On the twenty-eighth edition of Reality Bomb, we have a super-sized episode that includes a discussion of the first six episodes of the Doctor Who series nine that includes Lori Steuart, Sage Young and author Richard Salter. We also have a discussion of the newly announced Doctor Who spinoff Class and its showrunner Patrick Ness with Joy Piedmont and Maddie Rodriguez. And we’re going from the Zero Room to the Dwellings of Simplicity in search of the square as Steve Traylen brings Castrovalva to this month’s Gallery of the Underrated. Plus: listeners’ letters and we take a journey through time and space to learn the history of fandom!
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“The Empress in Her Glory” written by Robert Reed and read by Kate Baker.
You lie to manipulate, or to hide, or to seem more interesting, but mainly it’s to save your own butt.
On this episode, three stories of deception, hoax, and self-preservation…
The Mysterious James Tiptree 12 MIN, 7 SEC James Tiptree Jr. was a science fiction writer from the late 60’s and early 70’s. He had a loyal following for his books and stories which were partly notable for the way he handled gender issues and male/female relationships. This was during an era when science fiction books usually featured masculine male heroes, and almost no female ones. Tiptree was a mysterious figure, who only communicated to a few friends and fans. That’s because his career hinged on a very big secret.
The Dog, the Rabies, and the Lie 6 MIN, 43 SEC
This is a story about the time of our lives when we LEARN how to lie. As soon as many kids get old enough to get in trouble, they’re going to try and lie to get out of it. That said, the kid in this story is notable to the lengths he will go, the confusion he will cause, and the pain he will endure, just to stay out of trouble.
Panther Hoax 9 MIN, 40 SEC STAR For decades an argument has never stopped about the existence of large black Panthers living in the woods of Kennison Mountain in West Virginia. The official story is that these big cats haven’t existed there since the 1800’s. That hasn’t stopped reports of Panther sightings that continue to this day. It happens often enough to make you think twice about what the truth really is. There’s a story that’s been passed around the state for almost 60 years — about the time an entire town West Virginia town saw a black panther, but it was all a lie.
In a fast-moving episode, designers Andy Budd and Jeffrey Zeldman discuss why clients spend more on toilet cleaning than design, honest pitching, the ins and outs of agile pricing, modular code libraries, selling web services instead of deliverables, the maturation of our industry since the mid-1990s, the value of reputation, design as a collaborative process, how and why agencies get invited to pitch, passion as studio marketing, our field’s evolution from layout-making to strategic design thinking, and much more.
Stephen J. DUBNER: On this week’s episode, Boris Johnson drops by to chat about being: Mayor of London; a writer; a great admirer of — and now biographer of — Prime Minister Winston Churchill; a potential future prime minister himself; and, most singularly, he chats about just being Boris Johnson
Show #81: Kevin Poulsen’s Threat Level is A OK
John Lloyd has had one of those careers that’s difficult to summarize. As a radio producer he devised The News Quiz, Quote… Unquote and To the Manor Born before moving to television to start Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, and Blackadder. He was the original choice to host Have I got News For You. After a long break from television working mainly in advertising he returned in 2003 to create QI, now in its 11 th series. More recently he can be heard as the host of Radio 4’s Museum of Curiosity, and could be seen doing his first ever stand-up show at this year’s Edinburgh Festival. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to broadcasting. Also in this week’s show, in the first of a new regular slot, comedy writer Helen Zaltzman tell us about something, or in this case someone close to her heart. This was the 300th episode of Little Atoms.
First broadcast on 9th November 2013. http://www.littleatoms.com/johnlloyd.htm
In the beginning… there was the keyboard and the mouse. Today, the kinds of input our computing devices support keeps growing: touch, voice, device motion, and much more. Each additional input type offers new possibilities for interaction that requires our interface designs to adapt.
When will this deluge of new input types end so don’t have to keep re-designing our software? It won’t. Not until everything is input.
Luke Wroblewski is the Zelig of the web world. Think of all the major turning points in the history of the web and I bet you’ll find that Luke was involved in some way.
It all started back with his stint at NCSA, birthplace of the world-changing Mosaic web browser. Since then Luke has gone to work with all manner of companies, large (like Yahoo) and small (like Bagcheck). His latest startup is Polar, the mobile app that’s like hot-or-not for the world, getting big value from micro interactions.
Along the way, Luke has made the web a better place thanks to his meticulously-researched books. He wrote the book on web form design. He wrote the book on mobile first design. Heck, he even coined the term “mobile first” …which means he‘s mobile first first.
There‘s no shortage of people in Silicon Valley with opinions about technology, but what sets Luke apart is his razor-sharp focus on data. So whatever it is he has to say at dConstruct, you can be sure that it’s backed up with facts.
Luke is also a blogging machine. You can try to keep up with the firehose at lukew.com.
Novelists Alastair Reynolds, Lauren Beukes, Michael Moorcock and Jeff Noon talk about the state of SF.
In this week’s new year books podcast, we look to the future. Science fiction has never been bigger, and publishers are falling over themselves to sign the next Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman. We talk to some of the genre’s biggest names about the state of SF in 2012, and where they think the genre is heading.
Lauren Beukes, author of hard-boiled SF thriller Zoo City, tells us about winning the 2011 Arthur C Clarke award and about South African science fiction. We talk to Michael Moorcock, who helped define science fiction back in the 1960s with his ground-breaking literary magazine New Worlds. And we also hear from hard SF author Alastair Reynolds and speculative fiction author Jeff Noon about their new projects, how they feel about being classed within the same genre, and writing on Twitter.
- Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
- Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles by Michael Moorcock
- Blue Remembered Earth by Alastair Reynolds
- Vurt by Jeff Noon
First up in our “Project In Depth” series: Howard’s most recent online volume of Schlock Mercenary, Force Multiplication. You can read it for free at the link above. It’s been nominated in the Best Graphic Story category for this year’s Hugo Awards, this entire episode features Howard on the spot answering questions about the project from Brandon, Dan, and Mary.
The biggest issue discussed is the female perspective. In Force Multiplication Howard challenged himself by casting all of the leads for the story as women, and it changed the storytelling process for him significantly.
He also talks about the setting — Haven Hive — and how he needed the setting to functionally isolate a small ensemble cast. He talks about naming a little, and finally talks about how he turned a sterile-sounding high-concept plot into an interesting story.
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