The SFFaudio Podcast #089 – Jesse talks to James Campanella Ph.D. Jim is an associate professor in the department of Biology and Molecular Biology at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He’s also an audiobook narrator, and podcaster.
Talked about on today’s show:
J.J. Campanella watches very little TV, , Lost , Antarctica, MSU, molecular biology, genetics, plant genetics, philology vs. phylogeny, the The Big Bang Theory podcast, “a funny Geordie sounding dude” (Tony C. Smith), duck penises, Science News Update cloaca, sexing birds, African Grey parrots, ants, What Technology Wants, technology as an extension of evolution, “microscopic brains”, plant intelligence, tropism, phototropism vs. gravitropism, auxins, , dowsing, plant signaling (with The Secret Life Of Plants jasmonic acid), , StarShip Sofa , knitting and cross-stitching, narrating skills, The Merchant And The Alchemist’s Gate by Ted Chiang Uvula Audio, I, Libertine, The Call Of The Wild by Jack London, L. Frank Baum is seriously weird, violence vs. bloodless violence, the Tin Woodsman and his enchanted axe, goiing from cyborg to robot (via a Ship of Theseus metaphor), Sky Island, genocide in kids books, Doc Savage, The Avenger, Lester Dent, Hamlet And Eggs by J.J. Campanella, a comedic detective story, Georgia, 9/11, how to be always wrong, private detectives, , what accent would a talking dog have?, The Code Of The Poodles by James Powell by James Powell, Monaco, The Friends Of Hector Jouvet A Dirge For Clowntown by James Powell, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, , were kids in the ’70s were more respectful?, the Divers Down by Hal Gordon Rick Brant series, Tom Swift, The Rocket’s Shadow (Rick Brant #1) by John Blaine, , adventure, Jonny Quest , The Venture Bros. The Flintstones, Harold L. Goodwin, serial books, house names, The Bobbsey Twins, Edward Stratemeyer, “electronic adventures”, who read and bought those serial books?, the end of the pulp era, , Nancy Drew, has paranormal romance replaced kids books?, the The Mystery Of The Stratemeyer Legacy Twilight series, the Harry Potter series, Rick Riordan, The Wizard Of Oz, H.P. Lovecraft, Stephen King, the rich and amazing language of Lovecraft, Miskatonic University, Craig Nickerson, , Professor William Dyer, At The Mountains Of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft The Shadow Out Of Time by H.P. Lovecraft, Brazil, proper Portuguese pronunciation, “lethp listhping”, Doctor Who, Silurians, yithians, Horror vs. Science Fiction, Astounding Stories, time travel, “shoggoths etc.”, The Statement Of Randolph Carter, a really serious (and difficult) question: Are zombies Science Fiction or Fantasy?, Romero-style zombies, 28 Days Later, real zombies in nature (mostly in the insect world), , the source matters, if the zombie was dead then it is Fantasy, why are zombies so popular?, people like the idea of being able to kill without remorse, mummies vs. werewolves vs. vampires vs. zombies, Herbert West, Re-Animator Zombieland, Bill Murray, contemporary Fantasy, Neil Gaiman, comics, sword and sorcery, Elric, the Thomas Covenant series, Stephen R. Donaldson, Douglas Adams, American Gods | READ OUR REVIEW| vs. , The Long Dark Tea-Time Of The Soul James Alan Gardner, is an “absolute masterpiece”, Expendable Star Trek, why are there no James Alan Gardner audiobooks?, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Man Of Bronze is terrible, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson | READ OUR REVIEW|, Jim Campanella describes it as “turgid”, Metropia, “photo-realistic Swedish anime”, baby eyes, , the evolution of Mickey Mouse’s appearance, Steamboat Willie infanticide, why do your big eyes prevent me from kill you?, saccharin, the sucralose story (is in the Dec. 2010 podcast of Science News Update).