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A new InterPlanetary interview series from the Santa Fe Institute takes a page from the Strugatsky brothers' classic Soviet sci-fi novel, Roadside Picnic, to discuss a variety of transformative alien artifacts. Thirteen years ago, an alien civilization visited our planet, and left behind myriad, mysterious materials in their crash sites. These areas, Zones, behave very strangely, but the interplanetary items they contain could change the trajectory of our technological advancement. What appe ...
 
Join actress and writer Briana McZant and comedian Maddy McZant for their book to film adaptation review podcast, recorded all the way from middle-earth. Every two weeks Briana and Maddy discuss how well, or not so well, a movie was adapted from the book it was based off. Special guests often drop by the recording studio to add their flavour to the mix and keep the McZants on their toes. If you love books, movies, or funny lesbians talking about books and movies then this is the podcast for ...
 
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Dune by Frank Herbert Dune (1984 film) directed by David Lynch Frank Herbert’s Dune (TV miniseries) Dune (2021 film) directed by Denis Villeneuve Intro 00:07 // Synopsis 01:47 // Extra 20:17 // Remarks 26:06 (transhumanism, worms as dragons, ecological mysteries) // Media 36:39 (screen versions, best actors, RPGs) Patreon Support this podcast on Th…
 
Maid is an American drama streaming television limited series inspired by Stephanie Land's memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, created by Molly Smith Metzler, that premiered on Netflix on October 1, 2021. Alex Russell, a domestic abused single mom, leaves her abuser with her two-year-old daughter to a shelter and gets a…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: New School Policy and Design for Outer Space SFI’s InterPlanetary Project Aging, Adaptation, and the Arrow of Time - A James S. McDonnell Foundation funded research track on Complex Time Complex Time video playlist InterPlanetary 2019 panel on Complex Time, featurin…
 
"The Lottery" is a short story written by Shirley Jackson, first published in the June 25, 1948, issue of The New Yorker. The story describes a fictional small town which observes an annual rite known as "the lottery", in which a member of the community is selected by chance. The shocking consequence of being selected in the lottery is revealed onl…
 
I’m interviewing Frances Hardinge! We talk about her novels including The Lie Tree and A Face Like Glass, her ideas and characters, unreliable landscapes, closed communities and islands, literary influences, and ghost stories. 00:06 preamble 01:02 Frances’ fiction (The Lie Tree, A Face Like Glass, research inc. cheese making) 21:56 Literary influen…
 
Verdigris Deep by Frances Hardinge Intro 00:06 // Synopsis 01:00 // Remarks 10:21 (small communities, NPCs’ desires, surprise powers and downsides, the spirit world) // Media 19:58 (Amelie, Wonderfalls, Touch, Joan of Arcadia) Patreon Support this podcast on The Fictoplasm Patreon! Music Credits Music is by Chris Zabriskie: chriszabriskie.com // ba…
 
To learn more about items mentioned in this podcast: Natalie's homepage Co-Ordination: On Time Between Worlds - An InterPlanetary Panel discussion on Complex Time Chris Kempes's Alien Crash Site Interview on life detection "Towards a more universal life detection strategy" as submitted to the Planetary and Astrobiology Decadal Survey Arrival Ted Ch…
 
Chapter One Takes Random Acts of Cinema on a picnic. Stalker (Russian: Сталкер, is a 1979 Soviet science fiction art drama film directed by Andrei Tarkovsky with a screenplay written by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, loosely based on their 1972 novel Roadside Picnic. The film combines elements of science fiction with dramatic philosophical and psycho…
 
A Nomad of the Time Streams by Michael Moorcock (Millenium edition 1993, ISBN 1-85798-033-6) Intro 00:06 // Cover by Mark Reeve 01:20 // Foreword 02:12 // Synopsis 05:09 (The Warlord of the Air 06:37, The Land Leviathan 12:45, The Steel Tsar 19:27) // Remarks 24:37 (temporal adventurers, politics) // Place in the sequence 37:43 Patreon…Read more 10…
 
Children of Men is a 2006 science fiction action-thriller film[4][5][6][7] co-written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. The screenplay, based on P. D. James' 1992 novel The Children of Men, was credited to five writers, with Clive Owen making uncredited contributions. The film takes place in 2027, when two decades of human infertility have left socie…
 
Generalized Stoichiometry and Biogeochemistry for Astrobiological Applications Multiple Paths to Multiple Life Watch Chris Kempes and David Krakauer discuss multiple life in episode 2 of "Andromeda Strain and the Meaning of Life" Watch Sara Walker's critique of Multiple Life in episode 4 of "Andromeda Strain and the Meaning of Life" Allometric scal…
 
Dune is a 1984 American epic science fiction film written and directed by David Lynch and based on the 1965 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan (in his film debut) as young nobleman Paul Atreides, and includes an ensemble of well-known American and European actors in supporting roles. It was filmed at the Churubusco…
 
The Adventures of Luther Arkwright by Brian Talbot (including Heart of Empire) Big Finish audio adaption with David Tennant, Siri O’Neal, Paul Darrow Luther Arkwright RPG by the Design Mechanism (see Reviews from R’lyeh take here) Imagine Magazine issue 14 Intro 00:06 // Synopsis 03:24 (The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, Heart of Empire) // Remark…
 
The Invisibles (volume 1) by Grant Morrison Intro 00:06 // Synopsis of volume 1 01:48 // Remarks 20:13 (Mage: the Ascension and Department V) // Media 32:21 (The Matrix, Over the Edge, Nephilim, Sorcerer, Unknown Armies, Continuum, The Mega City Book Club Podcast) Patreon Support this podcast on The Fictoplasm Patreon! Music Credits Music is…Read m…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: Identifying Molecules as Biosignatures with Assembly Theory and Mass Spectrometry. Generalized Stoichiometry and Biogeochemistry for Astrobiological Applications. Time Team Elemental Cycles DNA has Four Bases. Some Viruses Swap in a Fifth Bennu Hayabusa Mission Alie…
 
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is an 1818 novel written by English author Mary Shelley. Frankenstein tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was 18, and the first edition was published anonymously in London on…
 
Learn more about things discussed in this episode, by clicking on the links below: Timiebi Aganaba's home page And LinkedIn And Twitter Global Space Treaty Artemis Accords Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University's InterPlanetary Project And the Psyche Mission The Court Case: Viasat, Inc (Appellant) Vs. Federal Co…
 
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke Intro 00:06 // Synopsis 01:16 // Remarks 08:39 (unreliable narrators, how to host a murder mystery, closed worlds, the dead) // Media 25:19 (The Sunken Land Begins To Rise Again, plus games, video games) Patreon Support this podcast on The Fictoplasm Patreon! Music Credits Music is by Chris Zabriskie: chriszabriskie.com /…
 
In the Time of the Butterflies is a 2001 feature film, produced for the Showtime television network, directed by Mariano Barroso and based on Julia Álvarez's book of the same name. The story is a fictionalized account for the lives of the Mirabal sisters, Dominican revolutionary activists, who opposed the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo and were as…
 
To learn more about the items discussed in this interview, click through the links below. Ryan’s website Ryan on Twitter The Carrington Event Parker Solar Probe Mars MAVEN Ushering in a New Frontier in Geospace through Data Science Dictionary of Obscure sorrows What is an Individual? Jorge Luis Borges “Talk on Indolence” by the Avett Brothers "Mach…
 
Half of a Yellow Sun is a 2013 Anglo-Nigerian drama film directed by Biyi Bandele and based on the novel of the same name by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The film is historical fiction that follows two sisters who are caught up in the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War. It stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandiwe Newton, Onyeka Onwenu, Anika Noni Rose, Joseph…
 
Marvel 1602 With special guest Paul Baldowski of Just Crunch games, author of the Dee Sanction, The Cthulhu Hack and more! Intro 00:07 // Synopsis 02:53 (spotting Marvel characters, Strange=Dee and Fury=Walsingham, pocket universes, three act structure, hating on bards) // Commentary 35:50 (the Dee Sanction and the Cthulhu Hack, the Duffer’s Guide …
 
Whale Rider is a 2002 New Zealand-German family drama film written and directed by Niki Caro. Based on the 1987 novel of the same name by Witi Ihimaera, the film stars Keisha Castle-Hughes as Kahu Paikea Apirana, a twelve-year-old Māori girl whose ambition is to become the chief of the tribe. Her grandfather Koro Apirana believes that this is a rol…
 
Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky With special guest Andy from the Breakfast in the Ruins podcast! Intro 00:07 // Premise 05:25 // Characters 08:56 // Prologue & part 1 24:14 // Part 3 (Andy’s favourite bit) 44:43 // Part 4 54:11 // Tarkovsky’s Stalker and other media from 1:00:02 (inc. The Lighthouse, Hard…Read more 97: Roadside Picni…
 
For more information on items mentioned in this interview, click through the links below. Vanessa’s Website InterPlanetary 2018 Festival panel "Intelligent Systems and Cognitive Assistance" featuring Vanessa, David Krakauer, Jonah Nolan, Graham Spencer & Kurt Squire. Dan Sperber Norman Rockwell's painting "The Gossips" Giant dragonfly - Meganeura A…
 
Once is a 2007 Irish romantic musical drama film written and directed by John Carney. The film stars Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová as two struggling musicians in Dublin, Ireland. Hansard and Irglová had previously performed music as the Swell Season, and composed and performed the film's original songs. Once spent years in development with the I…
 
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir Intro 00:07 // Synopsis 02:25 // Remarks 12:12 (paired characters 12:16, locked room mysteries and LARP 20:38, magic and Thanergy 26:52) // Media 32:01 (Sabriel) Patreon Support this podcast on The Fictoplasm Patreon! Music Credits Music is by Chris Zabriskie: chriszabriskie.com // bandcamp // instagram // youtube Sa…
 
Learn more about the items discussed in this conversation by clicking on the links below. The paper discussed: "Identifying molecules as biosignatures with assembly theory and mass spectrometry" "Scientists develop new molecular tool to detect alien life" - news article "Chemists design alien life detector" - news article The essay discussed: ($$ p…
 
Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder. It is loosely based on the 2016 non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Spac…
 
Sailing to Utopia by Michael Moorcock (Millenium 1993 ISBN 1-85798-032-8) comprising The Ice Schooner, The Black Corridor, The Distant Suns, Flux Intro 00:07 // The cover 01:26 // The foreword 03:21 // Synopsis 05:31 (The Ice Schooner 05:34, The Black Corridor 10:41, The Distant Suns 14:44, Flux 18:01) // Remarks 21:56 // Final thoughts and…Read mo…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below:Herschel Moon History Natalie Elliot’s Homepage Alexander Pope’s “The Rape of Lock” Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar Hamlet Romeo and Juliet Claudius Ptolemy Nicolaus Copernicus Tycho Brahe Aristophanes’s Clouds Birds Fermilab Bison Antikythera Mechanism “Origin Story” fo…
 
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers Intro 00:07 // Synopsis 02:00 // Remarks 13:08 (magic, history, time travel, fate and determinism) // Other Media 31:08 (Time and Again, Bid Time Return, TimeCop, Continuum) Links The Fictoplasm Patreon The Anubis Gates on TV Tropes Music Credits Music is by Chris Zabriskie: chriszabriskie.com // bandcamp // free…Read…
 
Sense and Sensibility is a 1995 period drama film directed by Ang Lee and based on Jane Austen's 1811 novel of the same name. Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay and stars as Elinor Dashwood, while Kate Winslet plays Elinor's younger sister Marianne. The story follows the Dashwood sisters, members of a wealthy English family of landed gentry, as the…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: InterPlanetary 2018 - Planetary Policy, Law & Regulation Panel Earth Juijitsu Environment Now Ecuador’s recognition of Pachamama Slavoj Zizek Santa Monica’s sustainability ordinance, protecting the aquifers Brown v. Board of Education US Space Act (1958) Outer Space…
 
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell Intro 00:07 // Synopsis 01:28 // Themes 12:46 (hard and soft SF, exploration, survival, skills, celebrating discovery and forming relationships) // Media 28:30 (The Expanse, Form Grows Rampant, The Forever War, Gateway, Diaspora) Links What would the Smart Party Do? Shawn Tomkin interview The Expanse Form Grows Ram…
 
Learn more about the things we discuss in this episode by clicking through the links below: Honeybee Capital Ever-Widening Circles, by Rilke Zero sum game Tom Seeley's work on honeybees Suzanne Simard's work about tree communication networks Geoffrey West's lecture on Scaling I Dream a Highway - Gillian Welch Ode to Joy - Beethoven Final scene of S…
 
With Dirk the Dice from The Grognard Files The first book of Corum (volume 4 of the Eternal Champion) by Michael Moorcock. Intro 00:07 // Introducing Dirk 00:45 // Dirk and Corum 1:55 // The book, and this edition 11:02 // The cover 16:05 // Rodney Matthews 18:45 // the foreword 19:55 // Synopsis 24:20…Read more Episode 92: Corum by Michael Moorcoc…
 
Rebecca is a 2020 British romantic thriller film directed by Ben Wheatley from a screenplay by Jane Goldman, Joe Shrapnel, and Anna Waterhouse. The film is based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. The film stars Lily James, Armie Hammer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Keeley Hawes, Ann Dowd, and Sam Riley. Rebecca was released in selec…
 
Learn more about everything referenced in this episode by clicking the links below: Van’s homepage UCLA-led team of scientists discovers why we need sleep Watch Van on the “Time Design” Panel from #IPFest2018 Ted Chiang’s Seventy-Two Letters Liu Cixin’s Three Body Problem “You’re So Cool” by Hans Zimmer “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Oasis “Welcome …
 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a 2018 historical romantic-drama film directed by Mike Newell and written by Don Roos and Tom Bezucha. The screenplay is based on the 2008 novel of the same name, written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. The film stars Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Katheri…
 
High time I did an episode zero! This episode is timed to coincide with the Patreon launch for Fictoplasm, where you can support the show (and get some perks as well). Music Credits Music is by Chris Zabriskie: chriszabriskie.com // bandcamp // free music archive Samples: “Is that you or are you you?” from Reappear…Read more Episode Zero: What is F…
 
3 Māori cousins. Mata, introverted, watchful, a seer of spirits, the child of a Māori mother and an abusive Pākehā (white) father. Makareta, raised to be the princess of her tribe, spoilt and educated in both worlds. Missy, cheeky, insecure and often overlooked, the heartbeat of her family. Stolen from her whānau, placed in an orphanage and watched…
 
This episode Ralph is joined by Tom McGrenery to discuss the Brazillian urban fantasy Netflix series Invisible City Timestamps Synopsis 02:51 // Themes I: Brazilian Myth 18:29 // Themes II: Urban Fantasy 29:24 // Media 58:30 (Changeling the Dreaming, Nephilim, Highlander, Elephant and Macaw Banner, Hilda) // Tom’s other stuff 71:50 (Revolution come…
 
Carol is a 2015 romantic drama period film directed by Todd Haynes. The screenplay by Phyllis Nagy is based on the 1952 romance novel The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith (republished as Carol in 1990). The film stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy, and Kyle Chandler. Set in New York City during the early 1950s, Carol tell…
 
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