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May 19, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 86: 9 to 5 (What a Way to Make a Living)

On this week's episode, we're discussing jobs, occupations, and vocations, both fantastical and mundane despite the fantastical settings.  The tentpoles for this episode are Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw, Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots, and “Always Near” by afrai.


What We’re Into Lately

A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark 

How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole

Hollow Empire by Sam Hawke

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi 

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Hiding in the Leaves by aventria & iluxia (Naruto fanfic)

Legend of Yun Qian

Scarlet Heart


Other Stuff We Mentioned



Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

 "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin


After Working At Google, I’ll Never Let Myself Love A Job Again (Op-Ed, NYT)

My Life as a Background Slytherin (webcomic)

Avengers movies

Superhero Damage Insurance (TikTok)

Rogue One

Star Wars franchise

The Mandalorian

Be the Serpent Space Sweepers episode

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

Jessica Jones

October Daye series by Seanan McGuire

Lost Girl

Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone

Discworld series by Terry Pratchett

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold

John Scalzi (author)

Honor Harrington series by David Weber

We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson

Catalyst by Jennifer Mace

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

My Next Life as a Villainess 

Period Piece” by thimblefullofdespair

for a hundred vision and revisions by aventria, iluxia

Merlin TV show

Macey’s Fun Facts Tech Job Corner

An Example of Bad Radio

The Story Engine storytelling game


For Next Time

Hikaru no Go (2020 live action Chinese drama)


Content Warnings

Slavery (in “Always Near” + episode discussion)

Medical trauma & body horror (in Hench)

Cannibalism and gore (in Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef + episode discussion)



The transcript for this episode is available here. Thanks as always to our fabulous team of scribes!

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