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? (http://pavementpodcast.com/contact-us/)

The Lists!

Colin:

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

James:

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

Seth:

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

Notes:
Sci-Fi Stack Exchange:
http://scifi.stackexchange.com/

Reddit thread on list philosophy:
https://www.reddit.com/r/books/comments/3sqv10/looking_for_opinions_on_the_philosophy_of/

Our previous episodes mentioned on the show:
Jumper: (http://pavementpodcast.com/podcast/tmtyr-episode-29-we-mean-no-harm-to-your-planet-jumper/)
I, Robot: (http://pavementpodcast.com/podcast/tmtyr-episode-25-there-is-no-spooner-i-robot/)
The Martian: (http://pavementpodcast.com/podcast/tmtyr-episode-30-weir-science-the-martian-feat-matt-anderson/)

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!:

Colin/James/Seth:

  • Movie
  • Book

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

Notes:

Book Versus Movie:
http://www.bookversusmovie.com/

Brad Bird on the demise of hand-drawn animation:
http://www.blastr.com/2015-9-17/iron-giants-brad-bird-lost-art-hand-drawn-animation

The Incomparable #205: Love Machine:
https://www.theincomparable.com/theincomparable/205/

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.

Rankings!:

Matt/James/Colin/Seth:

  • book
  • movie (but it’s close)

Notes:
Matt’s podcasts:
The Sci-Fi Christian (http://thescifichristian.com/)
Comic Book Time Machine (http://comicbooktimemachine.com/)

Guy takes some shots at the book, people freak out in the comments:
http://electricliterature.com/why-the-martian-movie-is-poised-to-be-better-than-the-book/

Awesome new space suits!:
http://io9.com/how-a-new-spacesuit-will-help-us-live-on-mars-1720390830

NASA tech in The Martian
http://www.nasa.gov/feature/nine-real-nasa-technologies-in-the-martian

XKCD, of course:
https://xkcd.com/1536/

How The Martian may have saved the space program
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/achenblog/wp/2015/05/05/andy-weir-and-his-book-the-martian-may-have-saved-nasa-and-the-entire-space-program/

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy interview with Andy Weir:
http://geeksguideshow.com/2015/09/21/ggg169-andy-weir/

Adam Savage Interviews Andy Weir:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SemyzKgaUU

The Incomparable 187 “Man vs. Mars”:
https://www.theincomparable.com/theincomparable/187/

Liquid Water on Mars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsaJ7ZvCjmY

Perchlorates on Mars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7Iiz_b_lYU

The Martian and the religion of science:
http://io9.com/the-martian-screenwriter-says-its-a-religious-movie-bu-1733865987

NYTimes, “Let’s Not Move to Mars”:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/opinion/lets-not-move-to-mars.html?_r=1

Screen Junkies “Martian Movie Science”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP30-73Bd2g&list=WL&index=2

Martian deleted scene “Chem Cam”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=3&v=bTRy9etXnfs

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!:

Seth/James/Colin:

  • Book(s)
  • Movie

Notes:

Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy interviews Steven Gould:
http://www.wired.com/2014/08/geeks-guide-steven-gould/

Tom Scott’s humorous video on  teleportation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJt8yzR2aoY

The Oatmeal (not xkcd!) comic about shooting for the moon:
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/shoot_moon

Jumper: Book vs. Film:
http://www.avclub.com/article/book-vs-film-ijumperi-2178

Another humorous Agony Booth review, this time for Jumper:
http://www.agonybooth.com/movies/Jumper_2008.aspx

Seth’s reviews of the Jumper series:
http://seth.heasley.net/blog/2012/05/book-review-jumper-by-steven-gould/
http://seth.heasley.net/blog/2012/06/book-review-reflex-by-steven-gould/
http://seth.heasley.net/blog/2013/03/book-review-impulse-by-steven-gould/
http://seth.heasley.net/blog/2014/10/book-review-exo-by-steven-gould/

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

TMTYR Episode #28: Deaunt Chaynj Ennithnng (A Sound of Thunder, feat. Phil Nichols)

(Ironic Title Translation: Don’t Change Anything.  You’ll get it once you’ve read the story.)A_Sound_of_Thunder_poster

In honor of what would have been Ray Bradbury’s 95th birthday, the Pavement Pounders discuss his well-known short story A Sound of Thunder with Phil Nichols, Senior Advisor to the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University.  Also under consideration is the episode of Ray Bradbury Theater adapted from the story, and the troubled 2005 feature film adaptation.

Huge thanks to Phil for joining us from the U.K. and bringing something that’s normally sorely missing from our discussions: actual knowledge! 

Rankings!:

Phil:

  • Story
  • Ray Bradbury Theater episode
  • Don’t watch the movie, watch Jurassic Park!!!

James:

  • Story
  • RBBT
  • Not dignifying the movie with a comment

Colin:

  • Story
  • RBBT
  • Movie

Seth:

  • Story
  • RBBT
  • Movie (watch it to laugh at it)

Notes:

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies:
https://www.iupui.edu/~bradbury/bradbury/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Center-for-Ray-Bradbury-Studies/766546360037269?fref=ts

Phil’s Bradbury Media site:
http://bradburymedia.co.uk/

Follow Phil on Twitter!:
https://twitter.com/bradburymedia

Links to Bradbury Stories and The Stories of Ray Bradbury (Amazon Affiliate links for Bradbury Media):
http://tinyurl.com/ocelntm
http://tinyurl.com/p3q9y6b

Hilarious, detailed takedown of all the movie’s faults:
http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/A_Sound_of_Thunder_2005.aspx

Another negative review:
http://www.timetravelreviews.com/movies/sound_of_thunder.html

More piling on:
http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/awfully-good-a-sound-of-thunder-big-top-pee-wee-video-154

Somebody liked the movie!:
http://horrornews.net/54472/film-review-a-sound-of-thunder-2005/

TMTYR Episode #27: Interview with The Heinlein Society’s Keith Kato

THSSorry folks, no clever title this time, and no actual new book/movie review featuring James, Colin and Seth.  Instead, Seth was lucky enough to get Keith Kato of the Heinlein Society on the phone to chat about the Society, R.A.H. himself, his work, rumors of future adaptations, and even some tidbits about Predestination, which the Pounders discussed earlier in 2015 and is probably still their favorite episode.

(A portion of this interview was cut out and put into the Starship Troopers episode, so make sure to go back and listen to that.)

A huge thank you to Keith for responding so quickly and being willing to take the time to answer our questions.  Look up The Heinlein Society in the links below and we hope you enjoy the discussion.

The Heinlein Society:
http://www.heinleinsociety.org/
https://twitter.com/HeinleinSociety
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Heinlein-Society/140041782704862?fref=ts

Our Episode about Predestination:
http://pavementpodcast.com/podcast/tmtyr-episode-15-heinlein-timeline/

The Heinlein Archives:
https://www.heinleinarchives.net

The Virginia Edition:
http://www.virginiaedition.com/

The Keith Kato Chili Party:
http://file770.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/File_770_159_pages_35-44.pdf

WorldCon 2015 in Spokane, WA:
http://sasquan.org/

Essay/Article about RAH, “Rah, rah, R.A.H”:
http://www.heinleinsociety.org/2013/02/rah-rah-r-a-h-by-spider-robinson/

TMTYR Episode #26: De-bounced (Starship Troopers)

In Episode #26, the Pavement Pounders were delighted to be joined by Nicholas Jensen to talk about Starship Troopers, the Robert Heinlein novel and the Paul Verhoeven film of the same name (if not the same content).starship_troopers

This podcast also features a brief segment from a longer discussion with Keith Kato of The Heinlein Society.  The full interview, minus the Starship Troopers part, will be released as Episode #27 in the coming weeks.

Pounder (and Guest) Rankings!:

Nick:

  • movie
  • book

James:

  • book
  • movie

Colin:

  • book
  • movie

Seth:

  • book
  • movie

Notes:

Nick’s Brother’s page:

http://www.bjsmoviereview.blogspot.com

Now Playing/Books and Nachos:

http://www.booksandnachos.com/

http://www.nowplayingpodcast.com/

The film and book contrasted:

http://web.archive.org/web/20010308205555/http://www.space.com/sciencefiction/movies/troopers_contrast_000610.html

io9 article on the book:

http://io9.com/5439145/starship-troopers-is-perfect–and-therein-lies-the-problem

Cracked article on the book:

http://www.cracked.com/article_19259_6-mind-blowing-ways-starship-troopers-predicted-future.html

The movie was brilliant?

https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueFilm/comments/2ab31t/starship_troopers_1997_paul_verhoeven_was/

Fan theory about the Bugs destroying Buenos Aires:

https://www.reddit.com/r/FanTheories/comments/1moua0/starship_troopers_buenos_aires_was_a_falseflag/

And yet another article defending the movie:

http://amazingstoriesmag.com/2013/11/defense-starship-troopers-novel-film-misunderstood/

Boeing Videos about SLS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx1KTmdNW9I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdqhGhfX62Y

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TMTYR Episode #25: There Is No Spooner (I, Robot)

In Episode #25, the Pavement Pounders discuss the much-maligned 2004 film I, Robot, based (or is it?) on Isaac Asimov’s classic novel/anthology of the same name.  This completes our Robot obligations after previously covering Eando Binder’s short story “I, Robot.”

Also under consideration is the alternate universe version of the movie that we unfortunately never got.  Lousy Many Worlds Hypothesis, keeping us from having nice things!

Also, we’ve hit the quarter mark!  Woo!  Stick with us for another eight years or so and we’ll make 100 episodes!  Also to be celebrated is that James has taken one more step toward geekdom since he hadn’t previously read I, Robot.  Cash, checks, and baked goods are acceptable gifts for this kind of occasion.

Or just leave us an iTunes review, as TKCPodcast and SciFiOnScreen did (links to their shows below)!: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/take-me-to-your-reader/id845657082

Pounder Rankings!:

James:

  • screenplay
  • book
  • movie

Colin:

  • book
  • screenplay
  • movie

Seth:

  • book
  • movie
  • screenplay

Notes:

TMTYR Episode #24: Raptor Bromance (Jurassic World)

For a special attempt at relevance, the Pavement Pounders discuss Jurassic World, currently chomping through box office records and in no way in need of their endorsement.  Still and all, they discuss in what sense (if any) the movie is adapted from the original Jurassic Park novel, just to give lip service to the whole “Reader” thing in their title.

Slowness of aging T-Rexes discussed!  Lack of a clear protagonist dissed!  Emergence of Indomitus-Rex’s traits disbelieved!

No rankings this time, though all the Pounders believe this movie is a more worthy sequel than any of the previous ones.  Worth seeing as a popcorn movie.  Ish.

Notes:

Discussing adapted Sci-Fi at its best—and worst

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