Great westerns, frustrating sci-fi tropes, & capturing the creative imagination

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Things get super-nerdy—and even more middle-aged—on this episode of the show as Andrew Osenga joins us for a great conversation about science fiction, westerns, and being cat or dog people. Listen in as we discuss:

  • Why Star Trek: The Next Generation looked like a Holiday Inn circa 1994
  • How we really feel about John Steinbeck
  • Why westerns are great to read, and what makes a great western
  • If mindless violence really has a place in books
  • The parallels between westerns and sci-fi
  • The sci-fi storytelling trope Andrew hates
  • The book Amy Grant told Andrew he had to read

Andrew Osenga is a musician, songwriter, producer, and host of The Pivot, where he sits down with artists, authors, and non-profit leaders to talk about moving from one career or passion to another.

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A few of the books we mention on this episode

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