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July 15, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 65: Transfigurations

On today's episode we're talking about Harry Potter, the unbearable TERFness of JK Rowling, and the power of fanfic to reclaim and transform problematic canons: We're doing a deep-dive on the fanfic "Transfigurations" by Resonant!

What We’re Into Lately

Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson

The Letdown TV series

Pink Slip by Katrina Jackson

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

What married people do by Shamelesscooper, a Scum Villain/Untamed crossover fanfic

The Black Calhouns by Gail Lumet Buckley

The 1619 Project

TorCon 2020 panel: A Whole Universe in Pages — Worldbuilding for SFF

The Devil In America by Kai Ashante Wilson

Watchmen miniseries on HBO

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

"White Bears in Sugar Land: Juneteenth, Cages, and Afrofuturism" essay by Tochi Onyebuchi

"I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream: The Duty of the Black Writer During Times of American Unrest" essay by Tochi Onyebuchi

Queer Eye

Good Omens

Other Things We Mentioned

Juneteenth

Black Lives Matter

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

The Stabby Queer Ladies Anthology, Silk & Steel 

Kerin Cunningham’s Kickstarter

My Chemical Romance

The Unbearable TERFness of J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Witchmark by C. L. Polk

Lumos by birdsofshore

The Untamed

Star Trek

In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae

Eclipse by Mijan

A Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

Alexander the Great’s sex life

tissue of silver by fearlessdiva

Maya’s Harry Potter fics

 

For Next Time

Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert

 

Transcription

The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you to our amazing team of scribes, as always!!

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July 1, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 64: The Art of War

On this week's episode, we're looking at a selection of small scenes from several different pieces of media: The Expanse, Naomi Novik’s His Majesty’s Dragon, an Alexander the Great documentary, K. J. Parker’s Devices and Desires, and Bujold’s The Warrior’s Apprentice.

What We’re Into Lately

Murderbot novellas by Martha Wells

Network Effect by Martha Wells

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

The Accidental Warlord and His Pack by inexplicifics

Queen’s Play by Dorothy Dunnett

Desdemona and the Deep by C. S. E. Cooney

 

Other Things We Mentioned

The Great Emu War

BBC Sherlock

GlitterShip

Game of Thrones

Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Dragon Ball Z

Vorkosigan saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

City of Lies by Sam Hawke

The Poison Wars series by Sam Hawke

The Expanse

“CQB”

Regeneration by Pat Barker

Black Sails 

The Far Side of the World

Jingo by Terry Pratchett 

Just war theory

Aubrey & Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian

Firefly

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliot

Star Wars

Misethere by astolat

K.J. Parker

‘On Sieges’ short essay by K.J. Parker

The Witcher television series

Bioware

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Origins

Overpowered Mages

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

Documentary about the rise of the Ottoman Empire

Edge of Tomorrow 

Ender’s Game film

Age of Sail

Honor Harrington series by David Weber

Riftwar Cycle: The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist

Magician trilogy (Riftwar Saga) by Raymond E. Feist

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

A Deeper Season fanfic series by lightgetsin & sahiya

Diplomatic Relations by Maldoror_Chant

Sacrifices fanfic series by Lightning on the Wave, a 3.6 million word arc

 

For Next Time

Transfigurations by Resonant (Harry Potter fanfic)

 

Transcription

The transcript of this episode is available here. Hail to the scribes, our conquering heroes!!

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June 17, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 63: Hugo Award Slate Review — Best Novels of 2019

On this week's episode, we're doing a whirlwind survey of the six finalists from this year's Hugo Award for Best Novel: The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley, Middlegame by Seanan McGuire, A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, The City In the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders, and The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow!

 

What We’re Into Lately

Slippery Creatures by KJ Charles

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

The Memory of Souls by Jenn Lyons

A Chorus of Dragons series by Jenn Lyons

John Wick

John Wick: Chapter 2

John Wick: Chapter 3 — Parabellum

The King: Eternal Monarch

Kung Fu Hustle

The Untamed

The Great

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Kung Fu Panda

Be the Serpent Episode 54

The Magicians

Fullmetal Alchemist 

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Agatha Christie vibes

Skeleton Puzzle-Solving video games

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders 

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

John Scalzi

 

For Next Time

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

 

Transcription

The transcript for this episode is available here. We're definitely nominating our transcription team for the Serpents' Award For Best Scribes. ;)

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June 3, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 62: Overwhelming Ancestral Nostalgia

On this week's episode we're kicking back to discuss some of the beloved fantasy books of our youth, including The Circle of Magic series, the Abhorsen series, the Dark Is Rising series, and others!

What We’re Into Lately

The Spare by Miranda Dubner

Girl Gone Viral by Alisha Rai

The Fever King by Victoria Lee

The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

Unholy Union by NeverwinterThistle

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System by Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù

Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

The King: Eternal Monarch

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Marissa Lingen

John Wick

Teen Wolf fandom

Big Wolf on Campus fandom

Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mò Xiāng Tóng Xiù

The Untamed

Burnout by Emily Nagoski

Glitch

Slack

The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper

Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper

Greenwitch by Susan Cooper

The Grey King by Susan Cooper

Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Brigadoon musical

Young Wizards series by Diane Duane

His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce

Sandry’s Book, by Tamora Pierce

Tris’s Book, by Tamora Pierce

Daja’s Book, by Tamora Pierce

Briar’s Book, by Tamora Pierce

The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge

Linnets and Valerians, by Elizabeth Goudge

The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix

An Untamed/Abhorsen crossover

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

Diana Wynne Jones

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Wind Singer trilogy by William Nicholson

David Eddings

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

The Lost Years of Merlin by T.A. Barron

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

The Acorna series by Anne McCaffrey

The Crystal Singer series by Anne McCaffrey

Dragon Riders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey

The Belgariad Series by David Eddings

The Greenhollow Duology by Emily Tesh

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

The Wolves Chronicles series by Joan Aiken

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Rick Riordan Presents

 

For Next Time

The six finalists for this year's Hugo Award for Best Novel:

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsin Muir

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley

 

Transcription

The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you to our beloved scribes, as always, and welcome to the new additions to the scribing team: Kate, BananaLord, Eli, and Marita!

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May 20, 2020 @ 5:01 am

Episode 61: A Time and a Place

On this week's episode, we're discussing historical fantasy, and Freya makes a truly brilliant point about what this genre really IS. The tentpoles today are The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly, and “Duende” by astolat.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Glitch

A Marvelous Light by Freya Markse!

Tor.com

Dr. Manhattan

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian

Hornblower by C.S. Forester

Loveless anime

Dangerous If Unbound” by astolat

Person of Interest

Hamilton 

Black Sails

Downton Abbey

Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

P.G. Woodhouse books

Judging accuracy with the Bill and Ted test

Hild by Nicola Griffith

Georgette Heyer’s books

The Hornblower books by C.S. Forester

A Dalliance with the Duke by AMargeurite

An Ever-Fixed Mark by AMarguerite

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

The Glamourist Histories series by Mary Robinette Kowal

Everfair by Nisi Shawl

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

For Next Time

The Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce

 

Transcription

The transcript of this episode is available here. Thank you as always to our lovely scribes for their hard work! 

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May 6, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 60: Extravaganza

On this week's episode, it's time for another extravaganza of questions from our darling listeners! What's Freya's favorite nonfiction book? How quickly can Macey bring up chaos theory? Will Alex make any progress convincing their cohosts to wear snek onesies for the digital Hugo ceremony?

 

What We’re Into Lately:

Swordheart by T. Kingfisher

The Winter Prince by Elizabeth Wein

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Untamed fanfic

Scum Villain fanfic

The English Game

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned:

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

The City Born Great by N. K. Jemisin

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

The Divine Cities series by Robert Jackson Bennett

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Seanan McGuire’s swamp

Ness from Strange Horizons

Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzalez

Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott

Watching the English by Kate Fox

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Johnathan Gottschall

Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson

The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

The Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer

The works of Diana Wynne Jones

Stargate: Atlantis

Laminar flow

The Harry Potter series

Yuri!!! On Ice

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

RPF

Frank/Gerard

Thor/Loki

Leto/Ghanima

Supernatural

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Kylo Ren/Rey

Viable Paradise Writers Workshop

Dangerous If Unbound by astolat

Person of Interest

freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose by synecdochic

House Proud by astolat

Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy

The new serpent taxonomy: which astolat fic are you?

The Untamed

Unseen Academicals

Does God Play Dice? by Ian Stewart

For Next Time:

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

 

Transcription:

Click here for the transcript of this episode! Thank you as always to our beautiful, glamorous team of scribes!

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April 22, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 59: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat

On this week's episode we're a lil loopy from quarantine, but we're still having fun! We're talking about non-human protagonists this week, with the tentpoles for discussion being The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood, All Systems Red by Martha Wells, and the film Ratatouille.

 

What We’re Into Lately

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

Birarley by Aster Glenn Gray

The Unconquered City by K.A. Doore

perhaps even friends by hirokiyuu

The Great Pottery Throw Down

Even more Untamed fic

Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings

Stardew Valley

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Pikelets

Dream Daddy

Persona 5

The Great British Bake Off

Homestuck

Farscape

Person of Interest

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin

Kushiels’ Dart by Jacqueline Carey

WALL·E (2008)

The Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers

Zootopia (2016)

“Bright: The Apotheosis of Lazy Worldbuilding” by Lindsay Ellis

The Redwall books by Brian Jacques

Robin Hood (1973)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

The Aristocats (1970)

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

The Good Place

Teaching empathy to engineers

Star Trek

Babylon 5

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Cats (2019)

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Unnatural Order by Alyssa Wickramasinghe and Alis Franklin 

Victory Condition by astolat

Shrek (2001)

Draco is a veela

Harry is raised by X

The Witcher

 

For Next Time

Nothing! It's the Episode 60 Extravaganza!

 

Transcription

The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you once again to our priceless, invaluable scribes! You're the best <3

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April 8, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 58: College Experience 101

Welcome back to campus, students! It's the episode about college AUs and university settings! On today’s episode, we’re discussing The Student Prince by FayJay, Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, and the pilot episode of The Magicians.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Band Sinister by K. J. Charles

Stormsong by C.L. Polk

The Husky and His White Cat Shizun fic

The Untamed fic

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Witchmark by C.L. Polk

The Husky and His White Cat Shizun by Meatbun Doesn’t Eat Meat aka 肉包不吃肉

All nighters and Irn Bru

The Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers

The Lady’s Not for Burning by Christopher Fry

The Student Prince by FayJay -- podfic version

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Drastically Redefining Protocol by rageprufrock

Merlin

Juxtaposition

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Sneaking into events for free food

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

College AU shenanigans

American University Hellscape

Community

Advanced Ambulatory Ichthyology by gyzym

Two ducks per student

 

For Next Time

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

 

Transcription

The transcript for this episode is available here. Please applaud your scribes, all of them made it onto the Dean's List this semester for their hard work.

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March 25, 2020 @ 5:01 am

Episode 57: We All Fall Down

On this episode, we are shifting into a more serious register to talk about plague narratives. In light of the current pandemic, we urge you to check in with yourself before listening to this episode--are you doing okay? Are you good to listen to this right now? Please take care of yourself, and don't listen to this episode right now if it'll be an emotional overload for you. It'll always be here for you later.

That said, the tentpoles for this episode are:  The Monster of Elendhaven, The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, and the eighth episode of the first season of X-Files, called “The Ice.”

 

What We’re Into Lately

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings

Drowned Country by Emily Tesh

Moontangled by Stephanie Burgis

Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather

The Case for Socialism by Alan Maass

Paris or Maybe Hell by basingstoke

Scum Villain fanfic

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

malariotherapy

Episode 60 Extravaganza!

The Untamed

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Children of Men by P.D. James

Blindness by José Saramago

Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett

Newsflesh series by Mira Grant

A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker

Handshaking

Con Crud

Handwashing

Zombies

Kingdom

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Epidemiology

“With Fire in Their Eyes” by Askerian

“House of the Living” by astolat

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

For Next Time

The Student Prince by fayjay

 

Transcription

The transcript of this episode is available here. Seriously, though, special thanks to our scribes for tackling this one.

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March 11, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 56: The Title of the Episode

On this week's episode, we're diving into a very self-referential discussion of the metatext! Tentpoles this week are the film The Handmaiden, the fanfic “Steve Rogers at 100,” and A Choir of Lies by our very own Alexandra Rowland.

 

What We’re Into Lately

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri

The Impossible Contract by K. A. Doore

Georgette Heyer

The Untamed

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System by Mo Xiang Tong Xu

Heaven Official’s Blessing by Mo Xiang Tong Xu

The Simplest Way Forward by harriet_vane

 

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild

1917

Eddie Izzard bit

Pirates

Overinvested

Written by the Victors by Speranza

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland

An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears

Person of Interest (or, the Husbands and Wives show)

For Next Time

The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

 

Transcription

The transcript for this episode is available here! Appreciate your local scribes and their hard work by reading their margin comments--they've been metatexty this whole time, wow!

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