I Am Legend (feat. Nick Farmer, Linguist) : Episode 85

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I Am Legend

What: Will Smith is lonely in the post-apocalypse and fights zompires.
Directed by: Francis Lawrence
Starring: Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan

Featuring guest co-host
Nick Farmer headshot
Nick Farmer, author and creator of The Expanse’s Belter language

Recommended and Related Media

The Survivors by Nick Farmer
Nick’s book – alternative perspective with ideas quite in the ballpark of I Am Legend (the novel).
Read it Amazon

The Expanse
The really really great hard scifi show featuring Nick’s Belter conlang. We talked all about it on our Mostly-linguistics episode. 🙂
Season 1 iTunes | Amazon
Season 2 iTunes | Amazon

Mind Field Episode 1 – Isolation
We referenced this on the show in reference to the human mind’s need for stimulation (especially social) and how easy it is to crack up. This episode happens to be free for everyone, and the rest are for Youtube Red members.

Show Notes

A book and so many adaptations

I Am Legend (the book) (1954), The Last Man on Earth (1964), The Omega Man (1971), I Am Legend (2007), I Am Omega (2007). This one (if you consider the alternative, better ending) might be the closest to getting the point of the book.


Zombies vs vampires and the origin of this story in the pre-zombie era. The book inspired Night of the Living Dead!

Using viruses to our advantage

Viruses as workhorses to deliver medical payloads. Mutations, good and bad. Telomeres. Cancer, and the difficulties of biological immortality.


The post-apocalypse can be rough; it’s difficult for social creatures. Talking to dogs and mannequins. Videos by

Zompire biology

What we observe presumably as the effects of their disease:

  • Superquick respiration
  • UV burns them to death
  • Hairless
  • Translucent skin
  • Unhinged jaws
  • Aggression
  • Averbal
  • Strong bones and muscle

Zompires vs Undead

The twist being that Will Smith is the real monster! Depending on which ending you see.


The “alternative” was so much better. Who is the real monster? The meaning behind the phrase “I Am Legend” and how it is mostly lost in the films.


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