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The Show That Went Wrong, AKA review of Galaxy science fiction magazine (episode 13)

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 this latest episode of Science Fiction 101 , 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!   If you want to read along with us, you can find the whole issue online at the Internet Archive , here .  The stories we revie
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Lie Your Way To Mars (episode 12 of the podcast)

An eclectic episode this time, as we consider Steven Paul Leiva's new book Extraordinary Voyages which pairs Cyrano de Bergerac with Baron Munchausen for a trip to Mars; offer up a film adaptation quiz; discuss science fiction museums such as the UK's new Museum of Film and Sci-Fi ; reflect on short-lived sci-fi TV shows ; and revisit the short stories of Robert Silverberg . And we announce our plan for our next episode: we're going to do a cover-to-cover review of a seventy-year-old science fiction magazine! For Christmas 2021, we're going to read the December 1951 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction , and we invite you to join us. You can view or download the entire issue here: https://archive.org/details/galaxymagazine-1951-12 Here's the podcast episode. Enjoy!

Fly Me To The Moon (episode 11 of the podcast)

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 an 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. In the podcast, regulars Colin and Phil are joined by Peter Kuskie to review the book. In an earlier episode Peter had sent in a fiendish quiz which he hoped would stump Colin. Peter's guest appearance this time is a chance for Colin to turn the tables, with a Jeopardy -inspired quiz. If you've been tempted by The Apollo Murde

Hollow Earths and Sci-Fi Music Fun - episode 10 of the podcast

It's time for episode 10 of the Science Fiction 101 podcast! This time we look at the ages-old myth - and sci-fi trope - of the Hollow Earth. True, some scientists of ages past, such as the illustrious Edmund Halley of comet fame, posited that our globe was largely full of nothing . But perhaps more interesting is the science fiction that adopted this concept, such as Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth . Following this discussion, Phil puts Colin through a musical quiz. Have a listen, and see how you do! We end, as usual, with our discussion of past, present and future science fiction. Among the items mentioned are: the newly announced Arthur C. Clarke award winner for 2021: Laura Jean McKay 's The Animals in That Country Brandon Sanderson 's magical stories a re-boot for Babylon 5 the return of showrunner Russell T. Davies to Doctor Who   We hope you enjoy the episode!       Other podcast platforms carrying Science Fiction 101 include:   Amazon Mu

Looking back to the future...with 2001: A Space Odyssey

After a short break, we're back with a brand new episode of the Science Fiction 101 podcast! This time we  look at 2001: A Space Odyssey , the classic 1968 film directed by Stanley Kubrick , and the novel written by Arthur C. Clarke . We also mention Clarke's Lost Worlds of 2001 , in which the author reveals some of the left-over bits of story development which got dropped from the film and the novel. And various film andTV properties possibly inspired by 2001, such as: Moon (2009), Contact (1997), Space: 1999 (1975-7). Then Colin springs a quiz on an unsuspecting Phil. A perfect match for the audio medium, it's a quiz based on images and colours! And Star Trek . Perhaps you'd like to try it yourself ? And we finish with our usual round-up of recommendations of past, present and future science fiction. Colin points us to Andre Norton's Witch World series. Phil recommends the 1985 Aurum Film Encyclopedia Vol 2: Science Fiction , edited by Phil Hardy. Other

Previously on Science Fiction 101...

Science Fiction 101 is the audio podcast series where two fans of the genre discuss their favourite books, films and stories: Colin is particularly fascinated by adapted science fiction, and Phil is hooked on Bradbury and other great writers of SF past and present. Each episode sees our intrepid hosts grappling with a big theme, and then offering up suggestions of great past, present and future sci-fi. Are you up to date with the show? Here are direct links to all the episodes so far. And there are more to come. Don't forget that the best way to never miss an episode is to subscribe using a podcast app. At the bottom of this page, you'll find a list of all the podcast places that carry our show. Take your pick, and subscribe! Episode 1 - It's Alive! Episode 2 - It's About Time Episode 3 - Gimme Some Space Episode 4 - This is an Ex-Podcast Episode 5 - Full of Grace Episode 6 - Quizzer's Revenge Episode 7 - We Goes There Episode 8 - It's Not The End Of The World E

It's Not The End Of The World... (episode 8)

This time on Science Fiction 101 we talk about the end of the world! We also - going off at a considerable tangent - review the short story "Little Free Library" by Naomi Kritzer (a story which you can read for free here ). Our quiz this time, sent in by a listener, is taken from Jetpunk.com - which has plenty of other interactive quizzes. Check them out! Among the items recommended in today's episode: Adam Roberts' award-winning examination of end-of-the-world ideas, It's the End of the World - But what are we really afraid of ? Michael Benson's Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece 1951 George Pal classic When Worlds Collide Phil's Bradbury 100 - LIVE event (21st August) can be found here, on Facebook .     Enjoy the show! Other podcast platforms carrying Science Fiction 101 include:   Amazon Music - Anchor - Apple Podcasts/iTunes - Audible - Breaker - Bullhorn - Castbox - Deezer - Google Pod