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
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.
"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.
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."
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From "Inappropriately Human: 21 Short Stories" by Andrew Heaton. Now available as an audio book!
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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
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?
Mr. Heston is too attractive.
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