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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


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


Con Crud




Shaun of the Dead (2004)


“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



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


Eddie Izzard bit



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



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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