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August 10, 2018 01:34:13
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Speculative Fiction - Dinosaur Billionaire Adventures

You find yourself in the not so distant future; it's a place just a bit different, but in ways you hadn't imagined, and its where you will spend the REST OF YOUR LIFE. ... Alright, we're not all speculative fiction writers, but we do have a special guest, Jen Frankel, to join us to talk about the fandom around it! Next week, we were born to make history... and talk about fans of Yuri!!! on ICE (with special guest, Nikola, of [YOI Wednesdays](https://twitter.com/yoiwednesdays)). ## Where can I learn more about Jen Frankel? If you want to hear more about Jen Frankel and the work she does, why not check out some of the following: - Her website: [jenkfrankel.com](http://jenfrankel.com) - Her podcast: [JFRRS](http://www.jenfrankel.com/jen-frankel-reads-random-shit/) - Her twitter: [@jenfrankel](https://twitter.com/jenfrankel) ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **History and Origins:** > Judith Merril, Canadian author, editor, and activist, defined speculative fiction in 1966: “… stories whose objective is to explore, to discover, to learn, by means of projection, extrapolation, analogue, hypothesis-and-paper-experimentation, something about the nature of the universe, of man, or ‘reality’…” > > — [DIYMFA - Defining Speculative Fiction](https://diymfa.com/writing/defining-speculative-fiction) > Speculative fiction is an umbrella genre encompassing narrative fiction with supernatural or futuristic elements. This includes, but not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, superhero fiction, science fantasy, horror, utopian and dystopian fiction, supernatural fiction as well as combinations thereof. > ... > In its English-language usage in arts and literature since the mid 20th century, "speculative fiction" as a genre term is often attributed to Robert A. Heinlein. In his first known use of the term, in ... 1947, Heinlein used it specifically as a synonym for "science fiction"; in a later piece, he explicitly stated that his use of the term did not include fantasy. ...

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August 06, 2018 00:55:35
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Interview: Chrono Trigger Fans with Greg Werner (One Piece Podcast)

How exactly does one find themselves sitting on a toilet in Japan, looking back on a life of Sailor Moon, Akira Toriyama, and Chrono Trigger? We have quite the story to tell as Nick G and Greg talk about growing up as a fan of Chrono Trigger, its influence on Greg's life, and a little bit about Dragonball, Final Fantasy, and Akira Toriyama along the way! ## Where can I learn more about Greg Werner? If you want to learn more about Greg Werner and his work, you can check out: - YouTube: [ochimusha108](http://youtube.com/ochimusha108) - Twitter: [@ochimusha108](https://twitter.com/ochimusha108) - One Piece Podcast: [onepiecepodcast.com](http://www.onepiecepodcast.com/) - One Piece Official Website: [one-piece.com/special/greg](https://one-piece.com/special/greg) ## What is [the Race Against Time (IV)](http://raceagainsttime.io)? > Now in its fourth year running, the Race Against Time is an annual charity marathon to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of Canada by beating the SNES classic, Chrono Trigger, as many times as possible in 24 hours. This year, the event is running every week until August 11 and 12 for the main event (see website for detailed schedule). > > Alzheimer's is a terrible disease that slowly robs those afflicted of their memories, and, eventually, their very sense of being. We are racing to help preserve those memories of loved ones and for a cure to stop it once and for all! > > All donations go directly to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. You can donate right now at [raceagainsttime.io/donate](http://raceagainsttime.io/donate)! ## Sources - Opening music, ["Diggin' til the Very End"](http://music.djcutman.com/album/volume-iv) by Dj CUTMAN used under [CC BY-NC-SA](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/) - Ending music, ["Bounty Hunter"](http://music.djcutman.com/album/volume-iv) by Dj CUTMAN used under [CC BY-NC-SA](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/) ...

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August 03, 2018 01:30:47
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Scott Pilgrim - A 'Trash Dillweed'

We got a stereo, you just got to turn the knob and baby we'll go as far as we can... but we're not garbage men. This week, we have special guest, [Matthew Tyler Di Leo (aka SonicMTD)](https://twitter.com/SonicMTD) to help talk us through the fandom of Scott Pilgrim... fans. Next week, we have [Jen Frankel, author of the Undead Redhead series](http://www.jenfrankel.com/) to chat with us about fans of speculative fiction! ## Where can I learn more about Matt? If you'd like to hear more from Matt or check out his work, you're in luck! - City in Wires, [his band](https://www.facebook.com/CityInWires/) - His [YouTube](https://youtube.com/SonicMTD) - His [Twitter](https://twitter.com/SonicMTD) - His [Facebook](https://facebook.com/SonicMTD) ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **History and Origins:** > Scott Pilgrim is a series of graphic stories by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The series is about Canadian Scott Pilgrim, a slacker and part-time musician who lives in Toronto, Ontario and plays bass guitar in a band. He falls in love with American delivery girl Ramona Flowers, but must defeat her seven evil exes in order to date her. > > The series consists of six digest size black-and-white volumes, released between August 2004 and July 2010, by Portland-based independent comic book publisher Oni Press. It was later republished by Fourth Estate, an imprint of HarperCollins. Full-colour hardback volumes, coloured by Nathan Fairbairn, were released from August 2012 to April 2014. > > A film adaptation of the series titled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World starring actor Michael Cera in the title role was released in August 2010. A video game adaptation developed by Ubisoft for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade was released the same month. > > — [Wikipedia - Scott Pilgrim](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Pilgrim) **Search Data:** As far as Google trends data goes, Scott Pilgrim looks like a flash ...

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July 27, 2018 01:27:09
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Gunpla - A Perfect Grade Podcast

Take part A1-2 and add part D3-5, then turn the middle part top-wise?? This week, we're talking about the world of Gundam plastic models, AKA Gunpla, with special guest, Lauren Orsini—_[The Otaku Journalist](https://www.otakujournalist.com/)_ and author of _[Gunpla 101](https://www.gunpla101.com/)_! Next week: Are you hearing voices? Animal noises? The creme-de-la-creme? The feminine abyss? I'm not sure what any of that means, but we'll be hear to talk Scott Pilgrim with a special guest! ## Where can I learn more about Lauren Orsini? If you want to learn more about Lauren, you can [follow her on Twitter](https;//twitter.com/laureninspace), or read about more of her work on [The Otaku Journalist](https://www.otakujournalist.com/), _[Gunpla 101](https://www.gunpla101.com/), or the [Gunpla 101 twitter](https;//twitter.com/gunpla101)! ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **History and Origins:** While doing the research for this week's topic and unearthing the history of Gunpla, we inevitably were lead to our guests on words. From [Gunpla101.com's "the History of Gunpla"](https://www.gunpla101.com/the-history-of-gunpla/): > Mobile Suit Gundam, the first Gundam series ever, aired in 1979. > > Less than a year later, the first Gunpla kit appeared. And for the past 30 years, people of all ages have continued to enjoy this unusual hobby. > ... > - The word “Gunpla” was coined at the same time as the first kit. Like “cosplay,” it’s a Japanese amalgamation of two English words—“Gundam” and “plastic,” as in “plastic model. English speakers will interchange this with “Gundam models,” but we usually say Gunpla because it’s shorter. > - The first Gunpla, released in July 1980, cost just 300 yen, or about $3. Obviously, it was a kit for making the very first Mobile Suit Gundam model. > - The earliest Gunpla kits, released between 1980 and 1989, are nothing like the Gunpla we build today. Instead of snapping ...

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July 25, 2018 00:57:07
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Interview: Sailor Moon Fans with Bobbie Lee Crow (iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra)

How does a TV show from Japan influence the lives of the folks watching them? It might just lead you to starting a symphony! Nick T has the opportunity to talk with Bobbie Lee Crow III, the artistic director of iconiQ and the conductor of SeraSymphony and his experiences growing up as a fan of Sailor Moon and how that fused with his love of music. You can also find out how Sailor Moon helped him get into college! ## Where can I learn more about Bobbie Lee Crow III? > Conductor, composer, and cellist Bobbie Lee Crow III has worked alongside singer-songwriter Blake Pfeil, ABC’s X-Factor finalist Khaya, Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper, Japanese pop singer KIYOTAKA, and Tony Award-winner Patina Miller. His music credits include composition for the webseries How to Make It Big and the musical The Tale of Murasaki, score preparation for the film Denial, and performance on the Primetime Emmy-nominated series Elementary. An avid anime fan, Bobbie is the founder and Artistic Director of the anime, cartoon, and video game chamber ensemble iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra. He currently works at multi-award-winning composer Howard Shore’s music publishing company. > > — [SeraSymphony](http://www.serasymphony.com/) If you want to learn more about Bobbie Lee Crow III and his work, you can check out: - The SeraSymphony: [http://www.serasymphony.com/](http://www.serasymphony.com/) - iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra: - YouTube: [iconiquestra](http://youtube.com/iconiquestra) - Facebook: [@iconiquestra](https://www.facebook.com/iconiquestra/) - Twitter: [@iconiquestra](https://twitter.com/iconiquestra) - Website: [http://www.iconiquestra.org/](http://www.iconiquestra.org/) ## Sources - Opening music, ["Fight! Sailor Scouts"](http://www.serasymphony.com/store/serasymphony-ii-half-moon/) by SeraSymphony; Music by Bob Summers; © BLC3Music Services, LLC - Ending music, ["Bounty Hunter"](http://music.djcutman.com/album/volume-iv) by Dj CUTMAN used under [CC BY-NC-SA](https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/) ...

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July 20, 2018 01:23:04
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Galaga - The Long Quarter

This week, we're teaming up to get a high score with Michael Kimball as we blast into the world of... Galaga?! What is it about the classic arcade game that has held its allure for more than thirty years? And where is the fandom heading? Next week, we move from space fighter to space _robots_ to talk about Gunpla with [the Otaku Journalist, Lauren Orsini](https://www.otakujournalist.com/)! ## Where can I learn more about Michael Kimball? You can learn more about Michael by [checking out his website](http://www.michael-kimball.com/) or perhaps even by reading his book, [_Galaga_](https://bossfightbooks.com/collections/books/products/galaga-by-michael-kimball) published by Boss Fight books! ## Episode outline ### Fandom Facts **History and Origins:** > Galaga is a Japanese arcade game developed and published by Namco Japan and by Midway in North America in 1981. It is the sequel to 1979's Galaxian. The gameplay of Galaga puts the player in control of a spacecraft which is situated at the bottom of the screen, with enemy aliens arriving in formation at the beginning of a stage, either trying to destroy, collide with, or capture the spaceship, with the player progressing every time alien forces are vanquished. > > — [Wikipedia - Galaga](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaga) The game has been re-released and sequeled multiple times, with at least twenty different games existing in its release history including tie-in versions for popular anime _Space Dandy_ and fighting game series _Tekken_. **Size of Fandom:** Estimating the number of fans is always difficult. Using a few data points that we have: - The [Galaga subreddit](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galaga) has about 140 subscribers - The [Arcade subreddit](https://www.reddit.com/r/cade/) has over 22 000 subscribers - The [Retrogaming subreddit](https://www.reddit.com/r/retrogaming/) has almost 63 000 subscribers - Two remixes on [OverClocked Remixes](http://ocremix.org/game/192/galaga-arc) - [300 000 people](http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-bc-as--new-zealand-galaga-wars-20180504-story.html) tuned in to watch a livestream of a Galaga tournament Given such a ...

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