156 – Space Opera vs Science

The Mythcreant Podcast

Space opera has always had a tenuous relationship with science, from sound in space to the main deflector dish. But as scientific awareness spreads among writers and readers alike, these problems are getting worse. Join us for a discussion of the issues that face space opera as a genre, and at least a few potential solutions.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Old Man’s War

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Voyager


Battlestar Galactica

The Expanse

The Cinder Spires

The Dragonriders of Pern

The Culture

Ancillary Justice

Independence Day

A Fire Upon the Deep

Ninefox Gambit

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  1. Fay Onyx

    For some reason this episode isn’t showing up in my podcast feed the way it is supposed to despite other podcasts updating effectively. There are several possible causes for this, but one is something is up with your feed.

    Also, FYI, your podcast feed is limited to 100 episodes, meaning that older episodes are no longer available anywhere outside of your website. Perhaps that is how you want it, but if not I suggest upping the episode limit so that people can access them all.

    • Oren Ashkenazi

      It looks like this episode isn’t showing up on either iTunes or Stitcher. Not sure why that is, but we’re looking into it. Thanks for letting me know.

      The 100 episodes thing isn’t really what we want, but it’s pretty much our only option. As I understand the technical issues, any more episodes than that starts to time out on smaller apps.

      • Oren Ashkenazi

        Turns out it was a category mistake, which should be fixed now. Thanks again for letting me know.

        • Fay Onyx

          Awesome! It’s in my feed now and I’m looking forward to listening to it.

  2. DVD

    “Boy, it sure is lucky that these alien spaceships all use unprotected wi-fi servers so they’ll be easy to infect with computer viruses to save the earth.”
    —Jeff Goldblum’s character, probably, Independence Day, 1996

    “What’s wi-fi?”
    —The character standing next to him.

  3. JackbeThimble

    At the 15 minute mark I feel like Chris is more or less describing Warhammer 40k.

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