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Five Unaddressed Injustices in Spec Fic

Deucalion from Teen Wolf, transformed into his monster shape.

In real life, it’s all too common for unjust acts to go unaddressed. But in fiction, audiences want evildoers to get their comeuppance. If a misdeed goes unpunished, it creates a feeling of dissatisfaction. Plus, if a protagonist doesn’t care about justice, it makes them look like … read more »

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94 – Heroes With Evil Reflections

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Since we’re discussing heroes with dark counterparts, we brought on a new guest host: Graham, who is basically evil Oren. With our evil new co-host, we discuss all the ways in which a villain can be used to show us the darker side of a hero, and … read more »

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93 – Science Fiction Films With Something to Say

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Just because scifi movies have something deeper to say, doesn’t mean that something is good. We discuss the strange mixed messages that stories can convey, how a film’s message may depend on interpretation For some reason, Mike and Chris also let Oren go on and on about his weird … read more »

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91 – Democracy in Spec Fic

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This week, the normal voting process for deciding a topic was suspended, and it was decided by tyrannical dictate that we would discuss democracy in speculative fiction. Why is there so little of it? Can it be used to tell good stories? Why are we … read more »

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86 – Depicting Microaggressions

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To depict microaggressions is to take on one of the most persistent problems of our society. With recurring guest host Dash joining in for a third time, it’s time to talk about that low level harassment that so many people commit without ever realizing it. … read more »

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80 – A Legal Review of Speculative Fiction

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What’s that, two wild guest hosts appeared? That’s right, this week Oren is joined by Mythcreants’ top legal buffs, Elise and Jim. That means it’s time to look at some of the most famous and/or challenging legal situations in speculative fiction and see how they … read more »

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79 – Scifi Roleplaying Systems

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Do you like dice? Do you like science fiction? Then what could be better than mixing them together? This week, our hosts talk about science fiction roleplaying games, which turn out to be a little thinner on the ground than their fantasy counterparts. Listen for … read more »

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78 – Does Authorial Intent Matter?

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Is the author dead or have reports of their demise been greatly exaggerated? This week, join Chris, Oren, and special-bonus host Dash as they discuss how much an author’s intent actually matters. Is your favorite ship still legitimate after the author nay-says it? Should you … read more »

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77 – Time Travel

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Technically we’re all time travelers, moving forward at a rate of one second per second. That’s boring time travel though; let’s talk about the interesting stuff where doctors with bow ties hang out with medieval knights. This week we discuss good and bad uses of … read more »

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