I co-host The Imaginaries podcast with my MFA buddy Kendra. In the cast, we talk about science fiction, fantasy, weird fiction, and more in all of its various and splendid forms. Our most recent episodes will always be available on iTunes and on Soundcloud, and you can find all of our episodes on YouTube.
We also have a website dedicated to The Imaginaries, as well as a Twitter handle, @imaginary_pod, to let you know when we release a new episode and what we're up to. It's awesome to have support to help us pay for hosting fees and whatnot, so we have a Ko-Fi profile where listeners can drop us a couple of bucks whenever.
Our most recent episodes are available via direct links below.
Episodes 41 & 42: The Imaginary Awards
2017 marked the first year we decided to take a look back at our favorite novels, novellas, comics, TV shows, movies, and more. Our favorites earned one of our inaugural Imaginary Awards for being the best of the best!
The complete awards show has been split into two parts. The lists of nominees and winners are available on The Imaginaries website.
Episode 40: The Weird
Welcome to our final podcast of 2017! Yes, yes, we know it's showing up in 2018, and we apologize for the delay. This week, we're talking about the Weird in science fiction and fantasy, its intersections with Lovecraftian and other murders/unkindnesses/tribes/categories of SFF, and what to look for as we move into a future populated by Jeff VanderMeers and China Mievilles. It's a good future. It's a bit odd, but we like it that way.
Episode 39: The Planets, Afield
This is the third and final installment of our "planetary bodies" series, which began with the Moon (Ep. 37) and middled with Mars (Ep. 38). Here we cover a LOT of ground--everything from Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora to Sheri Tepper's Grass to Nicola Griffith's Ammonite to Cixen Liu's The Three-Body Problem. How do we present planetary bodies in science fiction as a landscape and a function? And what's this about cli-fi, or climate-change exploratoriums, in science fiction? We have a lot of questions, and a lot of thoughts, and cats.
Episode 38: On Mars
Mars has long been the focus of our science fictional imagination. So what's the deal? How is setting a book or a colony on the red planet different from setting it elsewhere in our solar system? We get into the nitty gritty of Percival Lowell, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Expanse, Mariner 1, Mark Watney's potatoes, and much much more. While you're reading this, you should look up K. Maria D. Lane's Geographies of Mars and Carl Abbott's Frontiers Past and Future: Science Fiction and the American West. We promise you won't regret it!