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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 Thirty-Two: The Monster In The Mirror!

12/8/2019
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What Mad Universe?!? brings season one to a close with this extra-special episode about Richard Bachman, the pen name of the slightly more famous Stephen King. Strange to think of this horror maestro as having an even darker side, but it's on full display in these early stories, collectively known as the Bachman Books, in which placid suburbanites turn violent and the citizens of future dystopia take part in brutal competitions. This episode features special guest Zack Handlen, and we say...

Duration:00:58:10

Chapter 32 Promo

12/3/2019
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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

Duration:00:01:04

Chapter Thirty-One: The Man Without A Tribe!

11/24/2019
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Because everything must have Star Wars content now, this new episode of WMU?!? does its due diligence with a dive into the planetary romance stories of Eric John Stark by Leigh Brackett, the woman who co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back and likely inspired George Lucas in the first place. 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...

Duration:00:58:23

Chapter Thirty: The Long Jaunt!

11/10/2019
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Take a trip across the universe with Gully Foyle, a one-man space odyssey on a mad quest for revenge, as we look at Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination! 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 Additional music: "Dark Space" by...

Duration:00:51:51

Chapter 30 Promo

11/5/2019
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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

Duration:00:51:51

Chapter Twenty-Nine: The Whole of the Law!

10/27/2019
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No, the laws of reality have not come crashing down! The world has not been thrown into chaos! You ARE getting an episode of What Mad Universe?!? for the second consecutive week! That's just to get us back on schedule after the week-long break. There was a lot to talk about this time out, with the subject of this episode, famed occult figure Aleister Crowley and his stories of the supernatural detective Simon Iff. In fact, there's so much so that we had to cut down this show by a pretty...

Duration:00:57:14

Chapter Twenty-Eight: The Battle of London!

10/21/2019
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This episode looks at a favourite book of Adam's, Gilbert K. Chesterton's The Napoleon Of Notting Hill, a prescient commentary on globalization, imperialism and finding the sublime in the ridiculous. Other Keywords: Globalization, Cheat the Prophet, C. S. Lewis, 1984, Community, Think Globally Fight Locally, Medieval, Mad king, Nicaragua, cynic, fanatic, cyberpunk, LARP, cosplay Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's...

Duration:00:54:28

Chapter 28 Promo

10/16/2019
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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 Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:54:28

Chapter Twenty-Seven: Journey To The Heart Of A Star!

10/7/2019
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This chapter deals with Samuel R. "Chip" Delaney's Nova, the New Wave of SF, mythic symbolism, and the artistic process realized as space opera. Heavy, man. 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 Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

Duration:00:51:32

Chapter Twenty-Six: The Steel Commander!

9/16/2019
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This episode looks at that famed grand-master of classic science fiction...Adolf Hitler? Actually, it's Norman Spinrad's The Iron Dream, about an alternate universe in which the rise of the Nazis was entirely confined to the fevered pages of a pulp sci-fi novel. Good thing the genre fans of THIS universe would never embrace anything so reactionary, racist and authoritarian, right? Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter...

Duration:00:50:42

Chapter Twenty-Five: The Architecture of Insanity!

9/1/2019
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In the 70s, high-rise buildings were old hat in the US but still a novelty in the UK. As the urban landscape changed, British, and global, society changed with it. But into what? Could architecture, born out of the human mind, influence that mind in turn? Could a building...haunt us? J. G. Ballard asked that question in his seminal novel High-Rise, and on this episode we're joined by our friend Zack Handlen to gaze into his abyss...conveniently located on the 10th floor, near the food...

Duration:00:52:42

Chapter Twenty-Four: The Pallid Mask!

8/19/2019
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The writings of H. P. Lovecraft are probably the most hashed-over territory imaginable within the spheres of genre fiction we discuss here at What Mad Universe?!?, but the writers who influenced him are, in some ways, more interesting to us. We already did a show, "All The Gods Save One!" about Lord Dunsany. Now we turn to The Yellow King, the creation of Robert W. Chambers, though owing a debt to Ambrose Bierce, and who's since been picked up and fleshed out by numerous others, even being...

Duration:00:51:11

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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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 Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

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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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 Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

Duration:00:01:16