
Characters on Star Trek suffer frequent misadventures on the holodeck, a room that creates advanced holograms indistinguishable from reality. But now theoretical physicists such as Brian Greene, host of the recent PBS special The Fabric of the Cosmos, are starting to wonder if every object in the universe isn’t some sort of hologram. Greene talks physics and science fiction in this week’s episode of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast.
There has never been a better time to be a geek. What was once an insult used to marginalize the curious has become a badge of honour. People who care about science have stopped apologizing for their interests, and are gaining the political confidence to stand up for them instead.
Whether we want to improve education or cut crime, to enhance healthcare or generate clean energy, we need the experimental methods of science - the best tool humanity has yet developed for working out what works. Yet from the way we’re governed to the news we’re fed by the media, we’re let down by a lack of understanding and respect for its insights and evidence.
Leading science communicator Mark Henderson, visits the RSA to explain why and how we need to entrench scientific thinking more deeply into public life. With over a decade of experience as the science correspondent for the Times, Henderson has seen it all, and plans to gather a new agenda-setting movement and turn it into a force our leaders cannot ignore.
Chair: Alice Bell, senior teaching fellow in science and public policy, Imperial College London.
Welcome to episode 004, which is actually a rebroadcast of episode 050. In this very special celebratory episode, we abandon the usual format and play our own Jeopardy-style sci-fi trivia game, The Geek to Beat! Huge thanks go out to our special guests Mike Rose, Jen Segrest and Kelly Guimont for helping Ged and Dave play two full rounds of our fun game.
Do you think you know the answers? Listen and find out. This is one you definitely won’t want to miss.
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