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Episode 9, Into Geekness
 
Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek Myriad Universes: Shattered Light) and his daughter discuss their reactions to Star Trek Into Darkness in this double-length episode.
Warning: spoiler filled!
 

 
 
Segments
Opening Remarks and the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek :48
Star Trek Into Darkness 3:40
 
 
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Episode 8, Destination Geek
 
 
Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek Myriad Universes: Shattered Light) and his daughter interview special guest Thomas D. Jones—astronaut, scientist, and Star Trek fan—about geeky things both fictional and real. Plus, listener questions for Tom.
 
Segments
 
Intro :32
Star Trek 1:05
Becoming an Astronaut 3:20
Getting the Call to Go to Space 5:13
Listener Question: Holodecks 8:20
Current State of NASA 10:24
Asteroid Mining 15:11
Going to Mars 17:30
Listener Question: What’s Next in Space 18:58
Listener Question: Colonization 21:28
Listener Question: Trek vs. Real Space 25:20
Listener Question: Six Million Dollar Man 27:05
Hell Hawks of World War II 28:05
The Feelings of Being in Space 30:43
 
 
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Episode 7, King Geek
 
Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek Myriad Universes: Shattered Light) and his daughter compare and contrast the 1933, 1976, and 2005 King Kong movies, plus a little bit about the King Kong X-Box game (based on the 2005 version) and other Kong movies.
 
 
 
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King Kong, 1933 -    :45
King Kong, 1976 -  9:30
King Kong, 2005 - 25:35
Kong vs. Kong vs. Kong  - 42:01
King Kong for the X-Box  - 43:45
A Little Bit About Sequels and Stuff  - 44:50
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Episode 6, Night of the Living Geeks
 

Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek Myriad Universes: Shattered Light) and his daughter welcome back Star Trek and Doctor Who novelist Una McCormack, their first guest, and discuss more Doctor Who, the writing life, watching M*A*S*HBabylon 5, and Stargate, Peter Jackson and The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ringsmovies, Sherlock, and Elementary in a special double-length episode. Part two of two!

Check out part one of the interview here.

 

Segments

Intro :30

More Doctor Who 1:09

Writing Plans? . . . Not So Much 2:05

ReDeus Anthologies 2:50

Balancing Writing and Other Stuff 4:50

Watching Star Trek and M*A*S*H 7:55

Babylon 5 and Stargate 9:59

The Hobbit movies 15:30

Middle-earth Fan Fiction 25:25

Denethor in the Movies 27:48

Peter Jackson’s Early Films 31:10

Bad Choices in LOTR Movies 32:15

Women in Hobbit and LOTR 35:10

Viggo Mortensen 37:50

Merry and Pippin 40:15

Looking Forward to the Rest of The Hobbit 42:00

Sherlock and Benedict Cumberbatch 44:40

Elementary 50:50

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Episode 5, Forbidden Geek

 

 
Science fiction writer Scott Pearson (Star Trek Myriad Universes: Shattered Light) and his daughter welcome Star Trek and Doctor Who novelist Una McCormack as their first guest and discuss Trek, fan fiction, Who, other British TV shows, and more in a special double-length episode. And this is just part one of two!
 
Segments
Intro :44
Becoming a Star Trek Fan in England 2:00
Watching Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who 4:48
Next Gen in HD and Loving DS9 6:20
Fan Fiction and Going Pro 10:03
Writing Doctor Who 20:00
Primeval and UFO 29:52
Franchises Una Would Like to Write 33:56
Firefly and Serenity 35:50
Doctor Who episodes: “The Rebel Flesh” and “The Almost People” 36:55
Watching Who and UFO and Next Gen skants 40:31
Latest Trek novels and Who and Blake’s 7 audio plays 45:02
Teaching Writing 50:35
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Are you a Monty Python fan?  Ever wonder if you're getting all the jokes based on some of the more obscure (for you) references?  Well, there's a new reference guide out that covers every single episode from the classic series and explains in detail just what the joke is and it's come to Kevin's attention.

You can find all this work by visiting our Amazon store.  In doing so, you not only get a great reference work, but you also support The Chronic Rift Network.  Thank you.

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Claudia Christian has seen it all.  From her start on Dallas to her iconic role as Commander Susan Ivonova on the hit sci-fi series Babylon 5 to her numerous movie roles, Claudia Christian has had a recurring theme running through her acting career - alcoholism.  She shares her struggle with her addiction in a new memoir, Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex & Addiction.  John got to speak with Claudia by phone about the writing process with her writing partner, connecting with her father, and dealing with ice that wasn't ice.

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When actress Claudia Christian flees a troubled childhood and moves to Hollywood at age 17, she steps through the looking glass into another world.

From the set of Dallas to her starring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Claudia’s affairs with billionaires, supermodels, rock stars, and celebrities are mixed with shootings, stalking, heartbreak, and betrayal. Onset and off, drama follows Claudia—an alcohol-fueled coke run and makeout session with a bridesmaid on her wedding day; her tempestuous, love-hate relationship with actor Angus Macfadyen; the conspiracy theories surrounding her ex-husband’s death; and a 20-year on-and-off relationship with billionaire Dodi Fayed before he dated Princess Diana. Hollywood life takes its toll on Claudia as she descends into alcohol addiction and a desperate battle to reclaim her life.

Rehab, alternative treatments, and even hypnotism can’t break the cycle of alcohol abuse that threatens to destroy Claudia. Close to despair she discovers The Sinclair Method, a treatment that saves her life.

Sometimes shocking, often humorous, always captivating — Babylon Confidential is a story of hope that will inspire and enlighten you.

Please read my story and support the important message of hope it contains for those suffering from addiction.

For more on my new book Babylon Confidential, visit http://www.BabylonConfidential.com
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We continue our series of interviews that we conducted from this year's New York Comic Con.  This time around, Keith speaks with author Christopher L. Bennett. Bennett may be a familiar name to Star Trek fans, but he spoke with Keith about the release of his first non-Trek fiction, Almost Superhuman.

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At the age of five and a half, I saw my first episode of Star Trek, believing it to be a show about a strange airplane that only flew at night.  As I continued watching, I discovered what those points of light in the sky really were.  This awakened a lifelong fascinationwith space, science and speculative fiction.  I devoured Asimov, Clarke, and books on astronomy and physics.  I often made up Trek-universe stories set a century ahead of Kirk's adventures (an idea years ahead of its time), but soon shifted to creating my own original universe.  I eventually realized I did this pretty well, and deluded myself into thinking I could make a career out of it.  So far, that delusion has been working out for me.


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John is joined by guest Julio Angel Ortiz (The Dome, "Collective") at this year's New York Comic Con to interview author David Mack.  David talks about his latest Star Trek trilogy, Cold Equations, as well as his return to his first love, screenwriting.  Take a moment to comment on this episode in the forums, or by writing john@chronicrift.com or by calling 888-866-9010.

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David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels and novellas, including Wildfire, Harbinger, Reap the Whirlwind, Precipice, Road of Bones, Promises Broken, Rise Like Lions, and the Star Trek Destiny trilogy: Gods of Night, Mere Mortals, and Lost Souls. He developed the Star Trek Vanguard series concept with editor Marco Palmieri. His first work of original fiction is the critically acclaimed supernatural thriller The Calling.

In addition to novels, Mack's writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, magazines, newspapers, comic books, computer games, radio, and the Internet. He also co-authored Bryan Anderson's nonfiction Iraq War memoir, No Turning Back: One Man's Inspiring True Story of Courage, Determination, and Hope.

His latest novel is the new Star Trek Vanguard novel Storming Heaven, and his upcoming projects include an epic 24th-century Star Trek: The Next Generation trilogy titled Cold Equations, and a new original supernatural thriller.

Mack resides in New York City with his wife, Kara.

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Kevin Lauderdale continues his holiday children's books suggestions with several Christmas themed works that you can share with your young ones.

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