Craig and Ryan welcome Mary Robinette Kowal to the Author’s Shelf. She asked the guys to read The Dispossessed, the award winning 1974 novel by Ursula K. Le Guin. There were some hiccups with the audio that had to be edited around, but the conversation was good enough that we were going to bring it to you regardless. Enjoy!

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Drew McCaffrey from the Inking Out Loud podcast drops by again to spin the Wheel of Tangents with Craig. The twist? This time, we asked for the stupidest questions our listeners could think of. And boy oh boy did they come through.

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Craig and Todd are joined by Nadia Shammas and Marie Enger to discuss what it was like to collaborate on their new graphic novella, Where Black Stars Rise. They talk about how they found each other, how the creative process unfolded, and why the “dream” collaboration isn’t with the biggest name you can find.

Check out Where Black Stars Rise here

The Rings of Power is finally here! Now that the most expensive, promoted, anticipated show of the year has arrived, how do we think it’s going after just a couple of episodes? Craig, Sara, Stephanie, and Ryan sit down for a LONG discussion, airing their own loves and grievances, and responding to many of your own questions as well.

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It’s here! This is the final episode in our Silmarillion read-along. Ryan and Craig sit down to discuss “Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age,” the final section of The Silmarillion.

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Craig sits down with Kaitlyn Facista from Tea With Tolkien to talk about The Silmarillion, the Rings of Power, and other various Tolkien-connected topics. Kaitlyn is the purveyor of Tea With Tolkien, a book club and erstwhile (but still valuable) podcast that Craig has enjoyed from afar for quite a while now, so this is episode has been a long time coming.

Check out Tea With Tolkien here: https://www.teawithtolkien.com/

Indian novelist Samit Basu stopped by the Legendarium to talk with Craig about what exactly dystopian fiction is, where that term falls down, and how it differs across continents. Samit is also a multi-discipline writer, and they talked about what it means to write across several different mediums.

Check out Samit Basu’s website: https://samitbasu.com/

In this episode, author James Kennedy stops by to chat with Craig about predestination in speculative fiction. He’s got four basic categories of determinism, and they walk through each, with a fine-toothed, good-humored comb.

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After a VERY long break, Craig and Ryan are back with part 10 of their Silmarillion read-along, this time covering AKALLABÊTH. This is part 10 of 11 in the read-along, so things are drawing near the end!

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A couple of months ago we had our first ever official meetup in Portland, OR. It was fun, and we wish you could all have been there! But for those who were there, we did a live episode on Stardust, the already-classic novel by Neil Gaiman. Such fun to have the audience interaction, so we’ll definitely do this again some time.

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Craig and Kenn welcome Ryan Van Loan to the Author’s Shelf series. Today’s book is Dreamcatcher, the much-maligned 2001 sci-fi horror novel by Stephen King. So does it deserve all that maligning? In some ways, yes! In other ways, it’s still an example of a master novelist at work. We’ll hit a few of the highs and lows (including the 2003 movie adaptation) in this episode, so strap in!

Check out Ryan’s website and his new book, The Memory in the Blood.

In this high-proof-snark-filled episode, Todd, Kenn, and Stephanie discuss the second half of Babylon’s Ashes, the sixth installment in James S.A. Corey’s Expanse series.

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Craig and Todd welcome author Ed McDonald onto the podcast to talk about something near and dear to Todd’s heart: the E-11 Blaster Rifle. And lots of other issues related to weapons and combat in science fiction and fantasy.

Check out Ed’s books (including the new one, Daughter of Redwinter) here

The band is back together! Todd, Stephanie, and Kenn are in studio to talk about the first half (chs 1-27) of Babylon’s Ashes, the sixth installment in James S.A. Corey’s series, The Expanse.

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“Step out of your comfort zone,” they said. “It’ll be fun,” they said. Turns out…they were right! Craig and Stephanie welcome Alyson Noël to the Author’s Shelf series. Today’s book is Rebecca, the classic 1938 gothic novel by Daphne du Maurier. This is not our normal fare, but who cares, when it’s such a great book? Thanks to Alyson for selecting this one!

Check out Alyson’s new book, Stealing Infinity.

Craig and Ryan are joined by Brian McClellan for this entry to our Author’s Shelf series. Today we discuss The Black Count, by Tom Reiss. The Black Count is a biography of Alexandre Dumas Sr., the father of the French Novelist, who inspired many of the stories and scenes in his sons book.

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Craig is joined once again by Drew McCaffrey from Inking Out Loud. Together they welcome Scott Lynch, author of the Gentleman Bastard series, to discuss HEROES DIE, by Matthew Woodring Stover.

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Welcome to the Legendarium’s Silmarillion read-along! In this ninth installment, Craig, Ryan, and Kyle discuss the next chunk of The Silmarillion: “Of the Ruin of Doriath,” “Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin,” and “Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath,” chapters 22 through 24 of the Quenta Silmarillion.

Check out the rest of the reading schedule here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_NO4iO1fRX19UiwYtKHAjyvwAWsXS4yGD3b9Rt8vbSk/edit?usp=sharing

Craig, Ryan, and Todd sit down and … *kind of* talk about a variety of subjects, including Dr. Strange In the Multiverse of Madness, the upcoming Kenobi series, and sequels. In reality, they just end up using those topics to explore their own psyches for an hour. But that’s pretty normal by now.

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Welcome to the Legendarium’s Silmarillion read-along! In this eighth installment, Craig, Ryan, and Kyle discuss the next chunk of The Silmarillion: “Of the Fifth Battle: Nirnaeth Arnoediad” and “Of Turin Turambar,” chapters 20 and 21 of the Quenta Silmarillion.

Check out the rest of the reading schedule here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_NO4iO1fRX19UiwYtKHAjyvwAWsXS4yGD3b9Rt8vbSk/edit?usp=sharing