The Incomparable

The Incomparable

A weekly dive into geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, comics, and more. Jason Snell talks with a rotating panel of regular guests. Winner of the 2012 Parsec Award for best fan podcast! Find out more at theincomparable.com.

Hosted by Jason Snell.


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#198: A Critical Mass of Lady Geeks

June 14, 2014 at 10:15AM • 1 hour 25 minutes

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.


#197: Fail Fast

June 7, 2014 at 10:15AM • 1 hour 31 minutes

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.


#196: Golem and Jinni Detective Agency

May 31, 2014 at 10:15AM • 1 hour 39 minutes

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.


#195: Peak Crate

May 17, 2014 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 57 minutes

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 computer 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.


#194: A Real Imaginary Friend

May 10, 2014 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 54 minutes

Grab your black cat and portable radio, climb on your mom's broomstick, and join us for a discussion of Hayao Miyazaki'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.


#193: Don't Worry, We Got This

May 2, 2014 at 9:15PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

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.


#192: Murderous Roomba

April 26, 2014 at 3:00AM • 1 hour 18 minutes

Danger, Will Robinson! It's time to think outside the bots. We follow up our computer draft with a draft of favorite robots, androids, and other artificial intelligences. Also, we debate a whole lot about what makes a robot different from a computer. Kill all humans!

With panelists David J. Loehr, Erika Ensign, Monty Ashley, and Steve Lutz.


#191: They Don't Make Them Anymore

April 19, 2014 at 10:00AM • 50 minutes

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.


#190: The Cloud is Run by Hydra

April 12, 2014 at 12:15PM • 1 hour 7 minutes

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.


#189: Using Computers to Impress Girls

April 5, 2014 at 3:00PM • 2 hours

Warm up your modem and turn your nuclear-launch key--it's time to play Global Thermonuclear War! We discuss "WarGames," the 1983 John Badham film starring Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, and Ally Sheedy. Is this the ultimate film for computer nerds like us? How do the film's Cold War themes contrast with its anti-technology themes? Can a computer make moral decisions? Why is there so much nerd shaming and sexism? And why do they let tour buses into the heart of America's nuclear command? So many questions, Professor Falken, and so few remote-controlled pterodactyls.

Featuring panelists John Siracusa, Andy Ihnatko, Greg Knauss, and David J. Loehr.