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June 20, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 11: It’s All About the Money, Money, Money

On this episode of Be The Serpent, we're discussing economics-- no wait! Come back! It's going to be fun! Money in fantasy settings, alternative currencies, worldbuilding... All the stuff you like! Our tentpoles this week are  The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson, the movie In Time, and the fanfic “Freeport” by Maldoror_Chant.

(And if you haven't yet checked out the podcast's official Discord chat, you're missing out!)

What We’re Reading:

The Henchmen of Zenda by KJ Charles
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik


Other Stuff We Mentioned:

The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope
Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger, an anthology (including a short story by Macey)
Viable Paradise (a SFF writer’s workshop)
Aphra Behn
The History of Money by Jack Weatherford
Saikaku Ihara
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
The Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins
The economics of slow-burn coffee shop AUs
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
The Folding Knife by K.J. Parker
Australian vs. American currency differences
The Discworld books by Terry Pratchett (esp. Making Money)
The Craft Sequence series by Max Gladstone
“Harry Potter and the Natural 20” by Sir Poley
Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
The Silk Road
Oversized tourist attractions for children to climb on in/around Queensland, Australia
18th century French people getting extra freaky to avoid pregnancy
England’s Wool Act of 1699
God’s Own Country


The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you to our loyal scribes: Magali, Neharika, and Sara!

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June 6, 2018 @ 5:46 am

Episode 10: Extravaganza

On this special episode, we're not talking about a theme -- we're answering a cornucopia of amazing questions from our darling listeners! It's the one you've all been waiting for! It's the extravaganza!

And, as announced in the episode, our lovely scribes have launched a Discord chat for fans of the show! Check it out here! 

What We’re Reading:

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Space Opera by Cat Valente
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger


Other Stuff We Mentioned:

Sorting Hat Chats
Jake Peralta (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Jack Harkness (Doctor Who/Torchwood)
Mei Changsu (Nirvana in Fire)
Ocean’s Thirteen
Julius Caesar’s sexuality
Alexander Hamilton
Freya’s Hamilton fic “Interlude (Rise Up)”
Julie d’Aubigny
Josephine Baker
Australian bush fires
The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett
Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat
Ninefox Gambit and Raven Strategem by Yoon Ha Lee
Ursula Vernon / T. Kingfisher
The Discworld books by Terry Pratchett (esp. the City Watch, Tiffany Aching and Moist Von Lipwig books)
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy Sayers
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Xena: Warrior Princess
Fanfic tropes such as: Identity porn, MPreg/Pregnancy fic, Kidfic, Sick!fic, Slow-burn Romance, Competence porn, political complicated fic
Embers a fanfic in the Avatar: The Last Airbender
The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Kate Elliott
EA RPGs specifically Dragon Age and Mass Effect
Alex’s obsession with the Dorian/Iron Bull listing on AO3
The Pern series by Anne McCaffrey
The Lost Years of Merlin series by T.A. Barron
The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings
The Acorna series by Anne McCaffrey
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw and her podcast Overinvested
Star Trek
"Dreaming of Sunshine" by Silver Queen
Freya’s Naruto fanfic
"Solfege" by Fahye (Freya)
Elliot Schafer from In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Be the Serpent Discord Chat
"Freeport" by Maldoror_Chant (one of the tentpoles for episode 11!)


Click here to view the transcript of the show. Thank you to our scribes: Sara, Neharika, and Magali for their work! 

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