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Channel 37’s roundtable talk show. Commentary, discussion, interviews, in-depth features, and humor (of course) related to all things science fiction.

Audio Invasion! Season Three Trailer

Here at Channel 37 mission control, we’ve been hard at work preparing for the next season of the Audio Invasion! podcast. Here’s how our first planning session went:

Stay tuned for Season Three of Audio Invasion! — coming soon to an Internet connection near you!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

37 MinutesHappy New Year to all our Channel 37 Fans! This year Paul and I are attempting to be really ambitious in our goals – both in Podcasting and in new stories on the blog. We’re even thinking about a trailer!

Anyway, we can’t help but say something about TFA.

This is a must see movie (not just to help our prediction that it will be the number one movie of all time). I have read several TFA related articles (only after watching it).

I will provide links to the best three: All of these articles are written by Professor Seth Abramson of the University of New Hampshire and Huffington Post commentator. I find that these EXACTLY walk through my experiences and thoughts when I watched the movie.

For those whose have only seen the movie one time these articles should be read before seeing the movie again:

1) 40 Unforgivable plot holes

And

2) 20 More plot Holes

And after viewing the movie again, visit this article:

3) 10 Reasons Star Wars TFA is the best “Star Wars” movie ever made.

Hopefully we will touch upon these ideas in our review of TFA in Part Three of our Star Wars Podcast series.

Happy viewing!

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Audio Invasion! Episode 16 – Star Wars Part Two

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Greetings, Channel 37 fans! In this podcast, Paul and Gary announce their predictions for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens!”

Be among the first to listen and see if we are right! We’ll be reviewing the movie in January, and taking credit for all the right predictions and placing blame for all the wrong one.

But for now, give this a listen and send comments about your thoughts.

Listen here: Episode 16

Watch along with Paul and Gary!

Teaser #1:

Teaser #2:

Trailer #1:

Trailer #2 (the “international trailer” aka “Japanese trailer”):

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Audio Invasion Episode 15 – Star Wars Part 1

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due to be in theatres in December. As part of the hype – Paul and Gary discuss the first six movies (actually just the ones that count). Part Two we’ll make our predictions of the movie and Part Three we’ll do our review.
As always, we welcome comments and suggestions. Feel free to share your early Star Wars memories on our comments page.
We tried not to be too political and controversial, but a couple of comments slipped past the censors!
Here it is: Episode 15.

Enjoy!

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Audio Invasion! Episode 14 – Spaceships!

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Audio Invasion

How does on get to space? In spaceships, of course!

Paul and Gary examine types of spaceships and rate their favorites. Thanks to loyal listener Edward G. (not Robinson) for his great suggestion!

To suggest ideas that you would like to hear us fight over, um, I mean discuss intelligently, send us a comment or an email. Here is this week’s link: Episode 14

Have fun!

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Audio Invasion – Episode 13

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Audio Invasion

This episode Paul and Gary talk to Vonnie Winslow Crist, noted Science Fiction writer and Poet. We ran into Vonnie at Balticon 49. A fun time was had by all! You can find Vonnie’s information here: Vonnie Winslow Crist.

Enjoy!

Oops… Here is the podcast link: Episode 13

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Audio Invasion – Episode 12: Paul and Gary Interview World-Renowned Director John Vaughn

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Audio Invasion

John and Paul interview International Director John Vauhn regarding his upcoming movie “Lammas Night” (an Expialidocious Production). Lammas Night is based on the book by Katherine Kurtz with the same title.

Later Paul and Gary dicuss #Balticon49 with the latest gossip (Yes, Shirl, we mean you!)

Listen here: Episode 12

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Audio Invasion – Episode 11 Computers

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This episode, Paul and Gary discuss the great Science Fiction Computer. From the ever popular HAL 9000, to the oft forgotten Colossus, Paul and Gary talk about the development of computers in the Science Fiction World. Click Here: Episode 11

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Audio Invasion – Episode 10 Authors

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Hi All our Latest Audio Invasion is up! Paul and Gary discuss their most influential authors. Also, please note, that due to the lateness of this podcast, our “Rent-a-Poet” promo will continue through the end of May. Enjoy! Audio Invasion!

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Pardon Our Dust

37 MinutesA story, as an author* once wrote, exists in three times: the time in which the story is set, the time in which it is written, and the time in which it is read. In the case of science fiction, the first of these times will necessarily never come to pass, even when the future date eventually becomes the present and then quickly recedes into the past. We did not send the spacecraft Discovery to Jupiter to rendezvous with humankind’s destiny in the year 2001 (nor did we even send the Leonov — from the Soviet Union, mind you — nine years later to find out what had happened to it). And of course we still don’t have hoverboards or self-lacing Nikes, and in a few years the only Nexus Androids that will be around will look like tablets.

Nor is a story’s third time a static thing, either. A reader today who picks up a Jules Verne novel will marvel not just at the sweeping adventure, but also at the archaic courtesies, the quaint presumptions, and the casual racism and sexism that were simply taken for granted by readers in fin de siecle Europe. Verne’s fiction is often described as the original steampunk — a concept that would not have made sense to anyone reading Verne before steampunk was invented.

It is the second time of a story — the time in which the story was written — that concerns us here.

Science fiction as a genre was born and grew up in the United States between the two World Wars, and as such the literature was dominated for much of its formative years by white males (though, it should be noted, not exclusively men of Anglo-Saxon descent nor of the Protestant faiths).

As times changed, so too did American society’s appreciation that women and people of color were among those who had been created — and should be treated — equal. During that time science fiction evolved too, gradually opening its doors wider to welcome those newly recognized equals and to hear the stories they had brought with them to share. And with this greater diversity of voices, science fiction became a richer, more subtle, more complex literature that no longer simply entertained, but challenged society to aspire to a better future.

More recently, science fiction has become a place in which the the manifold complexities of gender are being explored in innovative and exciting ways, once again inviting us to try and see the world through a different lens — so that once again, the world of yesterday will feel as foreign to us as the world of Verne.

Channel 37 was established as an homage to the style of science fiction of the 1950s, the waning days of the white male dominance of science fiction and immediately prior to the cultural revolutions of the 1960s that broadened the genre’s vision and voices and set the tone for its second half-century. However, though our stories may be set in the retro-future, the time in which they are written — and thus the sentiments they share — is very much the diverse, embracing, affirming, validating present.

The convulsions that have gripped the science fiction community as a result of “Puppygate” are deeply painful to watch, as authors and fans who have claimed the mantle of “classic science fiction” argue that we would be better off tearing down what the collective imaginations of nearly four generations of writers have labored to build.

What needs to be said about this sad situation has already been said more eloquently than we ever could by such lights as Connie Willis, George R.R. Martin, and Eric Flint. But as practitioners of the particular type of science fiction that is at the heart of this debate, we feel that we have something to say about it, too, however humble our own efforts have been compared to their accomplishments.

Our message to the Puppies and their supporters — like our stories, you might be tempted to say — is short and simple: though your stories may harken back to the styles of the past, they can never succeed in reestablishing that past. You are, like it or not, writing in the present, for readers in the present — the big, wide-open, all-embracing present in which women, people of color, gay men and lesbians, and transgender people, representing a broad range of cultures and creeds, have joined the white males in transforming what once was a one-room house into a mansion. And to which voices yet unheard will soon be contributing, we sincerely hope.

By and large, the Hugos are awarded to the builders — the writers who work at the frontier of the genre, exploring new storytelling forms, speaking in new voices, inviting us to see in new perspectives. The stories that the Puppies tell, by definition, don’t represent the leading edge of science fiction anymore, and they haven’t for quite some time.

That’s fine, of course. There is still, and will always be, room in the mansion for the old styles, while new rooms are being added to accommodate the styles to which the Puppies take offense. But that being said, the Puppies need to understand that science fiction is never going to go back to being a one-room house run by white guys.

And we are all the better for it — as a genre, as a fandom, and as a society.

Paul Lagasse and Gary Lester
Co-founders, Channel 37

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* — We have been trying in vain to identify the source of this quote. If you know who said it, please leave us a comment below so that we can update the post accordingly. We believe in giving credit where credit is due!

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