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Through the Aftermath
Host: Shawn and Jonathan
Through the Aftermath is a podcast that focuses on the post-apocalyptic genre of media. Join your hosts Shawn and Jonathan each episode as they explore the latest news, stories, reviews and more. While the main focus will be gaming, they will also discuss any other forms of media that have influenced their favorite post-apocalyptic pastime. Through the Aftermath is a member of the VirginWorlds Podcast Collective.

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Through the Aftermath Episode 5
Fri, 13 Mar 2009 15:03:00 GMT [download/play]

This 5th episode of Through the Aftermath is light on the news, but heavy on the main topic: The Road by Cormac McCarthy. We also get another book review from our friendly post-apocalyptic librarian, and read a few emails.

Book review:
"Field guide to the Apocalypse: Movie Survival Skills for the End of the World" by Meghann Marco  (2005)  9780689878770

- Will the next Mad Mad be animated?
- Denzel Washington in Book of Eli:
- I Am Alive is postponed until next year, while the publisher takes over as developer:
- Mad Max director thinks gaming is the future of storytelling:

Main Topic: The Road

We give a basic synopsis of the book, give our impressions and talk a bit about the upcoming movie with Viggo Mortensen. We also speculate on what the apocalyptic event was in the book, since it's not really told exactly.

We then read a few emails from our wonderful listeners, and address some comments from our VirginWorlds page.

Next episode may be a bit later than normal since Shawn will be at GDC all week, but hopefully you can look for some great audio from GDC interviews in the coming show!

Keep in touch with us via the Facebook page, email or on Twitter.

Segue music is "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles, "On the Road Again" by Willie Nelson and "End of the Road" by Boys II Men. Used with absolutely no permission.

Theme music is 'The Fourth Tribe' by Michael Gordon Shapiro. Used with permission.

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Episode 5 Discussion Thread

'Post-apocalyptic book for review' by McBruce
Submitted on 2009-03-13 19:04:43 CST
I have been enjoying the TTAM podcasts thus far and hope that you are able to get that dish repaired.

I regularly add titles (books and movies) that you, or your listeners, mention to my own lists. In that vein I have decided to add one of my own.

One of the first Post-Apocalypse books, trilogy technically, that I read growing up was Piers Anthony's, "Battle Circle Omnibus". The books were published in the late 1960's/early 1970's.

The world takes place after a 'blast' that destroys the landscape and mutates the animals, and some of the people. Humanity has split into two groups. One group has descended into tribes who are fiercely bound by honor and whose arguments are decided in the "˜Battle Circle'.

The second group is the "Crazies". They still have vestiges of technology left over from before, and do what they can to ensure the survival of humanity as a whole, if not as individuals. It is the Crazies that supply the weapons to the tribes.

I remember the first two books being very, very good reads, but the third started going in... different directions.

Like most Piers Anthony titles, these are fairly quick reads, but, IIRC were well worth reading. (If you can find them).

-Doc McBruce

'\o/' by FarSpace
Submitted on 2009-03-15 02:03:28 CST
I agree, I would like to hear about things we could do to survive an Apocalypse, after all it could happen and why not the TTAM pod cast and listeners being ready. : )

About "The Road" until now I would of passed it up on the shelf because the name does not reveal it being anything about the post apocalyptic theme.

That was really interesting how you said they have you guess on what was the Apocalyptic event. After all it's not like they had the TTAM show to listen to finding out what was going on Now, I will not pass it up on the shelf. This is the great thing about people letting others know about books they have read.

Day of the triffids, at 1st I thought it was day of the tripids or tripods but this book Day of the triffids I actually found at my library, yehaa! : ) Thanks to the person who talked about it in his e-mail. Still looking for the other books mentioned by every one, lots of info.

I can relate to wanting more time to be able to read every book I wanted to, Shawn.

P.S. Shawn and Jonathan I hope you guys are alright out there with the raiders? Ah-ha-ha lol, I have to laugh other wise I'll go insane. :)

'The Road' by ApocalypseDan
Submitted on 2009-03-16 23:21:47 CST
I always had the impression that The Event in The Road was a volcanic or super-volcanic explosion. There was never any mention made of fallout or radiation, and the constant fall of ash supported the theory as well (along with causing the fires and darkening the sky). That would also have explained the Father's illness, which follows the pattern for inhaling ash and the resulting problems.

'Correction to my mail' by VanSturm
Submitted on 2009-03-17 06:31:31 CST
Loved the show as always. Just wanted to correct my mail. "Last Sword of Power" isn't actually a Jon Shannow novel, the bok I was thinking of is "The Last Guardian".

That's the second in the Jon Shannow series.

'Apocalypse WOW! ' by xBevisx
Submitted on 2009-03-17 17:30:47 CST
Hi guys,

Great show as ever. You keep making me want to watch/read so many new things! Unfortunately I'm a pretty slow reader so I may have to look into audiobooks.

And a heads up, a lot of people are talking about Day of the Triffids here, I just found out today that someone is filming a up to date version. IMDB is saying its a TV series, could be interesting!

And for some extra geek points, a couple of pen and paper RPGs for you to think about. After the Bomb and All Flesh Must Be Eaten. Not had the honor to play either of these yet, but they both look great fun!

Stay Safe.

Andy aka Bevis

'one of the few...' by rocknerd
Submitted on 2009-03-18 10:44:09 CST
...podcaster/bloggers left who doesnt think they are internet stars for having an opinion.

you know like those others who go to websites and trash them while eating ethernet cables and smashing in the screenshots...

heres to 21st century humility.

'\o/' by FarSpace
Submitted on 2009-03-20 06:27:59 CST
@ xBevisx oh yes, I for one have been listening to lots of audio books, primarily Star Wars, some times I got the audio and written book and read it while listening and like one of them was Creepers by David Morrell, it about going into forgotten building and or urban environment and checking them out like an archeologist.

But the thing is I got better and faster at reading after reading along while listening to the audio book.

About the book Creepers, It's kind of cool to think about wondering around old abandoned buildings after an apocalyptic event. That's one reason why I liked the book Creepers but it is also a bit of a horror book too. But I liked it more for the Creeping in abandoned buildings part. So I'm not sure if I recomend it but I wish they made more books like that or maybe I'll find one the really talks a lot about the abandoned builds and what's inside of them.

'Aeon Flux' by CindyL
Submitted on 2009-03-24 04:29:45 CST
Another stellar show :)

Just wanted to recommend Aeon Flux the animated series (1991) for what I think is a really cool anime styled post apocalyptic show, it was originally made as an animation experimentation and then reformatted for MTV, so the the episodes can be very choppy and jarring but you can make some sense of them. It is nothing like the movie with Charlize Theron from some years later, it's a lot weirder and sometimes makes little sense but it is very interesting.

Not saying this is what Mad Max should go for at all but maybe it can give you an idea of a certain anime style that might work. I also really like the animated short made for Riddick which links Pitch Black with the Chronicles of Riddick.

'Twilight 2000' by Brad
Submitted on 2009-03-25 13:10:10 CST
Man, I remember that game from back in the day when everyone and their brother had an RPG company and was cranking out a pen & paper RPG. Great game though, nice to see they are coming out with an updated version.

Another book series, though its a mix of Apocolypse and Fantasy, are the Change novels by S.M. Stirling (Dies the Fire, Meeting at Corvalis, Protectors War, etc). The "change" happens where all of the sudden most chemical reactions above black power stop working, so suddenly all gas/electricty/guns stop working, and entire areas become canabalistic/quasi-zombie like, and others survive by banding together with SCA/Renassance/military folks, as technology has been reduced to the medieval/dark ages level due to physics/chemical reactions not working as before. I've enjoyed the series so far.

I do hope for Mad Max that they don't go either with the anime style or end up like the Dragonlance cartoon movie (which was terrible).

'Another recommendation :p' by MrMikame
Submitted on 2009-03-31 11:34:38 CST
DEUS EX!!!!!!!

I lorve it sooo much, Johnathon you would know about this game.

Cos EIDOS is making the 3rd one and its so post Apoc!!!

also Loving the podcasts keep it up.

Mr Mik