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!:


  • Book
  • Movie


  • Book
  • Movie


  • Movie
  • Book

Seth on Original Remake:

Original Remake links: (they totally added iTunes after we recorded this)

KAMN episode (discussion starts at 18:35)

Other reviews of Colossus: The Forbin Project:

Potential Remake:

50 Best SF Films (#17):

John Landis on the movie:

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!:


  • book
  • movie


  • book
  • movie

James (rebel!):

  • movie
  • book


  • book
  • movie


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.)


Michael’s article “Asimov and Me”:

Apex Book Company:

Read “I Remember the Future” on the Apex site:

Interview with director of the movie:

Homepage for the movie, with cast, backstories and awards:

Direct link to the movie:

Michael’s Award-Nominated Fiction:

Einstein’s Bridge, by John Cramer

Michael’s story “Lifeblood”:

Michael’s latest project Pangaea:

Michael’s contact info:

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!:


  • movie
  • book


Honest Action: Die Hard:

Tattoo fail ‘Nothing Last’s Forever’:

Stop calling Die Hard your favorite Christmas movie:

Why Die Hard is the Perfect Christmas movie:

TMTYR Episode #34: Ion Canonization, or an Axe-Whuppin’ (Top 3 Expanded Universe Entries)

For a special tie-in with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Pavement Pounders discuss their Top 3 entries in the dearly-departed Expanded Universe, now called Star Wars: Legends.heir-to-the-empire-legends

Pavement Pounder Picks!:


  • Heir to the Empire, by Timothy Zahn
  • Han Solo: Paradise Snare, by A.C. Crispin
  • Spinter of the Mind’s Eye, by Alan Dean Foster


  • Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (console game)
  • The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars (Tartakovsky)


  • The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
  • Star Wars: Republic Commando (PC game)
  • Star Wars: Clone Wars (Tartakovsky)

What does Canon mean?

What’s in the Canon?

Thrawn Trilogy:

Star Wars: Clone Wars:

Splinter of the Mind’s Eye

Han Solo: Paradise Snare:

Star Wars: Republic Commando:


Barnes & Noble series on the Expanded Universe:

TMTYR Episode #33: Bilateral Kidney Stones (Frankenstein)

All things being equal, this episode would’ve been released for Halloween 2015. But 20th Century Fox decided to push Victor Frankenstein to Thanksgiving Weekend, so it’s Franksgiving, or Thankenstein from the Pavement Pounders!frankenstein_green

Under consideration this time are the classic 1818 novel Frankenstein, its equally classic 1931 adaptation, 1935’s Bride of Frankenstein, Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein, a couple of other adaptations, and the new film Victor Frankenstein.

Pounder Frankings, or Pounder Rankenstein!:


  • 2004 miniseries
  • book
  • 1931 film

(though his favorite item was Young Frankenstein)


  • Young Frankenstein über alles!


  • book
  • 1931 film + Bride of Frankenstein
  • Young Frankenstein


Read the book free!:

How Universal Re-Copyrighted Frankenstein’s Monster:

Crash Course Literature: Frankeinstein
Part 1:
Part 2:

Heart in a box:

1910 Edison Company silent film:

Mary Shelley: Grandmother of Science Fiction (The Great Courses):

Discovery Channel’s “Great Books: Frankenstein”:

Legacy of Frankenstein: The Monster is the One in the White Lab Coat:

Aldini’s grim demonstrations:

Seth’s review of Frankenstein:

List of Frankenfilms:

TMTYR Episode #32: Practically Illiterate (Top 3 SF Books)

And now for something completely different! Eschewing the normal homework-heavy format, the Pavement Pounders discuss their lists of Top 3 Science Fiction books. This is a new thing they’re hoping to do more of, so be sure to get in touch with your suggestions for future lists, and let them know what you thought of this episode.

Perhaps using the Contact Form? (

The Lists!


  1. The Martian, by Andy Weir
  2. Sentenced to Prism, by Alan Dean Foster
  3. Heir to the Empire, by Timothy Zahn


  1. Sentence to Prism, by Alan Dean Foster
  2. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
  3. Jumper, by Steven Gould


  1. Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card
  2. Blindness, by Jose Saramago
  3. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov

Sci-Fi Stack Exchange:

Reddit thread on list philosophy:

Our previous episodes mentioned on the show:
Jumper: (
I, Robot: (
The Martian: (

TMTYR Episode #31: Hogarth’s Getting a New Daddy (The Iron Giant)

For a brief Episode #31, the Pavement Pounders discuss Brad Bird’s The Iron Giant, which recently had a Fathom Event re-release. Also under discussion is the book the film is based on, variously titled as The Iron Man and The Iron Giant.irongiant_event_big

Thanks to Roger from The Geek Likes for suggesting the title.

Also, be sure to check out our new friends Margo and Margo on Book Versus Movie.

Pounder Rankings!:


  • Movie
  • Book

Note that our Frankenstein episode will post in December due to Victor Frankenstein premiering over Thanksgiving (Franksgiving) weekend.


Book Versus Movie:

Brad Bird on the demise of hand-drawn animation:

The Incomparable #205: Love Machine:

TMTYR Episode #30: Weir Science (The Martian, feat. Matt Anderson)

For Episode #30, the Pavement Pounders are joined by Matt Anderson of The Sci-Fi Christian to discuss the new film The Martian, adapted from Andy Weir’s best-selling book.The Martian book cover

Seth totally forgets about the Earth’s magnetic field when discussing the radiation problem.  Also, his Windows laptop totally freezes up halfway through.  See if you can spot where it happens.  Editing FTW!

Huge thanks to Matt for joining us and keeping the ball rolling while Seth’s computer crapped out.



  • book
  • movie (but it’s close)

Matt’s podcasts:
The Sci-Fi Christian (
Comic Book Time Machine (

Guy takes some shots at the book, people freak out in the comments:

Awesome new space suits!:

NASA tech in The Martian

XKCD, of course:

How The Martian may have saved the space program

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy interview with Andy Weir:

Adam Savage Interviews Andy Weir:

The Incomparable 187 “Man vs. Mars”:

Liquid Water on Mars

Perchlorates on Mars

The Martian and the religion of science:

NYTimes, “Let’s Not Move to Mars”:

Screen Junkies “Martian Movie Science”:

Martian deleted scene “Chem Cam”:

TMTYR Episode #29: We Mean No Harm to Your Planet (Jumper)

For Episode 29, the Pavement Pounders discuss Steven Gould’s excellent novel Jumper and its lackluster 2008 film adaptation. Just read the book series!Jumper poster

For a podcast on a better Doug Liman film, check out our episode about Edge of Tomorrow (All You Need is Kill).

Huge thanks to Steven Gould for replying to our tweet, and also to Edward, Matthew, Nick, and John for responding on Facebook.  You, too, can find us on social media (our website has all the deets).

Pounder Rankings!:


  • Book(s)
  • Movie


Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy interviews Steven Gould:

Tom Scott’s humorous video on  teleportation:

The Oatmeal (not xkcd!) comic about shooting for the moon:

Jumper: Book vs. Film:

Another humorous Agony Booth review, this time for Jumper:

Seth’s reviews of the Jumper series:

The Sci-Fi Christian:

Discussing adapted Sci-Fi at its best—and worst

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