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What Mad Universe?!?

Adam Prosser and Philip Rice

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What Mad Universe?!?

What Mad Universe?!?

Adam Prosser and Philip Rice

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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 Forty-Eight: The Post-Modern Prometheus!

We've talked a lot about Frankenstein already here on What Mad Universe?!?--not surprising, as by some lights it's the first SF novel. One of those lights was Brian Aldiss, British New Wave SF writer, who decided to write an elaborate bit of self-insert fanfic involving time-traveling to meet Mary Shelley and do battle with the monster at the end of the universe. It's also set in 2020 as all reality is breaking down. Uh, no comment... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

51 min1 w ago
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Chapter Forty-Eight: The Post-Modern Prometheus!

Chapter Forty-Seven: The Murder Machine!

We're edging into spooky season, acolytes of adventure, so now begins a run of installments looking at the weird and chilling (and obscure, in every sense of the word)! This week it's the awkwardly translated duology (really, one book that was bafflingly published in two installments) The Bloody Doll and A Machine To Kill, by Gaston Leroux, the author of The Phantom of the Opera. A wind up mechanical robot with a murderer's brain apparently isn't enough, so Leroux also threw in a vampire cult, because why not? Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

55 min3 w ago
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Chapter Forty-Seven: The Murder Machine!

Chapter Forty-Six: Fire From Heaven!

In this episode we're joined once again by Andrew hickey to take a look at A Canticle For Liebowitz by Walter Miller Jr., one the seminal post-nuclear apocalypse epics and a deep dive into the big questions of faith vs. science. It's been the subject of a lot of discussion so I hope we can provide some new insight. But if not, it's not the end of the world... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

58 minSEP 14
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Chapter Forty-Six: Fire From Heaven!

Chapter Forty-Five: Step Right Up!

Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen and various configurations thereof, to see the spectacular show that is The Circus of Dr. Lao! It's the subject of the latest What Mad Universe?!? and its influenced everyone from Ray Bradbury to Roald Dahl. Dare you enter the tent of mystery and witness the wonders within? Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Adam's Patreon Phil's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Phil's Twitter Adam'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 Additional music: "Calliope" By Alexander on Orange Free Sounds This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

54 minAUG 31
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Chapter Forty-Five: Step Right Up!

Chapter 45 Promo

Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

1 minAUG 24
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Chapter 45 Promo

Chapter Forty-Four: Shadow of the Colossus!

A very creepy evening to you all, my children, and welcome to the creepy castle for another installment of What Mad Universe?!? This time we're looking at The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, the originator of the gothic novel and, thus, most of the enduring horror and supernatural tropes of the last 250 years. Grab a candlabra, descend the spiral staircase to the cellar, and don't mind the dancing skeletons... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

55 minAUG 17
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Chapter Forty-Four: Shadow of the Colossus!

Episode 44 Promo

Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

2 minAUG 10
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Episode 44 Promo

Chapter Forty-Three: Death From Above!

Ten-Hut, about face, and other such military jazz! This latest episode of What Mad Universe?!? takes a martial bent as we delve into the seminal SF novel Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein, loved and loathed in equal measure and a major political flashpoint as well as a key intersection point for post-WWII SF. Also they made a movie you might have heard of. Guest Andrew Hickey helps us find a more nuanced take on a book, and an author, that inspires extremes of opinion... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

59 minAUG 3
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Chapter Forty-Three: Death From Above!

Episode 43 Promo

Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

1 minJUL 27
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Episode 43 Promo

Chapter Forty-Two: The Naked Stars!

It's time once again to take a look at spinoff novelizations, and this time we're joined by Trekspert Dylan Roth to look at the era before the movies, before the Next Generation, when Star Trek was a ragtag multimedia conglomeration held together by fan obsession. The franchise took all kinds of strange and non-canonical turns in those dark days, and one of the biggest ones was The Final Reflection, a novel by celebrated SF author John M. Ford that paints a very different view of Star Trek and particularly the Klingon empire, one that diverged from the eventual path Trek took but nevertheless provided a guiding light for years afterwards. As the Vulcans say, Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations... This is an edited version of a much longer show, available for Patreon subscribers. Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! We're also now on the Greenlit Podcast network! Check out all their shows at greenlitpodcasts.com Adam's Patreon Phil's Patreon What Mad Uni...

66 minJUL 20
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Chapter Forty-Two: The Naked Stars!

Latest Episodes

Chapter Forty-Eight: The Post-Modern Prometheus!

We've talked a lot about Frankenstein already here on What Mad Universe?!?--not surprising, as by some lights it's the first SF novel. One of those lights was Brian Aldiss, British New Wave SF writer, who decided to write an elaborate bit of self-insert fanfic involving time-traveling to meet Mary Shelley and do battle with the monster at the end of the universe. It's also set in 2020 as all reality is breaking down. Uh, no comment... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

51 min1 w ago
Comments
Chapter Forty-Eight: The Post-Modern Prometheus!

Chapter Forty-Seven: The Murder Machine!

We're edging into spooky season, acolytes of adventure, so now begins a run of installments looking at the weird and chilling (and obscure, in every sense of the word)! This week it's the awkwardly translated duology (really, one book that was bafflingly published in two installments) The Bloody Doll and A Machine To Kill, by Gaston Leroux, the author of The Phantom of the Opera. A wind up mechanical robot with a murderer's brain apparently isn't enough, so Leroux also threw in a vampire cult, because why not? Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

55 min3 w ago
Comments
Chapter Forty-Seven: The Murder Machine!

Chapter Forty-Six: Fire From Heaven!

In this episode we're joined once again by Andrew hickey to take a look at A Canticle For Liebowitz by Walter Miller Jr., one the seminal post-nuclear apocalypse epics and a deep dive into the big questions of faith vs. science. It's been the subject of a lot of discussion so I hope we can provide some new insight. But if not, it's not the end of the world... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

58 minSEP 14
Comments
Chapter Forty-Six: Fire From Heaven!

Chapter Forty-Five: Step Right Up!

Roll up, roll up, ladies and gentlemen and various configurations thereof, to see the spectacular show that is The Circus of Dr. Lao! It's the subject of the latest What Mad Universe?!? and its influenced everyone from Ray Bradbury to Roald Dahl. Dare you enter the tent of mystery and witness the wonders within? Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Adam's Patreon Phil's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter Phil's Twitter Adam'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 Additional music: "Calliope" By Alexander on Orange Free Sounds This podcast is powered by Pinecast.

54 minAUG 31
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Chapter Forty-Five: Step Right Up!

Chapter 45 Promo

Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

1 minAUG 24
Comments
Chapter 45 Promo

Chapter Forty-Four: Shadow of the Colossus!

A very creepy evening to you all, my children, and welcome to the creepy castle for another installment of What Mad Universe?!? This time we're looking at The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole, the originator of the gothic novel and, thus, most of the enduring horror and supernatural tropes of the last 250 years. Grab a candlabra, descend the spiral staircase to the cellar, and don't mind the dancing skeletons... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

55 minAUG 17
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Chapter Forty-Four: Shadow of the Colossus!

Episode 44 Promo

Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

2 minAUG 10
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Episode 44 Promo

Chapter Forty-Three: Death From Above!

Ten-Hut, about face, and other such military jazz! This latest episode of What Mad Universe?!? takes a martial bent as we delve into the seminal SF novel Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein, loved and loathed in equal measure and a major political flashpoint as well as a key intersection point for post-WWII SF. Also they made a movie you might have heard of. Guest Andrew Hickey helps us find a more nuanced take on a book, and an author, that inspires extremes of opinion... Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

59 minAUG 3
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Chapter Forty-Three: Death From Above!

Episode 43 Promo

Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! Phil's Patreon Adam's Patreon What Mad Universe?!? on Twitter 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.

1 minJUL 27
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Episode 43 Promo

Chapter Forty-Two: The Naked Stars!

It's time once again to take a look at spinoff novelizations, and this time we're joined by Trekspert Dylan Roth to look at the era before the movies, before the Next Generation, when Star Trek was a ragtag multimedia conglomeration held together by fan obsession. The franchise took all kinds of strange and non-canonical turns in those dark days, and one of the biggest ones was The Final Reflection, a novel by celebrated SF author John M. Ford that paints a very different view of Star Trek and particularly the Klingon empire, one that diverged from the eventual path Trek took but nevertheless provided a guiding light for years afterwards. As the Vulcans say, Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations... This is an edited version of a much longer show, available for Patreon subscribers. Support us on Patreon and listen to the show a week early! We're also now on the Greenlit Podcast network! Check out all their shows at greenlitpodcasts.com Adam's Patreon Phil's Patreon What Mad Uni...

66 minJUL 20
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Chapter Forty-Two: The Naked Stars!
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