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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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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

S2E59 -Chapter 59: The Acting Ruler!

4/14/2021
Sharpen your dueling rapier and grab hold of that chandelier, acolytes of adventure, for today What Mad Universe?!? takes a look at the original swashbuckling tale of romance, palace intrigue, and mistaken identities, The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope! While not widely known today, this book had a major impact on pop culture in the first half of the 20th century, in ways that are still popping up today. Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's...

Duration:00:50:56

Episode 59 Promo

4/9/2021
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:00:49:49

S2E58 -Chapter Fifty-Eight: The Labyrinth of Hell!

3/31/2021
A spooooky new What Mad Universe?!? awaits for skeptics and believers alike, as we explore the stories of Carnacki the Ghost Finder by William Hope Hodgson. Carnacki is the rare sleuth who both debunks frauds and tangles with genuine supernatural menaces, making him a unique fulcrum to examine the sub-subgenre of late 19th and early 20th century occult detectives. Warning: in this podcast you will encounter...Ţ̴̥̭̞̼͊͛́̈͛̐͜H̴̜̟͚̺͆͋̋̄̏Ȅ̷̙̆̕ ̸̨̯̀̌́͠͝͝H̵̭͎̋̊̾̆́̃͒O̵̢̰̜̺̮̜̘̹̹͓̓̃G̷̘̤̟͙̰͇͕͙͔͉̀...

Duration:00:58:19

S2E57 -Chapter Fifty-Seven: The Man Of Tomorrow!

3/17/2021
Look! Up in the Sky! It's the latest in our series of bonus-length What Mad Universe?!? episodes about franchise tie-ins! This time we take a look at the Man of Steel himself, Superman, and the novel Miracle Monday by Elliot S! Maggin, published in the wake of the Christopher Reeve movie. Despite these inauspicious origins, the book turned out to be really good, and we're joined by pal, comics critic and Superman megafan Charlotte Finn to talk about it! This week's episode is another...

Duration:01:03:31

Episode 57 Promo

3/14/2021
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:00:01:45

S2E56 -Chapter Fifty-Six: Only In Darkness the Light!

3/3/2021
Hey kids, do you like fantasy stories written by a woman about a kid going to wizard school? Forget the imitators, and join us as we take a look at Ursula K. Le Guin's seminal fantasy series, A Wizard of Earthsea, and the shape of post-Tolkien fantasy in the 20th century! 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...

Duration:00:59:53

Episode 56 Promo

2/24/2021
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:00:02:15

S2E55 -Chapter Fifty-Five: Foursquare For Chaos!

2/16/2021
It's time to talk about the original Angry Man of science fiction, Harlan Ellison: editor, critic, author of hundreds of stories, comics, and screenplays, strong-willed defender of justice, and raving jerk. We're joined by pal James Reilly-English to discuss his seminal novella A Boy And His Dog, along with much of his other work, and, unavoidably, the domineering personality that is Ellison himself. Lots of profanity in this slightly overlength episode--if you want the unbleeped and...

Duration:01:06:48

S2E54 -Chapter Fifty-Four: Of Madness and Melancholy!

2/1/2021
Once upon a midnight dreary, the fabled titan of American literature Edgar Allen Poe published his first and only novel, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym. Despite its rough and awkward plotting and lack of an ending, this novel captured the imaginations of horror and SF writers for generations to come, and still casts a long shadow over speculative fiction...and its soul from out that shadow shall be lifted...nevermore... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's...

Duration:00:56:19

S2E53 -Chapter Fifty-Three: The Traveller From Beyond Time!

1/21/2021
Sorry about the delay, but WMU?!? is back for 2021 with another installment in our series looking at spinoff books from SF franchises, and this time up it's Doctor Who! Appropriately for a series that's all about finding new variations on its main character, the foundational British SF show came in a lot of different, mutually contradictory iterations during the years after its cancellation in 1989 and before it was brought back. Today we're joined by our friend (and Who spinoff author...

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

S2E49 -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

S2E48 -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

S2E47 -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

S2E46 -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