Manaburnt Podcast – Episode 9: Sci-Fi

The podcast returns! This time it’s all about Sci-Fi!

You can listen through Spotify below, or find links for all other places to listen at anchor.fm/manaburnt

In this episode we are joined by our friends and frequent guests Mike and Jaq to have an impromptu chat, at the behest of Lilly, all about Science Fiction in its various forms!

The discussion goes down some unexpected paths and gets very interesting! Spoiler: it gets slightly political 😛

Scientist Women & Science Fiction

I’ve been on a big sci-fi rampage lately, and whilst doing some research on gender studies and what have you not, I came across these thoughts I want to share with you guys today. I have always been really happy with the positive and active portrayal of women in sci-fi and fantasy which fall outside your usual girly girl stereotype. Particularly, I like how science fiction has that ability to bring women back into the scientific/technological environment which is not commonly represented in ordinary TV shows, movies, books, comics, and hey even society. I mean you all may not a nurse or a doctor who is a woman, but how many female engineers, chemists, mathematicians have you met in your life? The point is this is still a fairly uncommon site. I remember in the last year or so the BBC has produced several programmes such as “Girls Can Code”, and other documentaries about women in science.

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Geek Obsession #3: Firefly & Serenity

Welcome to another geek obsession update! Today I bring you one that many of you geeks were waiting for – For the Browncoats are one of the most amazing fandoms! Yes, today I shall show you my display of Firefly & Serenity bits! For those who may not know: I LOVE JOSS WHEDON!! Not only Buffy and Angel, and Firefly (Of Course!), but I am actually very fond of some of his other stuff such as Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and Dollhouse – we have talked about this here: https://manaburnt.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/forgetting-dystopian-sci-fi-dark-angel-dollhouse/

İHola frikis! Hoy os traigo una que andabais esperando ya desde hace tiempo – Browncoats del ‘verse unite, porque hoy hablamos de Firefly & Serenity. Vengo con merchandise otra vez. Para aquellos que no lo supiesen, yo soy fan de Joss Whedon en prácticamente todas sus variantes: Buffy, Angel, Firefly & Serenity (por supuesto), y también alguna cosilla algo más oscura como el Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog y Dollhouse.

However, the crew of the Serenity has, and always will have, a special place within my heart and soul. This is not only for the pain of seeing an amazing show being cancelled in an unfair and unjust manner, but because Firefly is just a great series. The script is well written, it is funny, it portrays some ideals, principles and values that are incredibly interesting, with a variety of philosophies that help fleshing out the ‘verse where the most beloved characters ever just get on with their troublesome lives. (I mean even Badger, is just cool!).

Pero la tripulación de la Serenity siempre tendrán un huequito especial en mi corazón: no solo porque les cancelasen el show de forma injusta, sino porque Firefly es una serie divertida, genialmente escrita, que representa unos valores, principios y filosofías muy interesantes, y con unos personajes a los que se quiere – hasta Badger, por favor, patanes como el, solo hay uno.

Therefore, I shall leave you here with a few of my trinkets, which, although that may not be as shiny as those from Star Wars, I value them just as much, or maybe even more!

Así que, aquí os dejo con mi cachivaches múltiples – tal vez no sean tan abundante o espectaculares como los de Star Wars, se les estima Mucho Muchísimo.

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Thankfully the fun doesn’t end with the series! The comics are great!…Oh! Hey there Serenity plush – Por suerte, esto no se acaba aquí: la colección de comics la verdad es que es genial, os la recomiendo. Oh, y por ahí aparece mi Serenity plush 🙂
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