Connie Willis is an American science fiction writer. She has won eleven Hugo Awards and seven Nebula Awards, and is an inductee in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for Blackout/All Clear. Connie was our guest on “Post Apocalyptic World.” http://www.sftv.org/cw/
Gregory Benford is a Nebula Award-winning science fiction author and astrophysicist who is on the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. He is also a contributing editor of Reason magazine. Greg was our guest on “Post Apocalyptic World.” http://www.gregorybenford.com/
Sean Cullen is a stand up comedian, actor, singer, and author. He was a member of Corky and the Juice Pigs, a staple of the Mad TV television series, has toured with the Barenaked Ladies, has been featured in Time Magazine, was a finalist in last season of NBC’s The Last Comic Standing. and has appeared on shows such as The Ellen Show with Ellen DeGeneres, multiple times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show on CBS. Sean is a three time Gemini Award winner and starred in his own television series The SeÃ¡n Cullen Show on the CBC. Sean’s highly anticipated second novel of the Misplaced Prince Series: The Prince of Two Tribes, as well as his third novel of his award winning trilogy for young adults entitled Hamish X Goes to Providence Rhode Island is now available in bookstores across Canada and online. SeÃ¡n has released his second album entitled I Am a Human Man. It is is available at www.seancullen.com and Apple iTunes. Check out Sean’s own podcast The SeanPod on iTunes. Sean was our guest on the “Music” episode.
Graham Elwood is an actor and comedian. He has appeared on The Sarah Silverman Program and The Late Late Show. He directed the documentary “Laffghanistan: Comedy Down Range” and the stand-up comedy DVD “Graham Elwood: Live From Afghanistan.” His podcast “Comedy Film Nerds” is available on iTunes. Graham was our guest on “Film Fatale.”
Dr. Rob Tarzwell is a medical specialist dually certified in psychiatry and nuclear medicine, leading to a lawsuit against the Stay in School campaign the trial judge described as “frivolous.” He practices emergency psychiatry, adult psychotherapy, and general nuclear medicine. His research interests include psychotherapy processes and outcomes, and brain perfusion imaging in psychiatric disorders. His efforts at creating super-powers using gamma radiation successfully responded to extensive oncological treatment. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor on the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Dr Rob was our guest on episodes too numerous to mention.
Allan Newell is a twenty-five year veteran firefighter whose career has spanned three different branches of the Fire Service. Beginning in the late 1980s, Allan started as a Canadian Air Force firefighter before transferring to become an aircraft crash/fire specialist for Transport Canada. In 1995 Allan relocated to the greater Vancouver area and became a structural firefighter, and has served in that capacity since. In the intervening years Allan served four years as a rifleman in the 72nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders infantry reserve regiment, and completed two bachelors’ degrees and a master’s degree in history at UBC. His focused areas of study are centered on western Canadian participation in the Second World War and the Cold War, as well as genocide and biological/chemical warfare. Allan was our guest on “Burns,” “The Cold War,” “Motor Vehicle Accidents” and “Urban Fires.”
Dr. Jenna Capyk is a biochemistry research scientist-turned marketer. Jenna earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of British Columbia in 2012 and is currently working to save the world one monoclonal antibody project at a time at STEMCELL Technologies Inc. in Vancouver, BC. Jenna also has the caustic “bonafides” of having personally carried at least a couple of exotic parasites, as well as exhibiting a distinct propensity to giggle at the more gruesome details of infections disease. Previously appearing on our show as “Almost-Dr. Jenna”, Dr Jenna has been our guest on episodes too numerous to mention, unless you’re a computer in which case here they are.
Chris “Stewie” Stewart is the webmaster for the Ghostbusters news site protoncharging.com. He also studied history at the University of Calgary and as one of the founders and owners of the video game company Kerberos Productions has co-created Sword of the Stars and Fort Zombie. Chris was our guest on episodes too numerous to mention.
Ian Boothby is a multiple Shuster Award, Harvey Award and Eisner Award nominee and an Eisner Award–winning comic book creator best known for his work as one of the main writers on Simpsons Comics and Futurama Comics for Matt Groening’s Bongo Comics. Boothby has written more Simpsons Comics than any other writer. He has also worked on various Canadian television series and is a well known stand-up, sketch and improv comedian working in the Vancouver area. Check out Ian’s Podcast “Sneaky Dragon” on iTunes. Ian was our guest for “Followups 6” and our Lesser of Two-Evils Live at the Northwest Podcast Festival.
Lisa Gemino is a Metro Vancouver based writer, fighter and member of the tiny geek/jock sub-community. Find her on Twitter as @tgshepherdvan. Lisa was our guest on “Fisticuffs,” “Blunt Weapons” and “Improvised Weapons.”
Jordan Pratt is the drummer for the Lovecraft rock band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. When he is not belittling apprentices or alienating management at work, he enjoys BBQ, firearms, auto mechanics and finding the perfect camouflage ball cap. He is very good looking for his age. Jordan was our guest on “Iraq War,” “P.O.W. Camps,” and “Vietnam War” http://www.horsetrackhooligans.com/
Chris Woods is a professional artist whose work deals with the effects of consumer culture on the individual. Chris has exhibited 18 solo shows in public and commercial galleries since 1988. His paintings have appeared on the cover of the Barenaked Ladies “Everything to Everyone,” in Adbusters magazine, Saturday Night magazine and Naomi Klein’s book No Logo. Chris is currently fundraising in support of his summer of 2013 solo exhibition SANDSTORM at The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, BC. Chris was our guest on “Art,” “Submarines” and “Followups 10”.
Dr. Greg Bole is a biologist with a Ph.D. in Evolution and Ecology. He received the Killam Teaching Award for Science Instructors and teaches Ecology, Evolution, Genetics and BioStatistics at the University of British Columbia. Dr Greg was our guest for “Sibling Rivalry,” as well as Jellyfish and others.
Stuart Parker holds a PhD from the University of Toronto and is a lecturer in history at Simon Fraser University. Author of the forthcoming One Hundred Years of Mormon Pasts published by Kofford Books and a chapter of Just South of Zion from University of New Mexico Press, he is a leading expert on Mormon thought and former Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow at Brigham Young University. Stuart is also a prominent member of Canada’s voting reform movement, having served as a director of Fair Vote Canada, Fair Voting BC, the BC Electoral Change Coalition and Toronto Democracy Initiative. He also served as leader of British Columbia’s Green Party from 1993 to 2000 and prior to that, founded the organization’s youth wing. Stuart has served as a regular commentator for the Space Channel’s Hypaspace and CTS TV’s On the Line. Stuart was our guest on “Mormonism”.
Chris Pramas is an award-winning game designer, writer, and publisher. He is best known as the designer of the Dragon Age RPG and Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, 2nd Edition, and as the founder and President of Green Ronin Publishing. He has been a creative director at Wizards of the Coast and Flying Lab Software, and was the lead writer on Vigil Games’ Dark Millennium Online. Green Ronin continues to thrive under his leadership, publishing games like Mutants & Masterminds, DC Adventures, and A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying. Chris was our guest on “Yar! Pirates!” and “Hitler.”
Robin Bougie is the gleeful pervert behind Cinema Sewer (three softcover volumes are available in better bookstores everywhere) and the comic artist/publisher behind the filthy comic book anthology Sleazy Slice. Robin was our guest on “Sex (Part 1),” “Sex (Part 2)” and “Censorship.”
Lucas Black is a chartered quality engineer in aviation and son of one of the founding and lead air accident investigators (wreckage analyst). In his spare time he shoots competition target rifle and writes ‘God & Son’, a satirical & slanted look at religion www.godandson.co.uk. Lucas was our guest on “Air Disasters!”
Warren Banks is a world traveller and guitarist for the Lovecraft-inspired rock band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, and member of the Horsetrack Hooligans. Warren was our guest on “Followups II.”
Don Debrandt is a Canadian author who also writes under the pen-names Donn Cortez and DD Barant. He’s best known for his book tie-ins for the Angel and CSI TV series. He’s worked for Marvel Comics and has a series of urban fantasy thrillers entitled The Bloodhound Files. He is currently working on a new paranormal series, entitled The Whisky, Tango and Foxtrot Mysteries. Don was our guest on “Crime Scene Investigation.”
Johnstone Metzger is by far the least-accomplished person ever to appear on Caustic Soda. He lives in Vancouver and if you want to play Dungeons & Dragons with him, check out the Red Box Vancouver site. Johnstone was our guest on “Followups IV”.
Rebecca Dart is an animator and talented comic book artist from Vancouver BC who created the comics “RabbitHead” and “Battle Kittens”. She’s also toiled behind the scenes creating backgrounds and characters on cartoon series such as Ned’s Newt, Class of the Titans, Pucca, Mission Hill, and My Little Pony: Friendship is magic. Rebecca was our guest on “Cults.” http://r-dart.tumblr.com/
Robin Thompson has dedicated his life to comics, illustration, acting, and zombie movies. In 1999, he co-published his own brand of independent horror comic books, including the controversial titles Champions of Hell, and Zombie Jesus. The latter was inspired from a short film that has gained a modest underground cult status. The trend continued with his own award winning short The Rotten Truth, and eventually landed several undead feature roles in Frontline Films’ Meat Market 2, Meat Market 3, Exhumed, and Dark Paradox. He continues to enjoy just about any zombie title he comes across (more notably on VHS), but insists that they shouldn’t be able to run. Robin is instructor at Emily Carr University, teaching courses in illustration and graphic novels. Robin also develops his own drawing programs for children and teens. His workshops have reached community centers and elementary schools throughout Vancouver, B.C. Robin was our guest on “Zombies, Part 1” and “Zombies, Part Two.” www.robinthompson.ca www.championsofhell.com www.frontlinefilms.net
Yvonne Morrin is a New Zealand zookeeper who has worked with all sorts of species, from parrots to elephants. Since earning an MSc in Primatology from an Oxford University in the UK (not THE Oxford University, but still), she works mainly with damn dirty apes.
Yvonne is also an author of children’s books (under the name Yvonne Morrison) and adult novels. Formerly a physicist, she is an active skeptic, working to rid the world of woo-woo and quackery.
Gavin Pitts is a Forensic Entomologist, specializing in Marine Invertebrates, based in Perth, Western Australia. When he’s not torturing people SAW-style for calling spiders “insects” or combing crime scenes for maggots in icky places, he can be found adding to his massive collection of Horror movies, obsessively watching DOCTOR WHO and TEEN WOLF, or wooing your planet’s pretty twenty-something gentlemen. Gavin’s episodes.
Jeffrey Combs was born in 1954 in Oxnard, California. As a horror film leading actor, Combs is probably best known for portraying Herbert West in the cult horror film Re-Animator (1985). He has also been in some supporting roles in The Pit and the Pendulum (1990) , the strange FBI Agent with Michael J. Fox in The Frighteners (1996), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) and the remake of the William Castle thriller, House on Haunted Hill (1999). Combs has the distinction of portraying nine different characters on Star Trek, most notably those of Brunt and Weyoun on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and the Andorian Shran on Star Trek: Enterprise. He also voiced a number of DC Universe characters, like The Question in Justice League Unlimited, and voices the Autobot Ratchet in Transformers: Prime animated series, and The Leader in Avengers: World’s Mightiest Heroes. Jeffrey was our guest on the episode Special Blend Live at HPL Film Festival