Warp Drives #4: Galactus, Licker of Worlds

In this episode of Warp Drives, Dave and I explain why the podcast currently features 100% less driving. Turns out there’s a reason why people don’t record podcasts in cars, and that’s because it sounds terrible. We’ll keep the name Warp Drives and maybe you’re the one driving.

We start off with a discussion of the film Sleight, which is in theaters now. It’s the story of a young man trying to support his younger sister using sleight of hand and drug dealing. Both of those worlds collide to create an awesome superhero movie. Enough with lab accidents and radioactive spiders–it’s time for a fresh take on the hero origin story.

We also talk about Seanan McGuire’s book, Every Heart a Doorway, which is a delightful-yet-difficult story set in a school for children who have returned from various fantasy lands. It’s a great tale that was short enough to leave us wanting more. Luckily, there’s a sequel/prequel coming out in June. You can preorder Down Among the Sticks and Bones now.

Dave talks about PodCastle’s recent Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam story Needle Mouth, narrated by Setsu Uzume (both of which, by the way, have fabulous names.) And I take the opportunity to plug my own PodCastle flash piece, How to Survive in Room 105.

Then, on the SF Dustup of the Day, we talk about Captain America’s Secret Empire Run and what retconning Captain America as a Hydra agent means in a year that’s shaping up to have way too many fascists in it already. Is it tone-deaf to yank away hope that arrives in the form of a Nazi-hating, Hydra-hunting hero who blushes at swears? Spoiler Alert: Yup. It is.

Warp Drives Episode 4: Galactus, Licker of Worlds

Author: TJ Berry

TJ Berry has been a political blogger, bakery owner, and spent a disastrous two weeks working in a razor blade factory. She now writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror from Seattle with considerably fewer on-the-job injuries. She’s on Twitter @TJaneBerry.

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