100 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

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    • 4.9 • 172 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.

    Moriarty on a Starship

    Moriarty on a Starship

    James Moriarty is the best villain in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Or is he a villain at all? In "Elementary, My Dear Data" and "Ship in a Bottle" the holographic character gains sentience--and wants freedom.  Josh Jennings and Andrew Young rejoin the show to discuss the character. 

    • 1 hr 21 min
    "The Prisoner" is Deliciously Campy

    "The Prisoner" is Deliciously Campy

    Patrick McGoohan's 1967 series "The Prisoner" is an avante-garde science fiction series about a secret agent abducted by nefarious forces and subject to psychological torment in an atavistic village. 
    Jim Swift and Ron Hayden join to discuss the deeper meaning of the series.

    • 1 hr
    How to Write Kickass Science Fiction

    How to Write Kickass Science Fiction

    Josh Jennings temporarily hosts the show in order to interview Andrew Heaton about what all goes into writing science fiction, a la his new book, "Inappropriately Human: 21 Short Stories." 
    Get your copy at: 
    https://www.amazon.com/Inappropriately-Human-21-Short-Stories/dp/B09S3WYDSJ/ref=sr_1_1?crid=5UO16ZY0DADV&keywords=andrew+heaton+inappropriately+human&qid=1646195709&sprefix=men%27s+modal+shirt%2Caps%2C148&sr=8-1

    • 1 hr 15 min
    "The Whistler"

    "The Whistler"

    From "Inappropriately Human: 21 Short Stories" by Andrew Heaton. Now available as an audio book!
    Get your copy at https://www.amazon.com/Inappropriately-Human-21-Short-Stories/dp/B09S3WYDSJ/ref=sr_1_1?crid=5UO16ZY0DADV&keywords=andrew+heaton+inappropriately+human&qid=1646195709&sprefix=men%27s+modal+shirt%2Caps%2C148&sr=8-1

    • 46 min
    Of Goblins and Autism

    Of Goblins and Autism

    In "Vivarium," starring Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, a young couple find themselves trapped in some kind of suburban pocket universe. Their captors leave an alien infant on with the instructions "Raise the child and you will be released." 

    Josh Jennings joins to discuss the various concepts the film plays with, including: autism, millennial adulting terror, fey folk, and suburban ennui.

    Find this film and others discussed on the show at www.mightyheaton.com/goodscifi

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Scottish Starfleet Draft Picks

    Scottish Starfleet Draft Picks

    Stone and Dickie Lynch return to play Starfleet Draft Picks--which captains and officers do you recruit to build your own starship and crew?

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
172 Ratings

172 Ratings

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Rarely alien👽ating to me so far!

I enjoy this rarely alien👽ating podcast very much. When doing outdoor work then I often listen👂🏻to this podcast. I've only been uncomfortable with listen👂🏻ing to one episode so far, and even then I still liked that episode. Thank you Andrew Heaton for publishing this podcast.

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Your essential sci-fi “how-to” course

If you want to move beyond *just* popular sci-fi, this podcast will give you the introduction you need to explore the broad expanse of the genre. It’s fabulous.

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