Podcasts

I have been a podcaster since early 2013 and I love it. Be it talking science fiction with my good friends, or adding my own commentary to a movie or television show. I have a scheduled conversation every week with fun people talking about things I love. If you can talk with passion about what excites you, then you can podcast anything. Podcasts also have seasons, they evolve over time, change hosts, change formats and reach the end of their run. But there is always the next show to make you want to talk back to your podcatcher app and join in the discussion.
— Darren Moser

Goodnight Moon are the nights I share with my daughter my sheer awe of the cosmos and pride in our space program.
November 2016 - Present

Darren, Daniel, and Phillip are marooned on Ceti Alpha 3. Join the trio as they discuss 50 years of Trek TV series and feature films each week.
November 2016 - Present


Hosts Phillip, Daniel and Darren explore every aspect of Star Trek: The Next Generation in this weekly topical show.
September 2013 - August 2016
154 Episodes

Welcome to The Dr. Sci-Fi Show, a weekly podcast of first time sci-fi experiences, genre rants & space exploration.
March 2013 - July 2014
58 Episodes

Podcast Appearances

90: Darren Moser - The Time of the Niche

6/23/2015 Show Me Your Mic

I am once again interviewed by Chris Enns of the SSKTN network. "Show Me Your Mic" focuses on podcast hosts, their gear and setup. It's been over two years since I last joined Chris talking about Dr. Sci-Fi. This time we talk about Earl Grey and the Trek.fm network.


To The Journey 117: BridgeMates Rematch

2/27/2015 To The Journey

 In Earl Grey 82, "When in Doubt Choose Data," Char and Tristan emerged victorious in BridgeMates, the "how well do you know your cohost" game show. In this To The Journey/Earl Grey rossover, Phillip Gilfus reprises his role as game show host as once again Char and Tristan face off against Darren Moser and Daniel Proulx in a Voyager-style rematch. 


The 602 Club 23: A Living 1930's Comic Book

3/26/2015 The 602 Club

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Megan Calcote and Darren Moser to talk about Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. We discuss our first encounters with the movie, the story, the revolutionary nature of the film, the look, the fun sci-fi gadgets, the cast and characters, the music, wrapping up with final thoughts, ratings and why everyone should watch Sky Captain.  


THE 602 CLUB 19: A Page-Turner of a movie

2/27/2015 The 602 Club

In this episode of The 602 Club, host Matthew Rushing is joined by Darren Moser and Norman C. Lao to discuss the Rocketeer. We discuss the comic and whether the movie is an improvement, our first experiences with the film, Joe Johnson learning from the masters on how to direct a homage to the serial, the story, the cast, the music and whether or not it still holds up. 


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The 602 Club 6: Ken Burns' Film From the Future

12/1/2014 The 602 Club

In this episode of The 602 Club, host Matthew Rushing is joined by Darren Moser and Norman C. Lao to discuss the release of Interstellar. From their first impressions, to characters, robots, and ship designs, they try not to get lost in the fifth dimension all while trying to keep the show under the running time of the movie.


The 602 Club 5: All My Skyes

11/24/2014 The 602 Club

In this episode of The 602 Club, host Matthew Rushing is joined by Darren Moser and Norman Lao to talk about Marvel and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Together we discuss the continuity the show shares with the films and the problems that causes, as well as the benefits. I show the world why the panel should be writing for television as they dig into the characters.


Episode 21: Post Power Morphicon Wrap Up Part Two

9/13/2014 Ranger Command Power Hour

I join @trekkieb47 @secretrangerfan & @TheCinemaSlob to talk about my time at Power Morphicon 4 where I hung out with the Ranger Command Power Hour crew. Met the true voice of Goldar and saved the day with In-N-Out burger.


Episode 46: Star Trek Turns 48

9/8/2014 The Starfleet Escape PodCast

I join Aaron Gallo to talk about the 48th anniversary of Star Trek. We’ll also discuss recent Star Trek news and ask the Star Trek community if they would go into space if given the opportunity.


Literary Treks 63: Worfan the Barbarian

6/9/2014 Literary Treks

I join Christopher Jones and my Earl Grey Co-hosts Phillip Gilfus & Daniel Proulx to discuss this unusual adventure, the telepathic capabilities of Vulcan, Romulans, and Betazoids, questionable Klingon fashion sense, and why you should be careful not to let comic stunt doubles wander into the frame. We cover WildStorm's four-part comic series The Killing Shadows.


Warp Five 37: Mean-Spirited Siri

4/25/2014 Warp Five

I join Christopher Jones on Warp Five to discuss one of my favorite Enterprise episodes, Dead Stop.  In what is essentially a sequel to “Minefield,” the NX-01 puts in for repair at a mysterious facility that provides near-magical services for a bargain price. It also makes a mean plate of fried catfish.


The Ready Room 138: The Raid Reference

4/22/2014 The Ready Room

I join Christopher Jones, Mike Schindler, and Max Hegel in discussing one of my favorite TNG episodes, the "Die Hard in Space", Starship Mine. Chris and I also cover some weekly Trek news.


The Ready Room 133: A Secret Fascination with Trains

3/12/2014 The Ready Room

I join Phillip Gilfus, Daniel Proulx, and Christopher Jones to discuss the antepenultimate episode of The Next Generation, “Emergence,” What Brannon Braga described as an attempt to create the ultimate holodeck story, and the tag-team PowerPoint prowess of Data and Geordi.


To The Journey 63: The Q and the Earl Grey

2/27/2014 To The Journey

I join the combined crew of the Earl Grey and To The Journey podcasts for a discussion of Q with a look at his appearances on Voyager.


Warp Five 28: A Little Less Wetsuit, A Little More Laser Pointer

2/14/2014 Warp Five

I join Christopher Jones and Tyler Johnson on Warp Five as they tap my Trek knowledge to discuss the Borg’s appearance on Enterprise, whether Picard should have cleaned up after himself in the Arctic so Archer wouldn’t have to.


The Delta Quadrant: 5x11 - Latent Image

2/13/2014 The Delta Quadrant

I join the crew of the Delta Quadrant Podcast as we review Latent Image from Star Trek: Voyager.


The Ready Room 122: They’ve Leflerized the World

12/4/2014 The Ready Room

I join Christopher Jones, Daniel Proulx, and Phillip Gilfus to discuss the fifth season Next Generation episode The Game. How Robin and Wesley make the perfect geek date, how the episode foreshadows technology addiction and the modern world of smartphone-gazing, the problem with Data’s off switch, why the crew is so happy to see Wesley back on the ship, and why Worf is so proud of his cake.


The Ready Room 111: Bird-of-Prey Selfies

9/10/2013 The Ready Room

I join Phillip Gilfus, Daniel Proulx, and Christopher Jones to find out why Picard envies Riker, how to roll up Klingon stereotypes and diversity into one episode, and why being lactose intolerant may not be a good condition to have when serving in the KDF.


The Ready Room 107: Orange is the New Grey

8/6/2013 The Ready Room

I join Charlynn Schmiedt, Christopher Jones, and Mike Rittenhouse to discuss The Q and the Grey, how the episode rewrites the very nature of the Q, and the battle for the future of the Continuum.


4: Darren Moser aka Dr. Sci-Fi

3/14/2013 Show Me Your Mic

I am interviewed by Chris Enns of the SSKTN network. "Show Me Your Mic" focuses on podcast hosts, their gear and setup. I was only a few episodes in to The Dr. Sci-Fi Show but wanted to talk about all of the thought I had placed into the how and why of the podcast.


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I was invited to be a guest on the Show Me Your Mic podcast with Chris Enns. We talk in depth about my podcast setup, particularly the information on this page. Chris has created a great new show where he interviews podcast hosts about their gear, software and workflow. I hope you enjoy listening to Chris and I discuss my setup.

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Planning

All great podcasts begin with a plan. The Dr. Sci-Fi Show concept had been a swirling and formless mass which cohered over several months in late 2012. It doesn't matter how you plan our your episodes, pen and paper, Google docs, a moleskin, or a custom online system. The point is that you are moving forward. While I found Trello towards the end of my brainstorming process it has become the cornerstone of my workflow.

Trello

Trello is a free project management website/app that sorts your "process" into a series of columns and cards. I love this concept because it is exactly how my brain works, and when you find a solution that mimics your mind HOLD ON TO IT!

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Topic Idea Pool / Host Pool  --- This is my repository for every idea I have for the show. Topics I want to cover and friends and co-workers I want to interview are all tossed into this list for later sorting. I label each card with colors for guest shows, solo shows, and unpaired hosts.

Scripting - Solo or Interview --- The top 3 or 4 ideas I want to pursue are moved to the second column. I am actively working on these episodes. This is where I contact the guest hosts, write the script between Carbon and Me, and gather link sources for the show notes.

Recording - Interview Scheduled --- Once a show is flushed out and ready to be recorded I schedule a recording session. This takes into consideration the schedule of the guest host and the publishing calendar. The episode earns its final title but not an episode number.

Publishing - Episode Number --- Just before the episode is recorded I give it an episode number and adjust the opening monolog to reflect that digit. After the file has been exported and prepared for publishing with the show blog/rss feed the Trello system is complete. The episode card is then archived for future reference.

Recording

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Blue Snowball Microphone

At the end of the day (or the beginning of your podcast) your microphone is the most important piece of your podcasting puzzle. I selected a Blue Snowball microphone for my show. The cost falls between a cheap Best Buy shelf mic and a pricy professional studio mic. You can find one on Amazon or Apple for around $60.

Blue Microphones also offer the Yeti and Nessie desktop microphones which I highly recommend. My next mic will most likely be one of these beautiful desktop companions.

Google Hangout

I always wanted guests to be a strong part of The Dr. Sci-Fi Show. Having listened to several podcasts where Skype was used to perform out of studio interviews I decided to look for another solution. Skype seemed too unpredictable and often dropped the call during the interview.

I settled on using Google Hangouts as my medium of choice. This video chat room service provides a very clear audio signal and has the added benefit of allowing you to sometimes see your guest if they have a camera equipped computer. Seeing each other helps the conversation flow naturally as you can read the body cues as well as voice tone to direct your talk.

GarageBand

All of my show audio ends up in GarageBand, a great program which is included with every Mac. But in order to wrangle some of my audio inputs into the program I rely on two applications. Line In and Soundflower.

First off, a big thank you to the SoLoMo Show for their setup article. It was a HUGE help in getting my system configured. I recommend reading their post to further understand the workings of Line In and Soundflower.

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Line In

Line In is a simple application for OS X to enable the soft play through of audio from input devices. You can use the program to play sound coming in through a microphone or any other device plugged in to your Sound In port.  Google+ Hangouts will not output into “Soundflower (16ch)” so I export the Hangout to 2ch and use Line In to pass it on to the 16ch or 64ch which GarageBand likes.

Soundflower

Soundflower is a system extension that allows applications to pass audio to other applications. Soundflower will take the audio from the Google Hangout and allow me to hear it through my headphones for monitoring. In the Hangout settings I select “Soundflower (2ch)” as the Output. In the Apple menu bar, I select “Built-In Output” under the Soundflower (2ch) section. This will let me hear the Google Hangout audio in my headphones.

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Audio MIDI Setup

In order to record all 3 inputs into GarageBand (Blue microphone, Google Hangout, & Carbon) a new artificial input must be created in the Audio Midi Setup program (Applications>Utilities>Audio MIDI Setup).

In GarageBand, this artificial input will be selected as the main audio sources, thereby allowing the three inputs to be fed into the timeline.

This part is a little tricky, the whole "Artificial Input" is a little hard to grasp, but it will allow you to use all 3 inputs in GarageBand.

The controls for assigning these channels into the tracks of GarageBand are located in the lower right corner.

Carbon

Carbon, my AI co-host is created from a workflow using 6 applications. Simplenote > Voice Over > Garage Band > Final Cut Pro > Dropbox > DJ Soundbox Pro.

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Individual lines for Carbon are scripted into Simplenote. I keep individual note pages for each episode, listing questions and response lines. Simplenote online syncs with the Simplenote app on my iPad mini.


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Using the built in Accessibility Voice Over tool on my iPad mini I record the spoken lines into Garage Band.


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The spoken lines are processed through effect presents and equalization to create Carbon's desired voice in Garage Band. Once the paragraph of phrases is recorded I export it to an mp3.


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The bulk block of lines is imported in its mp3 format into Final Cut Pro. I could use Garage Band to edit and chop up this block, but I am faster manipulating the audio in FCP. These individual sound bytes are then exported into a Dropbox folder as .aif files.


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Dropbox serves as the transfer medium to move the sound bite .aif files to DJ Soundbox Pro. This also acts as a backup of past lines.


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DJ Soundbox Pro allows you to assign an .aif file to a digital sound pad. The iPad mini is then connected to the Line In port on my iMac for recording into Garage Band during the show. This way I can cue up and play Carbon's lines in real time as she responds to guests and my Sci-Fi teaching.

Publishing

Squarespace

Squarespace lets you build incredible websites. One of their key built in features is field integration for iTunes data into your RSS feed. I migrated my blog from wordpress to my Squarespace site as I can blog, podcast, and in the future open a store. All with Squarespace.

Feedburner

Google's Feedbuner is a great web app that allows you to "burn" or process your feed through it to track how many downloads, clicks or subscriptions your feed has had. There has been some trepidation on the internet that Google may discontinue Feedburner but as of yet it still provides one of the best free subscription trackers.

iTunes

iTunes does not host podcasts, but it is the number 1 podcast directory in the world. The Dr. Sci-Fi Show RSS feed only took six days to be approved in the podcast store. Wait time can be between a few hours or several weeks.

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