Luke McDuffeeIn Episode 11, the bass guitarist of Framing Hanley, Luke McDuffee, and I shoot the breeze about our experiences with science fiction fandom. Our conversation meanders over such topics as:

  • how we got introduced to science fiction,
  • Isaac Asimov,
  • Terry Pratchet,
  • Douglas Adams,
  • Ray Bradbury,
  • the movies based on Frank Herbert’s Dune,
  • Herbert’s book The White Plague,
  • Ursula Le Guin and socio-political commentary in genre fiction,
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation and strong female characters,
  • Star Wars and
  • having names that people poke fun at.

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Duration: 27:45
File Size: 31.8 MB

You can listen to a snippet here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2c80j57mo4

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The Foundation Trilogy started off as a series of eight short stories published in Astounding Magazine between May 1942 and January 1950. The first novel, Foundation, was a collection of the first four stories along with a new story that took place before the original eight. It was published by Gnome Press in 1951. The next two stories were published in 1952 as Foundation and Empire and the final two in 1953 as Second Foundation. The fourth novel in the series, Foundation’s Edge wasn’t published until 1982, when Asimov was persuaded to write a sequel to the trilogy. Additional novels in the series followed afterward.

The Robot novels started out separately, and again were evolved out of short stories. The novels were a series of mysteries featuring the human detective Elijah Baley and his humaniform robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw. The series included:

  • The Caves of Steel, first serialized in Galaxy in 1953 and published as a hardcover in 1954;
  • The Naked Sun, first serialized in Astounding Science Fiction in 1956 and published in 1957;
  • The Robots of Dawn (1983); and
  • Robots and Empire (1985), which is where the two series merged.

In Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, and other stories that dealt with the people of Gethen, the Gethenians are androgynes (sexually latent and genderless) for 26 days of each lunar cycle. The remaining two days are spent in kemmer (the term I couldn’t remember), where the individual becomes either male or female. Which gender they become can change each cycle. Note: in the podcast I mention that Gethenians go into kemmer very few years … I stand corrected.


Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope was released theatrically on May 25, 1977 by 20th Century Fox.


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