This week, we talk to Alasdair Stuart, co-owner of the Escape Artists network of podcasts including Pseudopod, Escape Pod, Cast of Wonders, and Podcastle. Alasdair shares how he ended up as the host of Pseudopod and eventually became the owner of Escape Artists.
We also delve into the state of the short fiction market and how science fiction and fantasy have gone mainstream… but there’s more work to be done to reach our audience. We talk about Star Trek: Discovery and the Orville and how they both approach space exploration from different angles. And finally, we talk cookies!
Warp Drives #27: Cookie Santa Claus
This week, we travel to northern Washington to meet with Spencer Ellsworth, author of the new tor novella Starfire: A Red Peace. This space opera is fast and fun, but also deals with weighty topics like addiction and the rights of sentient vat-grown hybrid humans. We go into some of the work that went into the book, Spencer’s writing process, and eventually Dave and Spencer geek out about Transformers.
Episode #24: I’m late because of Giant Spiders!
This week, TJ and Dave talk all about The Orville. You can guess from the episode title how that went. With a little less cringe-worthy bathroom humor and a lighter touch with the pop culture references, this could pass as a mediocre creature of the week copy of Next Generation. But is that the best we can do thirty years later?
We also come up with our celebrity couple name and our superhero names.
Episode 23: The Heavy Sign of Misogyny