IMAGINARY WORLDS IS A PODCAST ABOUT SCIENCE FICTION AND OTHER FANTASY GENRES HOSTED BY ERIC MOLINSKY. CLICK BELOW TO SUBSCRIBE OR SUPPORT THE SHOW. CLICK RIGHT TO HEAR THE ARCHIVE
Cell Research by Gunnar Johnsen
Chill Out by Anders Ekengren
Ominous Ambience by John Ahlin
Descent by Sono Sanctus
Either Oar by Sono Sanctus
In a year when we’re reassessing the role of law enforcement in the real world, is it time to reimagine the role of vigilante super-cops in fantasy worlds? I talk with prosecutor Patrick O’Connor and police officer Henry Wong about how Batman or The Punisher could better reflect the times. Matthew Westfox, co-host of the podcast Superhero Ethics, discusses the moral quandaries of Daredevil. Peter Nowak, author of “The Rise of Real-Life Superheroes,” explains why costumed crime fighters are no longer just in fiction, and we hear from The Grim and Violet Valkyrie, who actually patrol the streets of San Diego as their superhero alter-egos.
Frequently Asked Questions
The back catalog is long. What if I want to find only the Star Wars-related episodes, or only the Star Trek-related episodes?
I created an Imaginary Worlds playlist that breaks down the episodes by some of the most popular categories, from franchises like Harry Potter or Doctor Who to general topics like video games, audio dramas or role-playing games. In some cases, the entire episode is about that topic, in other episodes that topic is folded into a larger theme. Everything on the list is hyperlinked.
In your episodes about (X) how come you didn’t mention (Y)?
That is most common question that I get. Each episode begins with a lot of research, looking at the history of the topic and the ways people have discussed it. I often joke that I don’t want my podcast to feel like “Imaginary Wikipedia” because I don’t want listeners to feel burdened with too much information to retain. That doesn’t mean what gets left on the proverbial cutting room floor is inherently less important. It just didn't fit into the flow of the narrative I was telling.
Is it okay to use an episode of Imaginary Worlds as part of a course curriculum?
Yes, please feel free to include an episode of the podcast in whatever course that you're teaching, as part of the syllabus or textbook materials, so long as you credit the show.
Where can I take your class on creating a podcast?
I teach a course called Creating a Narrative Podcast at NYU's School of Professional Studies in the Fall, Spring and Summer. You can sign up at NYU's website. Usually the class is in person but all of NYU has gone virtual for now.
Do you take suggestions for episode ideas?
Sure! I particularly like suggestions about a cultural work that sparks questions or controversy, or a creative person with an interesting backstory.
Can I advertise on your show?
Yes, but I’ll have to put you in touch with AdvertiseCast, the ad service agency that I’m working with. They set the rates.