127 episodes

Explore the meaning of science fiction, and how it's relevant to real-life science and society. Your hosts are Annalee Newitz, a science journalist who writes science fiction, and Charlie Jane Anders, a science fiction writer who is obsessed with science. Every two weeks, we take deep dives into science fiction books, movies, television, and comics that will expand your mind -- and maybe change your life

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    • 4.9 • 317 Ratings

Explore the meaning of science fiction, and how it's relevant to real-life science and society. Your hosts are Annalee Newitz, a science journalist who writes science fiction, and Charlie Jane Anders, a science fiction writer who is obsessed with science. Every two weeks, we take deep dives into science fiction books, movies, television, and comics that will expand your mind -- and maybe change your life

    What Makes a Story Feel "Fast" Or "Slow"?

    What Makes a Story Feel "Fast" Or "Slow"?

    People talk about "pacing" all the time when it comes to storytelling — but what does "pacing" mean? How do you make a story feel like it's moving faster or slower, and why does this matter? And how do you figure out what pace your own story needs to move at?
    Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes


     

    • 35 min
    Water Disasters

    Water Disasters

    Floods. Sea level rise. Superstorms. Droughts. All over the planet, people are being hit by disasters caused by too much water or not enough, and it's only going to get worse. We talk about why science fiction has been focused on water disasters for over a century, from Princess of Mars to Dune and Mad Max: Fury Road. We're also joined by flood geologist Kyle House, who tells us about ancient floods -- and the recent one that inundated his neighborhood in Arizona.
    Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

    • 42 min
    Therapy, good and bad, with Theo Germaine

    Therapy, good and bad, with Theo Germaine

    It's time to get some therapy, with some help from speculative fiction. In this special live recording from WorldCon, we talk to actor/creator Theo Germaine about fictional therapists (good and evil), and what makes a story therapeutic. Plus, we discuss their recent scary therapy movie They/Them, as well as their role in the show "Work in Progress." Can a story actually heal us? And what happens when stories hurt us instead?
    Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

    • 55 min
    Damnation Arcs

    Damnation Arcs

    We hear a lot about redemption arcs, but what about damnation arcs, where characters go darkside? In this episode, we talk about the "villain's journey," or the tropey route followed by characters like Anakin Skywalker on his trip to Darth Vader-hood. But what happens when the script is changed, and characters hover between hero and villain? Neon Yang, author of The Genesis of Misery and the Tensorate series, joins us to talk about how to feels to turn a character bad. 
    Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

    • 57 min
    Episode 113: Let's Get Sweetweird!

    Episode 113: Let's Get Sweetweird!

    Recently Charlie Jane came up with a new term for stories she's been enjoying: Sweetweird. What does this mean, and is it a subgenre or an aesthetic? And also, why do we enjoy inventing and debating new genre terms so much?
    Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes




     

    • 37 min
    Episode 112: Plastic problems, with William Gibson

    Episode 112: Plastic problems, with William Gibson

    Plastic was once a symbol of our shiny future, and now it represents our trashed, polluted present. What's the future of this fossil-fueled polymer? We talk about what makes plastic so scary -- in science and fiction. And then we call up William Gibson, who has thought a LOT about plastic, in fiction and real life. 
    Show notes: www.ouropinionsarecorrect.com/shownotes

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
317 Ratings

317 Ratings

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Love it

This podcast is fun, smart and oh so nerdy. Always a pleasure to listen to. Love the wide range of topics and perspectives.

Squidalicious ,

Thank Goodness for OOAC

OOAC is a consistent bright spot in these dreary times. Listening to their discussions is like hanging with the most fun, cheerful, cheeky, unapologetically geeky smartypantses—but without having to do the awkward and exhausting work of socializing yourself!

I especially appreciate Charlie Jane’s recent comment on doing her best to eradicate ableism from her work (which I believe was on an OOAC Patreon episode, so you should probably support that if you can).

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