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​​​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

“For science fiction and fantasy fans, as well as anyone who likes a good story, "Imaginary Worlds" is a must-listen show. Host Eric Molinsky thinks in deep and interesting ways about how and why storytellers create new universes for their characters, and the processes involved in bringing them to life. His passion for the subject is completely infectious, and with such a vast variety of topics, this may be the most binge-able show on the entire list.”

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"Imaginary Worlds is less of a narrative podcast and more of an exploration of the fantasies we’ve created for ourselves. It delves into what it is about those fantasies that makes us want to explore them."

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"I find science fiction about as interesting as I find rugby. Or Bake Off. But [Imaginary Worlds] has been a revelation.... And, lo, I discover that I’m actually really interested in sci-fi and fantasy. Eric Molinsky is a clever and generous host who knows his stuff, and, at their heart, these shows explore just why we need and want worlds that don’t exist."

“Imaginary Worlds isn’t an extended interview or a talk show-style podcast. Instead, each episode is played out like a segment from NPR’s This American life or Planet Money shows. He mixes his reporting, clips, and interviews to form a nicely packaged story, which hones in on some specific part of the genre’s literary, video game, or film worlds.”  

“Another highly-produced show is Imaginary Worlds, created by Eric Molinsky, whose long career in public radio includes work for Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He was drawn to podcasting in part because of the freedom to go deep on his favorite geeky topics.”

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“The podcast Imaginary Worlds delves into science fiction and fantasy, from exploring how “Star Wars” rebels destroying the Death Star would affect that world economically to looking at whether reading “Harry Potter” books makes people more understanding of others.”

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“On each episode of Imaginary Worlds, host Eric Molinsky dissects a single issue within a fictional world (from mainstream hits like Doctor Who and Harry Potter, to cultish favorites like the board game Dungeons & Dragons and the anime series Ghost in the Shell) or within ideas specific to the sci-fi/fantasy genre (robots taking people’s jobs, why superheroes fight each other, and maintaining racial diversity among cosplayers). Molinsky facilitates discussions that are toothsome for existing sci-fi/fantasy fans while also compelling and accessible to complete outsiders.”

“This is a podcast about science fiction and fantasy worlds, both about how they are created and why audiences are able to suspend their disbelief. Of all forms of creativity, I figure that creating a fictional universe is the most expansive, and get inspired by such a broad-brush imaginative exercise.”

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