62 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 Paleo Visions with Beth Zaiken

    Building Paleo Visions with Beth Zaiken

    Artist Beth Zaiken joins Moiya to talk about paleoart. Together, they answer questions like: How do artists work with museums to create gorgeous and educational exhibits about the ancient natural world? How has our understanding of the paleo world changed in the last few decades? And how does an artist decide what to include in the scene?
    HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist
    GUEST
    Beth Zaiken is an artist who designs exhibits for museums. You can learn about her wrk on her website https://bethzaiken.com/ (bethzaiken.com) or on twitter at https://twitter.com/BZaiken (@BZaiken). Check out her projects with https://www.rhinocentral.com/ (Blue Rhino Studio).

    MIDBREAK
    - Listen to JOIN THE PARTY wherever you get your podcasts or at https://www.jointhepartypod.com/ (jointhepartypod.com)
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    - website: https://www.exolorepod.com/ (exolorepod.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
    How would you like to swim in an ocean ruled by matriarchal squid, or fly over a planet as it rotates with a swarm of migrating wasps? No, it's not the latest VR craze (... yet); it's Exolore! Exolore helps you imagine other worlds with the help of facts and science. Every other week, host Dr. Moiya McTier invites experts to build a world from scratch or sits down with a fiction fan to dive deep into their favorite worlds. Every episode will make you laugh, go "huh?" and appreciate how special our world really is.
    Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 48 min
    World of Timeless Slugs

    World of Timeless Slugs

    In this episode, Nick Perron, host of the Tabletopped podcast, joins Moiya to imagine a world banded with "time rate zones." They explore gravitational time dilation, x-ray protection, tops vs. bottoms, black hole myths, and mob mentality.
    HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist
    GUEST
    Nick Perron is an actor, writer, and host of the https://tabletoppedpod.com/ (Tabletopped) podcast. You can find him on twitter at https://twitter.com/TheNickPerron (@TheNickPerron).

    MIDBREAK
    - Get 10% off your order at inkedgaming.com with the promo code exolore!
    - Listen to THE NEWEST OLYMPIAN wherever you get your podcasts or at https://www.thenewestolympian.com/ (thenewestolympian.com)
    - Order my book, THE MILKY WAY: https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/moiya-mctier/the-milky-way/9781538754153/ (https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/moiya-mctier/the-milky-way/9781538754153/)
    - BUY EXOLORE SWAG: https://store.dftba.com/collections/exolore (store.dftba.com/collections/exolore)
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    - patreon: https://my.captivate.fm/patreon.com/exolorepod (patreon.com/exolorepod)
    - twitter: https://twitter.com/ExolorePod (twitter.com/ExolorePod)
    - instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exolorepod/ (instagram.com/exolorepod)
    - website: https://www.exolorepod.com/ (exolorepod.com)
    - subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/ExolorePod/ (reddit.com/r/ExolorePod)
    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
    How would you like to swim in an ocean ruled by matriarchal squid, or fly over a planet as it rotates with a swarm of migrating wasps? No, it's not the latest VR craze (... yet); it's Exolore! Exolore helps you imagine other worlds with the help of facts and science. Every other week, host Dr. Moiya McTier invites experts to build a world from scratch or sits down with a fiction fan to dive deep into their favorite worlds. Every episode will make you laugh, go "huh?" and appreciate how special our world really is.
    Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Who Is the Most Heroic Animal of All Time? (“Head Heart Gut” Preview!)

    Who Is the Most Heroic Animal of All Time? (“Head Heart Gut” Preview!)

    Please enjoy this disruption to the normal Exolore feed! Exolore is a member of Multitude, an independent podcast collective. Together, all of the Multitude hosts make a friendly debate show called Head, Heart, Gut. This episode is a little taste of that show.
    Welcome to Head Heart Gut, where the Multitude hosts argue about the best things using our head, our heart and our gut. This is a supercut of the first three Best AnimalHeroes episodes, featuring Julia Schifini, Eric Schneider, and Jazza John!If you want to hear the judgment episode of this section, or get access to the years and years of arguments — go to https://multitude.productions/multicrew (multicrew.club) to join the Multicrew!

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Building a Political System with Andrea Jones-Rooy

    Building a Political System with Andrea Jones-Rooy

    It's hard to build a world without thinking about politics. Who has power, what can they do with it, and what happens when political ties turn sour? Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy is here to answer all of my questions about what makes a government.
    HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (https://twitter.com/goastromo (@GoAstroMo)), astrophysicist and folklorist
    GUEST
    Dr. Andrea Jones-Rooy is a political scientist, data scientist, professor, circus performer, and comedian. Phew! You can follow Andrea on twitter at https://twitter.com/jonesrooy (@jonesrooy), online at http://www.jonesrooy.com/ (jonesrooy.com), and on the podcast waves at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/majoring-in-everything/id1534440528 (Majoring In Everything).

    MIDBREAK
    - Listen to QUEER MOVIE PODCAST wherever you get your podcasts or at https://www.queermoviepodcast.co.uk/ (queermoviepodcast.com)
    - THE MILKY WAY is out now!: https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/moiya-mctier/the-milky-way/9781538754153/ (https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/moiya-mctier/the-milky-way/9781538754153/)
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    FIND US ONLINE
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    - twitter: https://twitter.com/ExolorePod (twitter.com/ExolorePod)
    - instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exolorepod/ (instagram.com/exolorepod)
    - website: https://www.exolorepod.com/ (exolorepod.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 41 min
    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).

    MIDBREAK
    - Get 10% off your order at inkedgaming.com with the promo code exolore!
    - Listen to SPIRITS wherever you get your podcasts or at https://spiritspodcast.com/ (spiritspodcast.com)
    - Preorder my book, THE MILKY WAY: https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/moiya-mctier/the-milky-way/9781538754153/ (https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/moiya-mctier/the-milky-way/9781538754153/)
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    - twitter: https://twitter.com/ExolorePod (twitter.com/ExolorePod)
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    - website: https://www.exolorepod.com/ (exolorepod.com)
    - subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/ExolorePod/ (reddit.com/r/ExolorePod)
    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).

    MIDBREAK
    - Listen to The Newest Olympian wherever you get your podcast or at https://www.thenewestolympian.com/ (thenewestolympian.com)
    - BUY EXOLORE MERCH: https://store.dftba.com/collections/exolore (store.dftba.com/collections/exolore)
    - Preorder my book, THE MILKY WAY: https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/moiya-mctier/the-milky-way/9781538754153/ (https://www.grandcentralpublishing.com/titles/moiya-mctier/the-milky-way/9781538754153/)
    FIND US ONLINE
    - patreon: https://my.captivate.fm/patreon.com/exolorepod (patreon.com/exolorepod)
    - twitter: https://twitter.com/ExolorePod (twitter.com/ExolorePod)
    - instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exolorepod/ (instagram.com/exolorepod)
    - website: https://www.exolorepod.com/ (exolorepod.com)
    - subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/ExolorePod/ (reddit.com/r/ExolorePod)
    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

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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