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Discussion of the world of speculative fiction and beyond by three people who oughta know better.

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Discussion of the world of speculative fiction and beyond by three people who oughta know better.

    Episode Twelve: The Sense of an Ending

    Episode Twelve: The Sense of an Ending

    To celebrate the last podcast of the first season, the gang talks about their favourite TV series finales. Then, Ira goes on a tangent about psychedelic TV series starting with Legion and dipping into The Singing Detective and The Prisoner. Then, the podcast devolves into a reverie about a Doctor Who, Doctor Strange, Doctor Smith (Lost In Space) mashup.

    • 49 min
    Interview with author Marie Bilodeau

    Interview with author Marie Bilodeau

    Author Marie Bilodeau talks about where inspiration comes from, how her oral storytelling informs her written storytelling, how French Canadian speculative fiction differs from that of English Canada, and the evolution of the paper airplane contest at Can*Con.

    • 36 min
    Episode Eleven: Artificial Intelligence, The Good, The Bad and the Racist

    Episode Eleven: Artificial Intelligence, The Good, The Bad and the Racist

    Facial recognition software has long been known to have a fundamental flaw: it has difficulty recognizing non-white faces or facial features. A discussion of this problem leads to a general discussion of depictions of artificial intelligence in film and literature. All this and an excerpt from an interview with author Marie Bilodeau.
     
    Recommended Reading
     
    Colossus, D. F. Jones
    The Complete Roderick, John Sladek
    The Innovators, Walter Isaacson
    Dark Saviours, Daniel Hansen (coming soon)
     
    Recommended Viewing
     
    Humans
    Better Than Us
     

    • 51 min
    Interview with author Dave Creek

    Interview with author Dave Creek

    Dave Creek, author of, among other works, The Human Equations and The Great Human War trilogy, talks abouthow he decides whether a story should be set in one of his series worlds or stand alone, how science fiction authors track the future, and creating aliens as a part of good world-building.

    • 35 min
    Episode Ten: From Here to...There

    Episode Ten: From Here to...There

    Science fiction often portrays the future in a positive light, but we live in dark times. How do we get from here to there? The discussion of this question ranges widely, from climate change to FDR to the value of work to the limitations of Star Trek. ALSO: an excerpt from an interview with author Dave Creek.

    • 42 min
    Interview with author Sean Grigsby

    Interview with author Sean Grigsby

    Sean Grigsby, author of Smoke Eaters, Daughters of Forgotten Light and other tales of speculative fiction, talks about how writing his first novel was a breeze compared to raising his first child, how his day job as a firefighter (!) inspired his fiction and the difference between being a guest on a podcast and being the host.

    • 35 min

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