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Imaginary Worlds

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Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some level relate to our daily lives. Employing his years of experience in public radio, Eric brings a sophisticated, thoughtfully produced voice to the far-out and fantastical.

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Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some level relate to our daily lives. Employing his years of experience in public radio, Eric brings a sophisticated, thoughtfully produced voice to the far-out and fantastical.

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Great!

By seeingimonkey - Jan 12 2020
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One of my favorite podcasts

Imagination interrogated

By Skotski - Dec 12 2019
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I love these and look forward to each episode.

iTunes Ratings

1422 Ratings
Average Ratings
1271
91
31
12
17

Great!

By seeingimonkey - Jan 12 2020
Read more
One of my favorite podcasts

Imagination interrogated

By Skotski - Dec 12 2019
Read more
I love these and look forward to each episode.
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Imaginary Worlds

Latest release on Feb 20, 2020

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Rank #2: My So Called Evil Plan

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Rank #3: Under a Red Moon

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Rank #4: Rod Serling's Key of Imagination

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Rank #5: The Hero's Journey Endgame

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The Hero's Journey has dominated sci-fi fantasy storytelling for over 40 years. Have the storytelling formula reached a saturation point?

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Rank #6: Can Villains Be Good?

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Rank #7: Sidekicks: Watson

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Rank #8: The Booj

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Rank #9: Ends of Evangelion

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Rank #10: Talking to the Dead

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Rank #11: Actors with Pencils

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Rank #12: Sidekicks: Harley Quinn

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May 29 2019

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Rank #13: Sidekicks: Tonto and Kato

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Rank #14: Hero Props vs. Fake Props

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Rank #15: Scoring Godzilla

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Rank #16: Superheroes in the Ring

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Rank #17: Nerdlesque

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Rank #18: The Undertaker

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Rank #19: Dirk Maggs

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Jul 25 2019

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Rank #20: The Canon

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