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

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!:

Colin:

  • 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

James:

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

Seth:

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

Notes:
What does Canon mean?
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canon

What’s in the Canon?
http://www.ew.com/article/2015/11/16/star-wars-canon

Thrawn Trilogy:
http://www.amazon.com/Star-Wars-The-Thrawn-Trilogy/dp/1595824170

Star Wars: Clone Wars:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVk9lPotcW4

Splinter of the Mind’s Eye
http://www.amazon.com/Splinter-Minds-Eye-Star-Legends-ebook/dp/B00513F9CA/

Han Solo: Paradise Snare:
http://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Snare-Star-Wars-Trilogy/dp/0553574159

Star Wars: Republic Commando:
http://www.amazon.com/Star%C2%A0Wars-%C2%A0Republic%C2%A0Commando-Pc/dp/B000VV9T7S/

Wookieepedia: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

Barnes & Noble series on the Expanded Universe:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/building-a-galaxy-far-far-away-the-story-of-the-star-wars-expanded-universe-part-1/

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!:

Colin:

  • 2004 miniseries
  • book
  • 1931 film

(though his favorite item was Young Frankenstein)

James:

  • Young Frankenstein über alles!

Seth:

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

Notes:

Read the book free!:
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/84

How Universal Re-Copyrighted Frankenstein’s Monster:
https://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2011/10/24/how-universal-re-copyrighted-frankensteins-monster/

Crash Course Literature: Frankeinstein
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyyrwoCec1k
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRDjmyEvmBI

Heart in a box:
http://www.technologyreview.com/news/540861/transplant-surgeons-revive-hearts-after-death/

1910 Edison Company silent film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcLxsOJK9bs

Mary Shelley: Grandmother of Science Fiction (The Great Courses):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUr32Ji69g8

Discovery Channel’s “Great Books: Frankenstein”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uzHneTLuYE&spfreload=1

Legacy of Frankenstein: The Monster is the One in the White Lab Coat:
http://www.americanscientist.org/bookshelf/pub/legacy-of-frankenstein-the-monster-is-the-one-in-the-white-lab-coat

Aldini’s grim demonstrations:
http://www.peashooter85.com/post/65399622846/the-real-dr-frankenstein-the-mad-science-of
http://www.theguardian.com/education/2004/oct/07/research.highereducation1

Seth’s review of Frankenstein:
http://seth.heasley.net/blog/2010/10/frankenstein-by-mary-shelley/

List of Frankenfilms:
http://public.wsu.edu/~delahoyd/frankenstein.films.html

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/

Discussing adapted Sci-Fi at its best—and worst

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