The SFFaudio Podcast #103


The SFFaudio PodcastThe SFFaudio Podcast #103 – Scott, Jesse, Eric S. Rabkin and Luke Burrage talk about FOOD in Science Fiction and Fantasy. It is rather unpleasantly like being drunk.

Talked about on today’s show:
Luke’s got a twelve hour hunger, fairy tales, Fantasy, food sharing is coming to know the alien, what food is served in a Canadian restaurant?, Kwakiutl vs. Kwakwaka’wakw, pemmican, voyageurs, THE YELLOW PERIL podcast (The SFFaudio Podcast #051), Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein’s creation was a vegetarian, Paradise Lost, Genesis, Cain vs. Abel, Eifelheim by Michael Flynn, the three stages of eating: veggies -> meat -> people, aliens, crazy vs. odd, inedia (fasting), breatharianism, Scott Pilgrim, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, inspired by spirits, Neuromancer, communion, puns, Foods of the Gods: Eating And The Eaten In Fantasy And Science Fiction (Proceedings Of The J. Lloyd Eaton Conference On Science Fiction And Fantasy Lite) edited by Eric S. Rabkin, Gary Westfahl and George Edgar Slusser, more puns, The Futurological Congress by Stanisław Lem, consuming books, The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, Michael Kandel, The War Of The Worlds by H.G. Wells, evolution and food, food in pill form, Tang, Firefly, Science Fiction: prediction of the future vs. sign of the future, jetpacks, capsulized food is symbolic, lembas is super-power bread, energy drinks, food as a representation of our relationships with our bodies, The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, yet more puns, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, food and pretty dresses, baking and bread have deep roots, Voyage To The Moon by Cyrano de Bergerac, no one ever sees a baker eating, food imagery, the centrality of bread in SFF only matches that of religion, the bread yes – the blood no, Osiris, Egypt, Greece, The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe, List of races and species in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the babel fish, “it’s not the babel worm”, fish as a symbol, Pythagoras, professor smackdown, Tower Of Babel, food and sexuality, urban romance, Eat Prey Love, “man does not live by bread alone” vs. “forbidden fruit”, bread as technology, breadfruit, the garden of Eden, the tree of knowledge vs. the tree of immortality vs. the rubber tree, Trantor, Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, Coruscant, Star Wars, Sam Parkhill, The Off Season by Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles, the best hot dog stand on Mars, The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus, the national food of America is the hot dog, the hot dog is the symbol of America, Manhattan, “hot dog stands all the way down”, meat paste, man as food, To Serve Man by Damon Knight, Alien, The Logic Of Fantasy by John Huntington, cannibalism, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut, The Genocides by Thomas M. Disch, The Screwfly Solution by James Triptree Jr., Beyond Lies The Wub by Philip K. Dick, further punning, vat grown meat, breeding animals to be less intelligent, a very meaty topic, Caviar by Theodore Sturgeon, vegetarianism, Fallen Dragon by Peter F. Hamilton, Luke is on the wrong side of meat history, being as unnatural as possible is what makes us human, a continuing journey towards humanity (marching on our stomachs?), social animals, mothers make food for you – witches make food of you, choosing not to eat meat vs. choosing to be monogamous, dolphin eating habits (are they porpoiseful eaters?), eating dolphin is out of line (for Luke), exploring the possibilities of empathy, Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, empathy vs. compassion,’s entry on food, an overly inclusive notion of what constitutes invention, CBC Spark, visiscreens and visiplates, Ralph 124C 41+ by Hugo Gernsback, Minding Tomorrow by Luke Burrage, Technovelgy needs more wiki, Wikipedia is endlessly useful, automated restaurant, The Food Of The Gods by H.G. Wells, food has functions beyond just sustaining our bodies, George Birdseye, Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, coffee, sharing meals via Skype.

Posted by Jesse Willis

Audio Drama: Some New OLD WOUNDS, Firefly / Serenity style

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Firefly: Old Wounds - Wedding DayThe Sonic Society (and Sonic Cinema), which is currently chaired by Jack Ward and Shannon Hilchie, have released the first half of a new addition to their intensely popular Firefly: Old Wounds show. Part one of the SPECIAL is available now |MP3|. The concluding installment should come out next week. Entitled “Wedding Day” it’s a fan tale from Joss Whedon’s Firefly / Serenity. Front and foremost in the special are the characters of Simon Tam and Kaylee Frye. Here’s the official description:

Jack Ward and Shannon Hilchie reprise their roles as Simon Tam and Kaylee Frye from the Firefly: Old Wounds series. Bringing a whole cast of new actors and characters to Joss Whedon’s Firefly universe, Jack J. Ward wrote this hour long feature which explores the relationship between Kaylee and her family, and her growing relationship with Simon. Set just after the Serenity movie, Kaylee decides to go home to visit with her family for Christmas. Simon, on the other hand has been rendered unconscious, boxed up in a crate, and left on the drop zone just outside of the town. The hilarity begins when Simon is drawn between various factions of the town, in his search to discover just exactly where he is and how he got there. Kaylee, comes face to face with some difficult family issues and her own guilt.

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Firefly: Old Wounds concludes!

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Podcast - Firefly: Old WoundsEpisode six of this slick fan-fic audio drama miniseries is up and ready for download! This completes the entire 6 episode miniseries based on Joss Whedon’s Firefly television show.

You can download all 6 episodes directly:

Episode 1 “Nothin’s The Best Thing” |MP3|
Episode 2 “All Alone In The Black” |MP3|
Episode 3 “The Hub” |MP3|
Episode 4 “Religiosity” |MP3|
Episode 5 “Faith” |MP3|
Episode 6 “The Mail Job” |MP3|

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