Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some level relate to our daily lives. Employing his years of experience in public radio, Eric brings a sophisticated, thoughtfully produced voice to the far-out and fantastical.
Queer representation in children’s entertainment has never been better, but the road to get here has been fraught. We look at how Sailor Moon broke new ground, in spite of U.S. censors, and why Disney has struggled to move past having queer-coded villains.
Imaginary Worlds shares a lot in common with the podcast Imaginary Advice. We’re both interested in the line between fiction and reality. But IA’s host Ross Sutherland crosses over that line in weird and wonderful ways.
Sci-fi and fantasy genres have come a long way from their pulpy origins to become respectable genres. But sometimes you want to see something awesome, weird or shocking. That's where guilty pleasures come in..
Andy Weir is best known for writing scientifically accurate books like The Martian. But in his latest book, Project Hail Mary, he ventured beyond his comfort zone in imagining something much more fantastical.