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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 .
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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 .

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Chapter Twenty-Three: Every Worm Has His Weak Spot!

8/5/2019
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We never like to go for the obvious stuff here on What Mad Universe?!?, so even though the latest episode is about J. R. R. Tolkien, we're focusing on one of his obscure stories, Farmer Giles of Ham. It's a story he told to his children which got revamped into something more sophisticated via his academic obsessions, and as such it contains his career in miniature. Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick Additional Music: The Medieval Banquet by Shane Ivers -...

Duration:00:50:27

Chapter 23 Promo

7/30/2019
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Duration:00:01:23

Chapter Twenty-Two: Terror In The Skies!

7/21/2019
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As the 19th Century wound to a close, there was something in the air...or at least, people thought there soon would be. The idea of heavier-than-air flight and the potential military applications haunted SF decades before they became a reality; George Griffith's turn-of-the-century novel Angel of the Revolution imagined this technology falling into the hands of the good (?) guys and becoming the basis for a worldwide uprising in the midst of an apocalyptic war. The book also eerily...

Duration:00:58:17

Chapter 22 Promo

7/15/2019
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Duration:00:01:06

Chapter Twenty-One: Out of Africa!

7/8/2019
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Of One Blood, by Pauline Hopkins, is a turn-of-the-century novel with all the fantastical genre trappings you could ask for: reincarnation, psychic projections, and a Biblical lost kingdom still thriving in the present. But this book is special: it's written by a black woman and deals specifically with the African-American experience. Jess Nevins joins us once again to look at this interesting signpost in cultural and genre history. Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week...

Duration:00:47:23

Chapter 21 Promo

7/1/2019
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Duration:00:01:07

Chapter Twenty: Lone Star Planet!

6/24/2019
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Get your titanium spurs on and saddle-up your starships, buckaroos, 'cuz it's time to take our first dip into the wild wild world of space westerns! Seems like every generation has its own version of "cosmic cowboys", but there was a time when the genre was an outright cliche. We look at a book from this era, H. Beam Piper and J. Joseph McGuire's A PLANET FOR TEXANS, aka LONE STAR PLANET, which it turns out, isn't two genres mashed into one...it's three! Let's get this wagon train (to the...

Duration:00:46:06

Chapter 20 Promo

6/17/2019
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Duration:00:01:16

Chapter Nineteen: When Gods Collide!

6/10/2019
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Since countries other than the US and the UK produce genre fiction too, this week we veer in a new direction to take a look at a famous work of Japanese Sci-Fi, "10 Billion Days & 100 Billion Nights", by Ryu Mitsuse. Could this book be a seminal influence on Japanese animation? To help us decide we've got guest star Ing--co-host of my other podcast, Destroy All Clickbait--who knows way more about that stuff than we do. Join us as two of mankind's greatest religious figures engage in a...

Duration:00:59:14

Chapter 19 Promo

6/3/2019
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Duration:00:00:57

Chapter Eighteen: The Eye In The Pyramid! (The Second Trip)

5/27/2019
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All is revealed as we press on into the second half of our look at Robert Anton Wilson and Robert Shea's Illuminatus Trilogy. Know, O patient listener, that you have passed the threshold into the inner chamber of wisdom, and now we will present to you the REAL truth of what it all means. Or at least we'll take a look at the impact the book has had on pop culture, as well as some of the political and cultural ramifications of this paranoid Discordian manifesto. Support us on Patreon and...

Duration:00:56:43

Chapter Seventeen: The Eye In The Pyramid! (The First Trip)

5/13/2019
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This is a big one, man. I mean it's for real, this is like the one that explains EVERYTHING, like how it's all connected, you picking up what I'm putting down? World governments, secret technologies, the lost continent of Atlantis, drug culture, the significance of the number 5, the whole big master plan to immanentize the eschaton--it's all here, man. It's all connected, and it all makes sense, you dig? But better not listen to this in public--they're listening... This time around Phil and...

Duration:00:59:06

Chapter 17 Promo

5/8/2019
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Duration:00:01:21

Chapter Sixteen: Old Habits Die Hard!

4/29/2019
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Terrorists have seized the building! The police are clueless! People are in danger! Only one man can save the day! That man is...Joe Leland. It's explosive action and political turmoil in this episode of WHAT MAD UNIVERSE?!? as we take a look at NOTHING LASTS FOREVER, the book that was adapted (loosely) into the movie DIE HARD. What, you didn't think 80s action movies were literary? Theme song by Jack Feerick Producer/Engineer: Alex Ross Never Sleeps Network

Duration:00:53:03

Chapter Fifteen: The Coming Race!

4/15/2019
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There's an energy coming from the underground...it's the strange and wonderful power known as Vril, as documented in the book Vril: A Story of the Coming Race by the infamous Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Bulwer-Lytton's left huge mark on pop culture, and in this episode we sit down with guest Jess Nevins to see whether his reputation doesn't deserve a bit of rehabilitation... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's...

Duration:00:45:54

Chapter 15 Promo

4/8/2019
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Duration:00:01:06

Chapter Fourteen: Robots of the World, Unite!

4/1/2019
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Automation! The wave of the future! Imagine a world of tireless, artificial workers, uncomplainingly catering to your whims and doing all your hard labour! In 1920, Karol Capek imagined such a world in his play R.U.R. and created the word "Robot" in the process. He also helped instill one of the great neuroses of 20th century SF: the robot rebellion. Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe...

Duration:00:44:19

Chapter 14 Promo

3/27/2019
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Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Producer/Engineer: Alex Ross Never Sleeps Network Theme song by Jack Feerick

Duration:00:01:52

Chapter Thirteen: The Adventures of the Little Baron!

3/18/2019
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This is probably the weirdest and most obscure book series we've tackled for What Mad Universe?!?., though it's come back into prominence for some reason. It's The Adventures of Little Baron Trump, by Ingersoll Lockwood, author of "The Last President" Cough. Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Adam's Patreon Phil's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Producer/Engineer: Alex...

Duration:00:33:48

Chapter 13 Promo

3/11/2019
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Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Adam's Patreon Phil's Patreon Phil's Twitter Adam's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Producer/Engineer: Alex Ross Never Sleeps Network Theme song by Jack Feerick

Duration:00:01:22