HTP Episode 040 – Frank Cifaldi


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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.


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HTP Episode 039 – Shannon Eichorn


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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.


You can follow her on Twitter. Rights of Use is available on Amazon and Audible, as well as The Bookshop in Lakewood.


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HTP Episode 031 – Sampo Returns!

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Chris Cornell, known to the internet as “Sampo,” is the Webmaster for Satellite News and was first on Hungry Trilobyte in Episode 19. This latest chat is a wild ride, fueled by COVID-19 and fan speculation. We discuss how to use MST3K as a “comfort food” in times of quarantine, Chris suggests using Pod People to go to sleep, I counter with Red Zone Cuba. Meanwhile, his favorite episode is The Violent Years, while I never get tired of Teenagers from Outer Space or I Accuse My Parents. And, of course, Manos comes up.

Chris breaks the news that Joel is doing the MST3K Live At-Home Show with Moon Zero Two. I reveal that I participated in the MST3K Home Game, while Chris was interviewing the cast prior to season 8.

Special request: Chris mentions that there was a special showing of I Accuse My Parents at the Colonial Theatre in Pennsylvania, in which he participated. Does anyone have a recording of this?


Here’s where you can check out Sampo’s legacy:

Twitter, Satellite News


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HTP Episode 030 – Todd Sullivan


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Todd Sullivan is the author of Hollow Men, the first in The Windshire Chronicles, a series of fantasy novels written with a fusion of Asian and Western themes. Born in the US, but having spent much of his life in Korea and now Taiwan, Todd has re-interpreted his life as a visitor in the form of a fantasy tale. The two of us spend a lot of time discussing what it’s like to feel like a stranger, as well as our hopes for the future of our culture. Also, dragons.


Be sure to follow Todd on Facebook, Twitter, and keep an eye out for his next book, There Will Be One!


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HTP Episode 028 – Madison Spencer Engle …and Picard!

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Madison Spencer Engle, who first appeared on Hungry Trilobyte in Episode 10 and then again in Episode 22, is a favorite in the Star Trek Cosplay community. Here we wrap up our discussion of Season 1 of Picard, checking our observations from the earlier episodes and seeing how we feel about all the changes to our beloved universe.

Madison frequently does her cosplay to benefit such causes as Hope’s Kids and Walk for the Blind



Here’s where you can keep tabs on Madison, and follow her positivity:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram


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HTP Episode 026 – Artie Hoffman

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My journey into the world of science fiction would not be complete without a deep dive into the topic of the paranormal- unexplained phenomena that may be science fact, albeit at a level we can’t yet quantify. Artie Hoffman is a life coach, psychic, and all around great guy. Not only do we get a good talk in about keeping your cool in a crisis, but he does a quick reading on me and definitely gets it right!


Again, please be sure to check out www.artiehoffman.com, Artie’s official website.



Geek Resource: Realm of the Mist – A podcast network full of like-minded shows, that will be carrying Hungry Trilobyte!


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HTP Episode 025 – Michael Mueller


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Director of the 2020 indie film, The E-Listers: Life in the Back Lane, Michael Mueller is one of the most promising independent filmmakers today. His movie is based on the lives and career struggles of
“extras” in the movie industry: people who have non-speaking parts in films. Based in Atlanta, GA, Michael took a script by Edward Reid and delivered a real love letter to people with a passion for making film.


Again, please be sure to check out The E-Listers Movie and watch the trailer early. Michael can be followed at his website, M3 Creative.



Geek Resource: DVD Verdict – Fantastic old-school, no-nonsense DVD and Blu Ray reviews. Has some of my old writing from the mid-2000s.


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HTP Episode 024 – Jack O’Halloran


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Jack O’Halloran is an actor from one of the greatest eras of Hollywood filmmaking. Star of some of my favorite movies, like Superman and Superman II, Jack has some amazing insights into movies. In this episode, he and I discuss working with greats such as Marlon Brando, Chuck Norris, and Robert Mitchum. Jack also shares first-hand experience with the JFK assassination and the rise and fall of the drug war and organized crime. His current novel, Family Legacy, looks to tell the true history of the connection between the Kennedy family and the lives of ordinary Americans in the 20th century.


Again, please be sure to check out Jack’s book, Family Legacy.



Geek Resource: Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – Literally the best history podcast ever, a great mind for picking apart tons of topics, from the Cold War to the Mongol Invasions.


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HTP Episode 022 – Madison Spencer Engle Returns!

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Madison Spencer Engle, who first appeared on Hungry Trilobyte in Episode 10, is a favorite in the Star Trek Cosplay community. This time around, she and I discuss the new series Picard, its relation to Discovery and other Trek series, and what it’s like to live in the new golden age of Trek. What’s the downside of using a replicator? How big of a moment is it to see Guinan and Seven of Nine? In her words, we are such geeks about this!

Madison frequently does her cosplay to benefit such causes as Hope’s Kids and Walk for the Blind



Here’s where you can keep tabs on Madison, and follow her positivity:

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram





Geek Resources:



The Digital Bits – A great website for getting news on the latest advancements in physical media (because there’s genemore to life than streaming).



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HTP Episode 020 – Mur Lafferty


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Mur Lafferty is an author and podcasting pioneer. Having released her first book, Playing for Keeps, free as an audio podcast, she helped pave the way for e-books and audio distribution as we know it today. Authoring the novelization of the Solo movie, this brings her into the Star Wars universe, and with her latest book, “Minecraft: The Lost Journals,” she brings life to the amazing video game franchise. Currently, she continues to connect with her fans via her podcasts “I Should Be Writing”, “Ditch Diggers” and “Escape Pod”. In this episode, we discuss how the digital landscape has changed since she got her start, what it’s like to be an established writer, and how to keep up your motivation to be creative.


Here’s where you can check out Mur’s Universe:

Twitter, Murverse (Official Site)



Geek Resource: Manuscript Wishlist – The big site for getting to know what the writing market is hungry for!


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