Brian Richardson from What the Cast? joins Mike and Mike today, and he's preparing Mitt Zombie's concession speech for the 2008 presidential campaign.
They also discuss the passing of Michael Crichton, and his contributions to both television and fiction, and the curious happenstance of why certain novels with science fiction elements are not marketed as science fiction, and not listed in the science fiction sections of bookstores. This leads to a discussion about why many people believe they have to be highly educated in order to read and enjoy science fiction stories.
Why does the perception that the "average" person has a disdain for the "intellectual" (a societal extension of the high school brain-vs-jock conflict) plague society still? Why are some stories not considered science fiction when their topics are obviously so? This leads to a quick argument about why CSI isn't considered scifi, so try to contain your comments!
Interview: This week, Mike, Summer and Mike talk with Lawrence Watt-Evans about The Turtle Moves!: Discworld's Story Unauthorized, an "unauthorized" compendium of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, from BenBella Books.
The Turtle Moves! is an extensive reader's guide for the Discworld universe, containing a bibliography of novels and short stories and detailed synopses of them, essays about the use of magic and physics in Discworld, commentary on the characters, creatures and humor in the series, and more. Lawrence tells us about how this project came about, his fascination with the Discworld series, and the extensive research that went into putting this compendium together.
Discussion: Another round of changes to "Cover to Cover" is coming up... more diversity of segments, and a teeny bit more structure in those segments, and a call for more listener provided content.
Check out the new Dragon Page "C" show, streamed live into Second Life, on Fridays at 4pm Pacific Time... you never know who might show up!
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