Flash Forward Reveals Hidden References

Today's episode is a minipod, a smattering of time travel, future travel, and news about the show.

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In this episode we hear a bunch of messages from listeners: what folks think about past futures we've been to, and future futures we should travel to. We also do a little bit of time travel to the past, to talk about the first season of the show and hear some of the best bits from those futures. We do some announcements, and reveal a few of the hidden references from earlier episodes. A lot of people have asked me what they should be looking for, so this should help in your search.

  • In episode 2, Love At First Sexbot, the names of the different sex robots are references to particular people and characters. The Hadaly is named after a mechanical woman invented by a fictional Thomas Edison in the 1886 novel, The Future Eve. She's one of the first female robots to appear in literature.
  • The Leopold is named after Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, whose name lives on in the term "masochism."
  • And here's probably the hardest one from that episode: Margot's Discount Closet Solutions is named after a character from a Ray Bradbury short story called "All Summer in a Day." That one was hard, I admit.
  • In the mosquito episode, two of the names are references to Animorphs characters, and the repeated use of the number 18 points to the book in which the Animorphs turn into mosquitos.

So go forth and find more of these! We'll be back next week with a regular episode. 

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