49 – Depictions of Nature

The Mythcreant Podcast

Chris, Oren, and Mike discuss the way wildlife is portrayed in speculative fiction. Since they are never happy, they complain about both vilification and glorification of nature. Oren becomes scared of polar bears, Chris asks for happy swamps, and Mike wears out his welcome with bad puns.

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

Show Notes

Avatar (2009 James Cameron Film)

Forgotten Realms

Descent of Angels: Loyalty and Honour

Dragons in Avatar: The Last Airbender

Final Fantasy: Spirits Within

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Dealing With Dragons

Swamp of the Black River – Dark Crystal

The Magic School Bus – “Gets Swamped”

Setting Your World Apart From Earth

Firefly – The Train Job, The Message

Designing Aliens From an Alternate Earth

Star Trek: Enterprise, Xindi

Old Man’s War

The Dragonriders of Pern

Animorphs Fanfiction Archive

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  1. JackbeThimble

    Swamps are bad because they have mosquitoes which, if you’re in anything warmer than a temperate climate, carry malaria which is historically probably the single biggest killer of humans, as well as dengue and yellow fever.

  2. Shelby

    You guys really need to re-read the perm stories, I think you misunderstood many parts.

    Anne didn’t gloss over gay relationships she just didn’t make a big issue of it, beacse it is an excepted thing and she shows respect to it by not making the main charaters respond in a negative or positive way. In some scenes it is noted when two maleds reside in the same weyr.

    And women were many of her main characters and they were not regulated to fire and home. And many of the supporting females were stong willed and didn’t just follow were they are told.

    As for understanding what “between” was, read Lisa’s first flight on her queen and the description that Lisa gives of the place. Anne gives a very clear picture that Lisa was not just fly across the land but was here one second and then there the next.

    Sorry if this came across harsh but I have loved this series for many years.

  3. Evil Genius

    McCaffrey is a homophobic piece of trash:


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