• 01:08

    Swords and Space XXII: George Orwell's "1984"

    in Books

    For the month of May, Swords and Space turns to look at one of the all-time classics of not just science fiction but English literature at large. Your hosts Nicholas and Richard Wansbutter will be joined by recurring guest Marc Ratusz to discuss George Orwell's 1984. We will delve into the timeless themes of this work as they pertain to the destruction of the English language, totalitatian regimes, mind control, false flags, and more.


    We will be discussing the novel as well as the two films adaptations of 1956 and 1984 film versions.

  • 01:05

    Swords and Space XXIII: Godzilla (2014) and Edge of Tomorrow

    in Entertainment

    Starting into a summer that promises to be one of the best in recent memory for science fiction/fantasy, Swords and Space covers the recent releases of Gareth Edwards' latest incarnation of Godzilla and the Tom Cruise war film Edge of Tomorrow. Hosts Nicholas and Richard Wansbutter will be joined by guest Brian Pauls (who previously appeared on our Prometheus.


    We also talk about the Heinlein classic, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress as a bonus. A classic of science fiction, if you've not read it before this discussion should inspire you to pick it up.

  • 01:04

    Swords and Space IV: Dredd

    in Entertainment

    Swords & Space Radio originally started as part of the Restoration Radio network before moving to AMDG Radio.  This episode was recorded prior to that move.
    Join Nicholas Wansbutter, Stephen Heiner, and guest Brian S. Pauls as they discuss one of the most underrated and exciting movie releases of 2012: Dredd (See N. Wansbutter's review). Despite a poor box-office performance, Nicholas is convinced that this will later be remembered as a sci fi classic up there with Blade Runner. Tune-in to hear why.
    Brian S. Pauls, president of Peraspera Consulting, L.L.C., joined us previously on our Game of Thrones show, and will again share his love and knowledge of sci-fi and fantasy for another compelling discussion.
    We will be taking questions via Facebook (facebook.com/swordsandspace), email (NWansbutterEsq@gmail.com), and via phone at 949 272 9417.  Join us!
     

  • 00:57

    Swords and Space XXIV/Culture of Comics #27: Guardians of the Galaxy

    in Entertainment

    After the July network break, Swords and Space is back with a cross-over episode withe (sadly discontinued) Culture of Comics to discuss the most recent summer Marvel blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. Due to the crossover format, rather than discuss a novel, we'll talk about the comics that inspired the Guardians film. Swords and Space hosts Nicholas and Richard Wansbutter will be joined by Culture of Comics hosts Stephen Heiner and Jason Frazier for what's sure to be a fun-filled return to production after the break.


    We were going to discuss the film Jupiter Ascending this episode as well, but that film's release has been delayed six months to February of 2015 -- certainly not a good sign, but we will probably still review that movie when the time comes.

  • 01:10

    Swords and Space XVIII: The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug

    in Movies

    Kicking off the new "Wansbutter and Wansbutter" version of Swords and Space Radio for 2014, we'll be discussing the second installment of Peter Jackson's "adaptation" of J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved classic novel The Hobbit.


    Hosts Nicholas and Richard Wansbutter will be joined by Matthew Zepf, editor-in-chief of Brav's index, for a continuation of our discussion of An Unexpected Adventure from season II.

  • 01:06

    Swords and Space VI: The Hobbit

    in Movies

    Swords & Space Radio originally started as part of the Restoration Radio network before moving to AMDG Radio.  This episode was recorded prior to that move.
    This week we discuss one of the all-time classic tales of fantasy fiction, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. We will be focussing on the novel, and its roots in Anglo-Saxon mythology, but some mention of the recent Peter Jackson film will no doubt be inevitable.
    Your host Nicholas Wansbutter will be joined by Matthew Zepf of Brav's Index, a newly launched science fiction and fantasy website. He holds a degree in Rhetoric and Literature at the University of Waterloo and is a passionate writer of sci fi and fantasy.
    We will be taking questions via Facebook (facebook.com/swordsan

  • 01:23

    Swords and Space V: Game of Thrones

    in Television

    Swords & Space Radio originally started as part of the Restoration Radio network before moving to AMDG Radio.  This episode was recorded prior to that move.
    This week we will take a look at the phenomenon of A Song of Ice and Fire, better known as A Game of Thrones, a highly popular but troubling work in the view of at least one host (See N. Wansbutter's review). We will discuss both the novels and the HBO television series with guest Brian Pauls.
    Brian S. Pauls is a long-time aficionado of literature, television and movies in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He appreciates hard sf, high fantasy, space opera and gritty pulp adventure. Brian believes in watching the movie first and then reading the book because he's less likely to be disappointed that way.He agrees with the wise man who once observed "The Golden Age of science fiction is 12."

  • 00:46

    Swords and Space III: A Canticle For Liebowitz

    in Books

    Swords & Space Radio originally started as part of the Restoration Radio network before moving to AMDG Radio.  This episode was recorded prior to that move.
    For this broadcast we chose to invite Marc J. Ratusz, M.Th., to discuss Walter M. Miller's classic science fiction novel A Canticle for Liebowitz.
    For more, visit us at www.swordsandspace.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/swordsandspace

  • 01:28

    Swords and Space I: The Hunger Games

    in Movies

    Swords & Space Radio originally started as part of the Restoration Radio network before moving to AMDG Radio.  This episode was recorded prior to that move.
    Restoration Radio is concerned with cultural aspects, knowing, in the words of Russell Kirk, but paraphrasing in the spirit of St. Augustine, that the, "thinking Catholic understands that permanence and change must be recognized and reconciled in a vigorous society."  
    We will take a look at the phenomenon of The Hunger Games, both the book and the movie (we consider them separate, not equivalent pieces...comparing a book to a movie is rather like comparing a poem to a painting) from a Catholic point of view.
     

  • 01:00

    Swords and Space XXV: The Alien Series Revisited

    in Film

    This month on Swords and Space radio, return for another helping of that seminal science fiction/horror film, Alien. As a sequel to last June's episode on Ridley Scott's original 1979 classic, we will focus on the sequels and a consideration of the series as a whole. Aside from discussing their artistic merit, we'll delve into some of the symbolism with reference to Dr. E Michael Jones' work Monsters from the Id.


    Join hosts Richard and Nicholas Wansbutter and guests Matthew Zepf and Jason Frazier  for this week's discussion.

  • 00:39

    Swords and Space II: Snow White & the Huntsman

    in Movies

    Swords & Space Radio originally started as part of the Restoration Radio network before moving to AMDG Radio.  This episode was recorded prior to that move.
    A new twist on an old tale, the new Snow White movie provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the perspective of good and evil, the role of the Church in society, masculine and feminine roles, and the wonder of the moral imagination.

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