Monthly Archives: July 2019

Ep017 Vina Jie-Min Prasad: A Series of Steaks and Fandom for Robots

A Series of Steaks and Fandom for Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad

The near future envisioned in two short stories by Vina Jie-Min Prasad. Join us as we discuss a future forger of meat and a robot stretching its programming to explore the world of anime. These two stories take place in a world not too far away from our own. With the rise of 3D printing and AI we may be closer to an underground meat forging industry and robots writing fan fiction than we care to think.

Works Mentioned

  • Fandom for Robots by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • Tideline by Elizabeth Bear
  • Xanth Series by Piers Anthony
  • Incarnation of Immortality by Piers Anthony
  • The Ones That Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K Le Guin
  • Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Fall of Gondolin by Tolkien



Ep016 Modes of Storytelling

Modes of Storytelling

Books, graphic novels, movies, television, and more. There are many mediums in which to tell a story, from strictly visual and auditory, such as the opening of Up, to verbose sentences in Russian classics. Isaac and Reid discuss a the variety of storytelling modes: ranging from the long form visuals of Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame; to the choose your own adventures of video games such as The Witcher and Until Dawn; to musical; to graphic novels. We discuss that the mode often determines what is in and out of bounds, as well as the knowledge and adherence to the modes will ultimately determine the success of a work.


  • Avengers: Endgame
  • Game of Thrones Season 8
  • The Legend of Zelda – Twilight Princess (mild)
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (mild)
  • Lord of the Rings (movie series) (correction, Return of the King only received 11 academy awards).

Other Works Mentioned

  • Up (Disney/Pixar)
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • The Witcher
  • Telltale Games
  • Choose Your Own Adventure Books
  • The Wolf Among Us
  • Until Dawn
  • The Stanley Parable
  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Star Trek Films
  • X-Men
  • Funhouse
  • Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee (Stan Lee Autobiography)
  • Dear Evan Hansen (musical)
  • Anna Karenina (Book and 2012 film)
  • A Song of Ice and Fire books
  • Ready Player One
  • Watchmen (the graphic novel)
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Scythe