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Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some level relate to our daily lives. Employing his years of experience in public radio, Eric brings a sophisticated, thoughtfully produced voice to the far-out and fantastical.

Imaginary Worlds Eric Molinsky

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Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some level relate to our daily lives. Employing his years of experience in public radio, Eric brings a sophisticated, thoughtfully produced voice to the far-out and fantastical.

    Queen of Tarot

    Queen of Tarot

    When it comes to tarot cards, there is an artistry to designing a world of emperors, fools, priestesses, hermits and other iconic figures. But few people know about Pamela Colman Smith, the woman who illustrated the best selling deck of all time. Professor Elizabeth Foley O’Connor and author Susan Wands explain why Pamela Colman Smith was uniquely suited to design tarot cards that stimulate our intuition and our imagination – and how figures on the Rider-Waite (a.k.a. Smith-Waite) deck are based on a real troupe of famous actors, including Bram Stoker. 
    Here's the link to Susan Wands' novel about Pamela Colman Smith:
    https://www.amazon.com/Magician-Fool-Susan-Wands/dp/1999764676

    • 26 min.
    Fear of The Borg

    Fear of The Borg

    Patrick Stewart is reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard in the new TV series “Picard,” where the writers have promised a very different storyline on his arch nemesis The Borg. In our final installment on villains, we discuss why The Borg are a unique existential threat to the Star Trek ethos with the help of three academics who combine science fiction with philosophy in their courses. Featuring Kevin Decker and Christina Valeo of Eastern Washington University and Shawn Taylor of San Francisco State University. 

    • 29 min.
    In Defense of The Star Wars Holiday Special

    In Defense of The Star Wars Holiday Special

    It will never be a holiday classic – far, far from it. But can we redeem the greatest villain in the Star Wars universe, the 1978 made-for-TV Star Wars Holiday Special?

    • 25 min.
    Can Villains Be Good?

    Can Villains Be Good?

    They took over the world. They crushed our heroes. Now they feel bad. What does it take for a villain to be redeemed -- and what does it take for us to forgive them?

    • 26 min.
    My So Called Evil Plan

    My So Called Evil Plan

    Taking over the world is so passé. The most popular villains want to save the world –- at a cost. What does the rise of the woke villain say about our frustrations with the real world?

    • 23 min.
    Under a Red Moon

    Under a Red Moon

    Ron Moore's new show For All Mankind imagines what if the Soviet Union landed a man on the moon first -- and what if that nightmare scenario forced NASA to be more inclusive than it was in real history?

    • 34 min.

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djoekehannah ,

For those who love to explore how and why we create imaginairy worlds

If you like video essays about film and culture, you will love this podcast.

Nyvva ,

One of the best podcasts there is

Fascinating, well structured stories about science fiction en fantasy. Ranging from how magic really works to the economy of Westeros or how Native American think about first contact stories. The 99% Invisible of fiction.

Daniel Lakens ,

Great podcast about pop-culture

This podcast discusses topics from popular culture ranging from how changes in the movie Star Wars reflects cultural changes to insights about illustrations in the Wizard of Oz book. Interesting facts by a knowledgable presenter, high quality episodes with interesting guests, I highly recommend it.

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