The Sci-Fi Podcast – Episode 43: Comic Con SLC 2017 with Matt Jacobson of USA Today

Welcome to The SciFi Podcasta wretched hive of scum and villainy a bi-weekly podcast focused on in-depth discussion of all things science fiction. The SciFi Podcast features three hosts—Mattroid, Solo, and Station!—and frequent guests. Each episode we look at a science fiction theme or franchise and take the discussion where no show has gone before.

In Salt Lake City, Comic Con is alive and well. Your crew from The Sci-Fi Podcast witnessed thousands of eager geeks prove to each other that there’s no place like a comic convention to take in the sights, sounds, and smells of America’s beloved nerd culture. Along the way, through the three-day event, we were fortunate enough to cross paths with the lovely and hilarious Matt Jacobson, who writes for The Spectrum and USA Today. We took the chance to interview him and ask a few sci-fi standard questions, and he most definitely did not let us down.

Have you been to a comic convention before? Do you read USA Today? Do you love Andy Warhol? There’s so much to discuss, and we want to hear your thoughts about these movies, so check the comments section and leave your own.

Theme music courtesy of i hear sirens, featuring Matt on bass and Liz on keyboard. Hear more of i hear sirens ethereal, instrumental, post-rock at BandCamp. Podcast production and artwork by Mattroid.


BEHOLD! The first annual MPN Meetup Event will be coming to SLC this October, and you are all invited! Rather than give you a load of redundant info, check out the link below to learn more about the event and ultimately to pledge your support to your favorite network of podcasts–come on, you know it’s MPN.

There are a thousand reasons why you should come out to the event; read about some of them in the link:



A New and Worthwhile Podcast for Marvel Fans…


Hosts of The Namor Podcast

…but not just Marvel fans, of course.

As many comic book fans over the decades can attest, few heroes are as polarizing, powerful and pissed-off as Namor the Submariner. Making his debut in 1939, the never-smiling, “first-mutant” of Marvel has been a part of some of the best story arcs in comic history.

But don’t take my word for it! Listen to my great friend (and my personal favorite tattoo artist) Shaun Kyle and his pals riff about Namor on The Namor Podcast.  Show some support and share the link with your friends.




BRAIN BLOG: Laser vs. Plasma, Sword Battle of Doom!

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Original Star Wars concept art by Ralph McQuarrie


Stories abound on the internet these days about early drafts of the original Star Wars trilogy. Lucas made the move from Starkiller to Skywalker, from Bogan to The Dark Side, and since when is Biggs Luke’s brother? But most importantly for this essay, he went from Lazersword to Lightsaber, (check out for more). Both of which are terrible misnomers, even though the latter is far cooler sounding. Unfortunately both regular light and light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation are completely useless as a weapon, or a tool, or anything beyond a fancy colored flashlight for finding your way through a dense jungle cavern. So let’s do this . . .
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BRAIN BLOG: Time Travel and Thermodynamics

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Hollywood seems to be a huge fan of veering off into no-man’s land when time travel is involved. From flux capacitors to spinning egg timers on a string they would have you believe that “All of the silly details to time travel have already been accounted for, surely then you need only believe the premise of the story!” Perhaps that is indeed the case. Maybe we should believe in the science of a flux capacitor, an ancient staff, a metal box with washers glued to it, or a giant spinning EM quantum field generator. They sound science-y don’t they? I mean, the writers must have had the decency to look into these theories before taking the leap onto the silver screen. . . right?
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BRAIN BLOG: The Physics of Ant-Man or The Science of Small

The Physics of Ant ManArtwork by the very talented Rodolfo Reyes via the Poster Posse


Shrinking ourselves down to the size of an ant has long been a popular theme in science fiction. Movies such as Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Innerspace, Fantastic Voyage, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, and many more have depicted shrinking in various forms or another, all culminating in the same result; I was big, now I’m small. But how realistic is this? Have these movies portrayed the science of small correctly, or are there scientific issues far beyond what is portrayed on the silver screen?

To address these questions and more, we will take a look at the 2015 release of Marvel’s Ant-Man and the modern physical laws that come into play in the movie.
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Hi everyone,

We’ve had a number of great episodes thus far, and many, many more to come*. There have been a few technical issues, some release delays and some production issues to boot, but we’re getting into the grove and starting to focus almost exclusively on content. So here is where you can help.

Below you’ll see a couple of polls. Please fill them out honestly so we can see check the results and–if it looks like the best thing to do–make some changes, based on your answers. These kinds of things are important, like that weird pale-blue juice Tron drinks. We’re thankful for your participation.



*Terminator: Genysis and Time Travel with special guest and legit physicist, Brain!
*Mad Max Fury Road! Featuring special guest, Jonasty Newmoon!
*The Alien franchise with uber-guest, Jay of the Dead!
releasing soon!



TSFP Affiliate News!



Whoa, what’s that? Click on it and find out, duh. But seriously, we are honored and excited to announce our affiliate partnership with TeePublic (aka BustedTees)!

Everyone loves cool shirts, especially graphic tees, and many of us sci-fi geeks own and wear a bunch of them. Now is your chance to find great shirts, great deals and support your favorite science fiction podcast, simply by doing your regular t-shirt shopping at our affiliate store.

Every shirt you order allows us to continue doing what we love to do–and keep The SciFi Podcast free for you–by helping to pay for hosting, admin and other expenses. In exchange for your support you also get some seriously excellent shirts.

More info on custom TSFP designs to come soon, but for now, please check out the site and tell your friends to do the same. Connect to our store front and see what we have selected as our favorite TSFP-relevant shirts. You can also find a banner ad on the side of our site that links to the store as well.

Stay tuned for other spaced-out ideas from yours truly at The SciFi Podcast.

Get Mattroid approved shirts at Station approved prices! You’ll never be Solo again if you were these nifty prints. (Sorry, had to bust out my inner 1995 infomercial persona.)

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TSFP Header 1Welcome to The Sci-Fi Podcast, a wretched hive of scum and villainy a bi-weekly podcast (released every other Thursday) focused on in-depth discussion of all things Science Fiction. The Sci-Fi Podcast features three hosts—Mattroid, Solo, and Station!—as well as frequent guests. Each episode we’ll look at a science fiction theme or franchise and take it where no one has gone before. Coming soon!

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LISTS: The Sci-Fi Podcast Top 3 MCU Movies

Top 3 MCU MoviesBelow are your hosts (and guests) Top 3 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies (through Phase 2), as heard on TSFP Ep 007, here in text for easy reference.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
The Avengers (2012)
Daredevil (the Netflix original series)

1. Iron Man (2008)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

1. Iron Man (2008)
2. The Avengers (2012)
3. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

1. Iron Man (2008)
2. The Avengers (2012)
3. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) / Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
2. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) / The Avengers (2012)
3. The Avengers (2012) / Iron Man (2008)