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Building Monsters with Dr. Emily Zarka
Episode 633rd November 2022 • Exolore: facts-based fictional worldbuilding • Multitude
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Monster Expert Dr. Emily Zarka joins Moiya to talk about the origins of monster myths! Together, they conjure up some spooky monsters to inhabit three previously built Exolore worlds.

HOSTED by Dr. Moiya McTier (@GoAstroMo), astrophysicist and folklorist


  1. Dr. Emily Zarka is a professor, writer, host, and monster expert. Find her on twitter at @ZarkaEmily or on her website Be sure to check out Monstrum and Fate & Fabled on PBS's Storied youtube channel.


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How would you like to swim in an ocean ruled by matriarchal squid, or fly over a planet as it rotates with a swarm of migrating wasps? No, it's not the latest VR craze (... yet); it's Exolore! Exolore helps you imagine other worlds with the help of facts and science. Every other week, host Dr. Moiya McTier invites experts to build a world from scratch or sits down with a fiction fan to dive deep into their favorite worlds. Every episode will make you laugh, go "huh?" and appreciate how special our world really is.

Exolore is a member of Multitude Productions, an independent podcast collective and production studio.