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Do Your Homework

Highway To Mars - July 15, 2019 13:25 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
There has been no end of discussion on what people don’t like about modern geek culture and specifically science fiction but less on what is going wrong.  Many think it’s ideology, but in this discussion, I look at something much more fundamental – the basic ability to tell a story. Far from agre...

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Science Fiction 2019 is an Embarrassment

Highway To Mars - June 30, 2019 13:08 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
Okay, so that’s a clickbait title.  While it’s true, this is not a negative episode – I have spent much of the past 2-3 years trying to work out what is going awol with science fiction and what to do about it.  This episode doesn’t fully answer that question, but it breaks down what I […]

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Hexagonal Phase

Highway To Mars - March 16, 2019 21:51 - 36 minutes ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
At last we leave the Orbit of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and what can we say about this last instalment, the radio play based on the book “And Another Thing”?  It’s better than the book? This is one for the completists and those that feel that a man who lays down in front […]

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Captain Marvel

Highway To Mars - March 09, 2019 10:20 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
Captain Marvel is the latest Disney product to dip a toe into the Culture war and as Disneys biggest money maker it will be interesting to see what the fallout is like.  For the record I enjoyed this movie for what it was and I think that Brie Larson could be successful as the head […]

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Atlas Shrugged

Highway To Mars - March 04, 2019 09:05 - 2 hours ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
Atlas Shrugged is a controversial book – as Ayn Rand was a controversial person. In this episode I take a look at a number of key ideas in the novel and how they stand up – noting of course that this book has been the subject of intense debate for over 60 years. Does Rand […]

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And Another Thing

Highway To Mars - February 16, 2019 11:17 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
So this is not actually a douglas project but…. we had to do it. And another thing is not awful, it’s just boring and unnecessary. Anyway… Mostly Harmless is the end of the story, Douglas might have been thinking about pulling a George Lucas and revise – that doesn’t make it a good idea.

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Science Fiction is Failing Us

Highway To Mars - February 03, 2019 11:06 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
In this episode Stefan takes a look at the ways that science fiction is failing us – not in quality but in ideas. Taste is subjective and we don’t aim to pass judgement on the quality of the stories but the big three franchises – Doctor Who, Star Trek and Star Wars are short on […]

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Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy the Movie

Highway To Mars - December 21, 2018 22:22 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
Let’s face it the Hitchhikers movie has some issues – that said we loved it. The challenge with hitchhikers is it doesn’t fit into any kind of three act structure, it starts bounces around and ends. The characters haven’t really learned anything (well arthur has learned how hard it is to get tea ...

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Post Human Part 1

Highway To Mars - September 16, 2018 12:28 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
Am I alone in being over the Culture Wars?  In this next set of podcasts I want to move past the dumpster fire that is the culture war to focus on what I think is the most important product of Geek Culture for the past 30 years – the race to catch up with our […]

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Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy – Quintessinal Phase

Highway To Mars - August 19, 2018 13:17 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
Gareth and Stefan continue their examination of the works of Douglas Adams with the Quintessinal phase, the last of the Douglas Adams sourced pieces of the Hitchhikers Guide.  There are two ways you can go with this piece – take the material as it is, or how a later regretful author might have im...

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Customer Segregation

Highway To Mars - July 10, 2018 23:49 - 39 minutes ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
Remember when Science Fiction used to be fun?  Those were the days my friend! I want to be clear, In this episode I am not making any comparisons with state sanctioned segregation practices of the past.  I am however pretty sure that we learned in the past that segregation is a stupid way to solv...

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Women in Refrigerators – Avengers and Deadpool

Highway To Mars - June 24, 2018 04:22 - 41 minutes ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
In this episode I take a deeper examination of the Women in Fridges trope and how it is a classic example of how we have lost the art of communicating our problems, and solution building in this era of outrage.  

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Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy – Mostly Harmless (Book)

Highway To Mars - May 26, 2018 05:04 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
Gareth and Stefan restart their series on Douglas Adams at the very end of the Hitchhikers series.  The book stands alone, one way or another all the post douglas materials have attempted to rewrite the end and even douglas himself had his regrets.  However this is a moment where one needs to com...

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The Culture War Part 3

Highway To Mars - May 13, 2018 00:22 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
I have always wanted to approach the Culture War beyond the moral arguments and look more to if there is an effect being felt, if so what is that affect and what does it mean longer term. In this episode I reflect on the datasets that are out there and how they are used – […]

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The Culture War Part 2 of 3

Highway To Mars - April 27, 2018 00:18 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
So what is the culture war?  Unless you have been hiding under a rock you will have noticed that people aren’t very nice to each other any more and even the choice of coffee in the morning can be a polarising act.  In science fiction the battleground seems mostly to have been around the represent...

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Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Quandary Phase

Highway To Mars - April 15, 2018 00:05 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
The third radio series was a surprise improvement on the book, can the fourth do the same? A belated episode (hey it’s only 18 months overdue) we delve into the fourth radio play.  As with the third, I enjoyed most of it even more than the book. To me this is the ending of the […]

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The Culture War (Part 1 of 3)

Highway To Mars - April 03, 2018 04:12 - 52 minutes ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
Like it or not the Culture War has seeped into pretty much every part of Science Fiction.  In truth I don’t have an ideological dog in the fight beyond the fact that there is no real world evidence that much of the remedies the SJW side will work and I dislike the fact that they […]

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2017 In Science Fiction

Highway To Mars - January 01, 2018 23:46 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
It’s been a strange old year in Science Fiction where content creators decided to take on fans in different ways and virtue trumped storytelling too many times.  That said there was still a lot to enjoy, if not a lot to jog the brain cells.  With that in mind, I have been spending the year […]

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Politics – Bioshock – Collectivism

Highway To Mars - December 24, 2016 09:09 - 2 hours ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
  Collectivism is a funny thing.  We have given it a go in various forms with varying degrees of harm to those involved.  Generally collectivism is implemented by force because while Objectivism is arrogant when it comes to the ability for society to operate without rules, Collectivism mostly see...

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Politics – Bioshock – Objectivism

Highway To Mars - December 18, 2016 13:55 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
Ayn Rand isn’t everybodies cup of tea and I see it as somewhat ironic that before a movie was made about her book Atlas Shrugged there was the Bioshock series. Objectivism as a philosophy has some good points, that we should deal with (objective) reality, that the world can be objectively defined...

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Heroine Cast – Radioactive

Highway To Mars - December 07, 2016 12:24 - 2 hours ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
We have only done one musical on Highway and certainly not devoted an episode to a song but after 243 episodes – why not. There is a specific reason for Radioactive to make the cut and it comes down to something else we haven’t really talked much about despite it being one of my personal […]

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Politics – Star Trek 6 The Undiscovered Country

Highway To Mars - December 04, 2016 13:13 - 3 hours ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
There is something poetic in the title of the Undiscovered Country.  It speaks to pretty much every time in history and all politics.  Do we fear or embrace the future. History though tells us no matter how long we deny it, in some cases centuries, the future has caught up with us no matter how […]

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Politics – 1984

Highway To Mars - November 27, 2016 14:09 - 2 hours ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
1984 is pretty much the top of the list when it comes to Politics and Science Fiction.  More than any other dystopian society thought of, 1984 demonstrates the evils of totalitarian societies. However bad the western world seems and there are problems with the ways in which institutions such as U...

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Transhumanism – Ghost In the Shell

Highway To Mars - November 13, 2016 15:09 - 1 second ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
Ghost in the Shell is a very influential piece, having provided many pieces of motivation for the Matrix.  In truth we should have gotten to this movie before now but better late than ever.  Ghost in the Shell covers off on many of the themes we have discussed.  It goes the next step though to […]

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Transhumanism – The Avengers

Highway To Mars - November 07, 2016 15:07 - 2 hours ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
Okay, the Avengers is popcorn transhumanism but it is hella fun. While the superhero genre can’t be taken as serious transhumanism because lets face it, nobody will become the hulk anytime soon, it does open up a huge discussion on what sort of form we want to take.  One only needs to attend a co...

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Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy – So Long and Thanks for all the Fish

Highway To Mars - November 04, 2016 00:05 - 1 hour ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
For the briefest of moments in the Hitchhikers Story, Arthur finds happiness and love.  It wouldn’t last but it has been earned.  This story more than any other gets into the head of Arthur and tells us what makes him tick (or fuck as the case may be). What we learn is Arthur is an […]

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Transhumanism – Genesis of the Daleks

Highway To Mars - October 30, 2016 21:49 - 3 hours ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
The Daleks have been scary and ridiculous in equal measure. With their pepperpot shells and monotone robotic voice (and modern squiddy form) it’s easy to forget that they are the product of the most extreme form of transhumanist experiments. The Daleks were born for a single purpose, to ensure th...

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Heroine Cast – Labyrinth

Highway To Mars - October 19, 2016 12:47 - 2 hours ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and the plan to get the next heroine cast out hasn’t eventuated, even if we have recorded a lot of podcasts in the interim. Never fear, we still have a number of episodes in the archives and here is one of my favourite movies – Labyrinth. Lets face […]

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Transhumanism – Star Trek – First Contact

Highway To Mars - October 16, 2016 12:46 - 2 hours ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
It’s taken us a while to make it to Star Trek but at least we picked a good story with one of the best villans of the modern era. The Borg represt both what can be achieved with cybernetic enhancements, while at the same time embodying everything that we fear.  The machine will consume us, […]

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Transhumanism – Ayn Rand, Andrew Ryan, Bioshock and Zoltan Istvan

Highway To Mars - October 11, 2016 06:26 - 2 hours ★★★★★ - 5 ratings
We are entering into a time when the world of Bioshock becomes less far fetched.  Genetic editing technologies such as CRISPR have the potential to seriously change the game for all of us and as science fiction comes closer to being science fact, we need to be aware of the benefits and the danger...

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