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Oct 10, 2019

We've all heard Arthur C. Clarke's third law, which states that sufficiently advanced science is indistinguishable from magic. What did Clarke mean by this, and how are people using his law to take the mystery out of fantasy stories? Plus we look at popular stories where magic is explained by science, including Star...


Sep 26, 2019

Multiverses are everywhere lately, from superheroes to fantasy novels. But there’s one huge downside to multiple realities: you can’t change the past, and if you try, you just create a new universe. Also, we talk about The Future of Another Timeline, Annalee’s brand new time-travel novel, in which there’s only...


Aug 29, 2019

Why do so many horror movies and stories feature terrifying women? Why do male creators treat female bodies and women’s sexuality as intrinsically terrifying? And what happens when women get to create their own monsters and horror narratives? Plus we talk to Mallory O’Meara about her new book The Lady from the...


Aug 14, 2018

In this episode, we look at Sense8, the globe-spanning show about mentally linked psychics from Lana and Lily Wachowski, and we celebrate its uplifting vision of people coming together and letting go of ego. But one of the most fascinating things about Sense8 is that its vision is fundamentally utopian. Why are utopias...


May 24, 2018

Special guest Maggie Tokuda-Hall, author of the children's book Also An Octopus, joins us to talk about what happens when animals become characters in science fiction and fantasy. Animals get to speak in fairy tales, Disney movies, and stories of "uplift." But are we really listening?