John Lim and Andy Bray are the authors of the book “Making Fake Star Trek” and its sequel. The books chronicle their portrayals of Sulu and Chekov in the fan series Star Trek: New Voyages, also known as Star Trek: Phase II. In this episode, John and Andy join me for a discussion of the odd historical circumstances that made their show possible, and what it was like to step into the legendary roles.
Michael Ehmcke and Derrick Nadeau are a dynamic duo in the realm of podcasting. Basing their series of shows off their site webegeeks.net, the two crank out episodes of Wookiee Radio and Mighty Marvel Geeks, with a great team of other podcasters joining them. We Be Geeks also offers their own Podcast Collective, pooling the resources of other like-minded shows. In this episode, we talk about how podcasts help connect people who otherwise might not have a conduit to friends with the same interests.
Rod Faulkner is the blogger from The 7th Matrix, a fantastic resource for independent science fiction, as well as the podcaster from Eye on Sci-Fi. In 2019, I appeared on his show, and Rod now graciously returns the favor. In this episode, Rod and I spend a lot of time talking about the wealth of projects from independent artists… as well as offering our opinions on Batman and Star Wars!
List of projects we talk about:
- Tonjia Atomic‘s movie Plain Devils
- Todd Sullivan‘s book Hollow Men
- Dawn of the Deaf
- Crossover Point
- Children of Blood and Bone
- Rage of Dragons
- The Works of N.K. Jemisin
- Sci Fi Talk Podcast
- …and, of course, Episode 001 with Jerry Bennett!
Jean-Pierre Giagnoli is an actor, comedian, and paranormal investigator… not to mention an really fun guy and one of the biggest Ghostbusters fans I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet! He and I get into discussing Ghostbusters trivia, as well as how the franchise reflects real-life paranormal investigations.
This is Part 2 of my discussion with Shannon, Part 1 is found in Episode 39. Picking up where we left off, she and I talk about world building with fan fiction, James Bond, and how different perspectives change the story for both the author and the reader. There’s a lot to unpack in her book!
Eric James Morris is an actor and entrepreneur based in the Atlanta, GA area. He’s a fantastic example of someone who can combine a life in the creative world with a career in a completely different industry. In this episode, Eric and I discuss the practicalities and challenges of trying to invent your own career path, rather than accepting one set up by an employer.
You can follow him on IMDb.
Frank Cifaldi is a pioneering figure in the field of video game preservation. He is the director of the Video Game History Foundation, and has contributed to many projects such as the Disney Afternoon Collection and the Mega Man Legacy Collection. In this episode, Frank and I discuss the increased focus on video game history in recent years, and how he has managed to use his blog and his career as a developer to uncover new nuggets of gaming history, including the recently uncovered, unreleased NES Days of Thunder. Spoiler alert: The exact release date for Super Mario Bros. continues to elude us.
Frank’s work can be found with the Video Game History Foundation at GameHistory.org. They have a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Channel as well. You can follow Franks’s personal Twitter (@frankcifaldi) as well.
Shannon Eichorn is a science fiction enthusiast and budding author. Her first book, Rights of Use, is a fantastic blend of real-life history and creative speculation. In this episode, Shannon and I discuss writing real history into a science fiction story, and how engineers build drama. We also have a great start to a chat about how being creative makes it easier to take changes in fandom in stride.
Neil Perry Gordon is an author of historical fiction, and a great example of the self-made writer of the 21st Century. His works include Hope City, A Cobbler’s Tale, and The Bomb Squad. In this episode, Neil and I discuss the difference between wanting to be a writer and actually putting in the practice to hone your craft, the struggles of self-marketing, and the wonder of using Alaska as the setting for a story.
Tonjia Atomic is the director of many cult films, not the least of which being “Manos Returns”. In this episode, she and I discuss how the film came together, and how to create the perfect balance of solid filmmaking craft with a low budget and the most surreal of source materials. Obviously, the sequel to Manos could not be totally serious, but no one wanted it to be outright campy either.
You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and her official website, TonjiaAtomic.com. You can watch Manos Retuns on Amazon Prime, and for news on the project, it’s best to check the Facebook feed, but there’s also a Twitter and Instagram as well.