Episode 61 of Upon Further Review!

We’re back with a special show beyond your imagination–at least if you like sci-fi and fantasy even a little bit–in Episode 61 of Upon Further Review! In this episode we’re honored to feature special guest star James Patrick Kelly, Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction author, and during the show we follow Mr. Kelly’s able lead as we discuss podcasting, the state of science fiction and fantasy, and his latest book The Wreck of the Godspeed (officially published the day before the posting of this show). You all know how we feel about opinions, but here we’re more than happy to defer to Jim–and we think you’ll be as interested as we are in what he has to say. As always, we appreciate your continued support, and as always, we ask that you continue to spread the word about the show! (As usual, podsafe intro music is provided by Sharif (“You’re My Girl”), outro by David Henderson (“We Gotta Go”).)

Reviewed in this show:


Science fiction/ Fantasy

The Wreck of the Godspeed


  1. idiosyncratic idiot:

    I’m not crazy about fiction, much less science/fantasy. I crave for knowledge – and opinion ;) -, and can’t shake that feeling that reading time without learning something is somewhat a wasted time. I haven’t read Tolkien or Stephen King. I don’t have much knowledge of biology, philosophy or linguistics either. Now if I’m goingto read something I have in mind that the latter rank way higher on my priority list. I hope I don’t come off as some snob pseudo-intelectual dork (actually, you have a rather uncultured fella here).
    I know there’s a lot to be drawn from stories, like moral lessons or social commentary, for example. In fact, I read a lot of novels when I was yonger and I’m sure I’ve gathered some cultural background from them. But as I grew older (I’m amid my 20s now) and my interest leaned towards more practical things, I somehow lost the ability to get immersed in these fictional worlds.

    Some time ago I picked up that Hitchhiker’s series by Douglas Adams. Now while I found some really engrossing passages here and there, I mostly plowed through it, compelled by little else than some sense of obligation. You can stone me now.

    As for podcasting, it gets a high rating from me, mainly due to the convininence of listening to them on commute or while doing something else. I subscribe to so many of them – with subjects varying range from movies to games to technology – sometimes it’s even hard to keep up. It is perfect when you don’t have much time to read about topics you like.

  2. admin:

    Hey i.i.! Well, fantasy certainly isn’t for everyone, and we certainly know a lot of people who prefer non-fiction to fiction. We won’t stone you over any of your opinions…but gently suggest you don’t give up on the fictional stuff altogether, as there is a lot of good stuff out there which might surprise you.

    Either way, as always we appreciate your listening, and look forward to your comments on future shows!


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