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Interviews about science fiction, science, fantasy, mystery, horror, the strange, grotesque and the fantastic in movies, tv, art, games, books, music, and cosplay.

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Children’s show and puppeteering history – Jim Martin interview – SFFIO (Episode 98)

Jim Martin is a lifelong puppeteer. He was Garry Gnu on the Great Space Coaster and he worked on Sesame Street for 22 years. We talked about his distinguished career and his efforts to save and reshow The Great Space Coaster. 0:27 – Jim talks about how he got into puppeteering. 1:20 – Jim talks about what puppets he liked and the fairy tale worlds he liked putting them in. 3:25 – Jim talks about how his career progressed. 5:32 – Jim compares animated characters versus puppet characters. 6:10 – Jim talks about his time with Great Space Coaster. 7:20 – Jim talks about the business side of making the show including directing. 8:24 – Jim talks about how great a guest Mark Hamill was on the show. Mark loves puppets and enjoyed being on the show. 14:15 – Jim Martin was on Sesame Street for 22 years doing oscar the grouch’s right hand and also directed some of the shows. 15:00 – Jim talks about the different ways a puppeteer works. 15:55 – Jim jokes about how Ron Burgandy was stolen from Garry Gnu. 17:22 – Jim talks about what it takes to be a puppet performer. 18:15 – Jim talks about what happened to the ownership of the Great Space Coaster after the show was over. 22:29 – Jim talks about how great it is to see old versions of the show on youtube. 23:05 – Jim talks about licensing challenges with re-showing the Great Space Coaster. 24:53 – Jim talks about his inspirations. 31:10 – They have a website at Thegreatspacecoaster.tv where people can find out more about how the show was created. They’re on twitter and facebook at TheGreatSpaceCoaster. Links of interest http://thegreatspacecoaster.tv/ https://twitter.com/tgsc_official https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatSpaceCoaster/ For more of “Science Fiction and the Fantastic Inside Out” please follow me on Facebook at crisalvarezwlc, on youtube at Cris Alvarez and on Instagram @crisalvarezscifi Guests: Jim Martin Host: Cris Alvarez Tags: howdy doody, captain kangaroo, puppeteering, jim henson, muppet show, big bird, great space coaster, Mark Hamill, Mr. Spaghettio, sesame street, puzzle place, teenage mutant ninja turles, Ron Burgandy, sunbow productions, sony, hasbro, youtube, mr. rogers, jazz

34 MIN1 weeks ago
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Children’s show and puppeteering history – Jim Martin interview – SFFIO (Episode 98)

Science Fiction Replicas – Master Replicas Group interview – SFFIO (Episode 97)

Master Replicas Group is a producer of museum quality replicas from science fiction, science and other popular entertainment. I spoke with two of their senior members, Steve and Karl, at the GPCC 2019. 0:38 – Steve and Karl talk about what the Master replica Group does. 1:08 – Karl talks about how one becomes a professional replica maker. He talks about 2001, fossils and 3-D replicas. 3:06 – Karl talks about how model makers connect and get into licensed projects. Steve talks about the actual business side of the work. 6:15 – They discuss what technology advancements have changed the business. 8:20 – They talk about quality control of the [models] replicas. 10:36 – They talk about applying artistic design to their replicas. 15:43 – They talk about what sci-fi and fantasy works have inspired them. 19:35 – They talk about whether space exploration is inspiring people currently. 21:19 – Steve talks about the moon landing and people who don’t believe it. 22:10 – They talk about how they are able to work with people who work remotely for the company. 23:12 – They talk about how people joined their company. 24:50 – Steve talks about cash flow management. 28:55 – They can be found at masterreplicasgroup.com. They’re on facebook and twitter and have links all over google. Links of interest https://www.masterreplicasgroup.com/ For more of “Science Fiction and the Fantastic Inside Out” please follow me on Facebook at crisalvarezwlc, on youtube at Cris Alvarez and on Instagram @crisalvarezscifi Guests: Master Replicas Group Host: Cris Alvarez Tags: science fiction, fantasy, art, artist , Warner brothers, dinosaurs, fossils, 2001, smithsonian, apollo, hal-9000, 3-D, white light scan, star wars, star trek, marvel

30 MINJUN 12
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Science Fiction Replicas – Master Replicas Group interview – SFFIO (Episode 97)

Comic book history – Comic book writer – Christopher Priest interview – SFFIO (Episode 96)

Christopher Priest has been a comic book writer for over 40 years and has worked for both Marvel and DC. He’s written for Deathstroke, Justice League, Vampirella and many other titles. He also helped to redevelop Black Panther. {Note: The sound gets better after a minute or so but I wanted to include some interesting pre-interview talk that unfortunately doesn’t have the same sound quality as the full interview.} 0:20 – Christopher talks about the creation of Black Panther. 1:35 – Christopher talks about how Black Panther developed. 2:36 – Christopher talked about how he got into the comic book business. 4:00 – Christopher talks about what got him his job at Marvel. 6:30 – Christopher talked about working on Cracked magazine and being mentored by Stan Lee. 8:05 – Christopher talked about what story lines inspired him most. 10:15 – Christopher talks about his various career milestones. 12:50 – Christopher talks about the comic book business. 14:45 – Christopher talks about...

46 MINMAY 28
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Comic book history – Comic book writer – Christopher Priest interview – SFFIO (Episode 96)

NASA space program history book – “Come Fly With Us” (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) – Mel Croft and John Youskauskas interview – SFFIO (Episode 95)

Mel Croft and John Youskauskas are both space program enthusiasts who have previously written a book on the NASA space program. They recetly wrote another book on space shuttle payload specialists and we discussed this new book. 0:49 – They talk about how they got into writing on this subject. 2:02 – They talk about how they organized the book. 2:52 – They explain what the pauload specialist program is. 6:26 – They discuss some of the interesting aspects of the program. 9:33 – They talk about writing on STS-51L. 12:01 – They talk about the reactions people had to being chose as payload specialists. 29:22 – They talk about what they might do with all the information they obtained that didn’t end up in the book. 35:19 – They talk about what the specialists thought when they saw they Earth from orbit. 45:03 – They talk about how the DoD affected the shuttle design and missions. 48:13 -They talk about how payload specialists handle being called astronauts. 53:41 – They talk about the X-37B. 57:08 – They’re both on collectspace.com. They’re also on cmflywithusbook.com. Links of interest https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/university-of-nebraska-press/9780803278929/ For more of “Science Fiction and the Fantastic Inside Out” please follow me on Facebook at crisalvarezwlc, on youtube at Cris Alvarez and on Instagram @crisalvarezscifi Guests: Mel Croft and John Youskauskas Host: Cris Alvarez Tags: NASA, space program, shuttle, STS, challenger, accident, payload specialist, hunstville, space center, astronaut, X-37B

60 MINAPR 22
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NASA space program history book – “Come Fly With Us” (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) – Mel Croft and John Youskauskas interview – SFFIO (Episode 95)

Science Fiction history book – “The Technical Delusion” (Duke University Press, 2019) – Jeffrey Sconce interview – SFFIO (Episode 94)

Dr. Jeffrey Sconce specializes in radio, tv, and film studies and is an assistant professor in communications studies. He’s written many books on the subject and we discussed his latest book on electricity, paranoia and conspiracy theories. 1:04 – Jeffrey talks about he ended up writing the book. 2:55 – Jeffrey talks about the early days of electricity. 5:16 – Jeffrey talks about the explosion of ideas of being mentally controlled when televisions became commonplace. 13:13 – Jeffrey talks about paranormal tv shows which discuss haunted technology. 23:05 – Jeffrey talks about the increasing overlap between science fiction, conspiracy theories, and delusional psychosis. 31:33 – Jeffrey talks about Philip K. Dick and his writing. 41:11 – Jeffrey talks about what he used for his research including Journals on “Insanity.” 43:41 – Jeffrey talks about the truly delusional versus people pretending to be delusional. 1:04:43 – Jeffrey has a blog at ludicdespair.blogpsot.com Links of interest https://www.dukeupress.edu/the-technical-delusion http://ludicdespair.blogspot.com/ For more of “The Art and Design of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Horror” please follow me on Facebook at crisalvarezwlc, on youtube at Cris Alvarez and on Instagram @crisalvarezscifi Guests: Jeffrey Sconce Host: Cris Alvarez Tags: science fiction, electronics, psychosis, conspiracy theories, supernatural, occult, paranormal, mediums, seance, industrial revolution, anxiety, depression, twilight zone, outer limits, haunted technology, twilight zone, x-files, brain chips, MK Ultra, ray kurzweil, Matrix, Philip K. Dick, targeted individuals

66 MINMAR 29
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Science Fiction history book – “The Technical Delusion” (Duke University Press, 2019) – Jeffrey Sconce interview – SFFIO (Episode 94)

Animation history book – “Eat, Drink, Animate” (CRC Press, 2019) – Tom Sito interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 93)

Tom Sito has been a film animator for decades and has worked on some of Disney’s biggest films. He teaches animation and is also a member of the Motion Picture Academy where he is also works in the short films and animation division. He’s written a cookbook that collects together various recipes from animators that Tom has known, met or simply admired. 2:02 – Tom talks about how he came about to write the animators’ recipes cookbook. 5:20 – Tom talks about how animators incorporated food in their animation. 8:19 – Tom talks about the history of computer animation. 11:30 – Tom talks about the theater experience versus seeing a movie on a small screen. 14:03 – Tom talks about what new computer animation techniques are being developed. 18:10 – Tom talks about animation cinematography. 24:37 – Tom talks about experimentation in short films. 27:13 – Tom talks about Japanese animation and other international animated films. 30:15 – Tom talks about computer animated film budget...

66 MINMAR 18
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Animation history book – “Eat, Drink, Animate” (CRC Press, 2019) – Tom Sito interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 93)

NASA history book – “The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy” (University of New Mexico Press, 2019) – John Bisney interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 92)

John Bisney has worked as a reporter, on news radio, in public relations and is a NASA enthusiast. We talked about the latest book he has co-authored “The Space’Age presidency of John F. Kennedy” which is a photographic history of NASA’s work during JFK’s presidency. 0:41 – John talks about how he got into studying and writing on this subject. 7:13 – John talks briefly about NASA illustration art. 7:46 – John talks about how they lay out the book. 11:01 – John talks about doing research at the Kennedy library. 13:12 – John talks about his favorite photos in the collection. He touches on Alan Shepherd in the White House Rose Garden. 15:02 – John talks about how he chose the pictures they used. 17:41 – John talks about the companies that worked on the space program. 21:59 – John talks about other important people found in the photos. 23:21 – John talks about interesting people who also show up in the pictures. 36:32 – John talks about video of JFK’s travels. 43:13 – T...

45 MINMAR 4
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NASA history book – “The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy” (University of New Mexico Press, 2019) – John Bisney interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 92)

Supernatural studies history book – “The Spectral Arctic” (UCL Press, 2018) – Shane McCorristine interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 91)

Dr. Shane McCorristine received his Ph.D. in history and now teaches at Newcastle University. His focus is on the “night side” of human experience. This means the study of social attitudes towards death, dreams, ghosts, hallucinations, and so on. We spoke about his latest book on how ideas of the supernatural and ghosts were applied to 19th century British polar expeditions. 1:19 – Shane talks about how he got into studying this subject. He was into polar fiction. 2:45 – Shane talks about how he’s laid the book out. 6:00 – Shane talks about the Shackleton expedition and the fourth presence. 11:05 – Shane talks about the public’s mystical perceptions of the arctic. 12:45 – Shane talks about ideas that the Arctic had gateways to the center of the Earth or to other dimensions or lands. 14:10 – Shane compares the supernatural to religious ideas. 17:20 – Shane talks about naval superstitions and their usefulness in maritime operations. 20:09 – Shane talks about ways in which ...

69 MINFEB 14
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Supernatural studies history book – “The Spectral Arctic” (UCL Press, 2018) – Shane McCorristine interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 91)

Videogame Avaria discussion and gameplay – Andrew Linde interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 90)

Andrew Linde worked in the music industry until he decided to commit himself full-time to indie game development. He’s been working on Avaria for a few years now and we talked about the game and its development at Super Magfest 2019. Apologies for the static during some of the interview but the game hall was pretty loud. 11:12 The game can be found on discord.gg/avaria. 11:11:26 – Andrew talks me through game play. 13:53 – Magfest game area ambient sound begins (due to interview technical glitch) (podcast version only) 17:43 – Magfest ambient sound ends and the interview continues. (podcast version only) Links of interest https://discordapp.com/invite/avaria https://store.steampowered.com/app/816560/AVARIAvs/ https://avaria.world/ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalman0/avariavs-the-first-competitive-pvp-jrpg-style-vide For more of “The Art and Design of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Horror” please follow me on Facebook at crisalvarezwlc, on youtube at Cris Alvarez ...

22 MINJAN 21
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Videogame Avaria discussion and gameplay – Andrew Linde interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 90)

Scene by scene analysis of The Orville S2E1 – Part I – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 89)

Today I deviate from my normal interview format and instead do a scene by scene analysis of Season 2 Episode 1 of one of my favorite shows, The Orville. I look at the concepts, artistic design, writing, characters and mention an Easter egg or two I found. I also do a noisy box opening of my shipment of the Orville Season 1 DVD set. I’ll still post interviews but I’m also going to mix in a few discussion episodes with them. For more of “The Art and Design of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Horror” please follow me on Facebook at crisalvarezwlc, on youtube at Cris Alvarez and on Instagram @crisalvarezscifi Host: Cris Alvarez Tags: The Orville, sci-fi, science fiction, television, Bortus, Alara, Gordon Malloy, cultures, writing

40 MINJAN 3
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Scene by scene analysis of The Orville S2E1 – Part I – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 89)

Latest Episodes

Children’s show and puppeteering history – Jim Martin interview – SFFIO (Episode 98)

Jim Martin is a lifelong puppeteer. He was Garry Gnu on the Great Space Coaster and he worked on Sesame Street for 22 years. We talked about his distinguished career and his efforts to save and reshow The Great Space Coaster. 0:27 – Jim talks about how he got into puppeteering. 1:20 – Jim talks about what puppets he liked and the fairy tale worlds he liked putting them in. 3:25 – Jim talks about how his career progressed. 5:32 – Jim compares animated characters versus puppet characters. 6:10 – Jim talks about his time with Great Space Coaster. 7:20 – Jim talks about the business side of making the show including directing. 8:24 – Jim talks about how great a guest Mark Hamill was on the show. Mark loves puppets and enjoyed being on the show. 14:15 – Jim Martin was on Sesame Street for 22 years doing oscar the grouch’s right hand and also directed some of the shows. 15:00 – Jim talks about the different ways a puppeteer works. 15:55 – Jim jokes about how Ron Burgandy was stolen from Garry Gnu. 17:22 – Jim talks about what it takes to be a puppet performer. 18:15 – Jim talks about what happened to the ownership of the Great Space Coaster after the show was over. 22:29 – Jim talks about how great it is to see old versions of the show on youtube. 23:05 – Jim talks about licensing challenges with re-showing the Great Space Coaster. 24:53 – Jim talks about his inspirations. 31:10 – They have a website at Thegreatspacecoaster.tv where people can find out more about how the show was created. They’re on twitter and facebook at TheGreatSpaceCoaster. Links of interest http://thegreatspacecoaster.tv/ https://twitter.com/tgsc_official https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatSpaceCoaster/ For more of “Science Fiction and the Fantastic Inside Out” please follow me on Facebook at crisalvarezwlc, on youtube at Cris Alvarez and on Instagram @crisalvarezscifi Guests: Jim Martin Host: Cris Alvarez Tags: howdy doody, captain kangaroo, puppeteering, jim henson, muppet show, big bird, great space coaster, Mark Hamill, Mr. Spaghettio, sesame street, puzzle place, teenage mutant ninja turles, Ron Burgandy, sunbow productions, sony, hasbro, youtube, mr. rogers, jazz

34 MIN1 weeks ago
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Children’s show and puppeteering history – Jim Martin interview – SFFIO (Episode 98)

Science Fiction Replicas – Master Replicas Group interview – SFFIO (Episode 97)

Master Replicas Group is a producer of museum quality replicas from science fiction, science and other popular entertainment. I spoke with two of their senior members, Steve and Karl, at the GPCC 2019. 0:38 – Steve and Karl talk about what the Master replica Group does. 1:08 – Karl talks about how one becomes a professional replica maker. He talks about 2001, fossils and 3-D replicas. 3:06 – Karl talks about how model makers connect and get into licensed projects. Steve talks about the actual business side of the work. 6:15 – They discuss what technology advancements have changed the business. 8:20 – They talk about quality control of the [models] replicas. 10:36 – They talk about applying artistic design to their replicas. 15:43 – They talk about what sci-fi and fantasy works have inspired them. 19:35 – They talk about whether space exploration is inspiring people currently. 21:19 – Steve talks about the moon landing and people who don’t believe it. 22:10 – They talk about how they are able to work with people who work remotely for the company. 23:12 – They talk about how people joined their company. 24:50 – Steve talks about cash flow management. 28:55 – They can be found at masterreplicasgroup.com. They’re on facebook and twitter and have links all over google. Links of interest https://www.masterreplicasgroup.com/ For more of “Science Fiction and the Fantastic Inside Out” please follow me on Facebook at crisalvarezwlc, on youtube at Cris Alvarez and on Instagram @crisalvarezscifi Guests: Master Replicas Group Host: Cris Alvarez Tags: science fiction, fantasy, art, artist , Warner brothers, dinosaurs, fossils, 2001, smithsonian, apollo, hal-9000, 3-D, white light scan, star wars, star trek, marvel

30 MINJUN 12
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Science Fiction Replicas – Master Replicas Group interview – SFFIO (Episode 97)

Comic book history – Comic book writer – Christopher Priest interview – SFFIO (Episode 96)

Christopher Priest has been a comic book writer for over 40 years and has worked for both Marvel and DC. He’s written for Deathstroke, Justice League, Vampirella and many other titles. He also helped to redevelop Black Panther. {Note: The sound gets better after a minute or so but I wanted to include some interesting pre-interview talk that unfortunately doesn’t have the same sound quality as the full interview.} 0:20 – Christopher talks about the creation of Black Panther. 1:35 – Christopher talks about how Black Panther developed. 2:36 – Christopher talked about how he got into the comic book business. 4:00 – Christopher talks about what got him his job at Marvel. 6:30 – Christopher talked about working on Cracked magazine and being mentored by Stan Lee. 8:05 – Christopher talked about what story lines inspired him most. 10:15 – Christopher talks about his various career milestones. 12:50 – Christopher talks about the comic book business. 14:45 – Christopher talks about...

46 MINMAY 28
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Comic book history – Comic book writer – Christopher Priest interview – SFFIO (Episode 96)

NASA space program history book – “Come Fly With Us” (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) – Mel Croft and John Youskauskas interview – SFFIO (Episode 95)

Mel Croft and John Youskauskas are both space program enthusiasts who have previously written a book on the NASA space program. They recetly wrote another book on space shuttle payload specialists and we discussed this new book. 0:49 – They talk about how they got into writing on this subject. 2:02 – They talk about how they organized the book. 2:52 – They explain what the pauload specialist program is. 6:26 – They discuss some of the interesting aspects of the program. 9:33 – They talk about writing on STS-51L. 12:01 – They talk about the reactions people had to being chose as payload specialists. 29:22 – They talk about what they might do with all the information they obtained that didn’t end up in the book. 35:19 – They talk about what the specialists thought when they saw they Earth from orbit. 45:03 – They talk about how the DoD affected the shuttle design and missions. 48:13 -They talk about how payload specialists handle being called astronauts. 53:41 – They talk about the X-37B. 57:08 – They’re both on collectspace.com. They’re also on cmflywithusbook.com. Links of interest https://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/university-of-nebraska-press/9780803278929/ For more of “Science Fiction and the Fantastic Inside Out” please follow me on Facebook at crisalvarezwlc, on youtube at Cris Alvarez and on Instagram @crisalvarezscifi Guests: Mel Croft and John Youskauskas Host: Cris Alvarez Tags: NASA, space program, shuttle, STS, challenger, accident, payload specialist, hunstville, space center, astronaut, X-37B

60 MINAPR 22
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NASA space program history book – “Come Fly With Us” (University of Nebraska Press, 2019) – Mel Croft and John Youskauskas interview – SFFIO (Episode 95)

Science Fiction history book – “The Technical Delusion” (Duke University Press, 2019) – Jeffrey Sconce interview – SFFIO (Episode 94)

Dr. Jeffrey Sconce specializes in radio, tv, and film studies and is an assistant professor in communications studies. He’s written many books on the subject and we discussed his latest book on electricity, paranoia and conspiracy theories. 1:04 – Jeffrey talks about he ended up writing the book. 2:55 – Jeffrey talks about the early days of electricity. 5:16 – Jeffrey talks about the explosion of ideas of being mentally controlled when televisions became commonplace. 13:13 – Jeffrey talks about paranormal tv shows which discuss haunted technology. 23:05 – Jeffrey talks about the increasing overlap between science fiction, conspiracy theories, and delusional psychosis. 31:33 – Jeffrey talks about Philip K. Dick and his writing. 41:11 – Jeffrey talks about what he used for his research including Journals on “Insanity.” 43:41 – Jeffrey talks about the truly delusional versus people pretending to be delusional. 1:04:43 – Jeffrey has a blog at ludicdespair.blogpsot.com Links of interest https://www.dukeupress.edu/the-technical-delusion http://ludicdespair.blogspot.com/ For more of “The Art and Design of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Horror” please follow me on Facebook at crisalvarezwlc, on youtube at Cris Alvarez and on Instagram @crisalvarezscifi Guests: Jeffrey Sconce Host: Cris Alvarez Tags: science fiction, electronics, psychosis, conspiracy theories, supernatural, occult, paranormal, mediums, seance, industrial revolution, anxiety, depression, twilight zone, outer limits, haunted technology, twilight zone, x-files, brain chips, MK Ultra, ray kurzweil, Matrix, Philip K. Dick, targeted individuals

66 MINMAR 29
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Science Fiction history book – “The Technical Delusion” (Duke University Press, 2019) – Jeffrey Sconce interview – SFFIO (Episode 94)

Animation history book – “Eat, Drink, Animate” (CRC Press, 2019) – Tom Sito interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 93)

Tom Sito has been a film animator for decades and has worked on some of Disney’s biggest films. He teaches animation and is also a member of the Motion Picture Academy where he is also works in the short films and animation division. He’s written a cookbook that collects together various recipes from animators that Tom has known, met or simply admired. 2:02 – Tom talks about how he came about to write the animators’ recipes cookbook. 5:20 – Tom talks about how animators incorporated food in their animation. 8:19 – Tom talks about the history of computer animation. 11:30 – Tom talks about the theater experience versus seeing a movie on a small screen. 14:03 – Tom talks about what new computer animation techniques are being developed. 18:10 – Tom talks about animation cinematography. 24:37 – Tom talks about experimentation in short films. 27:13 – Tom talks about Japanese animation and other international animated films. 30:15 – Tom talks about computer animated film budget...

66 MINMAR 18
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Animation history book – “Eat, Drink, Animate” (CRC Press, 2019) – Tom Sito interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 93)

NASA history book – “The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy” (University of New Mexico Press, 2019) – John Bisney interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 92)

John Bisney has worked as a reporter, on news radio, in public relations and is a NASA enthusiast. We talked about the latest book he has co-authored “The Space’Age presidency of John F. Kennedy” which is a photographic history of NASA’s work during JFK’s presidency. 0:41 – John talks about how he got into studying and writing on this subject. 7:13 – John talks briefly about NASA illustration art. 7:46 – John talks about how they lay out the book. 11:01 – John talks about doing research at the Kennedy library. 13:12 – John talks about his favorite photos in the collection. He touches on Alan Shepherd in the White House Rose Garden. 15:02 – John talks about how he chose the pictures they used. 17:41 – John talks about the companies that worked on the space program. 21:59 – John talks about other important people found in the photos. 23:21 – John talks about interesting people who also show up in the pictures. 36:32 – John talks about video of JFK’s travels. 43:13 – T...

45 MINMAR 4
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NASA history book – “The Space-Age Presidency of John F. Kennedy” (University of New Mexico Press, 2019) – John Bisney interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 92)

Supernatural studies history book – “The Spectral Arctic” (UCL Press, 2018) – Shane McCorristine interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 91)

Dr. Shane McCorristine received his Ph.D. in history and now teaches at Newcastle University. His focus is on the “night side” of human experience. This means the study of social attitudes towards death, dreams, ghosts, hallucinations, and so on. We spoke about his latest book on how ideas of the supernatural and ghosts were applied to 19th century British polar expeditions. 1:19 – Shane talks about how he got into studying this subject. He was into polar fiction. 2:45 – Shane talks about how he’s laid the book out. 6:00 – Shane talks about the Shackleton expedition and the fourth presence. 11:05 – Shane talks about the public’s mystical perceptions of the arctic. 12:45 – Shane talks about ideas that the Arctic had gateways to the center of the Earth or to other dimensions or lands. 14:10 – Shane compares the supernatural to religious ideas. 17:20 – Shane talks about naval superstitions and their usefulness in maritime operations. 20:09 – Shane talks about ways in which ...

69 MINFEB 14
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Supernatural studies history book – “The Spectral Arctic” (UCL Press, 2018) – Shane McCorristine interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 91)

Videogame Avaria discussion and gameplay – Andrew Linde interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 90)

Andrew Linde worked in the music industry until he decided to commit himself full-time to indie game development. He’s been working on Avaria for a few years now and we talked about the game and its development at Super Magfest 2019. Apologies for the static during some of the interview but the game hall was pretty loud. 11:12 The game can be found on discord.gg/avaria. 11:11:26 – Andrew talks me through game play. 13:53 – Magfest game area ambient sound begins (due to interview technical glitch) (podcast version only) 17:43 – Magfest ambient sound ends and the interview continues. (podcast version only) Links of interest https://discordapp.com/invite/avaria https://store.steampowered.com/app/816560/AVARIAvs/ https://avaria.world/ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/digitalman0/avariavs-the-first-competitive-pvp-jrpg-style-vide For more of “The Art and Design of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Horror” please follow me on Facebook at crisalvarezwlc, on youtube at Cris Alvarez ...

22 MINJAN 21
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Videogame Avaria discussion and gameplay – Andrew Linde interview – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 90)

Scene by scene analysis of The Orville S2E1 – Part I – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 89)

Today I deviate from my normal interview format and instead do a scene by scene analysis of Season 2 Episode 1 of one of my favorite shows, The Orville. I look at the concepts, artistic design, writing, characters and mention an Easter egg or two I found. I also do a noisy box opening of my shipment of the Orville Season 1 DVD set. I’ll still post interviews but I’m also going to mix in a few discussion episodes with them. For more of “The Art and Design of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Horror” please follow me on Facebook at crisalvarezwlc, on youtube at Cris Alvarez and on Instagram @crisalvarezscifi Host: Cris Alvarez Tags: The Orville, sci-fi, science fiction, television, Bortus, Alara, Gordon Malloy, cultures, writing

40 MINJAN 3
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Scene by scene analysis of The Orville S2E1 – Part I – ArtandDesignSff (Episode 89)