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Action! Excitement! Horror! Romance! Thrills and Chills! Swords and Sorcery! Rockets and Rayguns! Hosts Adam Prosser and Philip Rice take a journey through the history of SF, Fantasy, horror, and pulp fiction. Every 2 weeks one of us, alternating back and forth, selects a book or book series from the late 18th century up to the present to look back on, discuss, and examine. Some of them have left an indelible mark on pop culture; some of them are forgotten echoes of what might have been...all of them are weird and fascinating. (If you like our work, please support us on Patreon! Adam is at https://patreon.com/user?u=404623 and Phil is at https://www.patreon.com/Spearhafoc .

Action! Excitement! Horror! Romance! Thrills and Chills! Swords and Sorcery! Rockets and Rayguns! Hosts Adam Prosser and Philip Rice take a journey through the history of SF, Fantasy, horror, and pulp fiction. Every 2 weeks one of us, alternating back and forth, selects a book or book series from the late 18th century up to the present to look back on, discuss, and examine. Some of them have left an indelible mark on pop culture; some of them are forgotten echoes of what might have been...all of them are weird and fascinating. (If you like our work, please support us on Patreon! Adam is at https://patreon.com/user?u=404623 and Phil is at https://www.patreon.com/Spearhafoc .

Location:

Canada

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Action! Excitement! Horror! Romance! Thrills and Chills! Swords and Sorcery! Rockets and Rayguns! Hosts Adam Prosser and Philip Rice take a journey through the history of SF, Fantasy, horror, and pulp fiction. Every 2 weeks one of us, alternating back and forth, selects a book or book series from the late 18th century up to the present to look back on, discuss, and examine. Some of them have left an indelible mark on pop culture; some of them are forgotten echoes of what might have been...all of them are weird and fascinating. (If you like our work, please support us on Patreon! Adam is at https://patreon.com/user?u=404623 and Phil is at https://www.patreon.com/Spearhafoc .

Language:

English


Episodes

The Future Is Now 2021

12/28/2020
Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Adam's Patreon Phil's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:01:42

S2E52 -Chapter Fifty-Two: The Spyglass of the Soul!

12/21/2020
Gather round, children, and hearken to the tale of a talking flea, battling philosophers, and ambulatory thistles, all dictated by a man dying of syphilis! It's our Christmas episode! Ring out 2020 the way it deserves with the year's final WMU?!? episode, and here's hoping for better times to come... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad...

Duration:00:50:52

Chapter 52 Promo

12/15/2020
Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:01:38

S2E51 -Chapter Fifty-One: The Wizard of the Mountain!

12/7/2020
To reward you for our brief absence, the latest episode of What Mad Universe?!? features both of Adam and Philip's lovely singing voices! It's natural for an episode that ties into Gilbert and Sullivan, which The Innominato, or, The Wizard of the Mountain, certainly does--it was written by W. S. Gilbert's father. A selection of whimsical fables about a sorceror and his dabbling in mortal affairs, this isn't quite as fun as a comic opera but at least it goes out on a high note... Support us...

Duration:00:55:34

Episode 51 Promo

11/30/2020
Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:01:38

S2E50 -Chapter Fifty: The Million-Year Picnic!

11/9/2020
We've already taken a few trips to the red planet here on What Mad Universe?!? and we find it a different place every time. Now we get a particularly multifaceted look at Mars as we delve into the seminal SF classic The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury. Is it a novel? A short story collection? Or both? Life on Mars seems to be different things to different people... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter...

Duration:00:57:33

S2E17 -Chapter Forty-Nine: Dracula Retold!

10/26/2020
As we lurch towards Halloween here at What Mad Universe?!?, we descend into the vaults to examine a historical mystery: the 1901 novel Powers of Darkness, which just so happens to be the Icelandic translation of Dracula. Except it isn't. In 2014 it was discovered that this book was in fact significantly different from the English text, adding subplots and characters and even a new, intriguing motivation for the vampire count. Is it an early draft of Stoker's? A rogue translator? Something...

Duration:00:54:06

S2E16 -Chapter Forty-Eight: The Post-Modern Prometheus!

10/12/2020
We've talked a lot about Frankenstein already here on What Mad Universe?!?--not surprising, as by some lights it's the first SF novel. One of those lights was Brian Aldiss, British New Wave SF writer, who decided to write an elaborate bit of self-insert fanfic involving time-traveling to meet Mary Shelley and do battle with the monster at the end of the universe. It's also set in 2020 as all reality is breaking down. Uh, no comment... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week...

Duration:00:51:03

S2E15 -Chapter Forty-Seven: The Murder Machine!

9/28/2020
We're edging into spooky season, acolytes of adventure, so now begins a run of installments looking at the weird and chilling (and obscure, in every sense of the word)! This week it's the awkwardly translated duology (really, one book that was bafflingly published in two installments) The Bloody Doll and A Machine To Kill, by Gaston Leroux, the author of The Phantom of the Opera. A wind up mechanical robot with a murderer's brain apparently isn't enough, so Leroux also threw in a vampire...

Duration:00:55:58

S2E14 -Chapter Forty-Six: Fire From Heaven!

9/14/2020
In this episode we're joined once again by Andrew hickey to take a look at A Canticle For Liebowitz by Walter Miller Jr., one the seminal post-nuclear apocalypse epics and a deep dive into the big questions of faith vs. science. It's been the subject of a lot of discussion so I hope we can provide some new insight. But if not, it's not the end of the world... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Adam's...

Duration:00:58:11

S2E45 -Chapter Forty-Five: Step Right Up!

8/31/2020
Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen and various configurations thereof, to see the spectacular show that is The Circus of Dr. Lao! It's the subject of the latest What Mad Universe?!? and its influenced everyone from Ray Bradbury to Roald Dahl. Dare you enter the tent of mystery and witness the wonders within? Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Adam's Patreon Phil's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Phil's Twitter Adam's Twitter What Mad Universe on...

Duration:00:54:29

Chapter 45 Promo

8/24/2020
Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:01:38

S2E44 -Chapter Forty-Four: Shadow of the Colossus!

8/17/2020
A very creepy evening to you all, my children, and welcome to the creepy castle for another installment of What Mad Universe?!? This time we're looking at The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, the originator of the gothic novel and, thus, most of the enduring horror and supernatural tropes of the last 250 years. Grab a candlabra, descend the spiral staircase to the cellar, and don't mind the dancing skeletons... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon...

Duration:00:55:16

Episode 44 Promo

8/10/2020
Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:02:02

S2E43 -Chapter Forty-Three: Death From Above!

8/3/2020
Ten-Hut, about face, and other such military jazz! This latest episode of What Mad Universe?!? takes a martial bent as we delve into the seminal SF novel Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein, loved and loathed in equal measure and a major political flashpoint as well as a key intersection point for post-WWII SF. Also they made a movie you might have heard of. Guest Andrew Hickey helps us find a more nuanced take on a book, and an author, that inspires extremes of opinion... Support us on...

Duration:00:59:26

Episode 43 Promo

7/27/2020
Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:01:01

S2E42 -Chapter Forty-Two: The Naked Stars!

7/20/2020
It's time once again to take a look at spinoff novelizations, and this time we're joined by Trekspert Dylan Roth to look at the era before the movies, before the Next Generation, when Star Trek was a ragtag multimedia conglomeration held together by fan obsession. The franchise took all kinds of strange and non-canonical turns in those dark days, and one of the biggest ones was The Final Reflection, a novel by celebrated SF author John M. Ford that paints a very different view of Star Trek...

Duration:01:06:45

Episode 42 Promo

7/13/2020
Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:01:16

S2E41 -Chapter Forty-One: A Blink Of The Cosmic Eye!

7/6/2020
Are we living at the end of history? Not according to Olaf Stapledon, who conceived of 2 billion years of future history to come in his book Last and First Men. When we talk about the sweeping sprawl of all that could yet be, this is what we're talking about! Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe...

Duration:00:58:33

S2E40 -Chapter Forty: The Insect Walks Among Us!

6/22/2020
We're all bugging out a bit as the quarantine stretches on, so here's a Kafkaesque new What Mad Universe on Spiridon The Mute, an obscure, bizarre story by a "protege" (it's complicated) of Jules Verne. If you've ever wondered if a giant ant could become a successful surgeon, now's your chance to find out! Also, why were you wondering that. Are you ill. Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Adam's Twitter...

Duration:00:53:49