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Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter welcome New York Times bestselling author Kirsten Beyer to look back on the twentieth anniversary of Star Trek: Voyager as well as her series of Voyager novels which have taken the crew far beyond the show’s finale. 

 

Segments

Intro :31

Voyager: The TV Series 1:07

Binge Watching 2:10

First Impressions 4:46

The Captains Janeway 12:25

The Strong Women of Voyager 16:01

What Happened to the Maquis? 18:03

Kess, We Hardly Knew Ye 19:11

The Long Dark Night of the Kazon 23:40

Favorite Episodes 28:44

Not-So-Favorite Episodes 36:17

Favorite Characters 42:12

Looking Back Twenty Years 49:26

Voyager: The Novel Series 55:00

Direct download: GenGeek34.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 8:21pm EDT
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Episode 33, Hey, Robots!
 
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Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter discuss androids in the movies and on television. Westworld, I, Robot, and A.I. are covered, as well as Humans, Almost Human, and more, including shout outs to Star Trek’s Data. Recurring motifs of robot movies and the philosophical and ethical implications of artificial intelligence are also pondered. Double-length episode!
 
Segments
Intro :30
Westworld 1:04 [sorry about audio trouble; fixed in the rest of the show]
Humans 15:30
Almost Human 34:51
I, Robot 42:50
A.I. 1:01:37
Final Thoughts 1:29:10
Direct download: Gen_Geek_33.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 6:45pm EDT
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 Episode 32, Again with the Jurassic

 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter talk about the Jurassic Park trilogy as well as Jurassic World, discussing how all the original movies hold up compared with each other and the latest entry in the series. Because dinosaurs.

 

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Segments

  • Intro :30

  • Jurassic Park (1993) 1:02

  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) 17:15

  • Jurassic Park III (2001) 34:39

  • Jurassic World (2015) 44:42

Unfortunately, no Barneys were hurt in the making of these films.

 

 

 

 

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Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 10:46am EDT
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Episode 31, The Spider-Men

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter talk about four versions of Spider-Man, starting with the 1977 made-for-TV movie, The Amazing Spider-Man, starring Nicholas Hammond as the web slinger. Then they move on to three more recent incarnations: Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and Drake Bell’s animated Ultimate Spider-Man.

Segments

Intro :30

Dedication :40

The Amazing Spider-Man (1977) 1:42

Spider-Man (2002) 6:24

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) 15:35

Ultimate Spider-Man (2012) 26:41

 

Final Thoughts 30:29

 

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Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 9:41am EDT
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Episode 30, Gaslight Geeks

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter talk with author Carrie Patel about her debut novel, the steampunkish The Buried Life, its upcoming sequel Cities and Thrones, both from Angry Robot, and her narrative work on computer games for Obsidian Entertainment.

Segments

Intro :30

Getting Your First Novel Published :57

The Buried Life in a Nutshell 2:39

Future Steampunk 3:00

Developing the Story 4:01

Cities and Thrones 6:38

Writing Your Second Novel 7:57

Wrapping Up a Trilogy 9:36

Other Fiction Projects 10:04

Social Trends and a New Sci-Fi Novel 11:26

More Thoughts on The Buried Life 13:40

Writing Computer RPG Narratives 15:15

Girls, Geekdom, and Conventions 17:37

Playing Games 21:31

Physics, Driving, and Weather 28:11

Conventions and Blogs and Such 30:36

 
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Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 5:03pm EDT
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Episode 29, The Battle of Three Movies

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter welcome back Kevin Lauderdale (host of the podcast It Has Come to My Attention) and his daughter to look back on Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit. Focusing on the third film, The Battle of Five Armies, they discuss how it compares with the first two, how it wrapped up the story, and how it fits into Jackson’s vision of Middle-earth.

 

Segments

Intro :30

A Quick Grading of All Three Movies 1:12

The Death of Smaug 5:30

The Battle of Dol Guldur 9:35

Did We Need Three Movies? 11:55

Where’s Bilbo? 16:15

Thorin, Bilbo, and the Arkenstone 18:05

The Battle of How Many Armies? 21:58

Were-worms? There worms! 24:00

Counting Armies 26:45

Battle Fatigue 29:26

Legolas is Bugs Bunny 31:56

Legolas and Tauriel and Kili 32:45

The Death of Kili 36:13

The Death of Fili 37:31

Billy Connolly 39:20

Pigs and Elks and Goats, Oh My 40:15

Thorin versus Azog 42:00

The Death of Thorin 42:45

The End of Middle-earth Movies 43:45

Alfrid: No, Just NO 48:22

Radagast and the Bunny Sled 54:35

Final Thoughts 55:17

Remake Dreams 59:23

Direct download: Gen_Geek_Episode_29.mp3
Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 7:02pm EDT
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Episode 28, Art in Space

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter welcome Hugo-award-winning author and space artist Ron Miller to talk about his new book The Art of Space, as well as his love of Jules Verne novels, working in Hollywood, and watching bad sci-fi movies.

 

Segments

Intro :30

The Art of Space and Chesley Bonestell 1:00

Loving Art and Space 2:45

The Art of Space and Space History 4:03

Chesley Bonestell and the Romance of Space 5:42

Three Illustrations by Ron Miller 10:09

Jules Verne and Black Cat Press 15:57

Jules Verne Translations 22:55

The Grand Tour: A Traveler’s Guide to the Solar System 25:20

David Lynch’s Dune 26:46

David Cronenberg’s Unmade Total Recall 28:00

Carl Sagan’s Cosmos 29:30

James Cameron’s Unmade Mars Movie 30:29

George Miller’s Unmade Contact 31:57

Favorite Space Movies 33:00

The War of the Worlds 35:20

Art and Being an Artist 37:05

Enjoying Bad Movies 42:57

Low-Budget Movies 44:05

When the Wires Show 46:20


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Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 5:31am EDT
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Episode 27, It’s All About That Cape

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter welcome New York Times–bestselling author Daniel Wallace to talk about his latest, the Star Wars Imperial Handbook, as well as his other Star Wars, Marvel, DC titles, and more. Superheroes, super-villians, Darth Vader . . . it’s all about that cape.

 

Segments

Intro :30

Imperial Handbook Deluxe Edition 1:10

Getting into Star Wars 9:30

DC Comics: Super-Villians 12:37

The World According to Spider-Man 13:56

Books Dan Would Like to Write 15:06

Supernatural 18:00

This Whole Star Wars Thing is Going to Blow Over 20:20

Star Wars: Rebels 24:15

The World According to Batman 26:23

Comic Book Movies and TV 29:24

Computer Game Movies 36:36

Gaming 38:53

Comic Books 40:22

Growing Up Geeky 43:11

Milestones in Geek Cinema 44:20


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Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 4:30am EDT
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Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter discuss the books, TV shows, comics, and movies that are currently feeding their geek. With a shout-out to their favorite restaurant in Duluth, Minnesota. Plus, soda. Bonus: A PSA on wearing your seatbelts and how to recover from drifting off the freeway. Hey, it’s potpourri.

 

 

Segments

Intro :30

A Generations Geek Public Service Announcement 1:13

The Enemy by Charlie Higson 5:58

A Star Trek Binge 8:37

Agents of SHIELD 10:00

The Walking Dead 12:07

Selfie 14:15

Gotham 14:44

Constantine 15:44

The Time-Wasting Internet 15:52

The Flash 17:16

In the Flesh 17:50

Agent Carter and the MU 19:10

Hawkeye and Deadpool comics 19:30

Parallel Man and Steed and Mrs. Peel 21:28

Age of Ultron 22:43

The Winter Soldier 26:34

More Age of Ultron 27:41

The Martian 29:26

 

The Battle of Five Armies 30:15


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Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek: The Original Series: The More Things Change) and his daughter look back over the X-Men movies now that X-Men: Days of Future Past has hit the reset button on most of the series. It’s an epic spoiler-filled discussion of their favorite, and not so favorite, scenes throughout the franchise. Plus, a new segment of the show called “All the Squee,” as Ella welcomes her friend Lydia to the show to talk geek amongst themselves, this time focusing their teenage mutant powers on the X-Men. Special bonus-length episode!

 

 

 

 

 

Segments

Intro :30

X-Men 1:07

X2: X-Men United 6:27

X-Men: The Last Stand 12:31

X-Men Origins: Wolverine 29:19

X-Men: First Class 38:29

(The Wolverine 50:18)

X-Men: Days of Future Past 51:56

X-Men Roundup 1:11:30

All the Squee (with Ella and Lydia) 1:14:08


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Category:Generations Geek -- posted at: 5:43am EDT
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