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Episode 13: Rockets, Billionaires & Space Cowboys

In this space-inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we joined by special guest Marta Troicka as we discuss Nick’s claim that all modern space movies suck.

We look at three different types of space movies, spacecraft as a form of public transport, and space stories as frontierism.

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Anchor.FM, Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Guest Host:

Marta Troicka

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 2:09 – To Boldly Claim Space Movies Suck
  • 6:10 – Gravity as a Great Weight
  • 25:12 – Why set your movie in space?
  • 28:33 – Space Disasters
  • 35.13 – Space Aliens
  • 48:19 – Space was inside us all along
  • 1:20:42 – How do we make space interesting?
  • 1:39:40 – Wrap up & Outro

Space always has to be chin strokingly, muscularly serious…

Nick

References – note: Flip has a broken arm, so links will be added in slowly.

Books we discuss:

  • Arendt, Hannah. The Human Condition
  • Creighton, Michael. Andromeda Strain
  • Graber, David. Utopia of Rules
  • Hodgkinson, Tom. How to be Idle
  • Le Guin, Ursula. The Word for World is Forest
  • Le Guin, Ursula. The Left Hand of Darkness
  • Sims Bishop, Rudina. Windows and Mirrors
  • Turner, Frederick Jackson.
  • The Martian (novel)
  • Asif Sediki
  • White, Richard. The Frontier in American Memory

Movies & TV shows we discuss:

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Abyss
  • Ad Astra
  • Another Life
  • Armageddon
  • Arrival
  • Ascension
  • The Astronaut’s Wife
  • Avatar
  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • Apollo 13
  • Apollo 18
  • Battlestar Galactica (new series)
  • Die Hard
  • Earth 2
  • Europa Report
  • The Expanse
  • Firefly
  • First Man
  • Gravity
  • Hidden Figures
  • High Life
  • The Hunt for Red October
  • Killjoys
  • The Last Starfighter
  • Life
  • The Martian
  • Mission to Mars
  • Nightflyers
  • Passengers
  • The Poseidon Adventure
  • Prometheus
  • The Right Stuff
  • Space Cowboys
  • Speed
  • Sputnik
  • Star Trek (Original Series)
  • Stowaway
  • Sunshine
  • Towering Inferno

Games we discuss:

  • Alternity
  • Aliens RPG
  • Deliver Us The Moon
  • Elite: Dangerous
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Halo
  • Horizon Zero Dawn
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Knights of the Old Republic
  • Knights of the Old Republic: The Sith Lords
  • Marathon
  • Mass Effect
  • Mass Effect 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Mega Traveller
  • Pathfinder
  • Observation
  • Spacemaster: Imperium
  • Space Opera
  • Star Citizen
  • Starfinder
  • Traveller

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