Show Notes

50s Pulp Stories

Chewed to bits by giant turtles! The Pulpiest Pulp.

The pulp school L. Ron Hubbard came from. The book should not stand out much against this background. Except it came out in the 80s!

The Film

DUTCH TILTS. The book Hubbard most wanted made into a movie. Travolta stood behind it as a love letter to Scientology. Reportedly, interference from Scientology higher-ups destroyed the whole thing, and then they threw John Travolta under the bus.

Earth After 1000 Years

Nature would take over. Paper would waste away. People would… start to act like chimps? Chernobyl. The Koream DMZ.

The Fermi Paradox

Read about the paradox on Wikipedia. The Psychlos as the great filter. They’re Made Out of Meat on The Truth Podcast.

Judging Alien Intelligence

Psychlos underestimating humans. Tool use and language.

Alien Design

In the book, they were feline! Douchey Klingons. Breathable atmosphere. High and low gravity. Cats are jerks.

Intergalactic Civilization

Why gold? Why slaves? Corporate space exploitation.


  • science fiction, 
  • science, 
  • aliens, 
  • alien colonization, 
  • pulp, 
  • war, 
  • scientology, 
  • drake equation, 
  • fermi paradox