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We're a podcast that explores the way science and storytelling collide. Previous guests include Nichelle Nichols, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hadfield and Jill Tarter.

We're a podcast that explores the way science and storytelling collide. Previous guests include Nichelle Nichols, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hadfield and Jill Tarter.
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We're a podcast that explores the way science and storytelling collide. Previous guests include Nichelle Nichols, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Hadfield and Jill Tarter.






May the 4th be with Cavan Scott

Happy Star Wars Day everybody. We gathered in the Cosmic Shed with Cavan Scott, the author of a number of official Star Wars books and stories (and Doctor Who, Pacific Rim, Star Trek, Blakes7, Vikings and more) to talk all things Star Wars and what it means to be an official writer for these much loved series. Choose your own adventure with Han and Chewie Cavan is the best selling author of books and comics, including web comics for the Pacific Rim universe. His 20 [...]


Space Rocks with Tim Peake and ESA

Tim Peake, Bryan May, Maggie Lieu, Dallas Campbell, Beth Healey, Matt Taylor and Mark McCaughrean feature in this special episode of the Cosmic Shed as Andrew and Steve return from Space Rocks at the o2 in London.


Ready Player One

Huge excitement in the shed as we are joined by Territory Studio to talk about their work on the stunning Ready Player One film, based on Ernie Cline’s book which was loved by (the vast majority of) us. They tell us about working for Steven Spielberg and how their ideas were incorporated into the characters in the film as part of what we see on the big screen. Steve, Andrew Popplestone and Andrew on the terrace at Territory - Photo by Willie Runte Ti joins Andrew in the shed and the...


The Space Hotel

Aurora Station is the dream of a hotel in Space straight from the mind of Frank Bunger, CEO of Orion Span. Frank joined Andrew to talk about this ambitious new venture to launch a hotel into space in the early 2020s with guests getting 12 days in space for an “affordable price”. A really special episode of the Cosmic Shed. The Space Hotel is slated to take its first guests in 2022 Frank dreams big and Andrew loves big dreams, particularly when they are in Space. Guests will arrive via...


Lost in Space with Prof Ethan Siegel

The Lost in Space reboot has landed on Netflix and we gathered in the shed with Prof Ethan Siegel to discuss our first impressions of this big budget new show. A brand new episode of The Cosmic Shed for your listening ears. Lost in Space is found on Netflix Nostalgia for the original series is never far away but are we enjoying this new version more? The original Lost in Space, arguably, wasn’t always 100% brilliant Ti tells us about the ill-fated John Woo directed 2003 reboot that...


2018 BIS: Mark Hempsell

The British Interplanetary Society was founded in 1933 with its primary goal to make space travel happen more than it currently is, even today. We’re joined by the current present of the society, Mark Hempsell, who is full of fascinating stories and, at times, controversial opinions about science fiction… Steve and Maddy sat down with Mark Hempsell after we gathered in the shed to watch 2001: A Space Odyssey. 2001 in the Cosmic Shed (in 2017). We were planning to celebrate what would...


Michaela’s Mission to Mars Update

Michaela Musilova’s Mission to Mars has come to an abrupt end. Andrew caught up with Michaela to find out why and to see what lessons might be learned and what happens next. Photo Credit: Michaela Musilova. Michaela landed a new role back on Earth. Find out what it is in this brand new episode of the Cosmic Shed…which also features our thoughts on


Charlotte Hatherley

Charlotte Hatherley’s True Love album is a Science Fiction infused exploration of heartbreak and love. The single, A Sign, has a video which is essentially a science fiction short by Gavin Rothery (Moon, The Last Man). If that weren’t brilliant enough, Charlotte is also appearing at ESA’s Space Rocks at the o2 in London on April 22nd 2018 so we are more than a little excited to bring you this episode of the Cosmic Shed as



It’s an undeniable classic. It allegedly changed the course of Ronald Reagan’s policies on computer safety. It’s painfully relevant even today and it’s the subject of this episode of The Cosmic Shed. Ally Sheedy (Jennifer) can’t keep her eyes off the “Amazing Looking” John Wood (Dr Falken). Steve and Andrew are joined by Ti (from a theatre) to discuss the film before Steve brings us his conversation with Prof Jan Noyes from The University of Bristol’s School of Experimental Psychology...


Black Panther

Black Panther (2018) is smashing records, delighting fans and critics and upsetting racists and now it’s the subject of the latest Cosmic Shed episode. Andrew and Ti explore themes of the film with shed guests Alex Lathbridge and Hannah Bestwick. Alex Lathbridge is a biochemist, science communicator and “the UK’s best scientist turned rapper” and yes, we tested that. Hannah Bestwick is a science communicator who presents the Love and Science radio show and co-hosts the


Michaela Musilova is going back to Mars!

Michaela Musilova is a space scientist who has Mars in her sights. One day, she aims to set foot on the Martian surface for real and, unlike the rest of us who dream of that, she stands a pretty good chance. Michaela has been selected to live in an analogue of Mars for 8 months starting in February 2018. She and three other people will be living in this…for 8 (EIGHT) months. The purpose of the mission is to see how people (astronauts) would cope on a 2 year mission to Mars. This 8 month...


Peter Beck, Falcon Heavy and the Humanity Star

A rocket fuelled episode with CEO of Rocket Lab Peter Beck! On the night SpaceX launched the Falcon Heavy and a cherry red Tesla into space, Steve and Andrew gathered in the shed to watch it and then speak to Peter Beck, the CEO of Rocket Lab and the man who launched The Humanity Star into space. The Cosmic Shed is a pretty decent place to watch a rocket launch… The Humanity Star has been met with, it’s safe to say, mixed reviews. Some love it. Others question it, including previous...


Artemis: Andy Weir recorded live in the Planetarium

A very special episode of the Cosmic Shed as we bring you the audio from last night’s wonderful evening in the Planetarium with Andy Weir, author of Artemis and The Martian in collaboration with the wonderful Bristol Sunset Cinema. Andy Weir is no stranger to the Cosmic Shed, having appeared on two of our episodes before so we were delighted to be able to bring him to one of our live events here in Bristol for this very special night in We The Curious planetarium Left to right: Timon...


Gremlins - Zach Galligan

Zach Galligan played Billy in the Gremlins films and joined us here on The Cosmic Shed to talk about what it was like playing arcade games with Steven Spielberg, starring alongside Pheobe Cates and the possibilities of Gremlins 3. We used a flash for this photo and you will be delighted to hear that Zach, without hesitation, exclaimed, “BRIGHT LIGHT!” Ready Player One? Show notes Andrew and Ti were talking to Zach at


Blue Planet 2

They scoured the oceans to bring us the most breathtaking imagery, never seen before behaviours and unforgettable creatures. They’ve used brand new, specially created cameras to bring us the very best films of our oceans we could possibly imagine. They’ve seen fish eating birds, octopuses outwitting sharks in ways we never thought possible and seen different species gathering together to hunt in cooperation with each other. Now, they’ve been to the Cosmic Shed. Yes, that’s right. They’ve...


Blade Runner 2049 - Making the Look of the Film

The people who made the on screen technology in Blade Runner 2049 are Territory Studio. In other words, one of the main reasons you and we love the way Blade Runner 2049 looks is because Peter Eszenyi and Andrew Popplestone made things like this: So we were really rather delighted when they joined us for this very special episode of the Cosmic Shed. Just so we are clear, they make things like this: and this:


Douglas Vakoch on Star Trek Discovery and Contacting Aliens

Douglas Vakoch is an American search for extraterrestrial intelligence researcher, psychologist, and president of METI and he joined Andrew to discuss Star Trek Discovery, the Pahvan species and his own attempts, through METI to contact potential aliens (relatively) close to Planet Earth in real life. What would happen if we did make first contact? Will we really hear anything back from this message? Douglas and the team at METI have


Kate Davies-Speak

Kate Davies-Speak is a star of Science Fiction web series Horizon and (what’s the collective noun for a lot of horror films?) a lot of horror films. Kate joined Andrew and Ti in the shed for a chat about acting and her love of horror, action and gaming. You’ll hear Kate tell us about portraying Nicole in Horizon. (Check out our other Horizon episode, from way back in 2015, here)


BladeRunner 2049 - Everything You Want to Hear

How far are we from Replicants, Flying Cars and Holograms? Is BladeRunner 2049 sexist? Does it live up to the original? We have all the answers*. All you need to do is go and see Blade Runner 2049 on the biggest screen with the best sound you can find, luxuriate in it and then come back and listen to this brand new episode of the Cosmic Shed. In reality, we were blown away by BladeRunner 2049 and congregated in the shed to record our initial reactions. This will, in fact, be the first...


Astronauts: Does Tim Gregory have what it takes?

Yes. Well, we think so anyway. Tim Gregory is currently charming us all on the BBC Two series Astronauts: Do you have what it takes and is our guest for this episode of The Cosmic Shed. Tim had joined Andrew for the radio show he does with Malcolm Love; Love and Science. Andrew popped a recorder in the room and so here is that interview for your listening pleasure. Thanks Tim.


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