Episode 14 – J.W. Rinzler

Rinzler is the bestselling author of The Star Wars, the Dark Horse Comics adaptation of George Lucas’s original draft for Star Wars.

He joined us to talk science fiction, science fact, and the possibilities of life beyond Earth.

Juhi Khemani takes guest co-hosting duties. You can follow her on Twitter @juhikhemani.

J.W. Rinzler – SciFi's Great Historian Hard to Believe

JW Rinzler is the prolific author of numerous "making of" books, including his acclaimed The Making of Alien. He spent 15 years working as Lucasfilm's resident historian, and in July he released his first novel, All Up, which chronicles the rise of the Space Age with a mixture of fact, humor, and fantasy. Juhi Khemani joins John to talk to Rinzler about his work, Star Wars, Alien, why we should take the idea of (actual) aliens seriously, and how great science fiction can define a generation, reveal our humanity, and inspire us to get to space.  Rinzler on Twitter: @JWRinzler Juhi on Twitter: @juhikhemani Rinzler's Website: http://www.jwrinzler.com  
  1. J.W. Rinzler – SciFi's Great Historian
  2. Cats! (Not the Movie!)
  3. Tony Ortega – On the Past and Uncertain Future of Scientology
  4. The July 20th Plot – Part Two – with historian Roger Moorhouse
  5. The July 20th Plot – Part One

New Episode Tomorrow (8/12): Bestselling author J.W. RINZLER

Tomorrow, Juhi Khemani takes her first turn in the co-host chair as we’re joined by author J.W. Rinzler, who discusses his life as Lucasfilm’s resident historian, his The Making of Alien, his new novel All Up, and why he loves sci-fi and the movies.

We also talk about whether or not he thinks we should believe in aliens (real ones).

All Up, a wonderful novel about the dawn of the Space Age, is available now.

The critically-acclaimed The Making of Alien, which came out last year and has since become regarded as one of the best “making of” books ever written, was recently made available at a discount on Amazon.

His follow-up, The Making of Aliens, is due for release on August 25th and can be pre-ordered now.

Rinzler also wrote the bestselling comic book adaptation of George Lucas’s original draft of Star Wars, The Star Wars, which is available as a bound graphic novel.

Episode 13! Cats! With Jess Collins

Egyptians really loved cats! Like, they would literally kill you over them!

Medieval Europeans, uh…often felt differently.

In an effort to bring some levity after a string of more “serious” episodes, John decided to investigate the history of the role cats have played in religion. Surely that would be an adorable story! Things got dark quick. Jess Collins (who really likes the movie “Kedi“) makes her second appearance to hear all the delightful cat stories.

SOURCE LINKS:

Tao Tao Holmes – “Ritualistic Cat Torture Was Once a Form of Town Fun” 

Joshua L. Mark – “Cats in the Middle Ages”

Irina Metzler – “Why Cats were hated in Medieval Europe”

J.W. Rinzler – SciFi's Great Historian Hard to Believe

JW Rinzler is the prolific author of numerous "making of" books, including his acclaimed The Making of Alien. He spent 15 years working as Lucasfilm's resident historian, and in July he released his first novel, All Up, which chronicles the rise of the Space Age with a mixture of fact, humor, and fantasy. Juhi Khemani joins John to talk to Rinzler about his work, Star Wars, Alien, why we should take the idea of (actual) aliens seriously, and how great science fiction can define a generation, reveal our humanity, and inspire us to get to space.  Rinzler on Twitter: @JWRinzler Juhi on Twitter: @juhikhemani Rinzler's Website: http://www.jwrinzler.com  
  1. J.W. Rinzler – SciFi's Great Historian
  2. Cats! (Not the Movie!)
  3. Tony Ortega – On the Past and Uncertain Future of Scientology
  4. The July 20th Plot – Part Two – with historian Roger Moorhouse
  5. The July 20th Plot – Part One

New Episode Tomorrow (8/5): CATS! (not the movie) with Jess Collins

Be sure to check out our new episode tomorrow. In an effort to bring some levity after a string of more “serious” episodes, John decided to investigate the history of the role cats have played in religion. Surely that would be an adorable story!

Things got dark quick.

Jess Collins makes her second appearance to hear all the delightful cat stories.

In the meantime, be sure to check out this collection of cat pictures from the Middle Ages!

SCIENTOLOGY! XENU! CRUISE! Episode 12 with TONY ORTEGA is now available!

Join me and guest co-host Mike Manzi as we welcome journalist and author Tony Ortega to discuss the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige, Tom Cruise, and more!

Listen here. Also available at the CageClub website, or wherever you get podcasts.

J.W. Rinzler – SciFi's Great Historian Hard to Believe

JW Rinzler is the prolific author of numerous "making of" books, including his acclaimed The Making of Alien. He spent 15 years working as Lucasfilm's resident historian, and in July he released his first novel, All Up, which chronicles the rise of the Space Age with a mixture of fact, humor, and fantasy. Juhi Khemani joins John to talk to Rinzler about his work, Star Wars, Alien, why we should take the idea of (actual) aliens seriously, and how great science fiction can define a generation, reveal our humanity, and inspire us to get to space.  Rinzler on Twitter: @JWRinzler Juhi on Twitter: @juhikhemani Rinzler's Website: http://www.jwrinzler.com  
  1. J.W. Rinzler – SciFi's Great Historian
  2. Cats! (Not the Movie!)
  3. Tony Ortega – On the Past and Uncertain Future of Scientology
  4. The July 20th Plot – Part Two – with historian Roger Moorhouse
  5. The July 20th Plot – Part One

New Episode Tomorrow (7/29): TONY ORTEGA talks Scientology

Journalist Tony Ortega has been covering Scientology since 1995. He joins us to talk about the past and future of the Church of Scientology and why 2020 may be a pivotal year in determining its fate.

In 2017, Ortega was the first to report that the LAPD was investigating rape allegations against actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson. He also appeared in Alex Gibney’s breakthrough 2015 HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

He is the creator of the website The Underground Bunker, where he continues to cover the Church.

Check back tomorrow to listen to my conversation with him here, the CageClub website, or wherever you get podcasts.