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Can science fiction save the world? Author and filmmaker, Mikel J. Wisler, explores the themes and ideas presented in a wide range of sci-fi movies and books from various time periods. Convinced that sci-fi is the most naturally philosophical genre, Wisler invites everyone from die-hard fans to casual observers to dive into meaningful conversations about how sci-fi helps us think about our future, brings up challenging scenarios, and forces us to ask big questions. Support this podcast: http ...
 
Science Fiction is speculative literature that generally explores the consequences of ideas which are roughly consistent with nature and scientific method, but are not facts of the author’s contemporary world. The stories often represent philosophical thought experiments presented in entertaining ways. Protagonists typically “think” rather than “shoot” their way out of problems, but the definition is flexible because there are no limits on an author’s imagination. The reader-selected stories ...
 
We're just three brothers with nerdy interests and hobbies. We talk video games, books, movies, television, and tabletop games. We also believe that issues of religion and philosophy can have a major impact on storytelling in all media. As a result, our podcast is one part nerd out session, one part philosophical introspection, and two parts having a good time. Follow us on social media: @faithfictionpod. We'd love to hear from you.
 
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Because I love science fiction, I don't just talk about it. Occasionally, I write sci-fi stories. And because I used to be a narrative filmmaker, I still pick up and camera and do a little cinematography. In this episode, I invite actor and director Diana Porter to discuss with me why she agreed to direct and star in "Subscribed," this short film I…
 
The Tomorrow War offers us big-budget sci-fi with hand-wavy time travel and deadly aliens. What's not to love? On this episode, I invite a couple of friends who also love a good sci-fi flick to join me for a lively discussion about the merits and flaws of this tropy action movie. Be warned, we discuss the move at length, so expect a lot of spoilers…
 
Author and science communication specialist Octavia Cade joins me for an important conversation about climate change, effective communication of science to the public, and protecting data and scientific integrity in a world driven by politics and profit margins. In this challenging and eye-opening episode, Cade and I discuss the real-world inspirat…
 
Author Terri Favro joins me to discuss her non-fiction book, Generation Robot, which gives us a look back at the history of robotics and AI and a well-researched look forward into what lies ahead in the coming decades. Science fiction has given us a wide range of views on robots. But has sci-fi really got it right? What will happen if we succeed in…
 
Andy Weir, author of The Martian, has a new novel out, Project Hail Mary. In this episode, I dive into what works and what doesn't about this book, how Weir has given us a better character journey, and more. Weir returns to some familiar territory with this plausible hard SF adventure. First 20-minutes are spoiler free. Join the discussion on Disco…
 
Author Alec Nevala-Lee stops by to discuss his monumental biography of the early days of science fiction. His book, Astounding, details the rise of SF through the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. This was the age of a magazine called Astounding, today known as Analog Science Fiction and Fact. In those early decades, John W. Campbell served as editor of Astound…
 
Orson Scott Card and the late Ben Bova are two giants of the science fiction literary world. Bova has long been one of my favorite authors and his Grand Tour books have been an enormous influence on me. I recently dug up some solid advice from established professionals in the SF writing world and I found Card and Bova had both written books on writ…
 
Sherryl Vint teaches Science Fiction Media Studies at the University of California, Riverside and has written several books exploring the various philosophical and cultural aspects of science fiction. Her latest book, Science Fiction, published as part of the MIT Press Essential Knowledge Series. This latest book is a guide for the casual sci-fi fa…
 
Have you seen the new Netflix sci-fi thriller, Stowaway? In this episode, I review the movie and discuss what worked and what didn't about it and why I want to see more movies like this made. The first portion of the episode is spoiler free, so even if you haven't seen the movie, you can listen to the first part and get a sense of whether this is s…
 
This week, the boys discuss toxic culture that exists within the gaming community, where and how it thrives, its dangers, and how best to respond to it. The boys also introduce a new segment called, "Toxic or Nah," where they explain commonly used terms for different actions in the gaming community and discuss its level of toxicity. Don't forget to…
 
S.B. Divya's debut novel, Machinehood, is a thrill ride of plausible future conflict between developing AI and augmented human beings who have given up privacy and now rely on daily updates to their medication to combat designer viruses and remain competitive in the gig marketplace. Divya is also the co-editor of Escape Pod, which is a science fict…
 
We didn't reverse climate change. The world is a barren husk of what it once was. And yet, humanity persists. Traveling between towns, villages, and cities, a circus cuts through Europe, delivering entertainment. But much there is a darker reality to this circus, and their trek to Asia is either hopeless venture or will be the spark of a new humani…
 
This week, the boys discuss their history with various trading card games? Were any of them every actually a Pokémon master? Is it time for them to get back into Magic: the Gathering? What game were they not allowed to play as kids? What is their favorite Christian trading card game? Hear about all that and more on this week's episode! Join the con…
 
This past weekend I got to attend (virtually) the Flights of Foundry 2021 con. It was fantastic and I feel so energized by it. Why is that? Well, grab a coffee or tea, and let's chat. From networking with fellow speculative fiction creators to jointly launching a new subgenre of science fiction, Flight of Foundry was a remarkable experience, and it…
 
Sci-fi author and artist, Frank Wu, joins me for a lively, hilarious, and very informative conversation about how he got his first story published in one of my favorite science fiction magazines, Analog. We also dive into how his award-winning story, "In the Absence of Instructions to the Contrary," which truly one of the best short stories I've ev…
 
Just like the real March Madness tournament, we couldn't contain our tournament to a single month. After an unexpected break, Faith and Fiction is back to finally finish answering the question: Which Pokémon starter truly is the best, like no one ever was? Listen to the boys' heated debate as they show their true colors as Gen 1 oldsters. Faith and…
 
What can we learn from neuroscience and psychology about the narratives we create, how mailable memories are, and how our drive for survival shapes our response to life? Chris Wong, therapist and adult education specialist, joins me for a lively follow-up discussion to episode 014 about the neuroscience of storytelling. We explore how trauma shapes…
 
Prepare for an exciting Round 2 of Faith and Fiction's epic tournament of Pokémon Starters! The crew may be short-handed for this one, but the competition doesn't miss a beat! Jonah fights hard for his favorite 'mon. Caleb has a change of heart (or two). All that and more on this week's episode of Faith and Fiction! Join the conversation: follow @f…
 
When my coworker, Mike Palumbo, told me I needed to check out Devs on Hulu because it was "my kind of sci-fi" that stuck with me. Well, I finally checked it out and boy, was he right. So I invited Mike to come on to the podcast to discuss this twisted, suspenseful, deeply philosophical mini series. This is a long discussion meant for folks who have…
 
After some upload issues it's finally here! They all want to be the very best, but only one can win the crown. In their own nerdy version of March Madness, the boys have pitted the top 16 Pokémon starters against one another in a tournament of champions. Did your favorites make the tournament? Will they advance to the next round? Possibly even make…
 
This hard sci-fi thriller stares unflinchingly into the political ramifications of discovering we are not alone in this universe. The discovery launches a new space race with a winner-takes-all approach to securing alien tech and science. What can we learn from this novel and why do I wish more politicians were reading Saturn Run? Check out my rece…
 
This week, the boys discuss the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What's so great about it? How do you catch up on it? Why does every studio suddenly want their own cinematic universe? They also share favorite moments and predictions for the future of the MCU. All that and more on this week's episode of Faith and Fiction! Join the conversation by followin…
 
Yes, I love science fiction. But even more foundational than my affinity for this wonderful genre is the fact that I love storytelling. It's what I do for my day job (documentary film) and my side hustle (sci-fi novels and this podcast). So yes, I love storytelling. But turns out that there are deep reasons storytelling has been an integral part of…
 
Happy(?) Ash Wednesday, everyone! This week, the boys discuss the narrative function of death in fiction, memorable uses of death in fiction, and the importance of reflecting on our own mortality. Caleb gets morbid about pets, Noah's new puppy makes special audio appearances in the background, and Jonah doesn't want to talk about anything but anime…
 
This week, the boys discuss the odd relationship between many Christians and the fantasy genre. Why do so many Christians get riled up against fantasy works while adoring authors like Tolkien and Lewis? What was it like growing up in the Bible Belt while being huge fans of Pokémon, Harry Potter, and other "blacklist" series? What is it like as Chri…
 
The Loop by Ben Oliver has been called "the new Hunger Games" by some. But does it live up to this bold claim? I checked out this brand new young adult dystopian futuristic thriller. In this episode, I dive into The Loop and discuss what works and what doesn't. I also discuss a couple of graphic novels I just read: Mooncop and Wonder Woman: Tempest…
 
This week, the boys discuss the recent frenzy surrounding Reddit bros buying tons of Gamestop stock, as well as their own memories shopping at their own local Gamestop(s). Noah and Jonah also compete in the first ever Trade-In Value Showdown, which is exactly what it sounds like. All that and more this week on Faith and Fiction! Join the conversati…
 
In one of the most epic sci-fi novels I've come across, Neal Stephenson takes on the long-term survival of the species after a freak event destroys the moon and dooms the planet to an eventual catastrophic rain of fire from the sky that will render the Earth unhabitable for thousands of years. At the core of this type of science fiction are questio…
 
Ahoy! In this episode, the boys bask in the glory of the pirate's life. They discuss their recent obsession, the video game Sea of Thieves, as well as all things Pirate-y (looking at you Sid Meier's Pirates! and Muppets Treasure Island). Discussion also meanders into game design and building mechanics that tell stories. All that and more on this ep…
 
In this episode, the boys discuss three "highs" and "lows" of 2020 as well as what they're looking forward to in 2021. Caleb talks movies, Noah fondly remembers writing excursions, and Jonah gets a little political. All that and more in this week's episode! If you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or leave a rating. It means a ton! Join the …
 
Merry Dune-mas and Happy Dune Year! It's here! It's finally here! Not 2021, Faith and Fiction's grand finale to our read through of Dune. That's right, this episode brings us all the way to the end of the book! To cap things off, the boys discuss their thoughts and feelings in a post-Dune world, how the book holds up, and its major influences in po…
 
Have you checked out the new George Clooney directed film released on Netflix? The movie seems to split audiences. What can we learn from this film? Is it good sci-fi? Is it meaningful? What is the story really trying to get at, anyway? This contemplative sci-fi drama offers more than many of seem to dismiss it have recognized. But is it really an …
 
Happy Dune-mas! To celebrate this special occasion, the boys dissect the second half of Book Two of Dune. They discuss the introduction of Feyd-Rautha, the further development of Fremen culture, some fascinating pictures of Frank Herbert and Sting, and much much more! Only one episode remains in our Dune-cember celebration. Next week we'll be count…
 
Rob Hart's novel, The Warehouse, got me thinking about a lot of things when I first checked it out last year. It has become even more relevant this year as we have had to hunker down and do most, if not all, of our shopping online. Are we thinking clearly about the corporate and economic future we are fostering with each purchase? What does Hart's …
 
This week, the boys discuss the first part of Dune's second book, "Muad'Dib." There's betrayal. People die. Other people drink some reclaimed water. It's a lovely time. All that and more on this week's episode of Dunecember! Join the conversation by following the podcast on social media: @faithfictionpod. Support the show (https://paypal.me/faithfi…
 
In 1999, this crazy cyberpunk action movie came out, and it blew my mind. Not only that, it has withstood the test of time (and two subpar sequels). It is one of the most philosophically astute action films ever made, and it might just be more plausible than we're willing to admit (the whole "humans as batteries" thing aside). This hilarious episod…
 
Let's talk about the movie and book that started it tall for me. Does it still stand up all these years later? Where does Jurassic Park fit into the world of sci-fi? What question is at the heart of Michael Crichton's classic book? How do the book and movie differ in a key way? Take a peek at my novels, which have definitely been influenced by Cric…
 
In this episode, things escalate quickly as the boys finish Book One of Dune. They attempt to recap this second chunk of reading in 30 seconds, discuss its major scenes, build some biblical connections, and ponder how one translates Frank Herbert's unique writing style to the big screen. Join in the conversation by following the podcast on social m…
 
Happy Dune-cember! This month, join the Faith and Fiction boys as they embark on their first ever read through of Dune. Episode One covers the first half of Book One (approximately the first 12 chapters or the first 157 pages or so). The boys give their best 30-second summaries, first impressions, and (not so) hot takes about casting choices for th…
 
I light of the tragic collapse of the large radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory, I'm needing a bit of a pick-me-up. It can be quite difficult as a science fiction author to remain hopeful about human progress when we allow such an amazing tool for scientific discovery to literally fall apart. In this episode, I go digging for some suggestion…
 
This week, we check in with the boys about their attempts at National Novel Writing Month. They also share what they're thankful for this year. Join us in December as we read through Dune. The full schedule is as follows: December 3rd - Book 1, Part 1 (Pages 1-157) December 10th - Book 1, Part 2 (Pages 158-324) December 17th - Book 2, Part 1 (Pages…
 
When I first heard of Valerie Valdes' Latinx Space Opera novel, called Chilling Effect, I just had to check it out. Now that the sequel, Prime Deceptions, is out too, of course I had to dive in and continue soaking in Valdes' interstellar, off-beat, hilarious and yet heart-felt saga. Plus, there're psychic kittens. So there's that. In this episode,…
 
Why do Sci-Fi and Fantasy get lumped together? Should they be lumped together? In this episode, I bring an old friend and Fantasy expert Andrew Gilbert. From his work teaching humanities and philosophy at Colorado University to playing D&D on his podcast with Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings, Lost) Gilbert knows a thing or two about Fantasy, Sci…
 
Our duo of adventurers -- Ronin, the Warforged Battlemaster, and Belerath, the Aasimar Warlock -- continue their investigations of the mysterious disappearance of the inhabitants of Howe. They delve deep into the town's mine. What they find shocks and terrifies them... For more information about how Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition is played, check…
 
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