The Expanse is halfway through its second season on the SyFy channel, but Kyle Willoughby and Claire White can’t wait any longer to talk about it. Kyle takes a trip down the gravity well and gives some perspective on just how well the show handles the nitty gritty of space travel. Claire explains how this meticulously planned out solar system began as a video game pitch and eventually became a critically acclaimed series of novels. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the show, how it compares it to the books, and the excitement it inspires in the scientific community.
Here’s a teaser for next week’s episode, and a reminder that DSRA will now be releasing every other week.
Netflix’s The OA is a special kind of science fiction. Creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij explore the boundary between life and death within a world of damaged people. Kyle Willoughby and Claire White delve into the show’s provocative source material and the longstanding collaboration of the creators. Claire discusses humanity’s ongoing fascination with Near Death Experiences from the time of the Ancient Greeks to modern day. Kyle describes the development of Batmanglij and Marling’s careers and how they went about creating and pitching a show that revolves around NDEs. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the series’ direction, its performances, and what they hope(d) to see more of.(See show notes)
Veronica Roth is the best selling author of the Divergent series. Kyle Willoughby and Claire White discuss her latest entry in YA science fiction, Carve the Mark. In the novel, there are many inhabited planets, and each have their own “oracles” who divine visions of the future. Kyle draws a connection between these seers and the most famous oracle of the ancient world. Claire describes Veronica Roth’s meteoric rise from college senior to one of the world’s highest paid authors. Our hosts conclude with their thoughts on the book, as well as their questions about its world, and its plot.(See show notes)
The winter flu has ravaged the DSRA podcast making it impossible to record a new one this week. Instead we thought it would be fun to rerelease one of the first episodes where we discuss the video game series Uncharted.
With the release of its likely final installment, Claire and Kyle take a look at the Uncharted videogame series. It’s hard to see the main character, Drake, without thinking of Indiana Jones. Claire delves into the cartoon strips, B – movies, and adventure films that birthed one of America’s greatest fictional heroes. Along the way she traces the transformation of the archaeologist/treasure hunter over time–he didn’t always get the girl. Next, Kyle discusses the beginning of Naughty Dog Studios and the transition they made from 3D platform adventures with a bandicoot, to cinematic action/adventure games. They finish with their fond memories of Naughty Dog games, what the studio has achieved with Uncharted, and a few thoughts on how homage to classic films can go too far.
Fresh off the release of Home (Binti #2), Claire and Kyle are eager to talk about Nnedi Okorafor’s award-winning science fiction series. Binti, the eponymous heroine, is heavily influenced by her Himba heritage. Claire gives a brief overview of this African tribe’s history, as well as some of their rituals which are woven into the story. Kyle continues with a look at how Okorafor’s culture and life experiences have impacted her work. And on a somewhat darker note, he describes the controversy of last year’s Hugo Awards and the attempted pushback against works by women and people of color. Our hosts finish with their thoughts on the series and the world Okorafor created.(See show notes)