25 episodes

Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some level relate to our daily lives. Employing his years of experience in public radio, Eric brings a sophisticated, thoughtfully produced voice to the far-out and fantastical.
To access the full archive of Imaginary Worlds episodes, go to www.stitcher.com/premium and use the promo code Imaginary.

Imaginary Worlds Eric Molinsky

    • Arts
    • 4.8, 1.3K Ratings

Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some level relate to our daily lives. Employing his years of experience in public radio, Eric brings a sophisticated, thoughtfully produced voice to the far-out and fantastical.
To access the full archive of Imaginary Worlds episodes, go to www.stitcher.com/premium and use the promo code Imaginary.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

From the Piney Woods of Texas ,

Nerds, Words, and Flyrds!

Okay, so flyrds isn't a real thing--that I know of--but that's what this show is all about, the spawns of creativity and imagination! And nerdy things and wordy bits. I've loved this show since day one and am thrilled that it's still on the podcast air.

Jennlandia ,

Would listen 24/7

I am always glued to my phone when a new Imaginary Worlds drops. The technical quality and the length of episodes are perfect, what it's the subject matter and Eric's insights that always make Imaginary Worlds a must-listen for me. Highly recommend!

Even more lucidity ,

Started Great, But Lost Focus

When a science-fiction/fantasy/comics podcast explores the sociology of Avatar:The Last Airbender or examines the history of mapmaking in fantasy world building, it works great. I LOVED the early episodes!

Unfortunately these great episodes are now hidden behind the Stitcher paywall, and the current episodes have nothing in common with them. The host has run out of topics, and the sci-fi/fantasy/comics connection is usually too little butter spread over too much bread.

Recent episodes have focused on burlesque dancing, LARPing the Holocaust, and 1990s professional wrestling. I’m not saying these are trash: the production values are still high, and Malinsky interviews people who really know and care about these topics.

The problem is that he has to search really hard to find anything about them that relates to the reason I’m listening and the theme of the podcast. And personality I have ZERO interest in burlesque, WWE wrestling, or LARPing the Holocaust.

Disappointed.

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