WFTM Podcast Episode 15: The Television Engine

Leslie and Fernando discuss the start of binge watching Empire and Black-ish, the lackluster summer of movies, what they’re looking forward to this fall on the big and small screens, the third volume of Lazarus, the steampunk werewolf hunters of The Shadow Revolution, and much more.

Download it from the iTunes store here!

We’re now on Stitcher as well!! If Stitcher is your chosen app of podcasting choice, listen to the Working for the Mandroid podcast here

So what’s in Episode 15?

News:

Netflix announced the November 20 as the release date of Jessica Jones and put out a teaser trailer

DARPA released some information about a robotic prosthetic arm that provides sensation and it’s awesome!

Funko announced the Smuggler’s Bounty Star Wars subscription box!

What We’re Watching:

We started binge watching Empire and Black-ish

A look back at the movies we enjoyed this summer and the ones we’re looking forward to this fall

What new and returning shows we’re looking forward to as the fall TV season starts back up next week (and Leslie learns she’s the engine driving most of their television watching)

What We’re Reading:

Lazarus Volume 3: Conclave by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark

We Can Fix It by Jess Fink

Little Robot by Ben Hatke (enter to win a copy here!)

The Shadow Revolution by Clay and Susan Griffith

What We Predict For the Next Week:

Fernando: Still playing a lot of Madden and looking forward to television starting back up again.

Leslie: They’ll finish up Empire and enjoy it. She’ll finish up Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson and it will end in a cliffhanger that will drive her bonkers. Scorch Trials the movie will be in their viewing future.

WFTM Podcast Episode 13: Because Boomerangs!

Due to a scheduling conflict, Leslie and Fernando recorded Episode 13 a day earlier than usual. They attempt to describe the first photos from American Horror Story: Hotel, discuss the finales of Syfy’s Defiance and Dark Matter, the start of CW Seed’s animated Vixen, whether episode 2 of Documentary Now changed Fernando’s mind about the series, being stuck in a dome for a year because of Mars, the first volume of Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye (Because Boomerangs!), and much more.

Download it from the iTunes store here!

We’re now on Stitcher as well!! If Stitcher is your chosen app of podcasting choice, listen to the Working for the Mandroid podcast here

So what’s in Episode 13?

News:

First Pictures from American Horror Story: Hotel

Six People Were Just Sealed Into a Dome for a Year Because Mars.

First Image of Michael Fassbender in Assassin’s Creed Movie

Straight Outta Compton wins 3 straight week at box office:

What We’re Watching:

Documentary Now episode 2 – have Fernando’s feelings changed?

Dark Matter

Defiance

Vixen Episode 1

What We’re Reading:

Hawkeye Volume 1 by Matt Fraction and David Aja

School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough

What We Predict For the Next Week:

Fernando: He will love the season finale for Mr. Robot

Leslie: She will also love the season finale for Mr. Robot, love Gotham Academy Volume 1 by Becky Cloonan and Brendan Fletcher), and be driven notes by the slang in The Scorch Trials by James Dashner


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Intro & Outro Music is “Robot Army” by Quiet Music for Tiny Robots, provided via freemusicarchive.org through a Creative Commons License

Guest Post: Science Fiction & Science by S.H. Jucha

Today we have a special visit from science fiction writer S.H. Jucha. He is the author of The Silver Ships, and enjoys discussing all things science fiction and space related. He stopped by Working for the Mandroid today to discuss a little bit about the connection between science fiction and science fact.

Science Fiction and Science
By SH Jucha

Historically, fiction writers have been the harbingers of our future science. You need look no further than the incomparable Isaac Asimov, a master of hard science fiction, who detailed robotics, artificial intelligence, and space exploration more than sixty years ago. Robert A. Heinlein anticipated the cell phone in his book, Space Cadet, thirty-five years before the technology was invented by Motorola, and Arthur C. Clarke, often called the “Prophet of the Space Age,” proposed a satellite communication system in 1945.

However, in the 21st century, science has been stealing the headlines away from science fiction. New Horizons sent us images of Pluto and its moons—Charon, Nix, Hydra, Styx and Kerberos. Philae landed on a comet, and NASA's Kepler spacecraft has identified another near-Earth planet in the habitable zone of a sun-like star.

Two more significant scientific endeavors are set to unfold in the near future. The James Webb Space Telescope is scheduled to be launched in 2018 into an orbit around the sun. It will be able to view events 200 to 300 million years after the Big Bang. Over the remainder of this decade and the next, the “Mars One” mission plans to establish a human settlement on Mars.

In addition to hard science prognostications, fiction writers have long envisioned mankind’s future encounters with aliens and have portrayed sentient life in a myriad of ways from war-faring empires to symbionts, who ride a human’s brain, to artificial intelligences, which have left their creators behind. Recently, science has been catching up with fiction writers on the subject of life in outer space.

Investigations of carbon-rich meteorites have found evidence of life apart from that of Earth. Amino acids, which are the essential building blocks of life, have been discovered on meteorites. Most telling is that the amino acids were created in both low-level and high-level temperatures.

If you follow the numbers—billions of galaxies and up to 300 billion stars per galaxy—astronomers estimate that there are about 70 billion trillion stars. In our short investigative period, we’ve already discovered 4,696 exoplanets, creating an enormous potential for life. Maybe the science fiction writers have been right about the possibilities of aliens.

While we dream of space exploration far into the future, I would like to express my hopes for the near future, events that might take place in the next few decades. I see incredible potential for space exploration, especially long-term space habitation, which may provide solutions for many of Earth’s critical problems.

Self-sufficient space habitats will require alternative methods of recycling of many material categories. It will be too expensive to ship trash back to Earth. One category, petrochemical products, includes plastics, which are quite durable and slow to degrade, but there are examples of micro-organisms accelerating the degradation processes. Imagine the value of developing bio-engineered bacterium, fungi, yeasts, algae, and lichens to completely recycle plastics. It would be a win-win for space habitation and humankind if scientists perfected solutions which could efficiently breakdown plastics, especially the billions of tons of discarded plastics on Earth, into environmentally friendly compounds.

Science fiction writers continue to envision a variety of futures for the human race, but it will be the duty of science to bring one of them to fruition.

 

S. H. Jucha is the author of the science fiction series, The Silver Ships. For more information, about the author, visit his website at http://scottjucha.com. His books are available on Amazon in several formats.

The Silver Ships
SH Jucha

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An explorer-tug captain, Alex Racine detects a damaged alien craft drifting into the system. Recognizing a once in a lifetime opportunity to make first contact, Alex pulls off a daring maneuver to latch on to the derelict.

Alex discovers the ship was attacked by an unknown craft, the first of its kind ever encountered. The mysterious silver ship's attack was both instant and deadly.

What enfolds is a story of the descendants of two Earth colony ships, with very different histories, meeting 700 years after their founding and uniting to defend humanity from the silver ships.
 

Random Tuesday: Batman Retires, Singing Dragons, Science Is Awesome & More

Bubble monkeys on the moon! 

That was pretty Random, right?

Squid alien thingamajigs eat Oreos while swimming in purple jello.

Equally as Random or maybe even a little more so. As you can see I may be a bit delirious right now and I'm not entirely sure why. Also Random is my capitalization of a brand of cookie, but not the brand name of a jiggly substance. Now on to Random things that make more sense than the randomness in my head.

Spinoff Online has an interview up with Cassandra Clare, where they discuss motivation behind her writing the series, making sure her work passes the Bechdel Test, and altering her books for the screen. I haven't read much about Clare though I've read the series. It's a really good interview. I hope the movie stands up to the hype.

These robot-building sisters are far cooler than I have ever been and they are only 11 and 13. Impressive.

JE Fullerton is way more talented than me. That's why he created illustrated maps of Westeros and I am just staring at them a little slack jawed. (From /Film)

Speaking of Westeros, Batman has retired, so that he has time to read A Game of Thrones without interruption from the Joker or Catwoman or whatever. This was a cosplay at Comic Con last month and the picture was taken by photographer David Ngo. The guy was advertising the webseries The Dark Knight Retires, which starts tomorrow. (The Mary Sue / Fashionably Geek)

Speaking of Fashionably Geek, I want to work with guys who wear My Little Pony ties to work. That just seems like a fun work environment.

Entertainment Weekly has compiled a list of the "best 100 books of all time". This lists are always hit or miss. How accurate do you think it is?

This week in WFTM's Science: It Saves Lives, we have a guy who invented a straw that can detect date rape drugs and instructions on how to create your own penicilin in case of the zombie apocalypse (or any apocalypse really). (via io9)

Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords and who also wrote the music for The Muppets is working on a faerie tale musical he compares to being kind of like Labyrinth. It will involve singing dragons and monsters. I want this right now, but it sounds like it's still early in development. (Collider)

 

And that's all the random I have today. Send me randomness in the comments because randomness makes kittens happy.

Random Tuesday: Pretty Covers, The New Doctor, Book Clubs & Sad Robots

First of all, my prize from Comic Con has a cover now! And it's so pretty! This book is taunting me from my bookshelf. I'm trying not to read it right off since it will leave a year and a half until the final volume comes out. I don't know if I could stand such a gap. Do you have books sitting on your shelves that you desperately want to read, but don't want to wait so long for the next book in the series so you haven't read it?

Susan Dennard is hosting a book club alongside Epic Reads for Something Strange & Deadly. If you haven't read this zombie tale set in Victorian Philadelphia, you are missing out and should definitely take part. Susan is posting discussion questions and I'll have my contribution to the conversation up tomorrow. It's too late to sign up officially, but it's still going to be fun so join up unofficially!

A friend of mind posted this article on Facebook celebrating the first anniversary of the Curiousity rover on Mars. NASA sent the code for the rover to sing itself happy birthday. I don't know why, but it just made me sad. Poor robot all alone on its birthday on a far away planet... no wonder the robots are going to have an uprising.

Normal people may find this proposal method kind of sad or impersonal, but I think it's down right awesome - a guy proposed to his girlfriend via memes and commissoned artwork on Reddit. Some of that commissoned artwork is wonderful.

So a new Doctor was announced over the weekend in a bizarre around the world special. The expected front runner Peter Capaldi was announced as replacing Matt Smith in the next proper season of Doctor Who. I think this is a really lame choice. I think the guy will do great as the Doctor, but he has already played a pretty substantial role in the Doctor Who universe through Torchwood. I know there seems to only be a small pool of British television actors and they're all in everything, but really? There was no one else?

Harvey Weinstein thinks Midwesterners are idiots, so he's cutting the substance out of that weird dystopian-on-a-speeding-train Snowpiercer movie. Epic fail, Weinstein, epic fail.

And one final thing before I run off to watch Batman The Animated Series (because that's what I do as a grown up - watch cartoons I didn't have time for as a kid), I present to you the commission from Katie Cook I received at Comic Con. It's Nightwing and Batgirl being awesome.

Share some random in the comments! There can never be too much random!

Random Tuesday: The Shorter Version With More Cloud Cities

So my favorite worlds are generally in the steampunk realm, but my second type of city setting is most definitely cloud cities. Click here for a bunch of cloud city concept art, including the gorgeous pic above by DeviantArt user ~aksu

I've seen four of these recommended 13 independent fantasy/science fiction films with many others already on my Netflix queue, and I would recommend each one of them. The entire list by the ladies at The Mary Sue is a good primer for those looking to see science fiction and fantasy movies outside of giant blockbusters.

What would the newstands look like if the Avengers were real?

This week in Science is Amazing - the UK is on its way to approving three parent fertility treatments to help prevent mitochondrial diseases.

Could the first attack in the impending Robopocalypse have already happened? (The answer is no, but it's still interesting to see early robotics and their consequences)

Because there has been a severe lack of ninjas around here lately - io9's choice of the top 13 best female ninjas in pop culture.

Fernando really wants these Game of Thrones Lego characters. I think Lego should hire this guy to create an entire line of Game of Thrones Legos, but I suppose it's not the most child-friendly of entertainment properties.

 

What random things caught your attention this week? Link 'em up in the comments.

Random Tuesday: Science, Book Lists & Wreck-It Ralph

I'm partially tempted to do Trailer Park Friday today instead of Random Tuesday because some freakin' awesome trailers have come out over the last 48 hours. Alas, a part of me is waiting on the City of Bones sneak peak trailer to be released on Friday to put all the crazy awesome together. So instead, have some randomness like...

The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell courtesy of a real actual science journal article. io9 rocks my socks with their daily awesome.

Which also includes their book lists, such as the 20 Essential Books About the Next Step in Human Evolution. It's a nice mix of science fiction and non-fiction titles, though the only one I've read is Amped and that was pretty awesome.

It's been awhile since I've posted a piece of Gingerhaze's artwork. I will now remedy that. She is still awesome and she loved Wreck It Ralph as much as I did.

I don't know how much I agree with this 10 books that define the Millennial generation from Teleread, but what do I know?

Flavorwire has a list of 10 movies that were impossible to turn into movies that inevitably got turned into movies anyway. I've actually seen a few of these movies (Watchmen and Lolita) and they were both pretty good.

 

And now Fernando wants dinner, so do you guys have random things to share?