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Eons ago, people faced a terrible evil and were unable to defeat it. But they locked it away so it would never bother the earth again! Er… did we say “never”? We meant, of course, that the bars of its prison will weaken in a thousand years and it will be set free to ravage the world once more. But that’s future humanity’s problem. This trope lends a certain panache to your villain… they are legendary. They are powerful. They are feared (and probably immortal). Who wants to go up against that? Episode Hosts: Kyle, Allison, Christiana. Produced by Mythos & Ink.
Today's Trope: The Plants Have Risen Up Against Us. There’s something sinister about your surroundings trying to kill you—especially when those surroundings include giant, human-eating plants, trees that try to smother you with their roots, or other dangerous flora. Guns, swords, and sometimes even fire aren’t effective against shrewd shrubbery. Episode Hosts: Emma, Kyle, Christiana. Produced by Mythos & Ink.
Today's Trope: The Government is out to get us. Want your character to face off against impossible odds? Pit them against a corrupt, evil empire who’s hiding something important from the people or taking advantage of them in some way! This trope usually involves oppression of the masses, and a hierarchy of a few people who benefit from the system while many others suffer. Episode Hosts: Emma, Kyle, Christiana. Produced by Mythos & Ink.
Today’s Trope: Clones are Humans, Too. Are clones expendable, since they’re just copies? Do they have souls? Are they evil doppelgangers who need to be destroyed? Not in this trope! In these stories, clones become characters in their own right, with individual personalities and everything.  Stories Covered: Star Wars: The Bad Batch, Moon, The Prestige. Episode Hosts: Emma, Allison, Christiana. Produced by Mythos & Ink.
Hosts Kyle and Christiana take some time to talk to Allison Alexander and Shelly Campbell about their upcoming work (published by Mythos & Ink) called Making Myths and Magic. It's a field guide of sorts for all of us (fantasy and sci-fi writers especially) to help us with the creation of our worlds and get us set in the right direction for our writing journey.  Produced by Mythos & Ink.
Today’s Trope: Forbidden Power. While the power might not be evil in and of itself, it often twists the user in terrible ways. Whether it takes a toll on the mage’s mind or body, summons spirits that are difficult to control, or requires human sacrifice, the cost is usually high. And that’s why this magic is often feared, forbidden, and/or outlawed. Stories Covered: Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Full Metal Alchemist. Episode Hosts: Emma, Allison, Christiana. Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: “Coffee Beats” by Aaron Parsons (used with permission).
Episode Hosts: Kyle, Allison, and Emma Today's Trope: Everything is a Simulation (a.k.a. the awful truth about your world). In science fiction and fantasy, sometimes the truth about the world is hidden from the masses because it’s so horrible. You’re living in a simulation. We’re raising you to be fed to a multi-tentacled monster that demands sacrifices. Everyone is dead and this is actually hell. The mystery of this awful truth is built up throughout the story, so you want to know, even though you really don’t want to know. Stories Covered: Sword Art Online, The Good Place, WandaVision Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: “Coffee Beats” by Aaron Parsons (used with permission).
Episode Hosts: Allison, Christiana, and Kyle. Today's Trope: Who wants to live forever? (a.k.a. immortal magics and technology.) Some characters are driven to find a way to live forever, and go on a quest for eternal life. But, often, when they do snag that elixir of life, or that fountain of youth, or that tech that lets you upload your consciousness into a new body, they find immortality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. We’re going to look at how some writers have played with this trope in interesting ways. Stories Covered: Upload, Interview with a Vampire, Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: “Coffee Beats” by Aaron Parsons (used with permission).
2.05 Aliens are Weird

2.05 Aliens are Weird

2021-12-0121:24

Episode Hosts: Allison, Christiana, and Kyle. Today's Trope: Aliens are Weird. Sometimes, very weird. Their bodies often work in different ways than humans’ do, whether that means they have blue skin, multiple arms, can breathe underwater, have ten sexes, or only mate during a full moon. What makes an alien’s biology unique is entirely up to your imagination, though science and a basic understanding of anatomy might inspire you in the creation of alien species. Stories Covered: Alien, Stargate: SG-1, Cycle of Fire by Hal Clement Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: “Coffee Beats” by Aaron Parsons (used with permission).
Episode Hosts: Emma, Kyla, and Christiana. Today's Trope: Werewolves, Vampires. Wizards. Pixies. Leprechauns. Banshees. They’re there—just out of sight for your normal citizen. But for those in the know, magic is a real part of our world. How is it kept a secret from society at large? Stories Covered: Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan, Men in Black, A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: “Coffee Beats” by Aaron Parsons (used with permission).
Episode Hosts: Emma, Kyla, and Christiana. Today's Trope: Fantasy fiction tends to make recurring use of specific races, species, or peoples and their societies. For example, elves live in forests and practice nature magic, dwarves live underground and are miners, and humans populate large cities and are concerned with technological advancement. Oh, and the above races are usually “good,” while orcs, goblins, and dark elves are “evil.” Today’s trope: “Elves Lives in Forests,” a.k.a. standard fantasy races and societies. Stories Covered: Death Valley, Shadowhunter by Cassandra Clare Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: “Coffee Beats” by Aaron Parsons (used with permission).
Show Hosts: Kyle, Emma, and Allison. Today's Trope: Characters need to get to another galaxy, because reasons! Often that reason is that the planet is dying. Either humans have destroyed it, a giant asteroid hit the surface, or some other cataclysmic event occurred. Earth can no longer sustain life, and its people must find another world, in another galaxy, to inhabit. But how do they get there? This depends on the science of space travel! Hyperdrives, jump drives, warp drives, wormholes, generation ships, and cryo-travel are common methods of transporting people long distances in science fiction. Stories Covered: Lost in Space (cryosleep), Battlestar Galactica (jump drive), The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (wormholes) Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: “Coffee Beats” by Aaron Parsons (used with permission).
Show Hosts: Kyle, Emma, and Allison. Welcome to SEASON TWO of the podcast!! We're so excited to be back. Our theme for this season is sci-fi and fantasy tropes! Writers often think of tropes negatively, but they’re just commonly used themes or plot elements—symbols of the genre that keep readers coming back for more. Understanding tropes and using them effectively can deepen your worldbuilding! Today’s trope: the legendary artifact of power. The thing that separates these artifacts from other magical items is rarity. There’s often only one, and the artifact is so powerful it may have the ability to end worlds (or, at least, cause a lot of destruction). This power usually makes the object one of desire and even myth. Stories Covered: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda, Aladdin Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: “Coffee Beats” by Aaron Parsons (used with permission).
1.25 Trees

1.25 Trees

2021-07-2135:26

Back when this podcast only existed as a lightbulb hovering over our heads, we began brainstorming the format, content, and all those other pesky details. While doing so, we used trees as an example topic. “So, say we’re talking about trees, and then this is the part where we’d each pick a specific tree to talk about…” You get the idea. And ever after, trees became a running joke as we brainstormed episode topics. So, we figured, for our season finale, what better topic to discuss! We give you: trees from sci-fi and fantasy. Notes Emma's example: The White Tree of Gondor from The Lord of the Rings Kyle's example: Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy Allison's example: The Deku Tree from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Add Mythos & Ink's upcoming book, Making Myths and Magic: A Field Guide to Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy to Goodreads.  Join Mythos & Ink's Discord community for writers. Help us make Season Two of the podcast even better and ask us YOUR worldbuilding questions by joining our Patreon! Recap of Books Mythos & Ink Published This Year: Under the Lesser Moon by Shelly Campbell Infinite Universe by Lyndon Radchenka and Steven Kaul Rust and Water by GMB Chomichuk and Justin Currie Thrud by Zach Schuster Thy Geekdom Come: 42 Science Fiction-Inspired Devotionals by various authors Always Look Up (and Other Wisdom from Geek Culture that Changed My Life) by various Authors Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).
1.24 Castles

1.24 Castles

2021-07-0725:22

We avoided talking about castles in our last episode about architecture, because castles get a whole episode to themselves! From Castle Dracula to Hogwarts, castles in the sky to Cair Paravel, these majestic fortresses can bring your settings to life, often as homes for your characters. Notes Allison's example: Sterling Silver from Magic Kingdom for Sale—Sold! by Terry Brooks. Emma's example: Winterfell from Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. Kyle's example: Howl's castle from Howl's Moving Castle (film). Add Mythos & Ink's upcoming book, Making Myths and Magic: A Field Guide to Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy to Goodreads. Join Mythos & Ink's Discord community for writers. Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).
1.23 Architecture

1.23 Architecture

2021-06-2335:54

Underground cities, buildings created by technology or magic, structures surrounded by mystery… There’s a lot of fun to be had by dreaming up interesting architecture for your stories, and today, we’re discussing some fascinating examples from science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Notes Kyle's example: Menzoberranzan from The Forgotten Realms Christiana's example: Coruscant from Star Wars Allison's example The Transcontinental Bridge from The Bridge podcast Check out the blog posts "5 Indie Publishers that Accept Sci-Fi and Fantasy Submissions" and "5 More Indie Publishers that Accept Sci-Fi and Fantasy Submissions" Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).
1.22 Starships

1.22 Starships

2021-06-0934:15

We’ve been hyper-focused on fantasy lately, so we thought we’d shake things up. Today, we’re diving into worldbuilding in science fiction stories with a discussion about starships and spacecraft. Special thanks to our patron Mitchell W. for making this episode possible. Notes Allison's example: Moya from Farscape  Kyle's example: The Perihelion from the Murderbot series by Martha Wells Christiana's example: The Millennium Falcon from Star Wars Add Making Myths and Magic: A Field Guide to Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy Novels to Goodreads Watch "So You Want to Make a Graphic Novel" on YouTube Get a copy of Thrud by Zach Schuster, the graphic novel about a mute, Norse warrior and the sentient puddle of god-spit she carries around in a flask. Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).
We're continuing in our series on the Netflix show Shadow and Bone, which is based on novels by Leigh Bardugo! Our topic today: religion and belief systems. How does the show portray faith? What different religions are present? How does religion affect the way a character treats other people? Notes Support the podcast.    Join Mythos & Ink's Discord Community. Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).
We're continuing in our series on the Netflix show Shadow and Bone, which is based on novels by Leigh Bardugo! Our topic today: fashion. How does the series use fashion subtly, without drawing attention to it but using it to enrich the world? How is fashion gendered? How does fashion define class? Notes Support the podcast.   Join Mythos & Ink's Discord Community. Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission).
We're continuing in our series on the Netflix show Shadow and Bone, which is based on novels by Leigh Bardugo! Our topic today: technology. How does the series blend modern and fantasy technology? How does magic interact with technology? How do they interplay in your story? Notes Support the podcast.  Join Mythos & Ink's Discord Community. Produced by Mythos & Ink. Announcement Music: Coffee Beats by Aaron Parsons (Used with permission)
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