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Turns Out, Spock Is Kinda Bad at Logic

Julia Galef, host of the Rationally Speaking podcast and co-founder of the Center for Applied Rationality, is not impressed with the hyper-rational Vulcans on Star Trek. “Spock is held up as this exemplar of logic and reason and rationality, but he’s set up, in my opinion, as almost a weak caricature—a straw man—of reason and rationality, because he keeps making all these dumb mistakes,” Galef says in Episode 462 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “That’s the show’s...

What Sci-Fi Can Teach You About Running a Business

Entrepreneur James Altucher, host of the James Altucher Show podcast, is a lifelong science fiction fan. Some of his favorites include Star Wars, The Edge of Tomorrow, and Roger Zelazny’s Amber series. “It really sets you free, when anything goes,” Altucher says in Episode 461 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “When there’s time travel, when there’s teleportation, when there’s galactic empires with mystical powers. When there’s a universe where there’s a planet where it’s perfect order, and...

‘The Dispossessed’ Is Still One of Sci-Fi’s Smartest Books

Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1974 novel The Dispossessed depicts a society with no laws or government, an experiment in “nonviolent anarchism.” Science fiction author Matthew Kressel was impressed by the book’s thoughtful exploration of politics and economics. “After reading The Dispossessed, I was just blown away,” Kressel says in Episode 460 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “It was just such an intellectual book. It’s so philosophical, and it was so different from a lot of the science...

It’s Never Been Easier to Make an Adventure Game

In the early years of personal computers, the adventure game genre reigned supreme, exemplified by classic titles such as King’s Quest and The Secret of Monkey Island. Toronto-based artist Julia Minamata grew up playing this style of game, which emphasizes storytelling and story-based puzzles. “With an adventure game, you move through it at your own speed, and it’s more like a book than an arcade game,” Minamata says in Episode 459 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “I...

Starting a Podcast Is Harder Than It Looks

Griffin McElroy is the co-host of the popular podcasts My Brother, My Brother, and Me and The Adventure Zone. Together with his brothers (and fellow co-hosts) Justin and Travis, he recently wrote a podcasting guide called Everybody Has a Podcast (Except You). “We’ve been doing podcasts for 11 years, and realized that there are a lot of ways that people are doing this, and I think we have accumulated enough experience on doing this stuff without a bunch of formal...

What If the Afterlife Had In-App Purchases?

In the Amazon original series Upload, a young programmer named Nathan Brown uploads his mind to virtual reality after his body is critically injured in a car accident. Mind uploading is a familiar trope, but science fiction author Tobias S. Buckell says that Upload presents an interesting new spin on the idea. “We’ve all heard about people getting uploaded, and we all know how people can use the virtual world to live out their fantasies, but it was really interesting...

Yes, Chainmail Is Really Hard to Draw

Denis Loubet was the first artist hired at Origin Systems, where he created dozens of paintings and drawings for the Ultima series of computer role-playing games. Loubet is still active in Ultima fandom, recently painting a variant cover for Ultima VII and manual art for the Ultima-inspired game Nox Archaist. “I’m the titular artist for everything Ultima, so people reach out to me when they’re doing something where they want that Ultima flavor,” Loubet says in Episode 456 of the...

‘Blood of Zeus’ Combines Myth With Saturday Morning Cartoons

The new Netflix series Blood of Zeus presents a fresh spin on Greek mythology, featuring familiar characters such as Poseidon, Ares, and Cerberus. Science fiction author Zach Chapman enjoyed the show’s epic battle sequences. “It’s the same studio that did the animation work on Castlevania, so it’s the same kind of blood-and-guts and level of awesome fighting,” Chapman says in Episode 455 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “If you liked Castlevania, definitely check this out.” Podcast https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/https://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/geeksguide455final.mp3 RSS iTunes Download Fantasy author...

What Would It Take to Actually Settle an Alien World?

David Gerrold is the author of dozens of science fiction books, including The Martian Child and The Man Who Folded Himself. His new novel Hella, about a low-gravity planet inhabited by dinosaur-like aliens, was inspired by the 2011 TV series Terra Nova. “The worldbuilding that they did was very interesting, very exciting, but because I was frustrated that they didn’t go in the direction I wanted to go, I was thinking, ‘Let me do a story where I can actually...