metanarratives

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

Other links:

Episode 12: Ghosts are NOT horror

In this year’s Halloween episode, Dave throws out the theory that “Ghosts are NOT horror”, and challenges Nick and Flip to prove or disprove it.

We discuss ghosts with unfinished business, ghosts with curses, Japanese ghosts specifically, and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. So, what is your take on ghosts as horror?

That’s almost tautological: the non-horror ghost movies are not horror.

Dave

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Ghostbusters is the outlier because the only ghost is in the title.

Nick

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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

Other resources

Episode 6: MMOs for world peace Pt 3

In our first official collab (part 3), in this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are joined by Tom (aka Robots) from the Fallout Lorecast as we discuss MMOs for World Peace and how gaming is depicted in popular media.

In this episode we look at the concept of gamer identity, the darker side of gaming, and how gamers can become professional without being in the elite tier of e-sports players. We also explore how marketers now consider gamers a key target audience, and the ways they try (or fail) to advertise to them.

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

Tom / Robots: The Fallout Lorecast and Robots Radio Network – our guest host on this episode. Check out his stuff, it is awesome!

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:19 – Gamer identity and representation
  • 7:52 – The darker side of gaming
  • 15:53 – The profession of gaming
  • 24:49 – Gamers as an audience
  • 27:31 – In defence of mediocrity in gaming
  • 33:36 – Wrap up
  • 35:55 – Outro

Books we discuss

Movies & TV shows we discuss

Games we discuss

Other links:

Episode 4: MMOs for world peace Pt 1

In our first official collab, in this episode of Pod Culture Oz we are joined by Tom (aka Robots) from the Fallout Lorecast as we discuss MMOs for World Peace and how gaming is depicted in popular media.

In this episode we look at the history of roleplaying in pop culture, and discuss what inspired each of us to try gaming, and invent the “NICHOLAS” Cage!

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

Tom / Robots: The Fallout Lorecast and Robots Radio Network – our guest host on this episode. Check out his stuff, it is awesome!

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:12 – The meta of gaming
  • 3:26 – Alternis, or MMOs for World Peace
  • 22:58 – The early days of gaming
  • 24:49 – Gamers as an audience
  • 36:04 – Why Rolemaster is the BEST RPG
  • 47:05 – Outro

Books we discuss

Movies & TV shows we discuss

Games we discuss

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Welcome to PodCulture [Oz]: Life in Lockdown

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Pod Culture [Oz], a new Australian Pop Culture podcast about genre fiction. Your show hosts Dave and Nick, together with co-host and producer Philippa, are inviting you to join them for some deep dives into themes and metanarratives that span literature, film, television and gaming.

In this inaugural episode, we discuss the challenges of Life in Lockdown – what we are reading, watching and playing when our usual outlets are restricted. At the time this was recorded Nick was in the extended Melbourne lockdown in Victoria. Dave and Philippa had experienced the 3-month lockdown in NSW and were still working from home. Welcome to the new world.

Below you will find a list of books, movies, tv shows and games that we discuss during this episode. Many of the titles touched on in this episode will be looked at in more depth in upcoming episodes.

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

Shownotes

What we are reading:

What we are watching:

What we are playing:

Other links

The Vogue Adventuring Company: A selection of outfits from Red Dead Online (as mentioned in the podcast).

Philippa mentioned her fashion-inspired posse in Red Dead online. Here are some of her signature looks. Yes, she does like taking screenshots.