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Squirrel Uploads - Accelerando

We accelerate toward the singularity with some language hardships, the plausibility of the post-singularity future, and argue about what would have made a better first upload instead of the lobsters. 0:00 Intro 2:34 Plot synopsis 5:07 Language density...
Stavros, Vincent, Charlie, Adrian, John author

Functional Bicycle Seat - The Time Machine

With the full might of 5, the group looks at our oldest novel to date, H.G. Wells' classic, The Time Machine... with mixed results! 0:00 Intro 2:37 Plot summary 4:39 Telling the story by telling the story 6:43 Unnamed characters, the Time Traveller's ...
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Nice to Metcha Tieryas - Mecha Samurai Empire

In this special episode for July, we take a look at Mecha Samurai Empire together with the author, Peter Tieryas! We discuss the pronounciation of "mechas," resemblance to anime, food and even have an elevator pitch contest for the book! 0:00 Intro 1:...
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Narwhal clan powers best clan powers - Trail of Lightning

In a brief foray into a modern fantasy genre that mixes in some sci-fi elements, we take a look at the Native American focused novel Trail of Lightning! 0:00 Intro 1:34 Plot synposis 3:28 More fantasy than sci fi 4:11 Worldbuilding, mythology and genr...
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Palm Trees on Segways - A Fire Upon the Deep

The crew loves the epic sci fi space opera but has mixed feelings on the pack-mind aliens in their look at A Fire Upon the Deep. 0:00 Intro 1:58 Plot synopsis 3:38 The two stories 17:33 The zones of thought 27:09 Scroderiders: Hacked, visualized 31:41...
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Short story, long episode - The Wandering Earth

We take a look at The Wandering Earth, the short novella that's spawned a film in China that has made a whole lot of money! 0:00 Intro 1:26 Synopsis and actually reading! 4:26 Popularity in China, movie vs the book 5:45 Cixin's personal life and conte...
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The Beatty BBQ - Fahrenheit 451

The team looks at the Ray Bradbury classic with the help of an actual firefighter. How much is here besides Bradbury's "get off my lawn" attitude toward fast cars and TV? 0:00 Intro 1:50 Plot 3:37 Real firefighter's perspective 10:51 Hedonistic people...
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Space Babies and Nukes - 2001: A Space Odyssey

The novel that came after the movie, we take a look at Arthur C Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and compare it to the Kubrick classic. 0:00 Intro 1:31 Plot synopsis 3:43 Book vs the Kubrick film 9:50 Realism from 1968 14:39 Alien intervention - Weapo...
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The Gorydamn Best Book - Red Rising

Welcome to Season 3 of Subplot a Course! With guest host Alejandro, the guys take a look at the 2014 novel Red Rising. 0:00 Intro 1:30 plot synposis 3:19 Young Adult status 9:16 Plot Holes/Portmanteaus aside 14:59 Alejandro's MedBots reaction 16:48 Me...
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Young Adult Genre Gaming Drones - Armada

The guys check out the follow up novel to Ready Player One and find that their expectations aren't quite met with Armada. 0:00 Intro 2:53 Tonal shift and the twist 10:45 Glorification of gamer culture, young adult audience 17:11 Realism of the Armada ...
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The Obdurate Episode - 11.22.63

The group reads their first Stephen King novel with a sci fi twist with 11.22.63, and learn new vocabulary words. 0:00 Intro 1:44 Plot synopsis 3:32 Is this real sci fi? 8:27 Obdurate past 14:17 Stephen King's style 18:27 The 60s backdrop 21:42 The Ye...
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Dystopias Suck - Nineteen Eighty-Four

For August, the team took a look at George Orwell's most well-known work, and got pretty sad about it. 0:00 Intro 1:22 Plot Summary 2:48 How possible is the scenario from the novel? Are corporations more like Big Brother than government? 10:00 Definit...
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So James Franco Went - Slaughterhouse Five

Time travel, James Franco and anti-war movements discussed in this episode of Subplot a Course on the novel Slaughterhouse Five. 0:00 Intro 1:16 Plot summary 2:16 Time travel and the unreliable narrator 11:00 "So it goes" 15:53 Anti-war, American disi...
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Area X is Disneyland - Annihilation

The crew wants more things explained in their look at 2014's Annihilation. 0:00 Intro 1:17 Plot summary 2:52 Full disclosure, we watched the movie first 3:36 Non-explanation 11:05 What sci fi elements are actually in this book? 15:27 Plot contrivances...
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Spiced Drugs 'n Oil - Dune

Dune is one of the all-time greats, but the guys waste no time in comparing the spice to oil and pitying Princess Irulan. P.S. We don't have an Instagram 0:00 Intro 1:07 Plot Summary 2:04 Audiobook version and crazy words 5:29 Direct analogues: Spice...
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Cartilage Shark Babies - Solaris

The closest the guys can figure is that aliens are unknowable and that drinking liquid nitrogen and cartilage shark babies are scary in their discussion of Solaris. 0:00 Intro 1:22 Plot summary 2:26 Translations 6:28 The ocean aliens and visitors 17:2...
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Survival for Science Nerds - The Martian

Survival on Mars is tested in this month's episode on The Martian by Andy Weir. 0:00 Intro 1:22 Plot summary 1:29 Watney's convenient skills and our man-crush on him 7:13 Watney's practical, science problems 12:50 Deep dives on some of the science iss...
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Religion, Skepticism and You - Contact

The group discusses extraterrestrial communication through radio signals and constricting trillion dollar machines in this month's episode! 0:00 Intro 1:12 Plot Summary 2:15 The Ending and Religion vs Skepticism 12:04 World reaction to the Message 15:...
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Year 1 Anniversary Special

In a bonus special episode at Subplot A Course's one year anniversary, we make protagonists duke it out in a bracket, take listener questions, give our favorite picks and more! 0:00 Intro 1:09 Year recap 3:43 Protagonist bracket announce! 5:27 Round 1...
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Morality Logic - Starship Troopers

The military is everything, and none of us can vote and morality is taught as a logic course in this episode about the original Starship Troopers. 0:00 Intro 1:11 Plot summary 1:55 Time spent on the miliary, is this even SF? High quality writing 5:01 ...
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Homer Bullets and Sugar Plum Fairies - Logan's Run

Episode 9 of Subplot a Course. The dual-authored 1960s novel Logan's Run gets close scruitiny and comparison to Christmas ballets. 0:00 Intro 1:16 Plot synopsis 1:52 The Nutcracker and serialized storytelling 8:33 Overpopulation and necessary measure...
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Androids are James Bond Villains - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?/Blade Runner

The team crams as much as they can into the podcast talking about empathy and androids into this episode about Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick. 0:00 Intro 1:53 The lead codpiece 3:50 Real/fake animal economy 5:54 Underpopulatio...
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The Ending that Nobody Got - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Episode 7 of Subplot a Course. Does the Douglas Adams style hold up for his non-Hitchhiker's Guide book, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency? 0:00 Intro 0:56 Plot Synopsis 2:02 "Wouldn't it be funny if" 6:17 Is this actually sci-fi? 9:08 The long...
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Mechas? You betcha! - United States of Japan

Alternate history under the microscope in this episode with a look at United States of Japan, by Peter Tieryas. Also there are mechs. Mekas? Mechas? 0:00 Intro 1:20 Plot summary 1:46 USJ's tech 8:20 The main character: Beniko 14:36 Japanese and Ameri...
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Death Star is the Empire's F-35 - Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel

The group takes a look at a big-name IP with Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel. 0:00 Intro 1:10 Plot summary 1:39 Is Orson Krennic the main character? 5:27 The Star Wars political backstory 12:16 The Empire's misuse of engineers, and is the Death Star the E...
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Shark-Riding Hack - Neuromancer

There were some differences of opinions with the group when discussing the 1984 novel Neuromancer, by William Gibson.
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Nostalgia Culture - Ready Player One

The crew takes on the 2011 hit novel Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.
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John Carter is good at everything - A Princess of Mars

This epsiode of Subplot A Course features a discussion of A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Episode 3 will feature Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.
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Time travel is the worst - The Forever War

The inaugural episode of Subplot A Course features a discussion of The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Episode 2 will feature A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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