Science Fiction

MARS INVASION: 80th Anniversary of Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio broadcast – interview with Erika Dowell

80 years ago, Orson Welles caused a panic with his broadcast of “War of the Worlds”. This broadcast, on Sunday evening, October 30, 1938, was realistic enough that some listeners actually thought the Earth was under attack by Martians.  Erika Dowell, the associate director and curator of modern books and manuscripts at Indiana University’s Lilly Library joins us to discuss the impact of this broadcast. Recently the Lilly Library used cutting-edge technology to digitize the original recording of Orson Welles’ “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast.

For more information, visit https://orsonwelles.indiana.edu

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Lady Astronaut Sci-Fi Series Writer – Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is a writer, professional puppeteer and an incredible narrator. She is also cast member of the award-winning podcast Writing Excuses and a three-time Hugo Award winner. Mary Robinette is with us today to discuss the Lady Astronaut novels, an amazing science fiction series that takes us on an alternate timeline after a meteor strike in the 1950s threatens the future of humanity.

In this interview we also discuss Mary Robinette's experience as she joined me for the launch of the Parker Solar Probe in August 2018 and how this will impact her future writing.

For more information, visit https://www.maryrobinettekowal.com

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Andy Weir, Bestselling Author of The Martian, Releases Artemis, a story of science and suspense on the Moon

Andy WeirAndy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the enormous success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time. Andy is a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of such subjects as relativistic physics, orbital mechanics and the history of manned spaceflight. In this episode Andy discusses his background as well as his latest novel, Artemis, an adventurous and suspense story which takes place on the Moon.

For more information, visit http://andyweirauthor.com/

Artemis: A Novel

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Lost in Space Reboot Review with Alpha Control’s Laen August

In this episode (Spoiler Alert!) we review the Netflix reboot of Lost in Space with Laen August, co-host of the Alpha Control podcast. Laen grew up watching Irwin Allen’s original sci-fi adventure TV series and became a life-long fan. Each week, he and his co-host Kurt review individual episodes of the classic series. Laen is retired US Air Force combat pilot and commander, and travels the globe as a commercial airline pilot.

Laen August, Alpha Control podcastFor more information on Alpha Control: A Lost in Space podcast, visit alphacontrolpodcast.com.

Check out our interview with Netflix Lost in Space executive producers Kevin Burns & Jon Jashni before the series premiered:

Lost in Space (Netflix Reboot) Behind the Scenes with Executive Producers Kevin Burns & Jon Jashni

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2001: A Space Odyssey – The Making of a Masterpiece featuring Michael Benson

Michael Benson works at the intersection of art and science. A writer, artist, and filmmaker, his new book, Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece examines the four year long production of 2001: A Space Odyssey, and was published on the 50th anniversary of that film’s release. During the last decade Benson has staged a series of increasingly large-scale shows of planetary landscape photography internationally. He takes raw data from planetary science archives and processes it, creating large-format landscapes. He edits, composites, mosaics, and then finally optimizes these images, producing seamless photographs of landscapes currently beyond direct human experience. His show Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System, featuring an original new hour-long ambient composition by Brian Eno titled Deep Space, opened in the Jerwood Gallery of the Natural History Museum in London on January 22nd, 2016. It has since been exhibited at Vienna’s Natural History Museum, the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia, and in Barcelona, Spain, at the CosmoCaixa museum. Otherworlds contains 77 large format digital C prints.  Benson’s previous book, Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, came out in October 2014 and was a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Award.

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece

For more information, visit http://michael-benson.com

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Lost in Space (Netflix Reboot) Behind the Scenes with Executive Producers Kevin Burns & Jon Jashni

Executive producers Kevin Burns and Jon Jashni discuss the reboot of Lost in Space that premiered on April 13, 2018. This Netflix Original series features 10 episodes as it traces the story of the Robinson family as they try to survive in hostile space after their ship is thrown off course. This behind-the-scenes discussion covers the thoughts behind the reboot, including the new robot, the special effects, and the notorious Dr. Smith.

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Here's a link to the original series:


Lost in Space: The Complete Original Series [Blu-ray]

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