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Episode 237: You Can’t Be a Martyr and Have It Coming

April 14th, 2017 | Robin

Get outside your own perspective and inside the Gaming Hut as Ken and Robin envision a gun that triggers out of body experiences.

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4 Responses to “Episode 237: You Can’t Be a Martyr and Have It Coming”

  1. Allen Wilkins says:

    Luke absolutely refused the call. It’s just that Star Wars is so fast-paced that Owen and Beru were already dead by then, and he found out 3 minutes later.

  2. Tim Emrick says:

    To put the inevitable Lovecraftian spin on the OBE gun, Crawford Tillinghast’s Ultraviolet machine could be interpreted as the first working prototype. More of a bomb than a targeted gun, but still…

  3. Tim Emrick says:

    I’m curious what Ken thinks of the movie “Agora,” which depicts the last days of Hypatia and the Library of Alexandria. I’ve no idea how historically accurate it is–though there is enough dwelling upon religion and politics and science of the period that it *feels* plausible–but regardless, it is graced by the lovely Rachel Weisz playing yet another brilliant librarian with a low tolerance for men’s nonsense.

  4. Ethan C. says:

    Apropos the Tillinghast suggestion, the OBE gun is a lot more interesting if you presuppose — or at least leave open the possibility — that OBEs really do transport people into an alternate plane of reality or give them powers of perception beyond the normal. Then your OBE gun gives you astral spies a la Tim Powers’ Three Days to Never, plus maybe Lovecraftian astral ecosystems, Philip K. Dick-esque crazy religious entities, and any number of other good things.

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