Spectology: The Science Fiction Book Club Podcast

By Adrian & Matt: Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Literature Enthusiasts

Each month we choose a speculative fiction book, read it, and talk about the ideas & themes it explores.

  1. 1.
    Interview w/ the Hugo Administrator, Will Frank, on how & why to get involved with the Hugos
    29:02
  2. 2.
    Announcement: Spectology "series finale" and the future of the podcast
    13:11
  3. 3.
    28.2: Do You Dream of Terra-Two? post-read: Belief, Depression, and Courage in Sociological Hard SF
    1:24:49
  4. 4.
    Digital Book Tour: Kathleen Jennings on Flyaway: Small Towns, Fairytales, and Linguistics
    1:00:26
  5. 5.
    Digital Book Tour: Somaiya Daud on Mirage & Court of Lions: Body doubles, court politics, and historical science fantasy.
    38:53
  6. 6.
    28.1: Do You Dream of Terra-Two pre-read w/ Bee & Estelle: Alternate History, Destiny, and Space Travel
    1:06:25
  7. 7.
    27.2: The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull post-read w/ Lydia: Colonial Power in SF and Rural & Island Culture.
    1:34:14
  8. 8.
    Digital Book Tour: WM Akers on Westside Saints, detective novels, RPGs, and sequels
    50:08
  1. 9.
    Digital Book Tour: Nick Mamatas on Move Under Ground, a novel of Beat literary figures fighting Lovecraftian monsters
    45:16
  2. 10.
    27.1: The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull pre-read w/ Lydia: Alien invasion and a history of capitalism & colonialism.
    1:20:53
  3. 11.
    Digital Book Tour: Nino Cipri on Finna, a story of parallel universes as found in low-wage furniture stores
    52:36
  4. 12.
    Digital Book Tour: SA Jones on The Fortress, a book about restorative justice inside an all-women society
    41:17
  5. 13.
    26.2: The True Queen post-read w/ Reading the End: Inclusion in Historical Fantasy, Comfort Reads, Sisterhood, and more
    1:53:45
  6. 14.
    Digital Book Tour: Melissa Caruso on The Obsidian Tower, a story of a young woman on the run from her own magical power
    51:34
  7. 15.
    Digital Book Tour: Veronica Roth on Chosen Ones, a story of what happens after the "chosen ones" have saved the world
    36:21
  8. 16.
    In Conversation: Our Favorite Underrated SF Movies, with Seth Heasley of the Hugo's There podcast
    1:04:01
  9. 17.
    26.1: The True Queen pre-read w/ Reading the End: Historical Fantasy, Trash Birds, and Chaotic Quarantine Brain
    1:32:04
  10. 18.
    Digital Book Tour: Laura Lam on Goldilocks, a scifi thriller where a group of women steal a spaceship to save humanity
    33:42
  11. 19.
    Announcing the Digital Book Tour, hosted by Bee
    9:43
  12. 20.
    25.2: The Tea Master & The Detective post-read w/ Julia Rios: Cozy Murder Mysteries in Space!
    1:23:28
  13. 21.
    In Conversation: Our Favorite Aliens in Science Fiction
    45:40
  14. 22.
    25.1: The Tea Master & the Detective pre-read w/ Julia Rios: Domestic Cozy Detective Fiction, in Space!
    1:02:49
  15. 23.
    24.2: Wittgenstein's Mistress post-read: In February reading this seemed like a good idea.
    47:36
  16. 24.
    Things We Like: Quarantine Edition! What to do, watch, and play while you're stuck inside.
    36:09
  17. 25.
    24.1: Wittgenstein's Mistress pre-read: Philosophical Science Fiction & being lonely at the end of the world
    1:06:43
  18. 26.
    23.2: The Ghost Network post-read w/ Ben Roswell: Celebrity, Internet Culture, Architecture, and Secret Utopias
    1:50:47
  19. 27.
    In Conversation: 2019 Recap, Book Stats, & Reader Questions
    36:45
  20. 28.
    23.1: The Ghost Network pre-read w/ Ben Roswell: Experimental Narratives, Storytelling Games, and Postmodern Literature
    1:16:39
  21. 29.
    22.2: A Memory Called Empire post-read: Matters of Taste, Culture Shock, and Historical Worldbuilding
    1:25:46
  22. 30.
    In Conversation: How & Why to Vote for the Hugo Awards
    16:08
  23. 31.
    22.1: A Memory Called Empire pre-read: Martine's academic work, historical ambassadors, and what it means to be a member of an empire
    56:43
  24. 32.
    18.3: Stanley Chan discusses Chinese Science Fiction, the process of translating his novel Waste Tide, and trends in technology.
    1:03:54
  25. 33.
    21.4: Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand w/ Bee: Radical visions of Identity, Class, and Gender
    1:53:24
  26. 34.
    21.3: Ice by Anna Kavan post-read with Charlotte Geater: Experimental & Postmodern Fiction, and Death Meditations
    1:40:35
  27. 35.
    21.2: Childhood's End post-read w/ Seth Heasley: Religion, Psionics, and Big Ideas in Science Fiction
    1:26:10
  28. 36.
    21.1: Classic SF pre-read: On creating cannons, and how to read problematic fiction & authors.
    1:15:29
  29. 37.
    20.2: An Unkindness of Ghosts post-read: Slave States, Trauma, and Theocracy
    1:33:48
  30. 38.
    In Conversation: Fancasting Binti, Black Tom, the Culture, and Ninefox Gambit
    38:39
  31. 39.
    20.1: An Unkindness of Ghosts pre-read: Reading with privilege, using genre conventions, and truth in fiction
    1:02:10
  32. 40.
    19.2: Zone One post-read: Depression, Surviving the Apocalypse, and New York City in fiction
    1:29:57
  33. 41.
    Things We Like October 2019: Video Games, LARPS, and Music
    28:50
  34. 42.
    19.1: Zone One pre-read: Zombies, Horror, and LitFic
    1:20:09
  35. 43.
    18.2: Waste Tide post-read: social class in science fiction, translation, and the problems with cyberpunk
    2:06:15
  36. 44.
    Critical Conversations: Ning Ken's Ultra Unreal, how to define a genre, and genre gatekeeping
    55:06
  37. 45.
    18.1: Waste Tide pre-read: Chinese Language, Literary History, and Science Fiction
    1:39:50
  38. 46.
    17.2: The Killing Moon post-read: Lucid Dreaming, Writing Compelling Villains, and Genre Blending
    1:38:43
  39. 47.
    17.1: The Killing Moon pre-read: Worldbuilding techniques in SF & Fantasy
    1:36:59
  40. 48.
    Critical Conversations: "Critics: Endgame" by Soraya Roberts & the purpose of criticism in a dying world
    27:23
  41. 49.
    16.2: Empress of Forever post-read: Journey to the West, Redemption, and Buddhism in Science Fiction
    1:46:13
  42. 50.
    Things We Like July 2019: Anime, Music, Poetry, and Cookbooks
    29:15

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