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August 28, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 42: Comedy, the Universe, and Everything

On today's episode, we're discussing what exactly makes things funny. Hardly any dick jokes in this one, folks. (Get it? HARDly? it's a dick joke!) Anyway, our tentpoles (wink wink) this week are The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Emperor’s New Groove, and the Hamilton fanfic, “our gilded age” by screamlet.


What We’re Into Lately

Their Brilliant Careers by Ryan O’Neill

Which Witch by Eva Ibbotson

Schitt’s Creek 

Harry Potter

Lettered (writer in Schitt’s Creek and Harry Potter fandoms)

Good Omens

Black Spot

Black Sails

Detroit: Become Human

the Cats trailer


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special Nanette and Ted Talk, “Three Ideas. Three Contradiction. Or Not.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


Absolutely Fabulous


The West Wing

The Lion King

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood

Cabin Pressure 

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Rocky Horror Picture Show 

Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett

My Fair Lady

Jane the Virgin

One Day at a Time

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan


Blackadder Goes Forth

Pagan series by Catherine Jinks

Lymond series by Dorothy Dunnett

A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

Mark Reads, a video series by Mark Oshiro 

For Next Time

"With Fire In Their Eyes" by Asuka Kureru



The transcript for this episode can be found here. Have you written a love letter to your local scribes recently? :D

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August 14, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 41: The Democratic Republic of Serpents

On this episode, we're talking about politics! It's gonna get.... kind of weirdly emotional. The tentpoles this week are Corridors of Power” by blythely,Hand in Unlovable Handby Annakovsky, and Cheesecake and the Art of Political Warfare by Sakana Sara.


What We’re Into Lately

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Slow Horses by Mick Herron

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Semiosis by Sue Burke

Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Lie Back and Think of Dinner” and “Still My Heart Has Wings” by jessthereckless

By Definition” by idiopathicsmile

Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan


Other Stuff We Mentioned

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Rogue One

WorldCon (Dublin 2019)

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan

A Choir of Lies and A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland

The West Wing

House of Cards

Spin!” by weatherfront. 



Lean In 

Fernand Braudel

Jupiter Ascending

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison


The Thick of It

Yes Minister

House of Cards, the UK TV mini-series

House of Cards by Michael Dobbs

Madam Secretary

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

A Deeper Season by lightgetsin, sahiya

What Passing Bells by lightgetsin, sahiya

Gentleman Bastards

Republic of Thieves 




For Next Time

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams



The transcript of this episode is available here. Thanks as always to our brilliant and extremely cute scribes! If you'd like to help compensate the scribes for their work, consider contributing a few dollars on Patreon!

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July 31, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 40: Extravaganza

*bangs on pots and pans* It's the Extravaganza! We're answering listener questions and definitely not sneaking in a question or two of our own! This is all completely legitimate and above-board! 

What We’re Into Lately

Hither Page by Cat Sebastian

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite,

Kaleidotrope podcast

Jenn Lyons’ Ruin of Kings

Lots of Good Omens stuff, including:

Raven (singlecrow)’s Good Omens fic

Salinity (And Other Measures of Brackish Water)” by drawlight

A Stone’s Throw From Jerusalem” by RC_McLachlan

TwoFish” by Grindylowe

the mortifying ordeal of being known (biblically)” by FlipSpring



Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Adventure Zone

Critical Role

Written by the Victors” 

Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Bi, Episode 29 of Be the Serpent


Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

astolat’s Steve/Sam stories

“Dangerous if Unbound” by astolat

Game of Thrones 

astolat’s Game of Thrones fics

Tales from the Trunk, Hilary Bisenieks’s podcast

Welcome to Night Vale

Wolf 359 

The Adventure Zone

Print Run

Shipping & Handling

Get to Work Hurley

Galactic Suburbia

Freya’s story in Analog

BtS Episode 36 “There’s No Place Like Home

Dresden Files

Nirvana In Fire

The Tempest

Twelfth Night

World of Warcraft

Runes of Magic



The Legend of Zelda series, Breath of the Wild specifically

Mass Effect

Dragon Age

Age of Empires


Don’t Starve



Conspiracy of Truths 

Choir of Lies

In the End

tulip mania

Hugo nominated fancasts:  

The Coode Street Podcast

Fangirl Happy Hour

Galactic Suburbia

Our Opinions Are Correct

The Skiffy and Fanty Show



For Next Time

"Cheesecake and the Art of Political Warfare" by Sakana Sara



The transcript of this episode is available here. As always, we are incredibly grateful to our scribes!

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July 17, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 39: The Serpents’ School of Witchcraft and Wizzzardry

On this episode, we're talking wizards! We're comparing the magic systems of Brandon Sanderson's The Emperor's Soul and RB Lemberg's "Geometries of Belonging". Also, Freya has designed a fun game for Alex and Macey!

What We’re Into Lately

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

Chronin by Alison Wilgus

Catalyst by Jennifer Mace

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Lots of Good Omens shit, including:

Alex’s Good Omens fanvids “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Hallelujah”.

“vintage demon art, vape pens, & other treasures” by kyrilu

 “Don’t Stop Me Now” and “My Best Friend” fanvids

"Making An Effort: Queer (Trans) Masculinity in the Ethereal & Occult Beings of Good Omens" 

Much Ado About Nothing (2011)


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Oxford Time Travel series by Connie Willis

Dragon Age: Inquisition

DA:I fanfiction 

Analog July/August Issue (ft. Freya’s short story)

Moving Pictures 

Soul Music

Unseen Academicals

Wayward Children series

Every Heart a Doorway

Ursula K. Le Guin 

Freya’s fairy fic ‘Hood & Glove’

The Magicians

Machineries of Empire series by Yoon Ha Lee

The Birdverse section of R.B. Lemberg’s website

Kingdom (2019-)

“What We Named the Needle" by Freya Marske

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

The Elenium series by David Eddings

The Tamuli series by David Eddings

The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

Tamora Pierce 


For Next Time

Nothing! It's the Episode 40 Extravaganza!



The transcription for this episode can be found here. Thanks as always to our wondrous scribes, the lights of our life!

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July 3, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 38: A Hugo Award Special — The Novels of 2018

On this episode, we're doing a bird's-eye view of the six finalists from this year's Best Novel ballot of the Hugo Awards! 


What We’re Into Lately

Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

Prince of Air and Darkness by M.A. Grant

Schitt’s Creek

Borne by Jeff Vandermeer

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Sungkyunkwan Scandal 

The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold

Good Omens (the miniseries)


Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal (Freya misquotes the second title as The Fated Stars

Hidden Figures

Record of a Spaceborn Few and The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers


Chants from A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland 

Star Wars: A New Hope 

Trail of Lightning

Karl Urban


Lost Girl

Ninefox Gambit, Raven Stratagem, and Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee

Hannibal Lecter from The Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris

Space Opera by Cat Valente

Saga Press


Eurovision 2019 Iceland

Eurovision 2019 Australia

The Fifth Element

Jupiter Ascending

Spinning Silver


The Starlit Wood (‘Navah Wolfe anthology’)


N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth trilogy


For Next Time: 

"Geometries of Belonging" by RB Lemberg



The transcript of this episode can be found here. Sing, muse, of the work of the scribes!!

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June 19, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 37: Emotions Are Hard, Let’s Do Murder!

On this week's episode, we're discussing ASSASSINS! Tentpoles this week are The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore, the television show Killing Eve, and the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith.


What We’re Into Lately

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

A Duke in Disguise by Cat Sebastian

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The Fisherman by John Langan

Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler

Killing Eve

Proper English by K.J. Charles

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

“Episode 10: Spies & Disguise” from Technique Critique

HIStory 3: Trapped


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Think of England by K.J. Charles

“meditations ex post facto” by singlecrow

A Choir of Lies by Alexandra Rowland

A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland

Freya’s amazing new jacket

Ozimandais by Percy Bysshe Shelley



Mr. Right

Pitch Perfect

The Bourne series


John le Carré

Grosse Pointe Blank

Person of Interest

Farseer by Robin Hobbe

BtS patreon


Dreaming of Sunshine


Anne McCaffrey

For Next Time

The entire slate of Best Novels from this year's Hugo Award ballot!



The transcript for this episode is available here. The scribes are amazing! They're so good!! Yay for scribes!!!

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June 5, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 36: There’s No Place Like Home

On today’s episode we’re discussing magical houses! Are some of them sentient? How do they communicate? Is a haunted house a magical house? The tentpoles this week are:  “House Proud” by astolat, House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones, and The Veldt by Ray Bradbury.


What We’re Into Lately

Proper English by KJ Charles

A Prince on Paper Alyssa Cole

Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History by John Julius Norwich

Everything astolat

Fall Out Boy’s discography

The Poetry of Pablo Neruda

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Wightwick Manor

Bletchley Park

Episode 40 Extravaganza!


Frances Hardinge

Harry Potter

TARDIS (from Doctor Who)

Victoria Schwab’s series (A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab)

Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Downton Abbey

Hieros gamos

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

African veld

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Ender’s Game


The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

The Popinjay’s Daughter by Anne Cross

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Jane Eyre by  Charlotte Brontë

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

Foresight by Freya Marske

Goblin Emperor

Spinning Silver 


For Next Time: 

The Perfect Assassin by KA Doore



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

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May 22, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 35: Well, Canaveral, I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore

On this week's episode, we're talking about space operas.... IN SPAAAAACE. The tentpoles this week are The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard, the fanfic A Deeper Season by lightgetsin and sahiya, and the pilot episodes of Farscape and Killjoys.


What We’re Into Lately

The London Celebrities series by Lucy Parker
Monty Don’s Italian Gardens
Detective L
"Quid Pro Quo" by Dira Sudis

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Ancillary Justice series by Ann Leckie
Noel Streatfield
The Space Opera Renaissance by David Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Planetary romance
Jupiter Ascending
Vorkosigan Saga
Stargate: Atlantis
The Adventure Zone
Babylon 5
The Goblin Emperor
Ancillary Justice
Stargate: Atlantis
Splendor & Misery by clipping
Shards of Honor
Right Answer” [second Deeper Season]
Ender’s Game
A Civil Campaign
The Expanse
Cowboy Bebop
Star Trek
Star Wars
Acorna books by Anne McCaffrey
Nimisha’s Ship by Anne McCaffrey
Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series
Space Opera by Cat Valente
Mobile Suit Gundam Wing


For Next Time

House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones



The transcript for this episode is available here. Thanks as always to our brilliant scribal team!

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May 8, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 34: Misethere

On this episode, we're doing a deep-dive on a single tentpole, and we are extremely back on our bullshit. It's time to talk about astolat's Witcher fanfic, "Misethere"

What We’re Into Lately

Amnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly
le Carré
Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett
Not for Use in Navigation by Iona Datt Sharma
Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton
A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson
Dreaming of Sunshine
The Magicians
The Natural History of Dragons
A Civil Campaign
The Tropic of Serpents
Lymond Chronicles


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Drastically Redefining Protocol
Miserere” (song)
Dragon Age
Gundam Wing
Person of Interest
Sweet Valley High
Fantastic Four
Fast and Furious
Vetinari/Vimes from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series
J.Y. Yang
And I Alone Have Escaped To Tell You by astolat
"A Year In Toussaint" by astolat
The War of Silver and Ash” by astolat
The Blooded Crown” by astolat [aka ‘the second one’]
BtS Episode “Cross Your Stars and Hope to Bi” [aka ‘Disaster Bisexuals’]
Xanatos Speed Chess
Vorkosigan Saga
The Warrior’s Apprentice
Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
“Duende” by astolat
“Entanglements” by astolat


For Next Time

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard



The transcript for this episode can be found here. As always, thank you to our brilliant scribal team! 

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April 24, 2019 @ 5:00 am

Episode 33: Turn In Your Badge and Gun!

On this episode, we're discussing police procedurals! Who breaks the rules? Who goes by the book? Tentpoles this week are A Private Reason for This by femmequixoitc, Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch, and the first episode of the TV show Luther.


What We’re Into Lately

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan
Romance is a Bonus Book (2019)
The Unspoken Name by AK Larkwood (forthcoming, 2020)
Spectred Isle by KJ Charles
“Signals That Sound in the Dark” by Dira Sudis
The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold  
The Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Brooklyn Nine-Nine!
Criminal Minds
The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal
Vorkosigan saga
Wire in the Blood
Val McDermid novels   
Sherlock Holmes
Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike novels
Poirot novels by Agatha Christie
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Guards! Guards!  by Terry Pratchett
the shapeshifter character trope (mentioned on Story Grid podcast)
Miss Marples
The Killing
Pushing Daisies
Killing Eve
Witcher (though really this is for next time! ;) )

For Next Time:

by astolat


The transcript of the episode can be found here. Thank you once again to the scribes!!

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