More Christmas Break Guests

We’ve signed on two more guests for the Christmas break:

For the December 29th ‘cast, we’ll be joined by science fiction author Tony Daniel. Technically Tony’s already a GWC veteran as he sat in with us for Podcast #8, but this time he’ll be a featured guest here to talk aboutthe social implications of“downloading”— a topic he deals with extensively in his novel Metaplanetary and its sequel Superluminary. (Those links are to Amazon, BTW, but they’re not affiliate links; that’s not how we roll.) He recently taught a science fiction literature class at the University of Texas at Dallas, so he’ll also be able to lead us (and you) through some other famous treatments of the subject. We’re looking forward to it!

If you’re looking for a bit more info about Tony, he maintains a small FAQ.

On January 5th, the Rev. Dr. Jerome Wichelns will join us to discuss philosophy, religion, and mythology in terms of BSG. Dr. Wichelns holds his PhD in philosophy and currently serves as rector of the Shared Episcopal Ministry of Northern New York, having recently retired from teaching at the college level. We’re excited that he’s agreed to bring his substantial experience to bear to help us understand more about the BSG universe!

One more to go… We’ll keep you updated.

16 Responses to "More Christmas Break Guests"
  1. The 13th Cylon says:

    That’s so cool! More sci fi people with neato backgrounds and they should both offer great insight. I’m really looking forward to hearing the Rev Wichelns give his thoughts on the religions of the show.

  2. Pike says:

    1) Awesome! You guys are lining up some cool guests. Exley and I would probably get into a shouting match at a cocktail party, but I have uber respect for him and his ability to use the net properly.
    2) Hey, don’t be afraid to do the affiliate thing. I mean, if I can get a cool book AND give you some love, what’s not to like (and, yeah, if I’m pissed off at you, I smart enough to get the cool book and not give you any love.)
    3) By my count, you’re getting me 3/4ths of the way through the BSG drought. Work on #4…

    That is all.

  3. The 13th Cylon says:

    Yeah, maybe with the affiliate thing we can get those bets up to 75 cents.

  4. Baltar The Great says:

    This sounds great guys, really looking forward to it.

  5. Pike says:

    I’ll underwrite Martha, for %50 of her winnings…

  6. The 13th Cylon says:

    I’ll take Sean, then. For some reason I seem to remember that he’s been right a good bit lately.

    Little factoid: when I was a young lad I used to think that Sean was pronounced “Seen” and I thought parents were bonkers to name thier offspring that. lol I think some actor on a Nickelodeon show was named Sean… hmm.

  7. Tanu says:

    lol 13th cylon. the one that used to get me was the name Todd but some parents chose to spell it as Toad, so i pronounced it like the frog-toad pronounciation and got yelled at but i was like, why name a kid after a frog but not call him such. yeesh that was one sentence.

  8. Abel Vargas says:

    Bamber as Billy – I was a little too late to comment on the Watercooler ‘cast about “The Passage,” but something has been in my head. Every time that someone chimes in about Dee’s relationship with some Apollo with some version of “Billy would not have done you that way, woman!” I want to throw something.

    I was in the Army Reserves for six years. My experience is that military women like Kat, Dee, or Starbuck, do not go for the Billies of the world. The ones who aren’t there for a good dental plan want adventure, and going out with a Billy is a loud declaration that you are Settling Down and Starting a Family and Changing Diapers.

    The scifi fandom, being generally literary, educated homebodies (I count me in that group) see Billy’s Big Blue Eyes, and his eagerness to please, and his awkwardness, and say “He’s like a little PUPPY he’s so CUTE I want to take him HOME!”

    No woman who chooses a life where she stands in a CIC, grabbing fistfuls of cable to network computers hoping to buy a few seconds of time where nuclear missiles are not exploding on the hull of your ship wants a puppy. No woman who sits in a Viper cockpit dancing with Cylon Raiders with the real possibility of a fiery death in the hostile void of space wants a puppy. They eat puppies.

    They may go out with a puppy if they fool themselves into thinking that is what they want, only to destroy his self-esteem and send him packing after a few months, a weeping bundle of inadequacy. See Anders and Starbuck’s marriage. Anders has some tough guy features, and he’s an athlete, but inside he’s 100% puppy. A puppy wearing armor. Kara chooses him, thinking she’s found an essentially good man that she can live with, and ends up tired of him and using him for his body until someone better comes along.

    I was thinking of all this when a co-worker of mine told me that she went to Cambridge with Jamie Bamber. They hung out a lot, and her best friend dated him for a few months. “He’s deadly boring,” she said, and broke up with him. A sweet guy, bookish, very attractive, and now very devoted to his wife and kids. But deadly boring. If you are angry at what I’ve said here, I offer a consolation: Jamie Bamber is, in real life, a Billy.

  9. The 13th Cylon says:

    Cally was in for a good dental plan, well actually to go to dental school. Maybe that’s why she went after someone who was relatively normal.

  10. Matt says:

    great guests!!! I cant wait!!!!

  11. Tanu says:

    hahhaaha, “he is 100% puppy” too funny!!!!

  12. Pike says:

    The scifi fandom, being generally literary, educated homebodies (I count me in that group) see Billy’s Big Blue Eyes, and his eagerness to please, and his awkwardness, and say….

    “That’s me.”

    No feeling sorry for Dee!

  13. The 13th Cylon says:

    So true!

  14. BoxytheBoxed says:

    great choices for gests. Now im reading snow Crash, but im gonna pick up meta plantary soon. i hope before the podsact.

  15. BoxytheBoxed says:

    maby you could get lke a college professor who teaches Greek or Roman things for mithology

  16. BoxytheBoxed says:

    I have read Snow Crash, and just finished Metaplanettary, any more good books

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