On Comic-Con weekend, we convene to discuss the latest rash of re-casting comic book heroes. Thor is now a woman! Captain America is black! We’re all for increasing diversity in a medium whose classic characters are dominated by white men, but what are the right ways to do it? And are there wrong ways, or does every little bit help?

With panelists Brianna Wu, Andy Ihnatko, Monty Ashley, and David J. Loehr.

Links for this episode:

Marvel’s Thor Will Now Be a Woman - Hollywood Reporter

Marvel Announces New Captain America on ‘The Colbert Report’ - Hollywood Reporter

Jaime Reyes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Spider-Man (Miles Morales) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

All-New Ghost Rider (2014) #1 | Comics | Marvel.com

X-23 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thor: Walt Simonson Run

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"Doctor Who" will be returning shortly, with Peter Capaldi stepping into the role. But what if you’re "Doctor Who"-curious, but intimidated about where to jump in? Our panel of extraordinary "Doctor Who" fans has lots of recommendations for you. Then we survey the highs and lows of the show’s revival era, which featured Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant in the role of The Doctor.

With panelists Glenn Fleishman, Chip Sudderth, and Erika Ensign.

Links for this episode:

Amazon.com: Doctor Who: The Complete First Series

Amazon.com: Doctor Who: The Complete Second Series

Amazon.com: Doctor Who: The Complete Third Series

Amazon.com: Doctor Who: The Complete Fourth Series

Amazon.com: Doctor Who: The Complete Specials

A list of all of The Incomparable’s Doctor Who episodes

Jason’s “How to Watch Doctor Who”

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Bury your dead in a Zeppelin and call your interplanetary accountant—it’s time for our annual read of the Hugo Award nominees. We cover this year’s award nominees, plus the “retro Hugos” from 1939, both of which will be awarded in August in London. Also, someone defends Mira Grant.

Panelists Monty Ashley, Scott McNulty, David J. Loehr, and our very own Hugo nominee, Erika Ensign.

Links for this episode:

Bonus track for this episode (13 minutes of extras)

2014 Hugo Awards | The Hugo Awards

The Incomparable | Golem and Jinni Detective Agency (Episode 196)

The Incomparable | Thief-Based Economy (Episode 179)

The Wheel of Time - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Eye of the World: Book One of ‘The Wheel of Time’

Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross

Parasite by Mira Grant

Warbound by Larry Correia

The Once and Future King by T. H. White

Works of E. E. ‘Doc’ Smith

Galactic Patrol (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Foundation (novel) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

Out of the Silent Planet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Legion of Time - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Carson of Venus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nexus by Ramez Naam

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Wakulla Springs by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages

Equoid by Charles Stross

The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling by Ted Chiang

The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Ink Readers of Doi Saket by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love by Rachel Swirsky

Podcast #1: “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky

Selkie Stories Are for Losers by Sofia Samatar

The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere by John Chu

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Break out the stars and stripes, put in your tap shoes, crawl into your shame hole, and join us for a very patriotic edition of Old Movie Club. We visit the musical “1776,” which stars KITT from “Knight Rider” and the guy from “Knight Rider,” and the biopic musical “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” which stars James Cagney.

Featuring panelists Philip Michaels, Andy Ihnatko, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz, Glenn Fleishman, and David J. Loehr.

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"Yankee Doodle Dandy" on Amazon

"Signing Their Lives Away" on Amazon

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We celebrate our 200th episode with this mega-sized installment. We discuss what it means to have geeky enthusiasms (and whether we should grow up), and then listen to some reader feedback. Plus there’s a draft, some beer, and special guest stars.

Links for this episode:

49-Year-Old Nearly Back To Pre-Middle-School Confidence Levels | The Onion - America’s Finest News Source

Accidental Tech Podcast: 63: I Hold My Children To A Higher Standard

My Girlfriend, Who Lives in Michigan — Medium

Jason on rec.arts.startrek

1. I Assume Everyone is Awful (Episode 166) - Listener Scott

2. We Waited 16 Years For This? (Episode 136) - Listener James

3. Tennis with Errol Flynn (Total Party Kill 19) - Listener Jeff

4. Human Santapede (Bonus Track 173b) - Listener “Joe Steel”

The Complete, Unedited “Human Santapede” session

5. Convenience Store Clerk of Dune: A Summer Reading List (Episode 99) - Listener Seth

6. Flitting is in (TV Fantasy Pitches) (Episode 59) - Listener Kieran

7. Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air (Episode 133) - Listener Brian

8. I Like My Coffee Like My Evil Sith Lords (Episode 46) - Listener Don

9. Greyskull Anonymous (TV Fantasy Draft) (Episode 58) - Listener Joey

10. Peak Clooney (Episode 158) - The Butter Zone of Listener Neal

11. We’re Going to Need Some More Christmas Movies, I Guess (Episode 17) - Listener Dan

12. Darth Vader’s Office is Really Weird (Episode 67) - Listener Frank

13. Zombie Marmaduke (Hugo Awards 2011) (Episode 51) - Listener Patrick

14. Jedi Weekend (Episode 68) - Listener Etienne

15. Flying Horse Angel People (Episode 139) - Listener Bob

16. Death Star University (Episode 47) - Listener David

17. Top Men (Episode 8) - Contest winner Listener Dave

18. Schrodinger’s Cat Box (Episode 112) - Listener Jeff

19. A Three-Edged Sword (Episode 185) - Listener Matthew

20. Full-Fledged Force Mullet (Episode 182) - Listener Pierre-Luc

21. Game Show (Episode 85) - Listener Nathan

22. “I Drank What?” (Episode 33) - Listener Michael

23. Game Show II (Episode 188) - Listener David

24. Go Wash a Droid (Episode 137) - Listener Scott

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In this episode we recap our take on the TV season that recently concluded. In a segment with little to no spoilers, we largely discuss shows we like, including “Orphan Black,” “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” and even “The Blacklist” and “The Good Wife.” Then at the end of the show we slip into spoiler territory and talk about season 4 of “Game of Thrones.”

With panelists Erika Ensign, David J. Loehr, Scott McNulty, and John Siracusa.

Links for this episode:

A Song Of Ice and Fire - Game of Thrones comparison by chapter

The Incomparable | He Lives By a Stupid Code (Episode 145)

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In this episode we convene a panel of women who love geeky stuff to discuss portrayals of girls and women in geek media, how girls and women are received in geek culture, and the books, movies, comics and TV shows that do it right.

With panelists Lisa Schmeiser, Erika Ensign, and Brianna Wu.

Links for this episode:

X-Men (2013) #1 | Comics | Marvel.com

Ms. Marvel (2014) #1 | Comics | Marvel.com

Saga on Amazon

Final Fantasy VI - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Y: The Last Man" on Amazon

"Captain Marvel: The Pursuit of Flight" on Amazon

"X-Men, Vol. 1: Primer" on Amazon

Portal (video game) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Metroid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Julian May - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Robin Hobb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Elfquest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Marvel to Film Netflix Series Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist in New York - IGN

Melissa Rosenberg To Shepherd Marvel’s Jessica Jones Series For Netflix - Deadline.com

X-Men Women Poster

What’s up with the confederate flag, Rogue?

Starfire in Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 | read/RANT!

The Hawkeye Initiative

Star Trek: Voyager - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Random Trek | “Life Line” (VOY) with Serenity Caldwell (Episode 3)

The Audio Guide to Babylon 5 | Conversations about the five-year saga

Alice Eve - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Women Play Video Games. Can We Cut The Sexist Crap Now?

"Amazon.com" by Orphan Black on Amazon

Orphan Black - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Bechdel test - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Main/The Smurfette Principle - Television Tropes & Idioms

Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds - The Daily Beast

Tiffany Aching - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Dragonriders of Pern - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Andre Norton - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sheri S. Tepper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Female Man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tomb Raider (2013 video game) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rhianna Pratchett - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Debug 34: Sexism in tech | iMore

Revolution 60

Brianna Wu (Spacekatgal) on Twitter

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We love Pixar, and we’re a bunch of creative professional types. So as you can imagine, we devoured “Creativity Inc.”, by Pixar president Ed Catmull. Is it a business book or an anti-business book? How do you foster creativity? Is Pixar’s formula one that provides safety while preventing works of staggering genius? How much is a director or writer the author of a Pixar movie, and how much is the studio itself? And is the wild success of “Frozen” proof of anything?

Panelists John Siracusa, Glenn Fleishman, Lisa Schmeiser, and David J. Loehr.

Links for this episode:

"Creativity, Inc." by Ed Catmull on Amazon

5by5 | The Incomparable #49: It’s Like “Working Girl” With Monsters

5by5 | The Incomparable #50: We Apologize for the Extinction of the Clownfish

5by5 | The Incomparable #102: Princess Indiana Jones

5by5 | The Incomparable #123: Ski Lodge Pick

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Every year Scott and Jason read all the Hugo Award-nominated novels, which supposedly show off the best science fiction has to offer. That hasn’t always gone well, so this year they’ve read the eight novels nominated for the Nebula Awards—and recruited three other SF podcasters to join them in the fun. We discuss all eight novels with extremely light-to-no spoilers, so it’s safe to listen. And the good news? All eight of these novels are pretty good!

Featuring panelist Scott McNulty and Special Guest Panelists Fred Kiesche, Paul Weimer, and Shaun Duke.

Links for this episode:

2013 Nebula Awards Winners Announced | SFWA

2014 Hugo Awards | The Hugo Awards

"Ancillary Justice" by Ann Leckie on Amazon

"We Were All Completely Beside Ourselves" by Karen Joy Fowler on Amazon

"The Ocean at the End of the Lane" by Neil Gaiman on Amazon

"Fire with Fire" by Charles E. Gannon on Amazon

"Hild" by Nicola Griffith on Amazon

"The Red: First Light" by Linda Nagata on Amazon

"A Stranger in Olondria" by Sofia Samatar on Amazon

"The Golem and the Jinni" by Helene Wecker on Amazon

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Following in the footsteps of our video-game draft, it’s time for us to select some of our favorite computer games of all time. Real-time strategy! Arcade style! Text adventures! From the earliest days of video games up to the present, we’ve got it covered. Now if we could just figure out what was in those crates…

Panelists Dan Moren, Monty Ashley, Erika Ensign, Tony Sindelar, Steve Lutz, and John Siracusa.

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1. Star Wars: TIE Fighter (Dan)

2. Trinity (Monty)

3. Ultima VII: The Black Gate (Erika)

4. Half-Life (Tony)

5. Civilization (Steve)

6. Portal (John)

7. Tetris (Jason)

8. Escape Velocity (Dan)

9. Doom (Monty)

10. Daleks (Erika)

11. Grim Fandango (Tony)

12. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Steve)

13. Crystal Quest (John)

14. Lode Runner (Jason)

15. Sword of the Samurai (Dan)

16. NetHack (Monty)

17. The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time (Erika)

18. Thief: The Dark Project (Tony)

19. Castle Wolfenstein (Steve)

20. Myth: The Fallen Lords (John)

21. SSI Computer Baseball (Jason)

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  • Not Playing with Lex and Dan, back for a second season watching classic movies they’ve never seen before!

Grab your black cat and portable radio, climb on your mom’s broomstick, and join us for a discussion of Hayao Miazaki’s classic animated film “Kiki’s Delivery Service.” This film features a climactic scene featuring an out-of-control dirigible, so you know we love it.

With panelists Merlin Mann, John Siracusa, and Steve Lutz.

Links for this episode:

"Kiki’s Delivery Service" on Amazon

5by5 | The Incomparable #144: Hangin’ With the Totes

5by5 | The Incomparable #84: Wind is the Enemy

Bonus Track: Mann Canon

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The casting for “Star Wars: Episode VII” has been announced, and so our team of interested “Star Wars” fans has arrived to break down the returning actors, the new faces, and our hopes for the future of the franchise. Plus we talk Kremlinology and Soviet industrial design, lament a bag of villains, and confuse screenwriters with pasta.

Featuring panelists Serenity Caldwell, Lisa Schmeiser, John Siracusa, Andy Ihnatko, and Dan Moren.

Links for this episode:

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Announced | StarWars.com

Incomparable 114 - When You Wish Upon a Star Wars

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Live from Macworld/iWorld in San Francisco, it’s the Incomparable Computer Draft! We pick the best computers of all time—real and fictional. (It goes off the rails quickly.)

With panelists David Sparks, Serenity Caldwell, Dan Moren, Dan Frakes, and Jeff Carlson.

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1. Commodore VIC-20 (Jeff)

2. J.A.R.V.I.S. (Dan F.)

3. WOPR (Dan M.)

4. GLaDOS (Ren)

5. Deep Thought (David)

6. PowerBook 160 (Jason)

7. Colossus computer (Jeff)

8. KITT (Dan F.)

9. Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine (Dan M.)

10. PowerBook Duo (Ren)

11. TRS-80 Model 100 (David)

12. Apple IIe (Jason)

13. Titanium PowerBook G4 (Jeff)

14. Power Macintosh G3 All-in-One “Molar” (Dan F.)

15. 20th Anniversary Mac (Dan M.)

16. Newton MessagePad 2000 (Ren)

17. Macintosh 128k (David)

18. Landru (Jason)

19. PowerBook 100 (Jeff)

20. PowerBook G3 “Wall Street” (Dan F.)

21. Black Box from “Sneakers” (Dan M.)

22. Original iMac (Ren)

23. USS Enterprise Computer (David)

24. 11-inch MacBook Air (Jason)

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Grab your shield, steal your old uniform, and hop on your motorcycle, because it’s time for us to discuss “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” It’s the latest Marvel movie, and even though Steve Rogers is the title character, there’s an awful lot of SHIELD in this movie, too. Does the franchise aspect of these films help or hurt? Are the action scenes more interesting than the urban disasters featured in most recent superhero movies? And is the Falcon really Cap’s only friend outside SHIELD? Also, we reveal the Hydra secret handshake.

Featuring panelists Dan Moren, Tony Sindelar, Guy English, Rene Ritchie, and Moisés Chiullan.

Links for this episode:

Best of Hail HYDRA: The New Marvel Meme Sweeping The Internet | The Mary Sue

"Captain America: Winter Soldier" on IMDB

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