Mary Jo Pehl is a seasoned writer and performer on both Rifftrax and seasons 4-10 of Mystery Science Theater 3000. She joins me today to talk about her book Dumb Dumb Dumb: My Mother’s Book Reviews (also available on her website and Amazon). We start off with the difficult process of resolving grief and the sometimes necessity to do so with a bit of humor, and this rolls into a discussion of the mechanics of riffing… and some speculation about educational shorts in particular.
A lot of research is going to come from this discussion. At one point, I mention a quote from Bill Gates discussing what computers can’t do to save the world.
Janene Michaelis (whom you probably remember from Episode 143) returns to have a more in-depth discussion on Anne McCaffrey’s Dinosaur Planet, the many historical phases of Disney movies, and how being denied mainstream TV as a kid shapes your pop-cultural perspectives forever.
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Screaming Chuy (first appearing on Hungry Trilobyte in Episode 76) returns with his friend and musical colleague, Arlyn Adriana. The three of us discuss what it’s like to get your start as a creator, as well as looking at the similarities and differences between her goals (being a singer) with that of a writer or podcaster. We also throw out some ideas about horror movies and tequila.
Richard C. Meehan, Jr. is a self-published author who is making the most of the independent book circuit. In addition to his scifi novel Cometary Tales, he’s release a historical fiction book titled Ford the Pacholet. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Richard and I spend some time discussing the merits of knowing history by reading historical fiction and how an author of such books should handle real events within a fictional narrative. Ultimately, it comes down to a question of world-building within our real world and world-building within a purely speculative one.
Janene Michaelis is the author of the short story Papagaia Dream, a finalist in the “Coffee Lifts Creatives” writing contest from Sci-Fi Coffee. Like a lot of us authors, Janene has had points in her life that simply didn’t make writing a reasonable outlet. In this episode, she and I have a great talk about how to come to terms with having to choose between writing and dealing with life crises, as well as how to use spiritual tropes mindfully– bearing in mind that talking about someone’s faith in your writing will impact different readers in different ways, depending on their backgrounds.
Jeff Russo is the composer behind several of the newer Star Trek series, including Picard, Strange New Worlds, and Discovery. He comes to Hungry Trilobyte to talk about building music around emotion and his appreciation for building on the long-standing musical tradition of the franchise.
Phillip Milton is the author of the short story “The Rocket Morning” published by the Sci-Fi Coffee company. A writer just finding his voice, Phillip is a great example of what we fans are capable of creating. In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Phillip and I ponder where to take our creative work and our fandom from here.
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Austin Trunick is a film enthusiast and author of the two-volume series The Cannon Film Guide, soon to be expanding into its third volume. Austin and I spend some time talking about the history of the Cannon Film Group, and how their brand of cheap action films fit into the larger movie culture of the 80s. This involves a lot of comparing notes about early video rental places prior to the transition to DVD. We also dig drive-ins like the Mahoning Drive-In and the Circle Drive-In.
Dan Barr is the author of Go Boldly, the winning entry in the Coffee Lifts Creatives writing contest from the Sci-Fi Coffee Company. Dan and I spend some time discussing what it’s like to write for the love of the story, and the two of us recklessly speculate on if that’s happening elsewhere in the industry.
Shylah Addante was the writer on a film titled The Christmas Dragon, which was a 2014 independent film (you can see it right now on Amazon Prime). It is also currently scheduled to be used in an upcoming episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, expected December 16, 2023. Shylah and I have a great talk about what it’s like to grow up a film fan, how to transform that childhood interest into a lifelong career, and how MST3K plays a crucial role in making it easier for everyone to become a fan of goofy films.