The philosophy of Video Games

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The meaning of US in The Last of Us

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Graham Hancock’s Ancient Apocalypse (Is Bullsh*t)

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The best Scifi & Fantasy storytelling – 2022 edition

2022 has been an AMAZING year for scifi & fantasy storytelling.

But mid-way through the year looked like a disaster.

Streaming television has delivered both the best and the worst of scifi and fantasy this year. The struggle to dominate streaming tv saw literally BILLIONS of $$$$ spent on scifi shows. But while much of that money was wasted on disasters like Fake Tolkien, it was smaller shows that crept in and stole our hearts and minds.

My review of the year lists my top 22 SFF stories…of 2022…and also my 7 worst, and the themes driving our storytelling at this moment in time.

And a MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you on this journey, it’s a great time to be a scifi fan, and I’m honored so many of you are listening to the Science Fiction podcast and participating in this community.

Thank you.

00:00 22 best (and 7 worst) of 2022
04:36 Big trouble for the little novel – 22 to 17
16:09 Enter the Unreal – 16 to 9
30:47 The 7 worst
41:57 Mythopathos – 8 to 1

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Citizen Andor and the politics of Star Wars

This episode represents the essay “Andor is a Marxist Story” from the Science Fiction youtube channel in audio format, with a LONG introduction elaborating on the politics of Star Wars.

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Andor and the middle-aging of Star Wars fandom

Extended thoughts on Andor and the age clash of Star Wars fandoms, with audio from the short video essay on the same topic.

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SEASON 1 FINALE : Writing the 21st Century Myth

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On criticism and creativity

Why critique science fiction? I do get asked this question, after some years writing criticism on science fiction for The Guardian, BBC, Wired etc, and with the Science Fiction podcast in the Apple charts in a few dozen countries. So in the penultimate episode of season 1 of the Science Fiction podcast I give a few answers, and some suggestions for my fellow critics.

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So. What did I think of The Rings of Power?

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The Truth of Myth : JRR Tolkien and the return of the mythos

Lord of the Rings is the best-selling English langauge novel ever. And its close competitors – The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter – share an important feature.

They are all works of mythopoiea…myths for the modern world.

JRR Tolkien had a very important insight. He saw that the modern world had lost its myths. Indeed, the modern world had run screaming from myths like god or heaven. Tolkien believed that was a mistake.

He wasn’t alone. When the philosopher Nietzsche said God Is Dead his point was that, without the old myths, men would invent new ones. And they would be much, much worse. Freddy was proven right as Communism and Fascism burst into the world, killing millions in war and genocide.

Tolkien lived through the wars and mass murder of the 20th century. He believed the world needed its myths back, so he wrote Lord of the Rings. The success of his great myth inspired many other creators, and sparked the return of the mythos to the modern world.

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What does a metamodern future look like?

We’re in a civilisational war between the pre-modern, the modern, and the post-modern. Or to give them their “culture war” names – the Reactionary, the Neoliberal…and the Woke. We need a better future for our civilisation. A future some people are starting to call the Metamodern.

In this episode of the Science Fiction podcast I think about what a Metamodern future might look like. It’s a not a cyberpunk dystopia or a solarpunk utopia.

Instead I think our Metamodern future might look like…a theme park.

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