Infinity War arrived this weekend to both fanfare and tears. We saw it twice with yet another viewing scheduled in the future. In this episode, we’ll talk about the big reveals, the story structure, and what we think might happen in Avengers 4, out next year. This episode is full of both Infinity War spoilers as well as fan theories about Avengers 4, so beware!
Would a virtual world really look like the Oasis? This week, we delve into Ready Player One and take a look at the plot differences between the book and film. We also talk about how assuming the real world is intrinsically better than a virtual world can be an ableist trap.
We attended both Emerald City Comic Con and Norwescon this month and Dave and TJ talk about barconning while sober, as well as how to barcon when you’re too shy to approach people. We discuss whether the Retro Hugos are really necessary or just an exercise in romanticizing the history of sci-fi.
Star Trek: Discovery finally wrapped up with a class trip to Qo’noS, the Klingon home world, for a daring plan that (of course) goes awry. We talk about our impressions of the finale, plus a look back over all fifteen Discovery episodes to see if the promises made at the start of the season were fulfilled (spoiler, they weren’t).
We also share some insights from the creators on what we might see in Season 2. Which characters might be gone for good and who might be the next captain of the Discovery.
TJ wrote a book! Space Unicorn Blues will be out from Angry Robot Books on July 3, 2018. We talk about how an offhand comment from Dave inspired TJ to spite-write the weirdest space opera she could come up with… and then she sold it!
We talk about upcoming conventions we’re attending, the editing process, and the role of sensitivity readers.
The Shape of Water wasn’t our favorite film of the year, but there were a few things we enjoyed about this modern-day fairy tale. We’re also quite concerned about Eliza’s pH balance, because she was being intimate with a fish man in a bathtub full of what looked like potpourri.
We also say that we’re going to talk about Star Trek: Discovery, but don’t get your hopes up. We ran long on The Shape of Water, so we didn’t, but that discussion is in the previous episode!
I just (finally) finished reading “All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders. I realize I’m like 2 years behind everyone on this one, but it’s been on my TBR pile for some time now. I really enjoyed this story. Charlie Jane has a wonderful grasp on creating both beautiful and quirky prose that’s really fun to read. The way the story was crafted, her writing reminded me a bit of Lemony Snicket with the tiny edge of sass in almost every page.
The story overall reminded me of a combination between Romeo and Juliet, meets Harry Potter, meets a Quentin Tarantino movie (shuffling the story a bit to reveal details that happen in the past at later points forward). It was a great read, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes both Fantasy OR Science Fiction. Lots of fun.
As always, I listen to most of my books, therefore, the narration is a key part of my experience. This one was narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan who did a lovely job. It was really professionally done, and she handled the numerous characters with a lot of class. If you haven’t read this already, then you’re under a rock! Go read it now!
We return to the mirror universe in episode 11 of Star Trek: Discovery and were exasperated to find that even more main characters are kicking the bucket. But some are returning to life… and there were some incredibly satisfying moments as well. And what about Tilly’s amazing angular haircut?
We also talk about the SFWA Recommended Reading List and how we plan to use it to get a jump on award season reading this year.
The midseason premiere of Star Trek: Discovery was so fraught with emotion that we spend an entire episode reeling from it. We are shook. There were reveals, transformations, and a sudden death that had us scream-crying in our chairs. Strap in for some Discovery spoilers, because we’re talking about every tiny detail.
Note that because emotions were running high, this episode is very sweary right out of the gate and does not let up.