#54. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Episodes 13-18) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

27 Feb Babylon 5 Logo

Vorlons, Minbari deceptions, and space plagues, oh my! Our re-watch of Babylon 5 continues wit episodes 13 through 18 from Season 2! Things are starting to get properly heated up, which means more political intrigue, new character details, and just a little bit of humor to keep things interesting.

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316. Fantastic Four (2005) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

24 Feb fantastic-four-2005

Stretchy weirdos, grumpy CEOs, and clobberin’, oh my! Torture Cinema returns with a special Marvel-icious edition, as selected by our listeners and co-starring none other than veteran Torture Goblin, Michael J. Martinez. We turn our sights to the infamous first Fantastic Four (2005) film, tackling its portrayal of the classic characters, its absurd plot, and much more. We also wonder what the deal is with Mr. Fantastic’s weird arms!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Podcast and Blog Stats for 2016: Most Popular, Most Downloaded, and Other Oddities

24 Feb

I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but after randomly looking at our download figures, I got the bug to share what has been popular on this podcast and on the blog. So, with that in mind, the following are a few “top 10” lists of the most popular posts and episodes of 2016 and all time according to our WordPress statistics. I’ve also included a list of our most downloaded episodes of all time using data from our file host, which makes for some curious comparisons.

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Book Review: The Medusa Chronicles by Alastair Reynolds and Stephen Baxter

23 Feb medusa-chronicles-final-cover

Howard Falcon is one of the most interesting characters in the oeuvre of Arthur C. Clarke. The late 21st century test pilot’s crash of an experimental helium-filled airship turns into an opportunity, as his cyborg-like existence mandated in the recovery from the accident makes him the perfect person to do the impossible: make a dive into the upper layers of Jupiter.

The story of Falcon’s dive into Jupiter is in the Nebula award-winning novella “A Meeting with Medusa.”  It is a story frequently anthologized, for good reason. Sense of wonder, pathos and inventive worldbuilding make it a classic. Now, with the approval of the Clarke estate, Hard SF authors Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds have teamed up to tell the continued adventures and history of Howard Falcon, and his world, in The Medusa Chronicles. Continue reading

Retro Childhood Review: The Last Unicorn

22 Feb tlu

“I was born mortal, and I have been immortal for a long, foolish time, and one day I will be mortal again; so I know something that a unicorn cannot know. Whatever can die is beautiful — more beautiful than a unicorn, who lives forever, and who is the most beautiful creature in the world. Do you understand me?”

“No,” she said.

The magician smiled wearily. “You will. You’re in the story with the rest of us now, and you must go with it, whether you will or no.”

— The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

I couldn’t have been more than 5 years old when The Last Unicorn came out on VHS and I watched it so often that my video store had to replace it within a year. My sister and I were absolutely enthralled by the delicate artistry of the unicorn, terrified of the Red Bull, and befuddled by some of the trippier moments (boob tree, anyone?). I always imagined the film to be more born of the imaginations of the production and animation studios, than of Peter S. Beagle’s writing. That is where I was woefully incorrect. This is the first time that I have ever read The Last Unicorn and, though the movie will always be my go-to, I am well and truly in love with this heartbreaking fairy tale.

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