The Young Podawans Ep. 5 – Alternate Earths w/ Emmie Mears

This week we’re joined by author and all around awesome person Emmie Mears! We’ll be discussing parallel earths and alternate histories in various media and giggling too much about #BUTTS.


Segment 1: What Are You Geeking Out About? (00:33)

Every week in the opening segment we discuss what we’re currently geeking out about! This week Kristin is geeking about her annual reread of THE FEVER SERIES by Karen Marie Moning (with bonus discussion about series outliving their logical conclusions), Emmie is geeking out about FALLOUT 4 (with bonus PC vs console gaming discussion), and Brian is geeking out about Angry Robot’s Open Submission (with bonus squeeing about how great AR is).

Also Super Bonus #BUTTS discussion throughout.

Segment 2: Emmie Interview & Alternate Earths Discussion (19:50)

  • A bit about Emmie and what she writes!
  • Definition of what constitutes an Alternate Earth / Parallel World.
  • Discussion of the “What If” in Kristin and Emmie’s works.
  • How a change in social power dynamics can change history.
  • Discussion of how a fantastical event can be used to change real world event.
  • Some examples of our favorite Alternate Earths.
  • The merging and bubbling over of worlds.
  • SPOILER WARNING: A fairly lengthy SENSE 8 tangent.
  • How has the concept of Alternate Earths changed over the years.
  • The stories that introduced us to Alternate Earths.
  • Discussion about Alternate Earths in comics.
  • Does all speculative fiction count as an Alternate Earth?
  • More info on where you can find Emmie!
  • And a giveaway! The first 3 commenters will get copies of all 3 STORME audiobooks!

Segment 4: Outro, Contact Info & Outtakes! (75:30)

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