153 episodes

Andrew Heaton and an army of nerds plunge deep, deep into films, books, and TV shows to ask: what's science fiction really about? What is The Twilight Zone really exploring? What are the underlying themes of Star Trek? What is the worldview of Star Wars? Also sometimes Heaton performs comedy on other planets.

Alienating the Audience Andrew Heaton

    • Fiction
    • 4.9 • 199 Ratings

Andrew Heaton and an army of nerds plunge deep, deep into films, books, and TV shows to ask: what's science fiction really about? What is The Twilight Zone really exploring? What are the underlying themes of Star Trek? What is the worldview of Star Wars? Also sometimes Heaton performs comedy on other planets.

    The Zen of Robots

    The Zen of Robots

    Season Finale! In which we talk about how to use sci-fi robots for helpful psychological thought experiments.
    Support the show! www.patreon.com/alienating
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    • 32 min
    Much Ado About Garak

    Much Ado About Garak

    Star Trek Deep Space Nine's Elim Garak is a simple, unassuming character. But also a spymaster. Why is he so beguiling, and what's his character arc? Andrew Young joins to discuss.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Doublethinking George Orwell's 1984

    Doublethinking George Orwell's 1984

    Is 1984 prophetic, or merely a terrifying dystopia? What makes this haunting book so engaging on a literary level? Josh Jennings returns to discuss.

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Why Picard's Last Season Is So Much Better Than The Others

    Why Picard's Last Season Is So Much Better Than The Others

    Star Trek: Picard recently wrapped up its third and final season--and the first season Heaton or his guests have enjoyed of it. Scottish sci-fi twins Dickie and Stone rejoin to discuss Star Trek: Picard, and what made its ultimate season likeable.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Super-Intelligent Spiders And A Sleeper Ship: Children of Time

    Super-Intelligent Spiders And A Sleeper Ship: Children of Time

    Adrian Tchaikovsky's "Children of Time" tackles multi-generational sleeper ships, uplifiting species, AI, the nature of intelligence, teleforming and more.
    Richard Amiro rejoins to discuss.

    • 48 min
    The Corporate Dystopia of Jennifer Government

    The Corporate Dystopia of Jennifer Government

    In this satirical novel by Max Barry, the United States is a corporate wasteland with ruthless businesses and toothless rump state unable to restrain them.
    John Krikorian of Trekprofiles joins to discuss. 
    Book at: www.mightyheaton.com/goodscifi
     

    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

blueExcess ,

Best sci-fi podcast this side of Vulcan

Best sci-fi podcast where the host is speaking from a horse. Slightly disappointed with how few lines the horse has though.

TheLAW17 ,

The longest hiatus of my life...

I was afraid this podcast had been canceled as Andrew focused on the political orphanage. I had all but given up hope, and then low and behold one day, 8 months later, I had a new episode in my que and I couldn't contain my excitement! Andrew and crew have brought hours and hours of great scifi content and discussion, and has caused me to expand my horizons about different authors, movies, etc. Can't wait for the new episode each week! Couldn't recommend highly enough!

On a side note, I'd love to hear an episode on the trilogy of books Timothy zahn wrote as the original sequels to the first three star wars films! Would love to hear your perspective Andrew on them compared to the new trilogy Disney out out!

yetanothereviewer ,

You guys are adorable

Come to dinner anytime.

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