Nina struggles through the prologue of a dense but beloved recommendation from Engineer Mike. Will she walk through the Gate or turn around and head north?
Digressions: Theoretical George R.R. Martin essays, a rant about The Idol, the problematic Arthurian book we don’t talk about, the usefulness of Homeric Greek according to Nina, science fiction versus fantasy according to Engineer Mike, the benefits (and disadvantages) of third person extremely limited point of view, world building versus character building, another problematic fantasy series that we also don’t talk about, and a possible book follow up!
Ep 3: The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
Engineer Mike and Nina are caught in a teenage love triangle on a remote planet. Will they survive the darkness?
Digressions: Eternal Youth, book awards vis-a-vis movie awards, more bad creative writing experiments, unrequited queer love, Sophie’s sapphic choice, and how to talk about long, annoying books with romance when you’re not the target audience.
In their inaugural episode, Engineer Mike challenges Nina to read the Samuel R. Delany SF epic. Will Nina agree with William Gibson or Harlan Ellison?
Digressions: abundant breast descriptions, leather daddies, dandruff in your crotch, Joanna Russ, Herman Melville, pretentious pronunciations of fantasy novels, and how to impress your college professors.