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This is the monthly Science Fiction and Short story discussion podcast where we dive in deep and see what we can learn about ourselves and the world. Every month we cover a different short story with a guest. Our guests range from writers and editors, to academics, businessmen, scientists, musicians, and everything in between.

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Mar 11, 2020

In this episode, Cat and Alan discuss the concept of Hopepunk with Alexandra Rowland, coiner of the term. Other topics include the hopeful nature of Lord of the Rings, why there has to be a protagonist in fiction, and why sometimes you have to sell out.
Alan also reviews the second season of The Witch Who Came in...


Feb 24, 2020

This episode details the who, what, why, and how of the new podcast. 

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Nov 17, 2019

In our final episode, we discuss Cixin Liu's story "The Wandering Earth" with Chinese author and professor Xia Jia. We talk about her first collection, currently being translated to English via Neil Clarke (of Clarkesworld). And we discuss the Golden Age of SF (in America), the current SF boom in China, and what it's...


Oct 9, 2019

This episode we discuss "Under the Grid" by Andrew Dana Hudson with our guest Sarena Ulibarri. Sarena is a writer and the Editor-in-Chief of World Weaver Press. We discuss Solarpunk, economics in Science Fiction, and emojis among other topics. Our guest co-host is TJ Berry, author of Space Unicorn Blues and it's sequel...


Sep 11, 2019

This episode we discuss "Portrait of the artist" by KJ Parker with our guest Scott H. Andrews, Editor-in-Chief, and publisher of Beneath Ceaseless Skies.  We discuss aesthetics, short fiction in fantasy, and character driven stories among other topics. Our guest co-host is TJ Berry, author of Space Unicorn Blues and...