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You asked, we delivered! It’s a no-prep, pure-fun, throwaway episode in which Craig, Ryan, and Todd sit down and talk about … well, nothing really. They give a glimpse into the trivia they did at Salt Lake FanX this year, they talk about what they’ve been watching lately, and what they’ll be reading in the near future. Enjoy…I guess?

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Craig, Ryan, and Kyle sit down to discuss The Black Cauldron, the second installment in Lloyd Alexander’s classic young-readers fantasy series. This book was a Newbery award honoree, and it’s easy to see why. The guys will delve into what makes this one so good, especially compared to the previous book in the series.

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Craig, Kyle, and Ryan discuss The Book of Three, by Lloyd Alexander. This is an absolute classic of kids’ fantasy, and they’re here to see if it holds up as adults. Answer? Definitely. There’s fun to be had here for readers of just about any age, and we’ll be having fun for four more books in this series. So stick around!

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Todd and Kenn are joined again by Jack Butler to discuss Heretics of Dune, the fifth book in Frank Herbert’s series. As the film premiere draws near, the guys thought it was high time to finish out their Dune podcast series. Stay tuned for one more episode on Chapterhouse: Dune.

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Daniel Greene joins Craig and Ryan for this installment of the Author’s Shelf series. Daniel selected Mort, the fourth installment in the Discworld series. Why did he select it? Actually, Daniel isn’t quite sure, and he and the guys spend an hour trying to figure that out.

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We’re now in phase 4 of the MCU, and it’s mostly taking place on Disney+. So how’s it going? Craig, Ryan, Megan, and Kenn sit down to discuss the three major shows to come out so far: Wandavision, Falcon & the Winter Soldier, and Loki (with just a dash of Black Widow thrown in for good measure).

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What makes for good prose? In this episode, to better try to answer that question, Craig dives into just what the definition of prose should be. Is it simply “not poetry”? Or does is go deeper than that? With a little help from the Oxford Book of English Prose, we’re going to work our way toward a common definition of what prose actually is.

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SPOILER ALERT. We talk about the ending of Harry Potter, but that’s over a decade old. So maybe this note is unnecessary. But you have it anyway.

Brent Weeks knows a thing or two about ending a story. So when Craig wanted to do an episode all about endings — why must stories end? what makes a good ending? do authors owe readers an ending? — it was a pretty easy call to ask Brent to join in.

Craig, Ryan, and Sara discuss The Stone Sky, the third and final book in N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth series. Was the ending everything they hoped? Was Schaffa really a changed man? Did the flashback sequences work? Stay tuned for one more Broken Earth wrap-up episode after this one.

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Craig is flying solo again today (don’t worry, we’re recording a regular episode this weekend), and the topic at hand is literary homage vs outright theft. Where is the line? How should we go about thinking about books that some say are TOO directly tied to their inspirations?

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Let’s try something different today. In this short episode, Craig is using his newly-found oodles of time to bring you a short, solo episode. Today’s quick topic is whether we should read deeply or widely. Which is better? What does our preference say about us? It’s a strange new format, let’s see how we all feel about it!

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Ryan, Craig, Kenn, and Todd are together again, this time to spin the Wheel of Tangents. They take on completely random topics in and out of the SFF fold, including fantasy fashion, amusement park food, issues of distance in sci-fi, absurd dream house features, and much, much more.

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Todd and Kenn welcome Kyle from the Red Team for this episode discussing Michael Crichton’s classic, Jurassic Park. Is John Hammond evil? What is Crichton’s view of scientific ethics? Does Kenn dream of dinosaurs punching each other? Only one way to find out…

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Craig, Ryan, and Kyle welcome back Adam Sherlock from Deep Dive Film School to have a very serio– sorry, a completely ridiculous discussion of the new Mortal Kombat reboot and video game movies generally. What’s the balance between fan service and storytelling? Are bright colors such a bad thing? Is this the right time to introduce a new character? Only the hard-hitting questions here, folks.

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Craig, Ryan, and Sara sit down for a discussion of The Obelisk Gate, book 2 in N.K. Jemesin’s Broken Earth trilogy. Is Schaffa really a bad guy anymore? Is the moon relevant yet? How does a child deal with parental trauma? The group gets into this and more on this episode.

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SPOILERS ABOUND. Craig, Todd, and Ryan hash out their reactions to Godzilla vs. Kong. Originally, they didn’t think the movie would be worth a discussion, but Craig had a little too much “the bad guy is actually the good guy” stuff to get off his chest, so here we are.

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The Blue Team — Todd, Megan, and Kenn — discuss John Carter of Mars, the first book in Edgar rice Burroughs’ classic series of Mars novels. What makes John Carter a classic? What tropes do we have now in genre fiction thanks to Burroughs? And will Megan continue the series? (Answer: Nope. And she’ll explain why.)

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Craig, Ryan, and Todd discuss Zack Snyder’s Justice League and the broader DCEU. What does the new Justice League do right? What does it not quite nail? Is there a real future for the DCEU from a fan perspective?

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The original crew of the intrepid USS Legendarium, Craig, Ryan, Todd and Kenn gather in the studio again to talk Brandon Sanderson’s Rhythm of War. Including an in depth breakdown of Todd’s emotional triggers and Kenn saying one of his forbidden words.