The Left Hand of Darkness

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This week’s episode is The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin, a novel about a genderless society on a harsh, winter planet. Join us as we discuss the effects of a sexless society, the lack of warfare, and repression, both sexual and governmental. We also talk about ridiculous sci-fi names, gender bending, and pronoun problems.

The music bump is “Journey Home” by Maria Schneider, partly because of the hundred page journey home across the glaciers of Gethen, but mostly because I like it.

For those of you who have read the book already, here’s something interesting that I found:



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If we post only one day late because we were a week late with the previous episode, is that a Catch-22? I think it is if you only try to download episodes when they aren’t here. And you don’t read our posts unless they aren’t posted. I’m not sure because I’m not very good at Catch-22 logic. At any rate, this week we discuss Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, the classic satirical war novel. In this episode we discuss characterization, plot, and how to make a movie out of this book. Is that discussion a Catch-22? It might be, because those are three things that are not very likely to be connected to this book. We also talk about war, war stories, and whether or not war is bad (hint: yes). We very carefully do not discuss how this episode title could be applied to our podcast at large. We hope you enjoy this episode, but if you don’t, maybe it can at least extend your lifespan.

The music bump is “Keasbey Nights” by a band called, appropriately, Catch-22.

43 – Catch-22 – A Collection of Jokes With No Plot

A quick correction: The Perilous Gard is by Elizabeth Marie Pope, not Warren. Warren is actually the name of the family in the book.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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We’re a tad late this week, but don’t panic, the podcast has finally arrived. This week we discussed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It’s full of silliness and absurdity, so in other words, it’s right up our alley. Join us as we examine the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, the zany cast of characters, the lack of plot and why that’s okay, and somehow manage not to display our terrible versions of British accents.

No music bump, but the opening clip is from the 2005 big budget movie production and the ending clip is from the 1981 BBC production. One involves the bigness of space and the other the thoughts of a freshly created sperm whale. We’ll let you figure out which is which.

13 – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Don’t Panic