SFSL Roundup: Halloween Shenanigans


The awesome Japanese laserdisc cover for the 1974 Hammer Horror classic "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell."

It's been a little more like Stuff From the Mad Science Lab in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Shovels in hand, Allison and I have trudged off into the moonlit cemeteries to unearth a number of grotesque, chilling and occasionally peer-reviewed horrors from YOUR science and culture. Then we dragged it all into the podcasting lab, flipped the switch and created the following Halloween episodes:

Science vs. Monsters! This one's a real slobber knocker, folks, because we pit actual science against fictional monsters in an all-out battle royale. We'll discuss who would win in a fight between bigfoot and the wolfman -- and tell you why Charles Darwin already decided the match. Next, we're all set for tag-team action as a mathematician and a physicist lock up with a terrifying ghost/vampire twosome. Finally, Robert Smith battles zombies for the survival of the human race. And yes, gentle reader, it's all based on actual science.

Mad Scientists: Frankenstein & the Fly When I was a child, I wanted to be a mad scientist when I grew up. That didn't quite work out, so I might as well podcast on the topic, right? In this episode, we discuss some prominent mad scientists from fiction and discuss how they reflect a society's views on science. We'll hang out with the charming (but oh-so reckless!) Victor Frankenstein and the monster he unleashes. Then we'll look at teleportation enthusiast Dr. Seth Brundle and what "The Fly" has to say about AIDS in the 1980s.

Into the Graveyard So do graveyards fill you with terror? Well, this is the podcast for you because we discuss just why cemeteries resonate so strongly with us. Plus, we'll look at how technology is changing the way we remember the dead and how a scientific study of tombstones can unravel atmospheric mysteries.

So how's that for a trio of podcasts? The graveyard podcast just hit today, so you'll find it at the top of the list on the SFSL iTunes page, as well as on the RSS feed. You'll find the other two episodes spaced out among the most recent posts.

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About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.