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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No 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.
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.)