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Episode 15: Nukes, Supernovas, Meteors & Pandemics – Welcome to the Pre-Apocalypse!

In this episode, we examine the often-overlooked moments before an impending apocalypse, which have a special drama of their own. And we are here for that drama… do people come together in the face of impending doom, or do they crumble under the weight of inevitable disaster?

We look at different types of impending doom – natural disasters that can’t be averted, external agents such as aliens and robot overlords (you know we want to talk about Cylons and Reapers again!), and of course, looming man-made disasters that may or may not be averted. Nick is back with more Neon Genesis Evangelion (of course!), plus Flip has a WHOLE NEW WAY to examine Westworld!

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.

Maybe humans can only live in the space between themselves and the can. And if your only option is to keep kicking the can down the road, that’s what you do.

Nick

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 2.03 – What is a pre-apocalypse?
  • 15:12 – Natural Disasters
  • 40:08 – Aliens & Robots
  • 52:05 – Man made disasters
  • 1:18:57 – Is there a moral message in pre-apocalypse stories?
  • 1:31:57 – Wrap up & Outro

I think that in order to be moral, you need to have a future. If everybody is going to die, morality has no meaning.

Nick

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

Books we discuss

Movies & TV shows we discuss

  • 2012 (This is Nick’s fault!)
  • Armageddon
  • Battlestar Galactica (new series)
  • Caprica
  • Deep Impact
  • District 9
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Hard Sun
  • Heroes
  • Independence Day
  • Knowing
  • Mad Max series
  • Mars Attacks
  • The Nineth Gate
  • On the Beach (film)
  • On the Beach (tv)
  • Signs
  • Snowpiercer
  • The Terminator Series
  • These Final Hours
  • Threads
  • Travelers
  • The Walking Dead
  • Westworld (movie)
  • Westworld (tv show)

Games we discuss

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Episode 10: Rampancy of the Artificial Mind Pt 2

“Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?”

In the second part of this long-promised Westworld-inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we are once again joined by our friend Fred (previously seen in Episode 2: Omega Point, sensates and space cannibals) as we discuss how artificial intelligence tropes are used in fiction.

We explore the fascinating theory of the Bicameral Mind, explore Golems and Murderbots, what is Rampancy and the repercussions of it, and the differences between Humans and Artificial Intelligence – if you can’t tell the difference, does it even matter?

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.

“The Bicameral Mind is completely untestable, and therefore it belongs completely in the same bucket as Teilhard’s Omega Point theories, and it’s AMAZING”

Dave

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:27 – The Bicameral Mind
  • 7:11 – What is Rampancy?
  • 11:01 – Golems and Murderbots
  • 21:47 – Repercussions of Rampancy
  • 37:17 – Humans vs AIs: If you can’t tell, does it even matter?
  • 45:28 – Wrap up and outro

Books we discuss

Movies & TV shows we discuss

Games we discuss

Other resources

Episode 9: Rampancy of the Artificial Mind Pt 1

“Bring yourself back online…”

It is finally here! In this long-promised Westworld-inspired episode of Pod Culture [Oz], we are once again joined by our friend Fred (previously seen in Episode 2: Omega Point, sensates and space cannibals) as we discuss how artificial intelligence tropes are used in fiction.

We discuss the difference between machine learning and artificial intelligence, the gendered nature of AI work in fiction, and the implications of when AIs outgrow their programming and the ways in which they grow rampant.

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.

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:55 – Rampancy of the Artificial Mind
  • 11:48 – How AI is used in fiction
  • 40:07 – When AI goes rampant
  • 1:00:33 – Wrap up and outro

“When AIs start acting beyond their designated boundaries, they either start firing missiles or they start asserting personhood.”

~ Philippa

Books we discuss

Movies & TV shows we discuss

Games we discuss

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The MCU is terrible and you should demand better

Our co-host Nick has written an article for online journal Medium that is a companion piece to our two-part series on The Politics of Superheroes. Find out what he has to add to his podcast rant.

{Marvel] are the largest media empire the world has ever seen. That’s why they should do better, and why we should expect much more from them

Nick

Episode 8: The Politics of Superheroes Pt 2

In this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are once again joined by author and game designer Christian D. Read from Crow Land Publishing as we discuss the politics of superheroes (part 2).

We discuss a time when superheroes were playful, the concept of adult superhero stories with consequences, and explore if superheroes are an inherently fascist genre.

“America keeps telling itself the story of powerful individuals who can change the world and who will not be changed by it.”

Christian D. Read, author

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:

Christian Read – Author & Game Designer

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:19 – When superheroes were playful (or: Thor and the Frogs)
  • 9:45 – Character, drama and consequences
  • 17:42 – The sad story of Watchmen prequels
  • 20.51 – Is this an inherently fascist genre?
  • 32:56 – Which countries get Superheroes?
  • 40:26 – The good stuff – recommendations
  • 50:45 – Outro

Books we discuss:

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Episode 7: The Politics of Superheroes Pt 1

In this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are joined by author and game designer Christian D. Read from Crowland Publishing as we discuss the politics of superheroes (part 1).

We discuss Alan Moore’s recent controversial interviews and criticism about the state of superhero movies, consider the concept of ‘privatising world peace’, and look at the point of R-rated superheroes.

“The current extended hero universes are one long, embarrassing response to 9-11.”

Christian D. Read, author

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:

Christian Read – Author & Game Designer

Books we discuss

Superhero romances (a sample of titles)

Movies & TV shows we discuss

Games we discuss

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Special Thanks:

To all at the Wicked Wallflowers Coven, for their help with compiling the Superhero Romances list. You are all fantastic.