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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