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April 22, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 59: Everybody Wants To Be A Cat

On this week's episode we're a lil loopy from quarantine, but we're still having fun! We're talking about non-human protagonists this week, with the tentpoles for discussion being The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood, All Systems Red by Martha Wells, and the film Ratatouille.


What We’re Into Lately

A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

Birarley by Aster Glenn Gray

The Unconquered City by K.A. Doore

perhaps even friends by hirokiyuu

The Great Pottery Throw Down

Even more Untamed fic

Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings

Stardew Valley

Other Stuff We Mentioned


Dream Daddy

Persona 5

The Great British Bake Off



Person of Interest

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

The Tombs of Atuan by Ursula K. Le Guin

Kushiels’ Dart by Jacqueline Carey

WALL·E (2008)

The Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers

Zootopia (2016)

“Bright: The Apotheosis of Lazy Worldbuilding” by Lindsay Ellis

The Redwall books by Brian Jacques

Robin Hood (1973)

One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)

The Aristocats (1970)

The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

The Good Place

Teaching empathy to engineers

Star Trek

Babylon 5

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Cats (2019)

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Unnatural Order by Alyssa Wickramasinghe and Alis Franklin 

Victory Condition by astolat

Shrek (2001)

Draco is a veela

Harry is raised by X

The Witcher


For Next Time

Nothing! It's the Episode 60 Extravaganza!



The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you once again to our priceless, invaluable scribes! You're the best <3

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April 8, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 58: College Experience 101

Welcome back to campus, students! It's the episode about college AUs and university settings! On today’s episode, we’re discussing The Student Prince by FayJay, Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, and the pilot episode of The Magicians.


What We’re Into Lately

Band Sinister by K. J. Charles

Stormsong by C.L. Polk

The Husky and His White Cat Shizun fic

The Untamed fic

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Witchmark by C.L. Polk

The Husky and His White Cat Shizun by Meatbun Doesn’t Eat Meat aka 肉包不吃肉

All nighters and Irn Bru

The Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers

The Lady’s Not for Burning by Christopher Fry

The Student Prince by FayJay -- podfic version

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Drastically Redefining Protocol by rageprufrock



The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Sneaking into events for free food

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

College AU shenanigans

American University Hellscape


Advanced Ambulatory Ichthyology by gyzym

Two ducks per student


For Next Time

The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood



The transcript for this episode is available here. Please applaud your scribes, all of them made it onto the Dean's List this semester for their hard work.

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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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February 26, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 55: There’s a Form for That

On this week's episode, we're talking about bureaucracies! Macey brought a fun little game so Alex and Freya could use their imaginations! We're also talking about two great tentpoles: Going Postal by Terry Pratchett and the Harry Potter fanfic “Little Red Courgette” by blamebrampton.


What We’re Into Lately

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu 


Joy of Life

Small Gods by Terry Pratchett


A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians by H. G. Parry


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

“Little Red Courgette” by blamebrampton

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norell by Susanna Clarke

The New Oxford American Dictionary

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Making Money by Terry Pratchett

Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Cambridge Analytica


The IT Crowd

A Memory Called Empire

Machineries of Empire series

BtS Episode 7

Loreena McKinnit

Jupiter Ascending

Bureaucracy Scene


Three Parts Dead

Harry Potter book series 

Little Britain

“The Office Job” Leverage ep.

City of Blades

BtS Episode 29

The West Wing

Parks and Rec

Yes Minister

The Thick of It


For Next Time

A Choir of Lies by Alexandra Rowland



The transcript of this episode is available here. Thank you, scribes!!!

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February 12, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 54: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

On this episode, we're discussing portal fantasies! We're yelling about how mad we are at Aslan! We're finding out Freya's middle name! We're talking about some great tentpoles: The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, “Every Heart a Doorway” by Seanan McGuire, and the 2005 movie The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.


What We’re Into Lately

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women 2019 movie

Learn My Lesson by Katee Robert

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System

Our Story’s Just Begun by aishiteru

Flesh and Blood exhibit

“Sunflowers” by Anselm Kiefer

The Untamed series

etymologyplayground on AO3

Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Every Heart a Doorway“ by Seanan McGuire

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe movie

Danger Mouse series

Silk and Steel anthology

The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Wayward Children by Seanan Mcguire

‘The Girl That’s Never Been’ Filk song by Vixy & Tony (Michelle Dockrey)

‘Wicked Girls’ song by Seanan McGuire

Restoree by Anne McCaffrey

Isavalta series by Sarah Zettel

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones

Doctor Who TV series

Quantum Leap TV series

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Stargate film & TV series

Farscape TV series

Star Trek Voyager TV series

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Naruto anime

Dreaming of Sunshine by Silver Queen

The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

Homestuck webcomic

The Sims videogame



For Next Time

Little Red Courgette by blamebrampton



The transcript of this episode is available here. Thank you as always to our beauteous, heroic scribes for making this happen!

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January 29, 2020 @ 6:01 am

Episode 53: The Untamed (featuring guest star Ruoxi Chen!)

On this episode, the Serpents are welding themselves to their bullshit with the help of a friend, glamorous guest star and kickass editor Ruoxi Chen! We're yelling about the Chinese fantasy drama, The Untamed! Welcome to Year Three of the podcast!!


What We’re Into Lately

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner

On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System

SV Wishes by Feynite


“Linger in the Sun” by etymologyplayground



Other Stuff We Mentioned

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Macmillan Publishers

The Lymond Chronicles series by Dorothy Dunnett

Captive Prince trilogy by C. S. Pacat.

Tor Publishers

Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation by 墨香铜臭

Mo Dao Zu Shi

Mo Dao Zu Shi audio drama


Oh My General

A Civil Combpaign” by Ariaste (two combs reference)

Tall Once More In The Spring Wind by Fayjay

Books by Robert Jackson Bennett

Nirvana In Fire 

Count of Monte Cristo

NIF on Viki

Empresses in the Palace


For Next Time

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire



The transcript for this episode is available here. We're dramatically grabbing the wrists of our darling scribes (Tess, Sara, Kelle, Millie) and staring yearningly into their eyes as they play our love song on a hill somewhere.

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January 22, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Bonus Episode: Strange Horizons Special!!

WHAT'S THIS? An episode on a Wednesday that isn't an Episode Wednesday!? Yes, it's true! Last year we pitched in to help our esteemed colleagues at Strange Horizons with their Kickstarter by pledging to do a special episode if they reached a certain landmark amount of donations. This week, we're bringing you that episode and talking about three amazing short stories that Strange Horizons published! The tentpoles this week are “Hunting the Viper King” by Kathryn Harlan, “Regret, Return, Reignite” by Audrey R. Hollis, and “Truth Plus” by Jamie Wahls.


What We’re Into Lately

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Altogether by Brill Harper

On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis

Hoshigaki by writer168

Five Kingdoms for the Dead by Evil Is A Relative Term

Gaudy Night by Dorothy Sayers

The Good Place


Good Omens

Connections (TV series)

Schitt’s Creek

The Great British Bake Off

Other Stuff We Mentioned

A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

How We Got To Now by Steven Johnson

Connections by James Burke

Avatar: The Last Airbender


The Legend of Taliesin

Many Hearted Dog and the Heron Who Stepped Past Time

A Paradise Built in Hell 

What We Named the Needle” by Freya Marske, in Analog

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

Road: A Fairytale

Super Little Dead Girls” by Nino Cipri

Remains” by Basingstoke

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Wrap Me in Oceans Wide” by Marissa Lingen

Notes on a Resurrection” by Natalia Theodoridou

The Wind Whispers Secrets To The Sea” by Jordan Kurella

“Sequestration; Vitrification” by AJ Lucy

“The King’s Mirror” by M.K. Hutchins

“Cassandra Draws the Four of Cups” by Ruthanna Emrys

“Who Has Never Loved a Gentle House?” by Osahon Ize-Iyamu

“Sublet” by Ian Kappos


For Next Time

It's back to your regularly scheduled on-our-bullshit with next week's episode, which is still about The Untamed!



The transcript for this episode is available here. BONUS THANKS to our scribes for taking on this bonus episode!

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January 15, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 52: Let Us Tell You Our Thoughts on Yaoi…

On this week's episode, we're reminiscing about some of our favorite anime and talking a little about how it influenced our writing! The tentpoles for this episode are: Hikaru no Go, Yakitate!! Japan, and Princess Tutu


What We’re Into Lately

The Untamed & Untamed fic

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Gilded Cage by K.J. Charles

Mutual Admiration Society: Howby Mo Moulton

The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Thief by Ava March

Mo Dao Zu Shi donghua

Mo Dao Zu Shi by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Prince of Tennis


Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles

Finding Faeries by Alexandra Rowland

Shaman King


D.N. Angel


Yami no Matsuei

Great British Bake Off

Coppelia (ballet)

Midsummer Night’s Dream  (ballet)

Romeo and Juliet (ballet)

Nutcracker (ballet)

Swan Lake (ballet)

Ugly Duckling (ballet) 

Cinderella (ballet)

The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

Sailor Moon


Full Metal Alchemist

Yuri!!! On Ice 

Run with the Wind




Ouran High School Host Club

Junjō Romantica

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Tokyo Babylon




For Next Time

The Untamed



The transcript of this episode is available here. We cherish our scribes so much, and you should too!

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January 1, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 51: How to Romance Your Dragon

On this episode, we're talking about dragons, specifically dragons that shapeshift into a hot person so you can kiss them. Well, ok, in one of the tentpoles a girl smooches the actual dragon-shaped dragon, but we'll get to that. The tentpoles this week are In the Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard, the movie On Drakon, and “O Captain, My Captain” by novembersmith.


What We’re Into Lately

The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

The Untamed

The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore



Other Stuff We Mentioned

Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Beauty and the Beast

The Sound of Music (1965)

The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard

The House of Sundering Flames by Aliette de Bodard

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian

Hornblower Saga by C.S. Forester

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

How to Pronounce Smaug

King Uther Pendragon

Hamlet’s King Claudius

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Three Things One Can Do with a Dragon

 “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” 

Beauty and the Beast

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

Be The Serpent Episode 15: My (Psychic, Firebreathing) Little Pony 

Cruel Enchantment, a short story collection by Janine Ashbless

“The Dragon’s Bride” by Janine Ashbless

Treasured” by Dira Sudis, Sealcat



For Next Time 

Princess Tutu



The transcript of this episode is available here. Picture us throwing bouquets of roses at our wonderful scribal team!!

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