Episode 36: Useless Spheres and Wasteful Rockets with Mur Lafferty

this is a space-elevator sky-hook setup from the manga “Battle Angel Alita”. which is about… what else? ROBOT CLASS WARFARE.

Oh wow everyone!

MIGHTY MUR LAFFERTY AGREED TO COME ON THE SHOW! if you don’t know, Mur is an author (her most recent: THe shambling guide to new york city, is pretty awesome!) and a podcaster of some note! she started the pseudopod podcast, you guys! she is a strong proponent of podcasting novels, and many of her books have been podiobooked (just search the itunes store for “mur” and be amazed).

anyway, I think she’s just the greatest.

So I asked her what she wanted to talk about, and she said “space elevators” so we said “how about space based MEGASTRUCTURES?” and then I invited Jacob Stump (who has a new podcast called “Technically Speaking“, and often appears on Science Sort of) and Jocelyn Read to give us the low-down.

So… WOO! DYSON SPHERES! SKY HOOKS! MASS DRIVERS! RINGWORLDS!
Physicists: Jocelyn Read, Jacob Stump

 

Intro Music: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists 

Exit Music: John Vanderslice 

Transcript: Ep_36_Useless_Spheres_And_wasteful_Rockets

7 thoughts on “Episode 36: Useless Spheres and Wasteful Rockets with Mur Lafferty

  1. Whoa, you got Mur Lafferty?!? Nice! (i’ll admit, the only reason I’m familiar with her is because she’s writing for the upcoming PC game Torment: Tides of Numenera. :)

  2. Congratulations to Mur, who, between the recording and posting of this podcast episode, won this year’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (“not a Hugo award”).

      • Nitpick: As you said when introducing her in the podcast, she’s been nominated twice (not “a few times”), which is the maximum number of times someone can be nominated for a Campbell, after which the rules consider them to be no longer a “new writer”. And nitpicking myself, now that I notice the date that this episode was published (as compared to when it showed up in my RSS reader), the award might have been received *after* the episode went up; I was working backstage at the awards ceremony, and I think that the Campbell was awarded around 9PM CDT.

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