TMTYR Episode #44 – A Little More Data Than Number Five (The Nostalgist)

nostalgist_posterThis time out, the Pavement Pounders quickly discuss Daniel H. Wilson’s short story “The Nostalgist” and its short film adaptation. This is a low homework episode, folks, so don’t get spoiled unnecessarily!

This is a first, as the Pounders read, watched, recorded, edited, and posted the episode all in one day. Don’t get used to it.

No rankings this time because both are awesome.

Notes:
Story:
http://www.tor.com/2009/07/28/nostalgist/

Film:
https://thenostalgistfilm.com/

Daniel’s official page:
http://www.danielhwilson.com/

Robot Uprisings (referenced by Seth):
http://www.johnjosephadams.com/robot-uprisings/table-of-contents/

Twilight Zone “The Mighty Casey”:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0734661/

Urban Clash Games:
http://urbanclashgames.com/

TMTYR Episode #43: Montag Shot First (Fahrenheit 451, feat. Phil Nichols)

For Episode #43, the Pavement Pounders are lucky enough to be joined once again by friend of the show Phil Nichols, senior advisor to the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies. Fahrenheit 451 is the topic this time, both the Francois Truffaut adaptation and, of course, the classic dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury.

Pounder Rankings!:

Phil/James/Colin/Seth:

  • Book
  • Movie

Notes:
Phil’s site:
http://bradburymedia.co.uk/

The New Ray Bradbury Review:
http://www.kentstateuniversitypress.com/2015/the-new-ray-bradbury-review-5/

Get the F451 stage script here:
https://www.dramaticpublishing.com/article_search.php?search_radio=CREDITS&akeywords=bradbury&x=0&y=0

John Green on the book:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjCk8J6L_SI

Fahrenheit 451, Top Ten Notes (WatchMojo):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5t9WrW_ioU

The New Republic review of F451
https://newrepublic.com/article/85714/tnr-film-classics-fahrenheit-451-december-24-1966

New Yorker review of the film:
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/movie-week-fahrenheit-451

Thug Notes on Fahrenheit 451:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-IcPx9uD0U

Negative review of the book:
http://www.wetasphalt.com/content/why-i-hate-fahrenheit-451

Remake?
http://www.thewrap.com/fahrenheit-451-movie-in-the-works-at-hbo-from-99-homes-director/

Seth's appropriate podcast uniform.
Seth’s appropriate podcast uniform.

TMTYR Episode #42: The Prevalence of Tea Towels (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – feat. Michael Simshauser)

This time out, the Pavement Pounders tackle a whopper, covering The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, including the original radio play (Primary Phase), book, TV series, and movie.

Michael Simshauser was nice enough to give us some audio to drop in, to add his insights about the four media under consideration, as well as the comic book and interactive game. Thanks, Michael, and just for being a great listener and friend of the podcast.

Pounder Rankings:

Michael:

  • Radio Play

    James's topical shirt
    James’s topical shirt
  • Book
  • Movie
  • TV Series

James:

  • Radio Play
  • Book
  • Movie
  • TV Series

Colin:

  • Radio Play
  • TV Series
  • Book
  • Movie

Seth:

  • Radio Play
  • Movie
  • Book
  • TV Series

Notes:

16 Fun Facts about THHGTTG:
http://mentalfloss.com/article/63473/16-fun-facts-about-hitchhikers-guide-galaxy

Life, the Universe, and Douglas Adams:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHJLNrDzYm0

New Radio Series?
https://www.comedy.co.uk/radio/news/2129/hitchhikers_guide_series_6/

TV show youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTNuldPhP20

Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster Recipes:
https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Bartending/Cocktails/Pan_Galactic_Gargle_Blaster

Need mid-credits youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX6uAy3U81E

Online Game:
http://play.bbc.co.uk/play/pen/g38lb8zppy

Seth's shirt of what we're doing next time!
Seth’s shirt of what we’re doing next time!

TMTYR Episode #41: Everybody’s a Victim (The Prestige)

This time out, the Pavement Pounders discuss one of Seth’s favorite films, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige and the Christopher Priest novel of the same name on which it’s based.

Not everybody agrees about how awesome the movie is, but Seth is clearly right in this case, and also typing these show notes.

Pounder Rankings!:

Colin:

  • Movie
  • Book

James:

  • Book
  • Movie

Seth:

  • Movie
  • Book

Notes:
Link to Christopher Priest’s work:
http://www.christopher-priest.co.uk/grimgrin-studio/

Interview with Christopher Priest:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0ZUVdrQZGs

Nerdwriter: The Prestige: Hiding in Plain Sight:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d46Azg3Pm4c

Behind the Scenes of The Prestige:
http://movies.about.com/od/theprestige/a/prestigcn101606.htm

Facts You Didn’t Know about The Prestige:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnSuGjluVtQ

Ricky Jay cups and balls:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwF1ec4Ji7Y

Fan theories that don’t work:
http://taylorholmes.com/2009/08/26/the-prestige-explained/
https://www.reddit.com/r/movies/comments/1tp49e/what_was_going_on_in_the_prestige_really_going_on/

The Prestige Analysis:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjXWD3wMNZw

TMTYR Episode #40: Guilty Underpants (Supercut: Year Two!)

We’re well into our second year here, and if Seth has to listen to each episode multiple times, he should at least be allowed to pull out some of our best bits and chuck them into a supercut. This is a good sampling of our discussions on adaptational considerations, James’s proclivity for dropping in “That’s what she said,” and Colin’s hatred of the new Trek movies and his love of redemption stories.

TMTYR Episode #39: Selfie With the Monolith! #aliens (2001: A Space Odyssey)

This time out, the Pavement Pounders are joined by Ben DeBono of The Sci-Fi Christian to discuss Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Colin and Seth both disliked the film on first viewing. Will things change after this viewing? What will James think about it the first time out?

The movie is (kind of) adapted from Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel,” and the novelization of 2001 was done in parallel with script development for the movie, so it’s an interesting adaptational situation for us.

Huge thanks to Ben for joining us and providing some guidelines for enjoying the film! Make sure to follow the links below to more SFC content.

Hosted by Seth Heasley, James Ralston, and Colin Kuskie.

Pounder Rankings!:

Ben:

  • Movie
  • Story
  • Novel

Colin:

  • Novel
  • Story
  • Movie

James:

  • Movie/Story
  • Novel (Vote does not count! You didn’t read it!)

Seth:

  • Movie
  • Story
  • Novel

Notes:
The Sci-Fi Christian:
http://thescifichristian.com

2001/Kubrick-focused SFC links:
http://thescifichristian.com/2015/09/episode-396-who-killed-stanley-kubrick/
http://thescifichristian.com/2013/05/2001-a-space-odyssey-live-blog/

The Amazingly Accurate Futurism of 2001:
http://www.wired.com/2015/08/amazingly-accurate-futurism-2001-space-odyssey/

The Space Odyssey Explained:
http://www.kubrick2001.com/

One-Point Perspective:
http://filmmakermagazine.com/85083-the-one-point-perspective-in-stanley-kubricks-work/#.Vwb10Xp9Wa4

“Daisy Bell” sung by a computer:
http://www.historyofinformation.com/expanded.php?id=4445

TMTYR Episode #38: Scientists Should Read Frankenstein (Colossus: The Forbin Project)

Recording right about the time of our second podcast anniversary, this time we discuss Colossus: The Forbin Project, adapted from DF Jones’s novel Colossus.

Many thanks to everyone who’s interacted with us in any way since we started doing this. It’s been a lot of fun and we look forward to many more awkward discussions in the future.

Colin says nucular repeatedly! Seth repeats the word “story” over and over in a single monologue! James thinks the movie title could fit an adult film! And we all agree scientists should be familiar with Frankenstein.

Featuring Seth Heasley, James Ralston, and Colin Kuskie.

Pounder Rankings!:

Colin:

  • Book
  • Movie

James:

  • Book
  • Movie

Seth:

  • Movie
  • Book

Notes:
Seth on Original Remake:
http://originalremake.podbean.com/e/ep-18-oceans-11-and-oceans-eleven/

Original Remake links:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/original-remake/id1081323796 (they totally added iTunes after we recorded this)
http://originalremake.podbean.com/

KAMN episode (discussion starts at 18:35)
http://www.kickassmysticninjas.com/2007/05/13/kamn-show-29/
http://www.kickassmysticninjas.com/

Other reviews of Colossus: The Forbin Project:
https://astrobioloblog.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/review-%E2%80%93-colossus-the-forbin-project/
http://www.wired.com/2009/01/top-10-evil-com/
http://blogcritics.org/dvd-review-colossus-the-forbin-project/
http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2014/09/classic-70s-movie-colossus-the-forbin-project.html
http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/rage-against-the-machine-a-brief-history-of-evil-movie-computers-20140417
http://www.scifimoviepage.com/colossus.html

Potential Remake:
http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-features/70226-sci-fi-classic-colossus-remake-to-star-will-smith

50 Best SF Films (#17):
http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/lists/50-best-sci-fi-movies-of-the-1970s-20150114/colossus-the-forbin-project-1970-20150113

John Landis on the movie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t46Kjy-IJpY

TMTYR Episode #37: The Going Exchange Rate on Kisses (The Hunger Games, feat. MargoD of Book vs. Movie)

hungergamesThis time out, the Pavement Pounders were joined by Margo Donohue of the Book Vs. Movie podcast to discuss The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins and its smash hit film adaptation.

Huge thanks to Margo for classing up the place by hanging out with us!

Pounder Rankings!:

Margo:

  • book
  • movie

Colin:

  • book
  • movie

James (rebel!):

  • movie
  • book

Seth:

  • book
  • movie

Notes:

Connect with Book Vs. Movie!:

 

TMTYR Episode #36: I Remember the Future (Interview with Michael A. Burstein)

irtf_coverNo clever title this time, because we were fortunate enough to have a chance to sit down (virtually) with Michael A. Burstein and discuss his short story “I Remember the Future” and its recent short film adaptation. It’s not quite our usual format, as for the most part we took a back seat to Michael, allowing him to steer the conversation wherever he wanted.  And that’s a very good thing.

Topics discussed:

  • Michael’s history as a writer and a science fiction fan
  • The history of the I Remember the Future collection of Michael’s award-nominated fiction (featuring, naturally “I Remember the Future”)
  • How to best preserve the legacy of the Big Three (Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein)
  • High Energy Physics! (yes, we’re nerds)
  • The vagaries of forgetting one’s had a story optioned for a film.

We cannot adequately express to Michael how cool it was to chat with him. Huge thanks to him and to his family for letting us distract him awhile!

In terms of homework for this podcast, you’ll definitely want to have read “I Remember the Future” and perhaps “Broken Symmetry” and “Cosmic Corkscrew.” (See the link below to get a copy of the collection containing all of these and more.)

Notes:

Michael’s article “Asimov and Me”:
http://www.mabfan.com/asimovandme.shtml

Apex Book Company:
http://www.apexbookcompany.com/

Read “I Remember the Future” on the Apex site: http://www.apexbookcompany.com/blogs/frontpage/15359497-free-fiction-i-remember-the-future-by-michael-a-burstein

Interview with director of the movie:
http://file770.com/?p=16563

Homepage for the movie, with cast, backstories and awards:
http://www.irtf.kascreations.com.au

Direct link to the movie:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/irtf

Michael’s Award-Nominated Fiction:
http://www.apexbookcompany.com/collections/all-books/products/i-remember-the-future-the-award-nominated-stories-of-michael-a-burstein

Einstein’s Bridge, by John Cramer
http://www.amazon.com/Einsteins-Bridge-John-Cramer/dp/0380788314

Michael’s story “Lifeblood”:
http://www.johnjosephadams.com/by-blood-we-live/free-fiction/lifeblood-by-michael-a-burstein/

Michael’s latest project Pangaea:
http://www.crazy8press.com/books/pangaea/

Michael’s contact info:
http://facebook.com/mabfan
http://twitter.com/mabfan
http://mabfan.livejournal.com
http://bursteinbooks.com

TMTYR Episode #35: The Movie is Canon (Die Hard)

For a special Christmas treat, this time the Pavement Pounders discuss Die Hard, adapted from Roderick Thorp’s Nothing Lasts Forever.diehardposter

Is it a Christmas movie? Is it science fiction? These questions and more considered.

Sprechen Sie talk? Eh?

Pounder Rankings!:

Colin/James/Seth:

  • movie
  • book

Notes:

Honest Action: Die Hard:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnHKv2G0wCw

Tattoo fail ‘Nothing Last’s Forever’:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/adamdavis/examples-proving-we-need-to-be-more-careful-with-grammar#.jlJr7jnPRK

Stop calling Die Hard your favorite Christmas movie:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/here-is-an-opinion-that-is-not-as-clever-as-you-might-think

Why Die Hard is the Perfect Christmas movie:
http://www.ew.com/article/2015/12/24/die-hard-christmas-movie

Discussing adapted Sci-Fi at its best—and worst

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