What If… Science Fiction Inspired Technology? Well of course it did, but to what extent? We welcome Greg Smith to the show this week to help us look at some of the items we use in our day to day lives and see if their origins are rooted in science fiction. Automatic doors, cell phones, smart watches, what would have they evolved to without sic-fi to help along the designs? What kind of inventions can we expect tomorrow that are inspired from the science fiction we have today? We tackle these questions and more. Let us know if we missed something on Twitter!

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We welcome film makers Dorian Weinzimmer and Brant McCrea to the show to first help us remember some of the cities across pop culture who have met their demise in this weeks Retro Roundtable. We’ve watched for years as cinema has destroyed some of the largest cities around the world, and even some places that only exist in fiction. Come see if we name the first city to come to your mind!

Then we turn our attention over to Dorian and Brant to talk about their film, Chicago Rot. After years of rotting in Joliet, Les, a wrongfully imprisoned street legend known as "The Ghoul," is released into a mad search through Chicago's back alleys for the man who slaughtered his mother and robbed him of his soul.
Aided by enigmatic benefactors, he must delve beneath the city into a modern labyrinth of gutters whose tendrils have grown deep while he was gone.

What unfolds is a desperate tale of brute force tragedy set in the supernatural underworld of Chicago, where heroes are reduced to horror-shows, villains dream of their own demise, and good and evil prove to be antiquated concepts.

This is a movie like non other and provides a truly original experience. Be sure to check out the film at ChicagoRot.com!

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Welcome to a very magic themed episode of Canned Air! We are first joined by Richard Rivera of Stabbity Bunny and James Haick of Scout Comics to help us recall some of our favorite fictional magicians in this week’s Retro Roundtable. With so many different types of magic strewn across pop culture, this was a deep well to take from. From Dr. Fate to Mary Poppins, see if we name one of your favorite!

 
We then turn our attention over to Richard and James and talk about the newly formed relationship between Richard’s Stabbity Bunny comic series with Scout ComicsStabbity Bunny is a tale of mystery and suspense steeped in horror. Innocence is pitted against a ruthless, cynical evil as Grace must overcome a foe hell-bent on gaining power and revenge. Stabbity, Grace’s toy rabbit, has been with the family for nearly 100 years. Heard over to ScoutComics.com and check out Stability Bunny, as well as a lot of other comics.
 
Then we welcome magician/ writer Nate Staniforth to the show to talk about his career and new book HERE IS REAL MAGIC: A Magicians Search for Wonder In The Modern World. HERE IS REAL MAGIC is an earnest and heartfelt memoir about rediscovering the importance of wonder in everyday life, from professional magician Nate Staniforth. Filled with humor, wisdom, and a genuine sense of adventure, HERE IS REAL MAGIC is about that single moment of wonder in a magician’s performance—that instant when someone realizes they’re seeing something magical and their eyes go wide—and the journey to find it in our daily lives. Visit NateStaniforth.com to find out more about Nate and his book, and go to RealMagicTour.com to see if Nate will be performing a magic show near you! 
 
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We are joined by pop culture royalty this week as we welcome actor and puppeteer Mike Quinn to the show! Though Mike is best known for his portrayal of Nien Nunb in the Star Wars films, his work can also be seen in The Muppets, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Toy Story 2, Jurassic Park 3, and many other films. We talk with Mike about how he started working with puppets, how he came to work with Jim Henson and the Muppets, and his mark on the Star Wars movies.

 
Having done CG work on Attack of the Clones, bringing to life many of the puppets in Return of the Jedi, and reprising Nien Nunb in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, you would be hard pressed to find anyone else who can give a more in-depth look at what happens behind the scenes on a Star Wars film. A must listen for any fan!
 
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