58 episodes

Have you ever wondered what life would be like on a planet different from our own, or how writers create your favorite fictional worlds? Well, wonder no more because we have the facts for you! Every other week, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.

Exolore: facts-based fictional worldbuilding Multitude

    • Science
    • 5.0 • 70 Ratings

Have you ever wondered what life would be like on a planet different from our own, or how writers create your favorite fictional worlds? Well, wonder no more because we have the facts for you! Every other week, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.

    Building Amphiterra, aka Moist World with Roxy Valdez

    Building Amphiterra, aka Moist World with Roxy Valdez

    What if Earth was ruled by amphibians instead of gross hairy mammals like us? Roxy Valdez joins me in this week's episode to explain how they answered that very question with the Amphiterra Project. It's a ribbiting good time!
    HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist
    GUEST
    Roxy Valdez is an illustrator and designer who created the amazing http://amphiterra.weebly.com/ (Amphiterra Project). You can follow them on twitter at https://twitter.com/BigHugeFrog (@bighugefrog) and view their other artwork at https://bighugefrog.artstation.com/ (bighugefrog.artstation.com).

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    CREDITS
    - Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/ (https://www.purple-planet.com)
    - Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig, http://stephenjreisig.com/ (http://stephenjreisig.com/)
    - Editing: Mischa Stanton, https://www.mischastanton.com/ (https://www.mischastanton.com/)
    ABOUT US
    Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.
    Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Building a Three-Parent World

    Building a Three-Parent World

    A sociologist, a biologist, and an astrophysicist walk into a zoom room and discuss what it would be like if everyone had three parents. Here's a hint: it gets complicated real fast. We discuss speculative science, the difficulty of large collaborations, mating types, and ~bedroom activity~
    HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist
    GUESTS
    Dr. Tamara van der Does is a computational sociologist who studies how environment shapes beliefs and identity. You can learn about her work on her website https://tamaravanderdoes.com/ (tamaravanderdoes.com) and follow her on twitter at @tam_does.
    Dr. Albert Kao is a biologist who studies collective decision making. Learn about his work and his lab at http://www.thekaolab.com/ (thekaolab.com) and follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/albert_kao (@albert_kao).

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    CREDITS
    - Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/ (https://www.purple-planet.com)
    - Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig, http://stephenjreisig.com/ (http://stephenjreisig.com/)
    - Editing: Mischa Stanton, https://www.mischastanton.com/ (https://www.mischastanton.com/)
    ABOUT US
    Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.
    Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 54 min
    Building the Novel Factory with Katja Kaine

    Building the Novel Factory with Katja Kaine

    Are you working on a novel and getting a little stuck? Well this episode is all about a software program that can help you through the process, created by fantasy novel writer who knows where all the roadblocks are. Katja Kaine joins me to share her writing tips and describe how she came to build The Novel Factory.
    HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist
    GUEST
    Katja Kaine is a fantasy writer and creator of the https://www.novel-software.com/ (Novel Factory), a software that guides authors through the novel-writing process, from character sheets to query letters. Follow her on twitter at https://twitter.com/KatjaLKaine (@KatjaLKaine) and check out all of her work at https://www.katjalkaine.co.uk/ (katjalkaine.co.uk).

    **SPECIAL OFFER**: Katja is graciously offering Exolore listeners 20% off an annual subscription to the Novel Factory! Use the coupon code "exolore" and get working on your novel!
    MIDBREAK
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    CREDITS
    - Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/ (https://www.purple-planet.com)
    - Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig, http://stephenjreisig.com/ (http://stephenjreisig.com/)
    - Editing: Mischa Stanton, https://www.mischastanton.com/ (https://www.mischastanton.com/)
    ABOUT US
    Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.
    Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 42 min
    World Breakdown: Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Sally Tamarkin

    World Breakdown: Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Sally Tamarkin

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer absolutely changed my life, and I know it impacted countless others as well. Sally Tamarkin joins me to talk about what we love and.... don't love about the worldbuilding in this beloved franchise.
    HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist
    GUEST
    Sally Tamarkin is a writer, podcaster, and sensitivity reader who has lots of thoughts on Buffy. Check out her website https://www.sally.fyi/ (sally.gay) or follow her on twitter at https://twitter.com/sallyt (@sallyt).

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    - Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/ (https://www.purple-planet.com)
    - Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig, http://stephenjreisig.com/ (http://stephenjreisig.com/)
    - Editing: Mischa Stanton, https://www.mischastanton.com/ (https://www.mischastanton.com/)
    ABOUT US
    Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.
    Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Building Smelly Scents That Smell... Smelly

    Building Smelly Scents That Smell... Smelly

    Mauricio Garcia tells me all about how perfumes and scents are made. We talk about surprising scent origins, sustainable perfumery, how perfumes match body chemistry, and the ways that smells connect us to other worlds.
    HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist
    GUEST
    Mauricio Garcia is a perfumer and aromatherapist. You can follow his amazing work and check out his delicious perfumes at https://www.herbcraftperfumery.com/about-mg-2020 (herbcraftperfumery.com) and https://www.sustainableperfumery.org/ (sustainableperfumery.org).

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    CREDITS
    - Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/ (https://www.purple-planet.com)
    - Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig, http://stephenjreisig.com/ (http://stephenjreisig.com/)
    - Editing: Mischa Stanton, https://www.mischastanton.com/ (https://www.mischastanton.com/)
    ABOUT US
    Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.
    Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The World of Flying Fish Lizards

    The World of Flying Fish Lizards

    A herpetologist and a conservationist join me to imagine life on a rainforest world. We decide it's run by a race of flying fish lizards who love community and pay for things with a toxic fruit.
    HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist
    GUEST
    Chelsea Connor is a herpetologist, birder, artist, and science communicator who shares a love of lizards with https://www.anoleannals.org/author/chelsea-connor/ (#DidYouAnole). You can follow Chelsea on twitter at https://twitter.com/ChelseaHerps (@ChelseaHerps).
    Camila Delgado-Montes is an ecologist who studies carbon sequestration in the Amazon wetlands. You can follow her on twitter at https://twitter.com/cdelgadomontes (@cdelgadomontes) and learn about her vital work https://cadillo.lab.asu.edu/camila-delgado-montes (here).

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    CREDITS
    - Music: https://www.purple-planet.com/ (https://www.purple-planet.com)
    - Cover art: Stephen J. Reisig, http://stephenjreisig.com/ (http://stephenjreisig.com/)
    - Editing: Mischa Stanton, https://www.mischastanton.com/ (https://www.mischastanton.com/)
    ABOUT US
    Have you ever wished you could travel to a different world? Exolore can help with that! In each episode, astrophysicist/folklorist Moiya McTier explores fictional worlds by building them with a panel of expert guests, interviewing professional worldbuilders, or reviewing the merits of worlds that have already been built. You'll learn, you'll laugh, and you'll gain an appreciation for how special our planet really is.
    Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

ChrisCapo27 ,

Where has this been all my life!?!

OMG! This show is awesome! Long time listener of Fraiser Cains “Weekly Space Hangout” which Moiya is frequent contributor and just heard about this podcast. As an avid sci-fi and fantasy reader and watcher I think about this all the time! This is great to get real scientific and cultural views on what it actually could be like. My only wish is that it was longer!
Go Astro Mo!!!!

SleepySandshrew ,

Episode 1 and I’m already hooked!

I’ve just started listening and I can already tell I will be a big fan. If you like Science, SciFi, and storytelling, you will love this podcast! Amazing concept with infinite possibilities. The host and guests have a lot of energy and passion. It makes for a very entertaining podcast.

Lazadarus ,

Explore strange new worlds and new civilizations…

With a mix of science and imagination each episode sends the listener to far off worlds. Explore strange new worlds like the planet of ice squid, dancing party birds, and many more.

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