Martian Kat joins us to discuss Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “Land of Terror”, Star Wars, reading something you wouldn’t normally read on your own, effective uses of satire, bearded women, evolving perceptions of Black Americans in the 1940s, the global war on terror, one-shot adventures in comics, escaping captivity in RPGs, the Savage Worlds Adventure Deck, humanizing the “other”, Twitch streaming, and much more!
Alyssa Faden joins us to discuss Lord Dunsany’s “Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley”, the Tegel Manor map, ancient history as gaming inspiration, the Wheel of Time series, singing blades, Dunsany’s poetic and relatable prose, the frying pan as a character, how to win a castle, river travelling, staying in character, Yoon Suin crab-men, designing city maps, and much more!
Little Red Dot joins us to discuss Andre Norton’s “Three Against the Witch World”, Fate RPG, reading comics in the barber shop, Mars as Australia, Mercedes Lackey, the division between science fiction and fantasy, the gender spectrum, the gendered divisions of labor, Andre Norton’s bravery, the love of war history, the D&D druid class, Kobold Press, and much more!
Cora Buhlert joins us to discuss Clark Ashton Smith’s “Xiccarph”, German science fiction, pulp magazines, morbid beauty, vampire flower women, Jirel of Joiry, the Dark Eye, foreshadowing, Gary Gygax’s exclusion of Clark Ashton Smith from the Appendix N, Alphonse Mucha, doomed protagonists, the 2022 World Science Fiction Convention, and much more!
Oliver Brackenbury joins us to discuss August Derleth’s “The Mask of Cthulhu”, the Lin Carter Conan stories, competing Appendix N Book Club listener complaints, writing in another author’s IP, dem hillbillies who ain’t talk too good, being a broke millennial while reading about haunted inheritances, the authorial voice, psychic residue, letting players continue to run their characters during PC possession, the trappings of the Cthulhu mythos, Lovecraft Country, and much more!
Angeline B. Adams joins us to discuss Fredric Brown’s “What Mad Universe”, psychogeography, toxic fandom, fictionalizing the writer’s process, near-future sci-fi, the Troubles conflict in Northern Ireland, the relationship between the text and the art, loose worldbuilding, environmental and knowledge hazards, having protagonists deal with a big scary world, organic plot development, what this book looks like in other mad universes, and much more!
Newton Nitro joins us to discuss Stanley G. Weinbaum’s “The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum”, Brazilian speculative fiction, Malazan Book of the Fallen, celebrations of the heterosexual white male, coming to acceptance with death, different cultural moral frameworks, the Virgin-Whore Complex, Brazilian miscegenation, dark humor, reskinning the Keep on the Borderlands, using RPGs to subvert facism, and much more!
Peter Bebergal joins us to discuss Michael Moorcock’s “Elric of Melniboné”, gaming stores, Gygax’s love of pulp, meta-levels inside of dungeons, grimoires IRL, Elric’s rotating sidekicks, the limits of idealism, the tragedy of addiction, Elric in art, the Eternal Champions, Elric as anime, and much more!
Shauntelle Benjamin joins us to discuss Roger Zelazny’s “The Hand of Oberon”, TTRPG Twitch streaming, the protagonist’s internal experience, similiar sounding names, casual incest, combat mechanics in literature, cybernetic limbs, life-draining highways, getting stabbed by uncles you’ve just met, interior monologues in gaming, and much more!
Kienna Shaw joins us to discuss Philip José Farmer’s “The Lavalite World”, using present-day religious texts as mythology, literary info dumps, the petty egos of immortals, making moral choices when you your life is at stake, close third-person narration, the dangers of presenting racist characters without critique, Bluebeard’s Bride, being a collaborative player instead of a lone wolf, constantly shifting landscapes, and much more!