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Alienating the Audience
52 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
The Giant Universe of Doctor Who
Justin Robert Young comes on to discuss "Doctor Who," arguably the most successful science fiction program (along with Star Trek) in history, and the most popular scifi program in Britain.
33 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Jordan Morris on Satire in a Dome
Jordan Morris is the author of "Bubble" and the co-host of "Jordan, Jesse Go!" on Maximum Fun. He joins the show to discuss culture and economic satire... in space.
7 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Los Angeles is Hideous
I have a new book out! Los Angeles is Hideous: Poems About An Ugly City. Arguably the funniest book ever written about the horribleness which is LA. Here are two quick readings from what is about to become your new favorite coffee table book. You can find "Los Angeles is Hideous: Poems About An Ugly City" at www.LAisUgly.com
60 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
False Memories in Science Fiction
In a world where you can download memories directly into your brain, how can you determine what's reality and what's artifice? Jay Mutzafi returns to discuss implanted memories in science fiction, from "Total Recall" to "Rick and Morty."
61 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Logan's Run is Afraid of Baby Boomers
"Logan's Run" (1976) explores a society where everyone dies aged 30. In the most campy, over-the-top 70s scifi romp imaginable, it explores fear of ageing, fear of death, fear of infantalization... and fear of Baby Boomers.
48 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
M. R. Carey on Hopeful Dystopias
M. R. Carey is the author of "The Girl with All the Gifts" (previously discussed on this program) as well as the Koli Trilogy. He joins the show, along with Ashland Viscosi, to talk about his approach to science fiction. To see Carey's books and more, go to www.mightyheaton.com/goodscifi
61 minutes | May 27, 2021
The Bioethics of “Gattaca”
“Gattaca” (1997) explores a dystopian future where inequality is staggering--and genetic. Andrew Mayne joins the show to discuss the implications of genetic engineering and to what extent it should be avoided morally or prohibited legally.
49 minutes | May 13, 2021
Andy Weir on "Project Hail Mary"
Andy Weir, author of "The Martian," joins the program to talk about science fiction, technology, and his new book "Project Hail Mary" You can find his book, as well as others discussed on the program, by going to mightyheaton.com/goodscifi
89 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
Jedi Warriors and Islamic Mysticism
Dr. H. A. Hellyer gained international attention (and flak) when he compared Jedi monks to Sufi Islamic warriors in an article for CNN. He joins the show to discuss parallels between the Force and Islamic mysticism, why Star Wars is a cross-cultural touchstone, and the interaction between science fiction and Islam. Dr. H. A. Hellyer is a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in DC, as well as a senior associate fellow at at the Royal United Services Institute in London.
43 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Galaxy Quest is the Greatest Sci-fi Comedy, Ever
“Galaxy Quest” is the greatest parody of Star Trek imaginable… without technically being Star Trek. Nick Sperdute and Erin Macdonald join the show to discuss what makes the show so memorable--and hilarious. Links to the film and the referenced documentary at www.mightyheaton.com/goodscifi
49 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
The Time-Backwards Robot Monster
"Hyperion" by Dan Simmons projects Chaucer's Canterbury Tales onto a distant scifi future. Katherine Mangu-Ward joins to discuss the multiple characters who make their away on a deadly pilgrimage to meet the Shrike—a robot monster who moves backwards in time, and what it all means for humanity, mortality, and literature
51 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
Darth Vader is a 19th Century Supervillain
Michael Weiss, editor-at-large at The Daily Beast, joins the show to discuss Darth Vader: why he’s such a compelling malefactor, the deep inner conflict and tumult which motivates him, and the mythological figures the dark lord of the Sith represents.
52 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Watchmen Part 2: The Greenwood Massacre
"Watchmen" kicks off with the Tulsa Race Massacre, which defines the central theme of the rest of the series: race. Hannibal Johnson is the author of “Black Wall Street 100–An American City Grapples With Its Historical Racial Trauma,” as well as the host of "Black Wall Street Remembered." He joins Heaton to discuss the Greenwood Massacre, racial animus, and reparations.
58 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
Watchmen's Fake Psychic Squid Attack
Brian Brushwood joins the show to discuss "Watchmen," the televised sequel to the film and book, "The Watchmen." Topics include: underlying tensions in the show, is Dr. Manhattan a stupid character, and was Ozymandias right? This is Part One of a two-part episode; episode two will go deep on the Tulsa Race Massacre which kicks off the series, and its unresolved racial tensions.
55 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Are We Living in “Demolition Man”?
"Demolition Man" is a cult classic, wherein Sylvester Stallone gets thawed out in the near future to stop Wesley Snipes from destroying Los Angeles. Society is bifurcated into infantilized virginal technocrats up top, and rat-eating, free-thinking punks beneath. Economist Steve Horwitz joins to discuss.
49 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
If An Insane Asylum Was an Entire Planet
In "Clans of the Alphane Moon" by Philip K. Dick, a planet is colonized as an insane asylum, then abandoned, so that its inmates develop their own society and cultures. Tom Merritt, host of "Sword and Laser" joins to answer: what happens when pathologies become the basis of civilization, rather than its aberrations? You can check out "Clans of the Alphane Moon" as well as the other books and films discussed on the show by going to Mightyheaton.com/goodscifi
46 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
Mad Max Has the Best Barbarians
"Mad Max: Fury Road" is the height of post-apocalyptic wasteland glam--everyone is really getting into skulls, cars, and neo-Viking lore. Not to mention it may be the greatest feminist film in science fiction. Scott Johnson of Frogpants Studios joins to discuss!
60 minutes | Jan 7, 2021
Why "The Mandalorian" Works
Why is "The Mandalorian" so popular with Star Wars fans, yet the latest films are so divisive? Where does it veer from the traditional beats and themes of Star Wars, and where does it embrace that unique George Lucas flavor? Jack Helmuth and Nick Sperdute join to unpack everyone's favorite bounty hunter.
51 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Deadly Sex Objects in The Stepford Wives
“The Stepford Wives” (1975) is a satirical horror film about spunky urban wives getting replaced by their husbands with submissive, ornamental robots. Chris and Cristi Moody come on to talk about the unease captured by the movie in a time of gender roles tumult, 1950s conformity, Second Wave Feminism, and parallels to “Get Out.”
13 minutes | Dec 28, 2020
Vagabonding: Two Santas for Life Day
Nick and Heaton visit Kashyyyk to work as mall santas for Life Day on the Wooki homeworld. "Silent Night" care of "How it Should have Ended" on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd79mpzBnJ4
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