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We're back - a new podcast episode, and once again a bit of quizzing. We're joined by Seth Heasley (host of podcast Hugos There and co-host of Take Me To Your Reader ), who sets some fiendish quiz questions for us! In our past/present/future section, we discuss Asimov, Wyndham Sturgeon's More Than Human , Star Trek - The Motion Picture: the Director's Edition and more. Listen below, or find us with your podcast app.   Other podcast platforms carrying Science Fiction 101 include:   Amazon Music - Anchor - Apple Podcasts/iTunes - Audible - Breaker - Bullhorn - Castbox - Deezer - Google Podcasts - Listen Notes - Player FM - Pocket Casts - Podbean - The Podcast App - Podchaser - Podlink - Podtail - RadioPublic - Spotify - Stitcher - TuneIn - YouTube
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Quizzer's Revenge

We take to the air once again, and this time Phil wreaks his revenge on co-host Colin with a diabolical quiz! How will you fare when faced with questions from the Gollancz SF Masterworks quiz? Also in this episode we review the short story that just won the Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, plus one of the leading runners-up. And we do our usual run through the past, present and future of science fiction. We hope you enjoy the show: listen below and let us know what you think. Or pick us up on your podcast app - scroll down to see links to all the podcast places that carry us.       Show Notes The Gollancz SFMasterworks quiz is online here: The list of Nebula Award winners for works published in 2020: File 770 's handy list of where to find all the Nebula free reads online: htt

...Full of Grace...

Time for a new episode of the podcast! And this time we review Andy Weir's smash-hit of a novel, Project Hail Mary. We also offer a sci-fi quiz, and give our usual run-through of recommendations of past/present/future science fiction. Enjoy the episode below - or scroll down for links to the various podcast platforms that carry the podcast. Also below are links to all the things we discuss in the show.     Show Notes Take the SF quiz , courtesy of File 770 ! Project Hail Mary on Amazon US and on Amazon UK . Andy Weir uses the idea of panspermia in his book. Mary Robinette Kowal reviewed the book for the Washington Post . Experience time as Eridians do ! Phil may be the only person alive who remembers Sparky's Magic Piano . 2021 is one hundred years since the birth of Stanislaw Lem , the Polish author best known for Solaris .  Keith Laumer's Bolo series.  Love Death and Robots, Volume 2 from Netflix. Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi - no


Just a quick post to report a couple of things: 1. All episodes of the Science Fiction 101 podcast are now on Youtube (audio only, of course, but with a bit of video loopery on-screen to hypnotise you) 2. Our next episode will be out around the end of the month - and we will be reviewing Andy Weir's new novel Project Hail Mary. If you haven't already read it, why not pick up a copy at Amazon (or wherever you get your books) and see what you think of our opinions on the book!   Podcast platforms carrying Science Fiction 101 include:   Amazon Music - 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 - Stitcher - TuneIn - YouTube  

This is an Ex-Podcast...

We're up to episode four of the podcast, and Phil has vowed to stop counting beyond this point! Our theme this time is "ex-science fiction" - in other words things that have gone from fiction to fact. If you can identify Phil's mystery sound, post a comment down below. And if you have any questions or comments on this episode, do the same, and we'll answer you on the show.      Show Notes  The Locus Awards are listd here . The two non-fiction books Phil recommended from the shortlist are Bradbury Beyond Apollo by Jonathan R. Eller and The Visual History of Science Fiction Fandom from First Fandom. Destination Moon was the first "serious" attempt to show a Moon landing in a Hollywood movie. Colin is eagerly anticipating Andy Weir's new book . Phil is looking forward to the new adaptation of John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos. Phil suggests you re-visit the works of the great L. Sprague de Camp . Colin, mea

Gimme Some Space! - episode 3 of the podcast

Time for another episode of Science Fiction 101 ... in which we reveal the source of the mystery sound (and offer a brand new one), talk about the latest SF news around Hugo and Nebula Awards, and wax lyrical on science fiction's obsession with space. We hope you enjoy the episode, and look forward to your comments - please comment below, or seek out our Facebook page and comment there.   Show Notes In this episode Phil and Colin discuss the following:   Hugo shortlist and Nebula shortlist Information sources we like: ISFDB Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Ansible File 770 i09 Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction The editor of the Dictionary of Science Fiction - Jess Sheidlower - was interviewed on the Because Language podcast. Read about the impossibility of the apparently miraculous EmDrive . Phil recommended reading Sylvain Neuvel's A History of What Comes Next ( Amazon US link; Amazon UK link), but recommended N

It's About Time - episode 2 of the podcast!

Here's our new podcast episode, in which Phil and Colin consider the persistence of the concept of time travel. And we have a little guess-the-mystery-sound competition, albeit with no prizes to speak of other than (a) some small kudos and (b) a shout-out on our next episode. (Post a comment if you can identify the sound.)     Among our discussion topics this episode: " Science fiction " or " sci-fi "?  Phil's Facebook post sharing the hard-to-find James Gunn recommended-reading list. Colin's other podcast, Take Me To Your Reader reaches 100 episodes. Octavia E. Butler's Kindred ... and the planned TV adaptation of it.  Danish Netflix series The Rain . Elizabeth Bear's short story " Dolly " , and the news report that it is being filmed . J.Michael Straczynski's pledge to publish Harlan Ellison's legendary The Last Dangerous Visions .   Podcast platforms carrying Science Fiction 101