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Alex Fitch
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2.18 - Predicting the present with Cory Doctorow

Alex Fitch talks to writer Cory Doctorow about his work, focussing on his novel Little Brother and short story collection Over Clocked. Alex and Cory also talk about the latter's interest in technology and disseminating information plus the kinds of science fiction that interested him as a developing writer from George Orwell to William Gibson. The podcast includes Jessica Fostekew's reading of his short story Printcrime.... (More info about Cory's work can be found at his website www.craphound.com and at www.boingboing.net)

2.17 - Supermarionation special: Gerry Anderson & Francis Matthews

In a special episode looking at two of the people most closely associated with classic Supermarionation TV shows, Alex Fitch and Robin Warren are talking to Francis Matthews about providing the voice of Captain Scarlet and playing cult detective Paul Temple on TV. Alex is also talking to Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson about some of his more obscure titles from Fireball XL5 to Lavender Castle... (Buy Fireball XL5 and Paul Temple from play.com / find out more about the work of Gerry Anderson at his official fan club)

2.16 - Circling the Stargate

As one era of Stargate on TV comes to a close and before the next begins, we're looking at the past of the franchise on DVD and CD. Guest interviewer Liz George talks to actress Rachel Luttrell about her experiences on Stargate: Atlantis and Alex Fitch talks to author James Swallow about his Stargate: SG1 & Atlantis talking books.

(More info at http://mgm.stargate.com and www.bigfinish.com)

Interlude: Kevin O'Neill on "Panel Borders"

Alex Fitch talks to artist Kevin O'Neill about his work with writer Pat Mills from his early days working on Nemesis the Warlock and A.B.C. Warriors in 2000AD to the hero hunting cop Marshal Law for various publishers. Alex and Kevin also talk about the film adaptations of his work from Hardware (based on the short story Shok!) to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, loosely based on the comic he co-created with Alan Moore. Recorded live in front of an audience at Sci-Fi London. (More info at www.panelborders.com)

2.15 - Torchwood Novelists

In a panel discussion recorded live at a meeting of the British Fantasy Society, late 1980s Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel talks to a quartet of Torchwood novelists, Mark Morris, Sarah Pinborough, Guy Adams and Joe Lidster about bringing the show to the printed page and expanding the adventures of Jack, Ianto and Gwen to the length of a hardback novel. Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch. (More info at ...wiki/Category:Torchwood_novels and http://www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood/)

2.14 - Female action heroes

With new versions of the Terminator and Blood: The Last Vampire franchises currently in UK cinemas, Alex Fitch talks to experts on the previous instalments. In an extract from a press conference at the 'MCM Expo', Alex talks to Linda Hamilton about playing Sarah Connor and becoming a feminist icon. Alex also talks to anime and manga expert Helen McCarthy about Blood+ and the various incarnations of Blood: TLV, that lead to the current live action film. (More info at: www.londonexpo.com and www.bloodthelastvampire.co.uk)

2.13 - For all Mankind

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing, we're looking at space exploration in fact and fiction. Alex Fitch talks to Sir Patrick Moore about the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969, which saw man first take a small step onto another world, and about entering his sixth decade as presenter of The Sky at Night. Also, Chris Patmore talks to NASA advisor Dr. Kevin Fong about current research into keeping men and women alive on future space missions and how this is reflected in the depiction of such science in Battlestar Galactica. (More info at www.sirpatrickmoore.com and www.britishscienceassociation.orgBuy the final season of Battlestar Galactica / The Sky at Night: Apollo 11 at play.com)

2.12 - Phoenix Gamers

Alex Fitch talks to Hugh and Matt, members of The Phoenix Games Club, a group who meet at least once every week at the Black Lion pub in Plaistow to play board games, strategy games and RPGs together and Alex asks the guys about the type of games they play, the demographic of their membership and the social and intellectual aspects of gaming. (More info at www.phoenixgamesclub.org.uk)

2.11 - Genre (crossing) directors, Summer '09

Continuing our series of twice annual looks at pairs of directors who combine genres on screen to beguiling effect, Alex Fitch talks to Academy Award winning screenwriter turned director Charlie Kaufman about his new film Synecdoche, New York and the processes of getting his previous scripts Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich to the screen. Alex also talks to Nacho Vigalondo, the director of the new Spanish film TimeCrimes / Los cronocrimenes which mixes the style of a 1970s psycho thriller with the tropes of a modern, cerebral time travel film. (More info at http://www.sonyclassics.com/synecdocheny/ and http://www.loscronocrimenes.com + read a partial transcript of the Vigalondo interview at www.electricsheepmagazine.co.uk)

2.10 - The Arthur C. Clarke Awards 2009

In the first of our podcasts recorded at this year's Sci-Fi London Festival, guest presenter Graham Sleight talks to a nominee and two former judges of the Arthur C. Clarke awards. In case you don't know who won, why not listen to the podcast and hear the opening of the envelope and the winner's reaction! Authors interviewed include Niall Harrison, Tanya Brown and Ian R. Macleod, with the award ceremony presented by Dr. Marek Kukula (Royal Greenwich Observatory) and Tom Hunter. Edited and recorded by Alex Fitch. (more info at: www.clarkeaward.com)

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