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What Mad Universe?!?

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Action! Excitement! Horror! Romance! Thrills and Chills! Swords and Sorcery! Rockets and Rayguns! Hosts Adam Prosser and Philip Rice take a journey through the history of SF, Fantasy, horror, and pulp fiction. Every 2 weeks one of us, alternating back and forth, selects a book or book series from the late 18th century up to the present to look back on, discuss, and examine. Some of them have left an indelible mark on pop culture; some of them are forgotten echoes of what might have been...all of them are weird and fascinating.(If you like our work, please support us on Patreon! Adam is at https://patreon.com/user?u=404623 and Phil is at https://www.patreon.com/Spearhafoc .

Latest Episodes

Chapter Twenty-Six: The Steel Commander!

This episode looks at that famed grand-master of classic science fiction...Adolf Hitler? Actually, it's Norman Spinrad's The Iron Dream, about an alternate universe in which the rise of the Nazis was entirely confined to the fevered pages of a pulp sci-fi novel. Good thing the genre fans of THIS universe would never embrace anything so reactionary, racist and authoritarian, right? Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

50 MIN5 days ago
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Chapter Twenty-Six: The Steel Commander!

Chapter Twenty-Five: The Architecture of Insanity!

In the 70s, high-rise buildings were old hat in the US but still a novelty in the UK. As the urban landscape changed, British, and global, society changed with it. But into what? Could architecture, born out of the human mind, influence that mind in turn? Could a building...haunt us? J. G. Ballard asked that question in his seminal novel High-Rise, and on this episode we're joined by our friend Zack Handlen to gaze into his abyss...conveniently located on the 10th floor, near the food court! Zack's Patreon Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

52 MIN2 weeks ago
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Chapter Twenty-Five: The Architecture of Insanity!

Chapter Twenty-Four: The Pallid Mask!

The writings of H. P. Lovecraft are probably the most hashed-over territory imaginable within the spheres of genre fiction we discuss here at What Mad Universe?!?, but the writers who influenced him are, in some ways, more interesting to us. We already did a show, "All The Gods Save One!" about Lord Dunsany. Now we turn to The Yellow King, the creation of Robert W. Chambers, though owing a debt to Ambrose Bierce, and who's since been picked up and fleshed out by numerous others, even being informally folded into the Cthulhu mythos. Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

51 MINAUG 19
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Chapter Twenty-Four: The Pallid Mask!

Chapter Twenty-Three: Every Worm Has His Weak Spot!

We never like to go for the obvious stuff here on What Mad Universe?!?, so even though the latest episode is about J. R. R. Tolkien, we're focusing on one of his obscure stories, Farmer Giles of Ham. It's a story he told to his children which got revamped into something more sophisticated via his academic obsessions, and as such it contains his career in miniature. Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick Additional Music: The Medieval Banquet by Shane Ivers - www.silvermansound.com (used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.)

50 MINAUG 5
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Chapter Twenty-Three: Every Worm Has His Weak Spot!

Chapter 23 Promo

Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

1 MINJUL 31
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Chapter 23 Promo

Chapter Twenty-Two: Terror In The Skies!

As the 19th Century wound to a close, there was something in the air...or at least, people thought there soon would be. The idea of heavier-than-air flight and the potential military applications haunted SF decades before they became a reality; George Griffith's turn-of-the-century novel Angel of the Revolution imagined this technology falling into the hands of the good (?) guys and becoming the basis for a worldwide uprising in the midst of an apocalyptic war. The book also eerily foreshadowed an amazing number of real-world events that were still to come, including WWI and the Soviet revolution. In this episode we're joined once more by Jess Nevins to look at his novel, in which the Victorian era dreams uneasily of its own demise... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Ja...

58 MINJUL 22
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Chapter Twenty-Two: Terror In The Skies!

Chapter 22 Promo

Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

1 MINJUL 16
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Chapter 22 Promo

Chapter Twenty-One: Out of Africa!

Of One Blood, by Pauline Hopkins, is a turn-of-the-century novel with all the fantastical genre trappings you could ask for: reincarnation, psychic projections, and a Biblical lost kingdom still thriving in the present. But this book is special: it's written by a black woman and deals specifically with the African-American experience. Jess Nevins joins us once again to look at this interesting signpost in cultural and genre history. Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Special thanks: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

47 MINJUL 8
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Chapter Twenty-One: Out of Africa!

Chapter 21 Promo

Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

1 MINJUL 2
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Chapter 21 Promo

Chapter Twenty: Lone Star Planet!

Get your titanium spurs on and saddle-up your starships, buckaroos, 'cuz it's time to take our first dip into the wild wild world of space westerns! Seems like every generation has its own version of "cosmic cowboys", but there was a time when the genre was an outright cliche. We look at a book from this era, H. Beam Piper and J. Joseph McGuire's A PLANET FOR TEXANS, aka LONE STAR PLANET, which it turns out, isn't two genres mashed into one...it's three! Let's get this wagon train (to the stars) a movin'! Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Special Thanks: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

46 MINJUN 24
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Chapter Twenty: Lone Star Planet!

Latest Episodes

Chapter Twenty-Six: The Steel Commander!

This episode looks at that famed grand-master of classic science fiction...Adolf Hitler? Actually, it's Norman Spinrad's The Iron Dream, about an alternate universe in which the rise of the Nazis was entirely confined to the fevered pages of a pulp sci-fi novel. Good thing the genre fans of THIS universe would never embrace anything so reactionary, racist and authoritarian, right? Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

50 MIN5 days ago
Comments
Chapter Twenty-Six: The Steel Commander!

Chapter Twenty-Five: The Architecture of Insanity!

In the 70s, high-rise buildings were old hat in the US but still a novelty in the UK. As the urban landscape changed, British, and global, society changed with it. But into what? Could architecture, born out of the human mind, influence that mind in turn? Could a building...haunt us? J. G. Ballard asked that question in his seminal novel High-Rise, and on this episode we're joined by our friend Zack Handlen to gaze into his abyss...conveniently located on the 10th floor, near the food court! Zack's Patreon Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

52 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Chapter Twenty-Five: The Architecture of Insanity!

Chapter Twenty-Four: The Pallid Mask!

The writings of H. P. Lovecraft are probably the most hashed-over territory imaginable within the spheres of genre fiction we discuss here at What Mad Universe?!?, but the writers who influenced him are, in some ways, more interesting to us. We already did a show, "All The Gods Save One!" about Lord Dunsany. Now we turn to The Yellow King, the creation of Robert W. Chambers, though owing a debt to Ambrose Bierce, and who's since been picked up and fleshed out by numerous others, even being informally folded into the Cthulhu mythos. Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

51 MINAUG 19
Comments
Chapter Twenty-Four: The Pallid Mask!

Chapter Twenty-Three: Every Worm Has His Weak Spot!

We never like to go for the obvious stuff here on What Mad Universe?!?, so even though the latest episode is about J. R. R. Tolkien, we're focusing on one of his obscure stories, Farmer Giles of Ham. It's a story he told to his children which got revamped into something more sophisticated via his academic obsessions, and as such it contains his career in miniature. Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick Additional Music: The Medieval Banquet by Shane Ivers - www.silvermansound.com (used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.)

50 MINAUG 5
Comments
Chapter Twenty-Three: Every Worm Has His Weak Spot!

Chapter 23 Promo

Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

1 MINJUL 31
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Chapter 23 Promo

Chapter Twenty-Two: Terror In The Skies!

As the 19th Century wound to a close, there was something in the air...or at least, people thought there soon would be. The idea of heavier-than-air flight and the potential military applications haunted SF decades before they became a reality; George Griffith's turn-of-the-century novel Angel of the Revolution imagined this technology falling into the hands of the good (?) guys and becoming the basis for a worldwide uprising in the midst of an apocalyptic war. The book also eerily foreshadowed an amazing number of real-world events that were still to come, including WWI and the Soviet revolution. In this episode we're joined once more by Jess Nevins to look at his novel, in which the Victorian era dreams uneasily of its own demise... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Ja...

58 MINJUL 22
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Chapter Twenty-Two: Terror In The Skies!

Chapter 22 Promo

Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

1 MINJUL 16
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Chapter 22 Promo

Chapter Twenty-One: Out of Africa!

Of One Blood, by Pauline Hopkins, is a turn-of-the-century novel with all the fantastical genre trappings you could ask for: reincarnation, psychic projections, and a Biblical lost kingdom still thriving in the present. But this book is special: it's written by a black woman and deals specifically with the African-American experience. Jess Nevins joins us once again to look at this interesting signpost in cultural and genre history. Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Special thanks: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

47 MINJUL 8
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Chapter Twenty-One: Out of Africa!

Chapter 21 Promo

Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Engineer/Producer: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

1 MINJUL 2
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Chapter 21 Promo

Chapter Twenty: Lone Star Planet!

Get your titanium spurs on and saddle-up your starships, buckaroos, 'cuz it's time to take our first dip into the wild wild world of space westerns! Seems like every generation has its own version of "cosmic cowboys", but there was a time when the genre was an outright cliche. We look at a book from this era, H. Beam Piper and J. Joseph McGuire's A PLANET FOR TEXANS, aka LONE STAR PLANET, which it turns out, isn't two genres mashed into one...it's three! Let's get this wagon train (to the stars) a movin'! Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon Adam's Twitter Phil's Twitter What Mad Universe on Facebook What Mad Universe on Instagram What Mad Universe RSS Feed Special Thanks: Alex Ross Theme song by Jack Feerick

46 MINJUN 24
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Chapter Twenty: Lone Star Planet!