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May 23, 2018 @ 5:25 am

Episode 9: Like Rome, But With Lasers

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're discussing space empires! We talk a little bit about the history of empires, writerly tips for constructing an empire, and the problems of imperialism. The tentpoles this week are: Ancillary Justice (and the rest of the Imperial Radch trilogy) by Ann Leckie, Star Wars, and The Course of Honour by Avoliot

What We’re Reading:

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
“Maggie Fitzgerald and the Saltwater Drip” by antistar_e


Other Stuff We Mentioned:

Tithe by Holly Black
White Cat by Holly Black
Spider-Woman/The White Widow/the Spider-Gwen series
4th Street Fantasy Convention
Katamari Damacy
Game of Thrones
The Little Prince
The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli
The Sun Chronicles (forthcoming) by Kate Elliott
Jupiter Ascending
Ninefox Gambit and the others in the The Machineries of Empire series by Yoon Ha Lee
Star Trek
Eurovision (esp. Verka Serduchka, the Buroanovskiye Babushki, and sparkles)



The transcript for this episode is available here. Thanks as always to the scribes, Magali, Neharika, and Sarah, for their help!

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May 9, 2018 @ 6:00 am

Episode 8: Once More, With Feelings!

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're discussing "Theft of Assets, Destruction of Property" by Helenish, Think of England by KJ Charles, and the television show Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, as well as a full buffet of romance tropes. And we're joined by a guest, the lovely Amanda Jean from The Hopeless Romantic podcast!!


Things we mentioned:

Think of England by KJ Charles
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Theft of Assets, Destruction of Property by Helenish
The Hopeless Romantic with Amanda Jean and Austin Chant
Douglas Adams
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell, Candy Tan
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
"Think Once, Think Twice" by Fahye (Freya)
Bear by Marian Engel
Captive Prince (again) by CS Pacat
Yuri!!! On Ice
"Victor Effing Nikiforov" by shysweetthing
"i know my madness" by astoryaboutwar
Piper Vaughn’s Portland Pack Chronicles
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera
Isobelle Carmody

What we’re reading:

Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho
The Tea Master And The Detective by Aliette de Bodard
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
Space Opera by Catherynne M Valente


This episode was transcribed by the amazing Sara, Neharika, and Magali! Find the transcription here.

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