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Space Bureaucracy

Book Club

It’s time for our annual dive into the Hugo Awards, focused mostly on the five nominated novels, but also touching on short fiction, comics, films, and TV episodes, as well as this year’s big Hugo controversy.

Book Club Jason Snell with Scott McNulty, Erika Ensign and David J. Loehr

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Previous Episodes

255e

Summer Superhero Spectacular: The Aftermath

After the nearly three hours of silly superhero tournament stuff we released last week, there’s no new episode this week. But Jason’s here with a reminder that you can affect the results of round two of the tournament, coming next month, by voting now!

Jason Snell


255d

Summer Superhero Spectacular: Latveria Region

In celebration of the four days of Comic-Con 2015, we present a four-day celebration of silly superhero debates! We’ve seeded 64 heroes into a tournament that’s designed to find the most incomparable superhero of them all. Or something like that. The advocates are sometimes passionate and sometime disinterested, but that’s okay, because the judges are completely capricious.

Today’s episode features the first round in the Latveria region, featuring the following match-ups:

  • Iron Man (1) vs. Iron Fist (16)
  • Phoenix (8) vs. Gambit (9)
  • Captain Marvel / Carol Danvers (5) vs. The Thing (12)
  • Hawkeye / Clint Barton (4) vs. Big Barda (13)
  • Rorschach (6) vs. Storm (11)
  • Thor (3) vs. Invincible (14)
  • Black Panther (7) vs. Nightcrawler (10)
  • Wolverine (2) vs. Tigra (15)

Jason Snell with Steve Lutz, Philip Michaels, Tony Sindelar, Lisa Schmeiser, Dan Moren, Chip Sudderth, Andy Ihnatko and Monty Ashley


255c

Summer Superhero Spectacular: Metropolis Region

In celebration of the four days of Comic-Con 2015, we present a four-day celebration of silly superhero debates! We’ve seeded 64 heroes into a tournament that’s designed to find the most incomparable superhero of them all. Or something like that. The advocates are sometimes passionate and sometime disinterested, but that’s okay, because the judges are completely capricious.

Today’s episode features the first round in the Metropolis region, featuring the following match-ups:

  • Superman (1) vs. Iceman (16)
  • Atom (8) vs. Falcon (9)
  • Dr. Strange (5) vs. X-O Manowar (12)
  • Tick (4) vs. Catwoman (13)
  • Hellboy (6) vs. Invisible Woman (11)
  • Flash - Barry Allen (3) vs. Question (14)
  • Ghost Rider (7) vs. Blue Beetle - Jaime Reyes (10)
  • Hulk (2) vs. Booster Gold (15)

Jason Snell


255b

Summer Superhero Spectacular: Gotham Region

In celebration of the four days of Comic-Con 2015, we present a four-day celebration of silly superhero debates! We’ve seeded 64 heroes into a tournament that’s designed to find the most incomparable superhero of them all. Or something like that. The advocates are sometimes passionate and sometime disinterested, but that’s okay, because the judges are completely capricious.

Today’s episode features the first round in the Gotham region, featuring the following match-ups:

  • Batman (1) vs. Starman (16)
  • Black Widow (8) v. Professor X (9)
  • Daredevil (5) vs. Harley Quinn (12)
  • Miles Morales (4) vs. Moon Knight (13)
  • Barbara Gordon (6) vs. Dick Grayson (11)
  • Green Arrow (3) vs. Mr. Fantastic (14)
  • Deadpool (7) vs. Martian Manhunter (10)
  • Wonder Woman (2) vs. Wildcat (15)

Plus stick around at the end for a very special musical interlude.

Jason Snell with Chip Sudderth, Monty Ashley, Lisa Schmeiser, Tony Sindelar, Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, Steve Lutz and Philip Michaels


255a

Summer Superhero Spectacular: Central City Region

In celebration of the four days of Comic-Con 2015, we present a four-day celebration of silly superhero debates! We’ve seeded 64 heroes into a tournament that’s designed to find the most incomparable superhero of them all. Or something like that. The advocates are sometimes passionate and sometime disinterested, but that’s okay, because the judges are completely capricious.

Today’s episode features the first round in the Central City region, featuring the following match-ups:

  • Spider-Man (1) vs. Beast (16)
  • Aquaman (8) vs. Blue Beetle Ted Kord (9)
  • Silver Surfer (5) vs. She-Hulk (12)
  • Kitty Pryde (4) vs. Jonah Hex (13)
  • Shazam (6) vs. Beta Ray Bill (11)
  • Green Lantern (3) vs. Kate Bishop Hawkeye (14)
  • Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan (7) vs. The Flash Wally West (10)
  • Captain America (2) vs. Solar: Man of the Atom (15)

Jason Snell with Andy Ihnatko, Chip Sudderth, Lisa Schmeiser, Tony Sindelar, Dan Moren, Monty Ashley, Philip Michaels and Steve Lutz


254

You’ve Ruined Pizza

Pixar’s latest film, “Inside Out,” tells the unlikely story of the conflict of emotions inside the head of a young girl. Join us as we draw a circle around our own parental sadness and instead focus on the joy of an instant Pixar classic.

Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Merlin Mann, David J. Loehr and Andy Ihnatko


253

Ignoring the Movie Completely

Old Movie Club

Old Movie Club reconvenes to watch two films based on the works of Dashiell Hammett: 1934’s “The Thin Man” and 1941’s “The Maltese Falcon.” We appreciate the drunken aplomb of Nick and Nora and the shifty glory of Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet, all while taking in the faint scent of gardenias.

Jason Snell with Philip Michaels, Erika Ensign, Steve Lutz, Monty Ashley, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr and Dr. Drang


252

Three Shames and a Ding

Time to once again wrap up the TV season as a whole and “Game of Thrones” in particular. First we discuss shows we’ve enjoyed watching this year (including the final seasons of “Justified” and “Mad Men”), and then we fire off the Spoiler Horn and talk about the controversial fifth season of “Game of Thrones.”

Jason Snell with David J. Loehr, Dan Moren, Brian Hamilton, Erika Ensign and John Siracusa


251

Tea, Sandwiches, and Mushrooms

Book Club

Time for our annual review of the Nebula Award nominees for the best SF or Fantasy novel of the year, with podcasters from Skiffy and Fanty, SF Signal, and The Three Hoarsemen! We’ll cover (in a spoiler-light fashion) books about space stations, alien invasions, empires, mushrooms, and tea ceremonies. There’s even a deadly incident involving a Zeppelin!

Jason Snell with Fred Kiesche, Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer and Scott McNulty


250

Stay Inside My Aura

Rocket Surgery

Draw a beard on your face with a Sharpie, prepare to learn math via touch, and we’ll take you to the second level! Our trek into films of questionable quality continues with John Boorman’s 1974 sci-fi epic “Zardoz,” starring Sean Connery in a red diaper and a floating stone head. Even the writer/director/producer can’t explain what happened, and neither can we—except maybe for Glenn.

Jason Snell with Helene Wecker, Joe Rosensteel, Erika Ensign, Steve Lutz, David J. Loehr and Glenn Fleishman


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