Alienating the Audience

Los Angeles is Hideous

I have a new book out! . Arguably the funniest book ever written about the horribleness which is LA. Here are two quick readings from what is about to become your new favorite coffee table book. You can find “Los Angeles is Hideous: Poems About…

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False Memories in Science Fiction

In a world where you can download memories directly into your brain, how can you determine what’s reality and what’s artifice?  Jay Mutzafi returns to discuss implanted memories in science fiction, from “Total Recall” to “Rick and Morty.” 

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Logan’s Run is Afraid of Baby Boomers

“Logan’s Run” (1976) explores a society where everyone dies aged 30. In the most campy, over-the-top 70s scifi romp imaginable, it explores fear of ageing, fear of death, fear of infantalization… and fear of Baby Boomers.

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M. R. Carey on Hopeful Dystopias

M. R. Carey is the author of “The Girl with All the Gifts” (previously discussed on this program) as well as the Koli Trilogy. He joins the show, along with Ashland Viscosi, to talk about his approach to science fiction.  To see Carey’s books and…

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The Bioethics of “Gattaca”

“Gattaca” (1997) explores a dystopian future where inequality is staggering–and genetic. Andrew Mayne joins the show to discuss the implications of genetic engineering and to what extent it should be avoided morally or prohibited legally.

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Andy Weir on “Project Hail Mary”

Andy Weir, author of “The Martian,” joins the program to talk about science fiction, technology, and his new book “Project Hail Mary”  You can find his book, as well as others discussed on the program, by going to

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Jedi Warriors and Islamic Mysticism

Dr. H. A. Hellyer gained international attention (and flak) when he compared Jedi monks to Sufi Islamic warriors in an article for CNN. He joins the show to discuss parallels between the Force and Islamic mysticism, why Star Wars is a cross-cultural…

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Kurt Vonnegut Hated War

The science fiction of Kurt Vonnegut was permeated by ethics and politics, not the least of which included socialism, opposition to war, secularism, and being nice to people in general. Royce Sharp joins to discuss.

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Galaxy Quest is the Greatest Sci-fi Comedy, Ever

“Galaxy Quest” is the greatest parody of Star Trek imaginable… without technically being Star Trek. Nick Sperdute and Erin Macdonald join the show to discuss what makes the show so memorable–and hilarious. Links to the film and the referenced…

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The Time-Backwards Robot Monster

“Hyperion” by Dan Simmons projects Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales onto a distant scifi future. Katherine Mangu-Ward joins to discuss the multiple characters who make their away on a deadly pilgrimage to meet the Shrike—a robot monster who moves…

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