135 episodes

Action! Excitement! Horror! Romance! Thrills and Chills! Swords and Sorcery! Rockets and Rayguns!

Hosts Adam Prosser and Philip Rice take a journey through the history of SF, Fantasy, horror, and pulp fiction.

Every 2 weeks one of us, alternating back and forth, selects a book or book series from the late 18th century up to the present to look back on, discuss, and examine. Some of them have left an indelible mark on pop culture; some of them are forgotten echoes of what might have been...all of them are weird and fascinating.

(If you like our work, please support us on Patreon! Adam is at https://patreon.com/user?u=404623 and Phil is at https://www.patreon.com/Spearhafoc .

What Mad Universe?!‪?‬ Adam Prosser and Philip Rice

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Action! Excitement! Horror! Romance! Thrills and Chills! Swords and Sorcery! Rockets and Rayguns!

Hosts Adam Prosser and Philip Rice take a journey through the history of SF, Fantasy, horror, and pulp fiction.

Every 2 weeks one of us, alternating back and forth, selects a book or book series from the late 18th century up to the present to look back on, discuss, and examine. Some of them have left an indelible mark on pop culture; some of them are forgotten echoes of what might have been...all of them are weird and fascinating.

(If you like our work, please support us on Patreon! Adam is at https://patreon.com/user?u=404623 and Phil is at https://www.patreon.com/Spearhafoc .

    Episode 88 Promo

    Episode 88 Promo

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    (c) 2022 Adam Prosser and Philip Rice. Music (c) its respective creators.

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    Chapter Eighty-Seven: The Once And Future King!

    Chapter Eighty-Seven: The Once And Future King!

    In times of trouble, a podcast arises, reborn: that's us, and we're here to talk about K. W. Jeter's very odd novel Morlock Night, which really does have a claim to being the first novel to use the Steampunk moniker (but not necessarily the first Steampunk novel--it's complicated). 

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Chapter Eighty-Six: The Lady of the Flame!

    Chapter Eighty-Six: The Lady of the Flame!

    Gird your loins, acolytes of adventure, for a new What Mad Universe?!? that explores the origins of the classic fiery sword-maiden of pulp fame. C. L. Moore's Jirel of Joiry might be the first example of the trope...but as ever, it's a bit complicated. Fear not, we'll hash it out! 

    You might also want to check out this bonus minisode we did on a similar topic, referenced in this episode: https://www.patreon.com/posts/what-mad-3-she-55896277

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    Theme song by Jack Feerick

    Music: "War and Peace" by Jamie Evans

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    • 54 min
    Chapter Eighty-Five: Electric Dreams!

    Chapter Eighty-Five: Electric Dreams!

    It's new! It's improved! It's the latest sensation! 4 out of 5 dentists agree, What Mad Universe?!? is the podcast that puts spring in your step, makes your whites whiter, and firms, lifts and separates! Our latest episode features guest Andre Gordon as we talk about UBIK, by Philip K. Dick, and try to figure out if it's about god, reality, or product placement, or possibly all three.

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    Additional music: "Cyberpunk Bassline" by Magscorch

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    • 58 min
    Chapter 85 Promo

    Chapter 85 Promo

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    • 1 min
    Chapter Eighty-Four: Out With The Old!

    Chapter Eighty-Four: Out With The Old!

    Our newest episode looks at The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope, a 19th century work of SF by a writer who's not known for SF. It posits a future society where, once someone has gotten too old to be productive, they're shipped off to a farm upstate, where they can relax and enjoy their leisure time. For one year. Then they're executed. What a crazy concept! Fortunately here in the real world we would never place such an emphasis on productivity over human lives!

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    Theme song by Jack Feerick

    Additional Music: "Call To Adventure" by Kevin MacLeod

    (c) 2022 Adam Prosser and Philip Rice. Music (c) its respective creators.

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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

RetroGamingFool ,

Great dissection of genre fiction

If you’re a fan of sci-fi/horror/fantasy/pulp fiction, this is a worthy listen. Mixing discussion of well known novels with more obscure fare, it’s both fun to listen to and a great guide to books you may never have considered before. While I don’t agree on every take they have, both hosts have a keen insight and an obvious love for the genre. Check it out!

Magic Love Hose ,

I am biased 'cause I was a guest.

A fun, insightful podcast digging into the history of pulp and sci-fi and about how it connects to broader culture!