Ep 12: Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

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Timely! Engineer Mike and Nina talk about the book on which the hit Netflix show is based. It’s a “whammer” of book, but how far did Nina get?

Digressions: throuples, teaching genital mutilation to our children, terrible Netflix movies, modern anti-intellectual parallels, Game of Thrones, are translators authors, and bad followups to great books

Engineer Mike is reading: The Martian and Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Nina is reading: A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn and Atlas of the Heart by Brene Brown

Further reading about the Chinese Cultural Revolution:

https://www.thoughtco.com/what-was-the-cultural-revolution-195607

Ep 11: A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

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In their most controversial episode yet, Engineer Mike and Nina debate the semantics of the word “chapter” with the book, Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge. Who is the author here, anyway?

Digressions: Grammy winning singers, early ’90’s SF/horror movies, Buffy, cyber paganism, SF going through its Cyberpunk Era, forgetting William Gibson, discussing the Cringe of Capitalized Nouns, pussy maps, whether the introduction counts as a chapter, a throwback to the Morgaine omnibus, and 80’s deregulated cartoon commercials.

Engineer Mike is reading: The Laundry Files by Charles Strauss https://www.goodreads.com/series/50764-laundry-files

Nina is reading: Under the Skin by Michel Faber https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/123063.Under_the_Skin

Ep 10: Under the Skin by Michel Faber

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Is this the first time Nina’s LOVED a book?

Digressions: Skarsgard (Mmm. Mmmhmmm), Scottish slang vs book slang, mouth breathing, the process of running a shady human farm, major body modifications, and Skarsgard (Mmm. Mmmhmm…).

Engineer Mike is reading: A Masterpiece in Disarray: David Lynch’s Dune. An Oral History https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/126132210-a-masterpiece-in-disarray

Nina is reading: All Systems Red by Martha Wells https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32758901-all-systems-red

Ep 9: Accelerando by Charles Stross

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We’re back with season two! Let’s kick it off with a book by one of Engineer Mike’s favorites. Do they have enough bandwidth to get through the first few chapters? TW: SA, animal abuse, and a spot on JP impression.

Digressions: Female protagonists being gross, Engineer Mike’s primary source, the free art movement, 70’s rock singalongs, everything coming back to “Neuromancer,” Neoliberal economics dovetailing into pronatalism, and moving on from past works.

Engineer Mike is reading: The Network Effect by Martha Wells

Nina is reading: Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh (note, it’s pronounced mosh-FEG)