The Gernsback Machine

An Amazing Podcast

Discussion of the world of speculative fiction and beyond by three people who oughta know better.

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Episode Twelve: The Sense of an Ending


Ira, Gisela and Hugh talk about the best TV series ending episodes.

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Interview with author Marie Bilodeau


An interview with French Canadian speculative fiction author Marie Bilodeau.

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Episode Eleven: Artificial Intelligence, The Good, The Bad and the Racist


A discussion of facial recognition software's limitations recognizing non-white skin leads to a general discussion of AI.

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Interview with author Dave Creek


An interview with Dave Creek, the author of The Great Human War trilogy.

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IRA NAYMAN is a science fiction writer of humorous aspect. His sixth novel, Good Intentions, was recently published by Elsewhen Press. He has just published his eleventh collection of Alternate Reality News Service articles, Idiotocracy for Dummies. He is also the very serious editor of Amazing Stories magazine.


GISELA McKAY is a sneaky creature who generally tries to disguise discussions of philosophy as pop culture. One day she may even finish that book, From Here to Trek.


A two-time Aurora Award loser, Hugh has written for On Spec, Interzone and Descant magazines as well as Shoestring Radio Theater on NPR’s Satellite Network. His books include Extreme Dentistry (2014) and Why I Hunt Flying Saucers and Other Fantasticals (2106). Hugh co-curated the National Library of Canada’s SF exhibition and was the cultural consultant for Allarcom Pay-TV’s application to the Canadian Radio and Television Commission for a specialty science fiction television channel (which they lost). Last year Hugh’s paper “Social Justice from the Twilight Zone: Rod Serling as Activist” was published in Dialogue: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Popular Culture and Pedagogy which he thinks is really cool and cannot be considered any kind of a loss.

The opinions expressed on this podcast are the sole responsibility of the people involved, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Experimenter Publishing or Amazing Stories magazine.