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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 lev ...
 
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Starring: Jeremy Bent as Quariel Allie Kokesh as Dwaynne Seth Lind as Gigli Winston Noel as Samesies Moujan Zolfaghari as Booket and Alden Ford as Thagamos and Petra Edited by Seth Lind Sound design and mix by Shane O’Connell Theme Music composed by Brendan Ryan Performed by Ophira Zakai on Lute, Peneli Millar on flute and Cynthia Ann Sutton on rec…
 
A night of tavern-hopping with a king, a wet rag and a lizard. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young King Zachy: Zachary Ruane Wet Towel with Legs: Mark Samual Bonanno Lizard Jim: Broden Kelly Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz E…
 
Back at sea, our hosts are reunited with Hildy the thousands of years old turtle... maybe. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Hildy Shiblin: Olivia Nielsen Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Earwolf Producer: Kimmie Lucas Edit…
 
Every year, I like to play a full-length interview with a previous guest who had so much more to say than what I could fit into a particular topic. Last summer, I did an episode called Making Up Creatures where I talked with the creature designer Neill Gorton, who is best known for working on the reboot of Doctor Who and the BBC series Being Human.…
 
A special holiday scene with Arnie and Usidore. And a holiday song from Jenny the Centaur. The regular show will be back January 4. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Usidore: Matt Young Jenny the Centaur: Jenny Owen Youngs Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Earwo…
 
It's Winter Solstice time again and due to a snowstorm Arnie, Usidore and Chunt have to take shelter with a friendly squirrel. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Fluff the Squirrel: Josh Gondelman Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Sc…
 
2020 has felt monstrous on so many levels. So, it’s no coincidence that two of the top grossing movies of the year were Jaws and Jurassic Park, mostly seen at drive-in theaters. Alex Shepard explains why the shark in Jaws embodied our feeling of a dread, and how the Mayor of Amity Island seemed to be the embodiment of every leader who dismissed the…
 
Arnor the legendary warrior crashes into Castle Skullmaster with some surprising news. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Arnor: Blaine Swen Wictor the Guard: Bryan Safi Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Earwolf Producer: Kim…
 
13 year old Arnie thinks he's witnessed a murder so Usidore and Chunk help him break into his neighbor's house. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Craig: Ryan DiGiorgi Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Earwolf Producer: Kimmi…
 
13-year old Arnie works on a school project with his classmate, Julie. Still trapped in 1989 Ohio, Usidore becomes a chemistry teacher. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Julie Andrews: Brooke Breit Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett …
 
Usidore and Chunt are still stuck in 1989 Ohio with a 13-year old Arnie. They participate in the local tradition of walking around a Meijer Superstore and meet a teenager working there until his band takes off. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Lance Jacobs: Paul Brittain Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie…
 
Since we can’t pick up universal translators on The Enterprise or through the TARDIS, we have to rely on human translators to bring fantasy stories across cultures. We all know that something is always lost in translation, but what is gained when a story transitions from one language and culture to another? Chen Malul tells the story of Israeli pil…
 
Cassette tapes were found of a 13 year old Arnie Niekamp pretending to host a talk show in his bedroom. Some claim these include evidence of paranormal activity. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Sc…
 
Can the Wizard returns to help solve a time mystery... and yell about his own murder. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Tricia: Kate James Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Earwolf Producer: Kimmie Lucas Editor: Chris Rathje…
 
The anime series Cowboy Bebop is currently being turned into a live-action series for Netflix, but Cowboy Bebop doesn’t need to be Americanized. The original series was already an homage to Western films and movies. Authors Roland Kelts and Matt Alt talk about how Cowboy Bebop fits into a very Japanese tradition of adopting and even improving upon …
 
It's time for the yearly Chunt for Red October blood drive for vampires. This year the charity event is crashed by a pair of aliens with a very specific weakness. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Ringo: Dan Lippert McCartney: Drew Tarver Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rif…
 
Nermut gets a promotion. Starring: Alden Ford Jeremy Bent Allie Kokesh Seth Lind Winston Noel Moujan Zolfaghari Plus special guests Edited by Seth Lind Recording, sound design and mix by Shane O’Connell Music composed by Brendan Ryan and performed by FAME’s Macedonian Symphony Orchestra Audio hosting by Simplecast Mission to Zyxx is a proud member …
 
We meet a spider that's stressed out about being stuck at home with her hundreds of children. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Carol the Spider Mom: Christy Bonstell Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Earwolf Producer: Kimmi…
 
You know the scene. A pair of muggers are in an alleyway when a superhero leaps down and beats them to a pulp. It’s a classic scenario, but in a year when we’re reassessing the role of law enforcement in the real world, is it time to reimagine the role of super-cops in fantasy worlds? I talk with prosecutor Patrick O’Connor and police officer Henry…
 
We meet a frightened talking couch and the magician that gave her life. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Couch the Sentient Couch: Heather Anne Campbell Couch the Magician: Nick Wiger Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Earwo…
 
Two brothers, Big Cat and the Mound, are ready to fight each other to the death. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Big Cat: Mike Mitchell The Mound: Nick Wiger Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Earwolf Producer: Kimmie Lucas…
 
Fascism is a common theme in fantasy worlds, especially the rebels vs. evil empire scenario. But what can we learn from stories about encroaching fascism? I talk with journalists Lauren Davis, Damien G. Walter, professor Jason Dittmer and podcaster Stefan Sasse – who teaches history in Germany – about Star Wars, Game of Thrones, superheroes and how…
 
Two down on their luck minotaurs lure us into their labyrinth. What will we find in the center? Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Balgor the Unclean: Brian Murphy Galbor the Tidy: Caldwell Tanner Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Sc…
 
Sweet Prince Vantis wakes up from a hundred year sleep. Then he freaks out. Credits Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Sweet Prince Vantis: Jason Mantzoukas Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz Earwolf Producer: Kimmie Lucas Editor: Sag…
 
Starring: Jeremy Bent as Quariel Alden Ford as Karm, Petra, the Raven, the Farmer, and the Wizard Allie Kokesh as Dwaynne and Corynthia Seth Lind as Gigli Winston Noel as Samesies, Beano and the Emperor Moujan Zolfaghari as Booket Edited by Seth Lind Sound design and mix by Shane O’Connell Theme Music composed by Brendan Ryan Performed by Ophira Za…
 
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