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Our theme: EX-Science Fiction! Science  Fiction 101 is the podcast where we examine science fiction  from all  angles - exploring the past, present and future of the genre!  Join regular hosts Phil Nichols (Bradburymedia, Bradbury 100) and Colin   Kuskie (Take Me To Your Reader) as this episode they consider Space and  all that it offers to the SF reader and writer. Follow us at http://101sf.blogspot.com and find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sciencefiction101 Podcast platforms carrying Science Fiction 101 include: Anchor - Apple Podcasts/iTunes - Audible - Breaker - Bullhorn - Castbox - Deezer - Google Podcasts - Listen Notes - Player FM - Pocket Casts - Podbean - The Podcast App - Podchaser - Podtail - RadioPublic - Spotify - TuneIn - YouTube
Steven Spielberg's classic UFO movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind could have been very different. In today's episode of the podcast we dig into the rejected early script for the film, which was written by Paul Schrader (famed screenwriter of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver). As well as reviewing this film-that-never-was, we have a sci-fi quiz, plus our usual run through of recommendations of past/present/future science fiction. We hope you enjoy the episode!
We're back, and we're looking forward - as we review a new book, The Skeptic's Guide to the Future. To what extent can we predict the future, and what are the pitfalls of attempting to be a modern day Nostradamus? As well as reviewing this book, we have our usual run through of past/present/future science fiction. We hope you enjoy the episode!
In the latest episode of the Science Fiction 101 podcast, we review a  new book, Extraordinary Voyages by Steven Paul Leiva. We also have a quiz based on science fiction stories adapted to film, a review of a new science fiction film museum in the UK, discussion of short-lived TV series, and an announcement of what our December episode will be about. Science Fiction 101 is presented by Phil Nichols (of Bradburymedia and Bradbury 100) and Colin Kuskie (of Take Me To Your Reader).
In the latest episode of the Science Fiction 101 podcast, we review a new book. The Apollo Murders is a novel about space - written by a honest-to-goodness real-life astronaut! The author, Chris Hadfield, has flown on the Space Shuttle, and on Soyuz,  worked on the Russian Mir space station, and commanded the International  Space Station. You can't get more astronaut experience than that. Hadfield  has also written books before, but until now has focused on  non-fiction. His best-selling book prior to this one was the  autobiographical An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. But now he turns to fiction, with a thriller set during the Apollo era. But how does it stand up? In  the podcast, regulars Colin and Phil are joined by Peter Kuskie to review the book and to join us in a Jeopardy-inspired quiz.
We  look at 2001: A Space Odyssey, the classic 1968 film directed by Stanley Kubrick, and the novel written by Arthur C. Clarke. Then Colin springs a quiz on an unsuspecting Phil. And we finish with a round-up of recommendations of past, present and future science fiction. Science  Fiction 101 is the podcast where we examine science fiction  from all  angles - exploring the past, present and future of the genre!  Join regular hosts Phil Nichols (Bradburymedia, Bradbury 100) and Colin   Kuskie (Take Me To Your Reader). Follow us at http://101sf.blogspot.com and find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sciencefiction101 Podcast platforms carrying Science Fiction 101 include: Anchor - Apple Podcasts/iTunes - Audible - Breaker - Bullhorn - Castbox - Deezer - Google Podcasts - Listen Notes - Player FM - Pocket Casts - Podbean - The Podcast App - Podchaser - Podtail - RadioPublic - Spotify - TuneIn - YouTube
We talk about ways the world can end in science fiction stories. We review the award-winning Naomi Kritzer short story "Little Free Library". And we bring you a quiz sent in by a listener. As well as our usual run through of recommendations from the past, present and future of SF. Science  Fiction 101 is the podcast where we examine science fiction from all  angles - exploring the past, present and future of the genre! Join regular hosts Phil Nichols (Bradburymedia, Bradbury 100) and Colin  Kuskie (Take Me To Your Reader). Follow us at http://101sf.blogspot.com and find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sciencefiction101 Podcast platforms carrying Science Fiction 101 include: Anchor - Apple Podcasts/iTunes - Audible - Breaker - Bullhorn - Castbox - Deezer - Google Podcasts - Listen Notes - Player FM - Pocket Casts - Podbean - The Podcast App - Podchaser - Podtail - RadioPublic - Spotify - TuneIn - YouTube
Phil gets his quiz revenge on Colin, we review the short story that just won the Nebula Award (plus another one that was a runner-up), plus our usual discussion of SF past, present and future. Science  Fiction 101 is the podcast where we examine science fiction from all  angles - exploring the past, present and future of the genre! Join regular hosts Phil Nichols (Bradburymedia, Bradbury 100) and  Colin Kuskie (Take Me To Your Reader) as this episode they consider haunted houses, zombie moms and the discovery that Colin has never seen The Handmaid's Tale. Follow us at http://101sf.blogspot.com and find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sciencefiction101 Podcast platforms carrying Science Fiction 101 include: Anchor - Apple Podcasts/iTunes - Audible - Breaker - Bullhorn - Castbox - Deezer - Google Podcasts - Listen Notes - Player FM - Pocket Casts - Podbean - The Podcast App - Podchaser - Podtail - RadioPublic - Spotify - TuneIn - YouTube
We review Andy Weir's new bestseller PROJECT HAIL MARY! And we throw in a quiz, plus our usual discussion of SF past, present and future. Science  Fiction 101 is the podcast where we examine science fiction from all  angles - exploring the past, present and future of the genre! Join regular hosts Phil Nichols (Bradburymedia, Bradbury 100) and  Colin Kuskie (Take Me To Your Reader) as this episode they consider PROJECT HAIL MARY. Follow us at http://101sf.blogspot.com and find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sciencefiction101 Podcast platforms carrying Science Fiction 101 include: Anchor - Apple Podcasts/iTunes - Audible - Breaker - Bullhorn - Castbox - Deezer - Google Podcasts - Listen Notes - Player FM - Pocket Casts - Podbean - The Podcast App - Podchaser - Podtail - RadioPublic - Spotify - TuneIn - YouTube
This episode, our theme is SPACE! Science  Fiction 101 is the podcast where we examine science fiction from all  angles - exploring the past, present and future of the genre! Join regular hosts Phil Nichols (Bradburymedia, Bradbury 100) and Colin  Kuskie (Take Me To Your Reader) as this episode they consider Space and all that it offers to the SF reader and writer. Follow us at http://101sf.blogspot.com and find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sciencefiction101
Science Fiction 101 is the podcast where we examine science fiction from all angles - exploring the past, present and future of the genre! Join regular hosts Phil Nichols (of Bradburymedia and Bradbury 100) and Colin Kuskie (of Take Me To Your Reader). In this first episode, Phil and Colin introduce themselves, and attempt to define "science fiction". They then move on to their recommendations of classic SF, current reading and hopes for new SF expected later this year. Find the shownotes on our website: https://101sf.blogspot.com/ Our theme music is "Action Strike" from https://www.purple-planet.com
Phil and Colin look the "Bibles" for Star Trek (original series and Next Generation). What were the essential details that all writers and directors of the show needed to know? What were the differences between TOS and TNG? There are some surprises in here! For our show notes, including links to the items discussed, check out our website at https://101sf.blogspot.com/
Phil and Colin look for science fictional places to visit in the US, the UK, and elsewhere. We're convinced there must be much more out there, so please help us build our list of vacation opportunities! For our show notes, including links to most of the items discussed, check out our website at https://101sf.blogspot.com/
Do As A.I. Say (episode 19)

Do As A.I. Say (episode 19)

2022-07-1101:05:30

Time for another episode of the podcast, and this time we delve into our favourite sci-fi artificial intelligences. We  largely ignore ambulatory A.I., so you won't find much talk of robots  or androids here. Instead we try (but don't always succeed) to discuss  the type of A.I. that won't chase you down a corridor or strangle you. Among the works mentioned are some Star Treks; some Keith Laumer, Asimov, Clarke and Gerrold; and several classic movies that highlight our human terror at the thought that computers might one day take over. Read more about science fiction's use of artificial intelligence in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction. Other things that pop up in our discussion include: The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Fiction Facebook group Andy Weir's Facebook AMA Is the Gunstar a Better Design than the Starfury? on YouTube Patricia McKillip Fredric Brown We hope you enjoy our discussion - and please let us know your favourite fictional A.I.
Shark Jumps (episode 18)

Shark Jumps (episode 18)

2022-06-1301:04:34

In this new episode of Science Fiction 101, Phil and Colin review three shorts stories - the only three stories to make the Hugo, Nebula and Locus shortlists. Our quizzing reaches new heights - or should that be depths - with a Chronology-inspired challenge for Phil. And we round off with our usual dash through past/present/future science fiction. We hope you enjoy the show. For links to all the items discussed, check out our show notes at  https://101sf.blogspot.com/ - and find us on Facebook as Science Fiction  101.
Phil and Colin return with an episode exploring a recent claim that there is no "science fiction canon", and probably never will be. We also have a sci-fi movie quiz, and the usual round-up of past/present/future SF. For links to all the items discussed, check out our show notes at https://101sf.blogspot.com/ - and find us on Facebook as Science Fiction 101.
Colin and Phil dig in to Martha Wells' multi-award-winning MURDERBOT series, reviewing the first story of that series "All Systems Red". What could explain the huge popularity of the series? What will Murderbot novice Phil make of it? What will Murderbot fiend Colin reveal about how the whole series fits together? We hope you enjoy the episode! Check out our show notes at 101sf.blogspot.com and find us on Facebook as "Science Fiction 101 podcast".
Colin and Phil recently found themselves reviewing Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama (1973) on another podcast - and were intrigued by a quote from author Mike Resnick, who said that James White's All Judgement Fled (1968) was "Rama done right". What  is this other book, and why would one repsected author (Resnick)  suggest that another respected author (White) had bested yet another  respected author (Clarke)? We decided to investigate - and in this  episode of Science Fiction 101 we tell you everything we learned. All Judgment Fled was first published in serialised form in the science fiction magazine Worlds of IF, edited by Fred Pohl, in 1967/8. IF was a sister magazine to Galaxy Science Fiction. Also in this episode: Clarkesworld publisher Neil Clarke responds to our review of his magazine! a science fiction character quiz Brandon Sanderson's record-breaking Kickstarter campaign Alfred Hitchcock's unfilmed science fiction movie We hope you enjoy the episode! Check out our show notes at 101sf.blogspot.com and find us on Facebook as "Science Fiction 101 podcast".
In this new episode of the Science Fiction 101 podcast, we follow our review of a December 1951 science fiction magazine, with a review of a Christmas 2021 magazine! This time it's Clarkesworld, one of the leading publishers of science fiction short stories. We also have another fiendish quiz, this time all about classic - and not-so-classic - sci-fi films of the 1950s. Phil claims to know a thing or two about things from another world, and fifty-foot women from the red planet. But how will he fare with Colin's multiple choice challenge? Science Fiction 101 is presented by Phil Nichols (of Bradburymedia  and Bradbury 100) and Colin Kuskie (of Take Me To Your Reader). Check out our website at 101sf.blogspot.com.
We had some serious technical issues with this episode, so what you're about to hear is a bit of a patchwork, with variable technical quality and some parts we had to re-record. However, we think the information content makes it a good listen... In the latest episode of the Science Fiction 101 podcast, we travel back in time to review the Christmas 1951 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine. Galaxy was the magazine which led the science fiction field in the 1950s, bringing to the genre a greater concern for humanist themes, sociology, psychology and social satire. Among its successes were the first publication of Ray Bradbury's "The Fireman" (soon expanded into FAHRENHEIT 451) and the first appearance of Alfred Bester's THE DEMOLISHED MAN. We review the December 1951 issue from cover to cover - we even review the book reviews and the ads! Science Fiction 101 is presented by Phil Nichols (of Bradburymedia  and Bradbury 100) and Colin Kuskie (of Take Me To Your Reader). Check out our website at 101sf.blogspot.com.
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