Ep 5: Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

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Engineer Mike complained enough and Nina finally picked up one of the most decorated books in SF history. TW: SA as a metaphor.

Digressions: turgidity, pronouncing titles correctly, being an asshole in high school, Tenet feelings, Florida pronouns, Ursula K. Leguin guilt, Octavia Butler love, and an epic Engineer Mike rant.

GoodReads link: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/17333324

Engineer Mike is reading: Oil! by Upton Sinclair https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54847.Oil

Nina is reading: Luckiest Girl Alive https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22609317-luckiest-girl-alive

Ep 3: The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

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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.

GoodReads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37534907-the-city-in-the-middle-of-the-night

Ep 2: Helsreach by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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Engineer Mike shoves Nina face-first into some delicious toxic masculinity with a Warhammer novel. Does it deserve the honor of a Chaplain or should it fall in battle?

Digressions: BookTok drama (https://gizmodo.com/tiktok-sarah-stusek-three-rivers-goodreads-backlash-1850498236), Engineer Mike’s knowledge of book awards, Warhammer liturgy, a shoutout to Granga, getting young boys to read in the least gay way possible, masculine rituals of acceptance, accidental religious propaganda, and the imperial industrial complex.

GoodReads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6949471-helsreach

Ep 1: Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

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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.

GoodReads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40963358-dhalgren