Off-topic: Pod Bay One

Our old speculative fiction podcast

Back in 2018, Josho Brouwers, Matthew Lloyd, and Joshua Hall started a podcast and website on speculative fiction called Pod Bay One. The website (and podcast) no longer exist, but we do get the occasional request to make the episodes available again, so here they are!

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Matthew Lloyd, Joshua Hall, and myself are all three into speculative fiction and, more specifically, science-fiction. We talked a lot about this topic and so eventually we thought it would be fun to start a podcast with an accompanying website that featured articles on Star Trek, Lost in Space, Ursula K. Le Guin, and so on.

The end result was Pod Bay One. We launched the podcast and the website in November of 2018, nearly three years ago to date, and about a year after we had started Ancient World Magazine. Ah, how naive we were to think we could run two websites and two podcasts at the same time!

Needless to say, we quickly realized that we didn’t have the time to work on two separate projects while also having to work our day jobs, and so Pod Bay One peetered out after a few months and I eventually took it offline. Styill, the podcast proved to be popular and we get occasional requests to make the episodes available again.

I have just finished editing the newest instalment of the Ancient World Magazine podcast: it will be made available for our Patrons this Thursday. But it got me thinking about Pod Bay One and I figured it might be a good idea to make the four episodes we recorded for that podcast available here.

So there you go! I hope you’ll enjoy this podcast, even though it hasn’t got anything to do with the ancient world.

Episode 1: our favourite sci-fi thing

In this first episode, we each talk about our favourite sci-fi thing. Josh’s favourite sci-fi thing is the Mel Brooks movie Spaceballs (1987), explaining why he thinks the movie works and why a lot of people might bounce of it today. I cheat and pick all of (old) Star Trek as his favourite thing, especially the idea of approaching the unknown with an open mind. Matt’s favourite thing is the Centenal Cycle by Malka Holder, which consists of three books: Infomacracy (2016), Null States (2017), and State Tectonics (2018).

And yes, for this podcast we use a piece of music courtesy of Audionautix to open the discussion. We used this piece of music for every episode, except for the second one for some reason, which has no music. For whatever reason, I never did add music to our regular podcast.

Episode 2: Encounter at Farpoint

Seeing as we are all big fans of Star Trek, we figured we should devote an early episode to that subject. We settled on discussing the episode “Encounter at Farpoint”, the very first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It was originally broadcast in 1987, about two decades after the original series had premiered, and sandwiched in between the fourth and fifth Star Trek movies.

“Encounter at Farpoint” is perhaps not a very good episode, with essentially two very different plot lines that have been forced together. It does have a few good scenes and, as Matt points out, it also, rather bluntly, sets out what The Next Generation would be about.

Episode 3: time travel

Not surprisingly, we decided to talk about time travel in our third episode of this podcast. We talk about the mechanics of time travel and how they don’t really make sense. We mention a bunch of different stuff, including Star Trek, Doctor Who, Back to the Future, The End of Eternity, and more.

This episode has a special appearance by Bruce Willis. And by “special appearance” I mean that I spliced in a few lines from the movie Looper. I also refer to Einstein, the theory of relativity, and Stephen Hawking to make myself seem more clever than I really am.

Episode 4: Total Recall

In this final episode, released in February of 2019 but recorded earlier, we read the Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” and watched the movie that used that story as a basis for its own plot, 1990’s Total Recall (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger), as well as the movie’s 2012 remake (starring Colin Farrel).

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