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  • This episode originally broadcast on July 18, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/07/binary-system-podcast-417-we-watched-john-wick-yes-the-first-one/

    In the latest installment of our ongoing series "We're Bad At Movies But We Have A Lot Of Enthusiasm", this week we decided to finally watch the 2014 movie John Wick. And we loved it. It's an absolute symphony of beautifully-choreographed violence that takes the ridiculously improbable storyline of "Terrifying former hitman goes on a cross-city murderous rampage to avenge his dog" and makes it work.

    Listen in as we sqeee about everything we loved about this movie, including a lot of elements we didn't realize before now that we loved: fixers, unflappable crime doctors, glamorous hotels that are exclusive to dangerous rich criminals, and Ian McShane. We're also still catching up on the second and third seasons of Mayor of Kingstown, but they're not quite meeting the high bar set by Season One, so we may have to switch over to watching the next three movies in the John Wick series. I don't know if you knew this, but apparently they're very good.

    This week's outro is a clip from The Final Catdown (radio edit) by REDCVT

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  • This episode originally broadcast on July 4, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/07/binary-system-podcast-416-light-speed-travel-edition/

    Happy 4th of July! Or if you don't celebrate that, happy Thursday. It's time once again for a super quick Travel Edition because we're so busy being crazy jet setters! Either that or we're all celebrating our Mom's birthday and we lost track of time and had to record at the last minute. YOU DECIDE.

    Anyway, we had time to talk about a great bar (Revival 1869 in Clayton NC), a great graphic novel (Lazarus volume 2) and a great sequel idea (The Night Manager season 2. Wait, we're actually a bit nervous about that one. We'll call it a "cautiously optimistic" idea.)

    This week's outro is a clip from Intensity by Beat Mekanik.

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  • Episode originally broadcast on June 20, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/06/binary-system-podcast-415-wtnv-250-father-kevin/

    It's a short recap this week, since the action for the latest episode episode of Welcome to Night Vale can basically be summed up with "And then there was a battle." We get a weird glimpse into the past (future?) of Kevin from Desert Bluffs, the Library Tweens need to, well, not learn to respect their elders so much as stop treating anyone over twenty as "elder", and Cecil has an awesome distraction, which we failed to mention includes the radio broadcast of the crash of the Hindenburg and the Indiana Jones theme. But mostly it's the battle, and we're still not one hundred percent sure what exactly happened.

    In a related note, this marks the twelve year anniversary of Welcome To Night Vale. Can you believe it? Twelve years of us obsessing over this weird little desert town. We're gonna go celebrate by raising a glass and...watching more Mayor of Kingstown. Because we're officially obsessed with that too.

    This week's outro is a clip from Break Unknown by TeknoAXE.

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  • This episode originally broadcast on June 13, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/06/binary-system-podcast-414-wtnv-249-rifts-and-mayor-of-kingstown/

    Mother Lauren is sponsoring a citywide cleansing of Night Vale and yes that's exactly as scary as it sounds. Self care is still important, so don’t forget to check into the Maximum Security Spa for a few hours. Or days. Years? Whatever, the good word of the day is TEETH.

    After the recap, Kathryn just watched the third episode of the first season of Mayor of Kingstown, which she says has "a yikes of a beginning" and a giant downer of an ending. Elizabeth says it's a shame that the third season so far isn't as good as the first, but it's a little better than the second.

    Finally, we wrap up with the most recent Transformers graphic novel, some Hugo-nominated short stories, and one last Lore Olympus discussion (....at least until Rachel Smythe gives us some new content. Pretty please Rachel can we have some new content?)

    This week's outro is a clip from It's All Coming Together by Mystery Mammal.

    This is where you can find sci-fi and fantasy short stories for free.

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  • Originally broadcast on June 6, 2024, the original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/06/binary-system-podcast-413-lore-olympus-episode-280-series-finale/

    The wildly popular webcomic Lore Olympus wraps up with episode 280! We were a little worried that there were so many unresolved plot threads left for the final episode, but Rachel Smythe managed to tie everything together in a pretty little bow.

    No spoilers, but if you have any questions about how it all ended for anyone in the story, the answer is pretty much the same: they're fine. The couple that you haven't seen for months? They're fine. That one character you really liked? They're fine. Yes and that other one too. They're fine. Apollo isn't fine, but that's a good thing. Zeus is more "okay I guess" than fine. But everyone else has nothing to complain about.

    Of course, being who we are, we found a few tiny things to complain about: the occasional wonky expression in the artwork, some big confrontations that we never got to see (and now never will). But for the most part we've adored every part of this delightful little webcomic and all the talent and effort that went into making it for the last (wow) six years!

    So now only one question remains: what the heck are we going to recap now?

    Fortunately there are still plenty of things in the nerdsphere for us to obsess over, so after the recap we talked a little about Skibidi Toilet (yes, we're still watching it), some complaints about Mayor of Kingstown getting thrown behind a paywall (curse you, Amazon Prime), and Elizabeth's watching the final season of Picard, which led to a discussion of a few Star Trek storylines that the writers created and then dropped like they were on fire.

    Correction: Turns out the big celebration of Persephone's worshippers WAS when she went back to the Underworld every year. Hat tip to the Lore Olympians instagram page for so many years of historical tidbits.

    This week's outro is a clip from March on Megopolis by TeknoAXE.

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  • This episode originally broadcast May 30, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/05/binary-system-podcast-412-wtnv-248-mother-lauren-and-mayor-of-kingstown/

    There is nothing wrong with your radio, Night Vale, do not attempt to adjust the dial. Mother Lauren is controlling the transmission. And she is pissed.

    This week's Night Vale recap features nightmare images of a clawed monster Freddy Kruegering her way down the street, but also asks the age-old question: is a hot dog a pizza? (Kathryn and Elizabeth disagree about it being a sandwich, but they definitely know it's not a taco.)

    After the recap they have a spoileriffic look at the first two episodes of Mayor of Kingstown (we love how Jeremy Renner short circuits potential story arcs by just punching someone) with tangents into Furiosa hype and how if a movie doesn't make Marvel money it's considered "a flop."

    Finally, Elizabeth almost missed the recording because she took a nap after a Memorial Day party and woke up to messages from at least four different people going "WHY AREN'T YOU ANSWERING YOUR PHONE ARE YOU DEAD" and she's really sorry she worried everybody, but she's also weirdly relieved, because if you live by yourself sometimes you wonder "...if I fell down and hurt myself and couldn't get to the phone, how long would I lie there before someone came to check on me?" Well, if you're missing a podcast recording, it's 43 minutes.

    This week's outro is a clip from Encryption by Beat Mekanik.

    Here's links to both Hugh and David Leninhawk's reviews of Furiosa (they both agreed there were some CGI issues.)

    Here's the TikTok about how insane it is that we're all expected to be on call to everyone 24 hours a day.

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  • This episode originally broadcast on May 23, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/05/binary-system-podcast-411-lore-olympus-episode-278-and-279/

    Only three episodes left of Lore Olympus, and there is a lot going on. We're not sure how many of the unresolved plot threads are gonna get wrapped up in the series finale (Eros and Psyche? Zeus's millennia of betrayal? Leto finally getting her comeuppance?), but in the two episodes we're recapping this week we can promise the return of a few long-lost characters, a fantastic appearance by some moon-goddesses, and Apollo getting the beat-down of his life.

    Elizabeth's also watched most of the first season of the Jeremy Renner series Mayor of Kingstown and she can highly recommend it. Kathryn hasn't seen anything new lately, but she did rewatch Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse, and can confirm that it really does hold up.

    This week's outro is a clip from Behind the Moon by Beat Mekanik

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  • This episode originally broadcast on May 16, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/05/binary-system-podcast-410-wtnv-247-rerun/

    It's another Travel Edition this week as we brave the wilds of Southeast North America (otherwise known as our parents' place in Bradenton.) First up is a lightning quick recap of Night Vale as Cecil revisits a very strange kids show and correctly answers the daily puzzle. (It's entropy. The answer is always entropy.)

    After that we also do a quick update on what promises to be a VERY LONG process as we put together the Flametoys Windblade model. ("Easy for beginners?" The hell you say.)

    This week's outro is a clip from Daily Commute by Brylie Christopher Oxley.

    The synthwave composer Elizabeth was thinking of is suncity80s.

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  • This episode broacast on May 9, 2024, the original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/05/binary-system-podcast-409-lore-olympus-episode-276-and-277/

    Okay everybody GIANT SPOILER WARNINGS DANGER DANGER THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

    So, way back on August 2, 2018 the 24th episode of Lore Olympus was released. Apollo let himself into Persephone’s bedroom and what happened next set in motion a series of events that changed the story forever and made a lot of people very angry.

    Almost six years later, episodes 276 and 277 are the culmination of all these event and WE HAVE SOME THOUGHTS.

    After that we very briefly talk about Avatar: the Way of Water, because Elizabeth finally watched it and she definitely doesn’t think it’s worth mentioning. (James Cameron: please find an editor who’s strong enough to cut three plot lines and a half dozen characters, thank you.)

    This week’s outro is a clip from Dancing Mr. Mime by Maarten Schellekens.

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  • This episode originally broadcast on April 25, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/04/binary-system-podcast-408-lore-olympus-episode-274-and-275/

    The Lore Olympus comic tackles a lot of issues about abuse: spousal, parental, generational. The latest two episodes are no exception, but they also don't really need trigger warnings because the focus here is the response to that abuse. Rachel Smythe gives a balanced look at how abuse victims can overcome the feeling of guilt at something that was never their fault, and how refusing to take the high road and forgive the abuser is exactly as valid a response as forgiving in order to move on.

    It's also a brutal smackdown, with the titan Kronos starting to get everything that's coming to him, and it's glorious.

    Listen in as we squeeee once again in the countdown to the final episodes of Lore Olympus. We also go on a few tangents about YouYube metrics, the nightmare process of getting a comic book adapted to a cartoon, and also movie and TV producers deciding to cancel things for no reason, which is an odd thing for us to get angry about since neither of us seem to have the energy to start even one more series, so why are we all fired up to have even more to catch up on?

    This week's outro is a clip from Regret by Beat Mekanik.

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  • This episode originally broadcast on April 18, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/04/binary-system-podcast-407-wtnv-246-a-story-about-him-and-dune-part-two/https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/04/binary-system-podcast-407-wtnv-246-a-story-about-him-and-dune-part-two/

    On this week's Night Vale recap we discuss Abby's DEEP SEATED RESENTMENT towards Cecil. Some of it is unfair (it's not Cecil's fault that Abby had to be the de facto parent because their actual parents sucked) but some of it is valid (let's face it, Cecil was horrible to Abby's husband Steve, on the radio, for years, and still hasn't apologized) and all of this comes bubbling out while she's telling Cecil the story of their absent father. AGAIN.

    All this is to say, Abby went from generic, faceless, "Janice's Mom" to a fully fleshed out character in the space of one episode, and everyone involved should take a bow.

    After that, Elizabeth finally saw Dune Part Two, so we spend the last half of the episode fawning over Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, the effects, the music, and those weird-ass fireworks on Giedi Prime because they were so cool.

    Heads up: between Elizabeth's phone blowing up mid-recording, the usual traffic sounds, and Kathryn's computer fan cosplaying as a jet engine, it's a bit of a noisy episode this week.

    This week's outro is a clip from schneesturm by voide.

    Correction: Kathryn said Steve was bullying him on his radio show. She meant Cecil.

    EDIT: friend of the podcast David Leninhawk confirmed the Dune Part Three Teaser Trailer is indeed a fake, but that Dune Messiah has been greenlit.

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  • This episode originally broadcast on April 11, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/04/binary-system-podcast-406-lore-olympus-episode-272-and-273/

    You know how we've mentioned for a while that Rachel can be very, let's say, judicious, with her plot reveals? Some of the commenters have been complaining that it can take quite a long time for anything to happen in the Lore Olympus comic. Hopefully everyone's happier now, because a lot happened in the most recent two episodes. I mean a lot, holy cow.

    Spoiler warnings all over the shop, especially for this week's Fast Pass episode, because these episodes are extra long, and we've gotten a ton of new information. We finally know what happened to Persephone's powers, Hades has finally met the little ghost child who's been hanging around his dreams for more than ten years, and Hera...you know what? Not even getting into that in this description. Suffice to say, we have seven more episodes left after this one, and we've now got yet another thing for the list of Storylines That Really Need To Be Resolved, and it's amazing.

    This week's outro is a clip from tech by voide.

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  • This episode originally broadcast on April 4, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/04/binary-system-podcast-405-wtnv-245-fridge-worthy/

    On this week's Night Vale recap, Carlos and Cecil hold an exclusive Art Show (ie: a family dinner so they can show off Estaban's drawing on the fridge) and we get some of our favorite horror tropes: unreliable narrators, creepy jumps in time, and pictures that change when you're not looking at them. Or do they? No, they totally do. (Keep your eye on the owls.)

    After that Elizabeth goes over this year's WonderCon (short version: it rained the whole time, but you can't keep the cosplayers down) and Kathryn gives an enthusiastic thumbs up to Dune Part 2. (Make sure you get good seats, you'll want to see everything because man alive is it pretty.)

    Before we wrap up we also mention how Lore Olympus is ending at episode 280 and if we don't get the resolution to at least seven different plotlines we're going to be cross. (Unless she's just moving from Webtoons to another format, in which case shut up and take our money.)

    This week's outro is a clip from Unrighteous by Beat Mekanik.

    You can find all the WonderCon 2024 content here!

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  • Originally broadcast on March 28, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/03/binary-system-podcast-404-lore-olympus-episode-270-and-271/

    The first half of Lore Olympus episode 270 is light on dialog. Baby Dionysus starts the most adorable Hero's Journey ever as he sets off to rescue Hades and Persephone. The cuteness balances out the second half of the episode, with images of Hades dealing with his worst nightmare: being a child at the mercy of his father Kronos. No physical abuse (in this episode anyway), but still, bleak.

    Episode 271 jumps to Hera and Persephone in Tartarus, preparing to take on Kronos. Hera is obviously ready to sacrifice herself, but there's still some hope; Hera's skills at conversation can make even a titan stop and think for a bit, and Persephone has already demonstrated that she now has the power to make a god bleed.

    Not much else going on in the nerd world right now, so we talk for a bit about the latest developments with the Royal Family (get well soon), and about the plans for the next Fyre Festival. And by "plans" we mean McFarland is releasing commercials and selling tickets less than a year before a festival that isn't even 1% ready to go. Again. Everybody stock up on popcorn, the "Fyre2" documentary is gonna be wild.

    This week's outro is a clip from Thumper by Beat Mekanik.

    Correction: At around minute 9:42 "Zeus" is accidentally referred to as "Hades". And neither of us noticed.

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  • This episode originally broadcast on March 21, 2024, the original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/03/binary-system-podcast-403-wtnv-244-a-multiplicity-of-kevin/

    On the latest episode of Welcome to Night Vale, Kevin the Younger is determined to kill Kevin the Older, so he’s used Carlos’ lab to open a portal to the Desert Otherworld. Cecil wants to tell the story, Tamika wants to stop the bloodshed, and Carlos wants everyone to PLEASE be careful of the beakers they’re fragile and can we oh COME ON what did I JUST SAY?

    After the recap we talk about The Crown, both the Netflix show that just wrapped up and the ridiculous goings on with the Royal Family in the real world. (Not to make light, we hope everyone’s okay, but maybe for the sake of the empire we could have fewer crappy Photoshop images and people screwing around on their spouses, kaythnxbye.)

    In addition to all that we have the usual tangents into Pie-in-the-Sky cosplay plans, reading summaries of horror movies you're too chicken to watch, catching up with Marvel TV, Legends and Lattes, Paul Atreides being more of a tragic figure than a villain in the book, and whether or not greek yogurt on hot dog buns would be nice.

    This week's outro is a clip from Blade Rider by Beat Mekanik.

    The ghost-story author we were trying to think of is Kathryn Tucker Windham.

    This is the Vox article that compares The Royal Family to pandas.

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  • This episode originally broadcast on March 14, 2024, the original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/03/binary-system-podcast-402-lore-olympus-episode-268-and-269-spider-verse-and-the-2024-oscars/

    There's a great big ceremony that happens every year, you may have heard of it? The Oscars? Anyway, the Binary System Podcast didn't watch it, but they do have lots of opinions about the winners. (And some of the ones that didn't win. You guys, have you seen Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse?)

    And of course we also recap two episodes of Lore Olympus. Apollo's plot to force Persephone to marry him is basically The Patriarchy in its purest form. Fortunately Persephone has someone on her side: EVERYONE. (Bonus: Hera throws a "yo mama" at Apollo and it's perfect.)

    This week's outro is a clip from Subroutine Confirm by TeknoAXE.

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  • Originally broadcast on March 7, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/03/binary-system-podcast-401-wtnv-243-lost-and-found-and-more-of-the-oscar-nominations/

    On this week's Night Vale episode, we highly approve of Cecil devoting an entire broadcast to Lost and Found submissions, because writer Brie Williams is very good with lists of random weirdness, unexpected sweetness, and things with TEETH.

    From there we jump into three more Oscar nominated films we finally watched, namely Oppenheimer (brilliant but a bit too long, with "the most unnecessary nude scene ever"), Elemental, and Nimona. While we think Pixar usually has the better shot at winning the Animated Feature award, we're really pulling for Nimona.

    Along the way we wander off into tangents like the Hot Ones show, Florence Pugh, Redbox, nerd underwear, and the REALLY STUPID ADS in Amazon Prime.

    This week's outro is a clip from Keepsake by Beat Mekanik.

    Clarification: Redbox is 2.25, but that's just for one night, once you double it it's about the same as most of the 2-night rentals from Prime.

    Correction: Elemental did have a theatrical release, but according to the New York Times it had "the worst opening in Pixar history." It's since become a lot more successful.

    Correction #2 - Annapurna Pictures is the production company that took over from Blue Sky Studios when Disney axed Nimona.

    Kathryn got her Soot Sprite undies from All Teh Smol Things.

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  • This episode originally broadcast on February 29, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/02/binary-system-podcast-400-start-from-the-beginning/

    Happy 400th episode! Time flies, right? About ten years ago we started recording our Night Vale discussions because we're giant nerds and nerds gotta podcast. But here's the thing: we started with the Night Vale episode that'd just been released, "Renovations," number 48 in the series. We've discussed every episode since then, but not once have we gone back to the beginning.

    The same goes for Saga, Transformers, and (our current favorite thing) Lore Olympus, we started talking about them way after they'd started. That just won't do. TO THE TIME MACHINE!

    In addition to a deep dive into issue/episode #1 of several of our favorites, we also discussed the first episode of THIS VERY PODCAST. As well as #266 and #267 of Lore Olympus, since we can't wait even a week to discuss the latest two episodes because we're obsessed. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear more than a minute of name flubs and cats deciding to cat.

    This week's outro is a clip from Voyageur by Monkey Warhol.

    You can find Kathryn's review of the first few months of IDW's Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye here.

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  • This episode originally broadcast on February 22, 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/02/binary-system-podcast-399-wtnv-242-the-new-branch-and-the-oscar-nominated-animated-shorts/

    On the latest episode of Night Vale the Librarians broke out of their cages but some heroes saved the day andnoweverythingisfineTheEnd SO! HOW ABOUT THOSE OSCAR ANIMATED SHORTS?

    (Kidding, it was a fun episode of Night Vale, we're just really excited to talk about cartoons.)

    Anyway, massive spoiler warnings as we discuss our favorite Oscar-nominated animated shorts, which were as surprising as they were upsetting, just how we like them. (This episode of VagueCast is brought to you by the 2024 Oscar Animated Shorts Collection: yiiiiikes.)

    And before we wrap up, we also have to go over the latest Hugo-Award-Clusterf*ck news, which was outdated even before we finished recording because it KEEPS GETTING WORSE.

    This week's outro is a clip from Illusion by Darkfluxx.

    Correction: we said passenger pigeon several times, when we meant carrier pigeon. Homing pigeon would’ve been even better.

    Correction 2: War Is Over isn’t a Beatles song, John Lennon released it outside of the band. Elizabeth apologizes to all the John Lennon fans out there. For that and for saying the cartoon would've been better if the song wasn't in it.

    In case you're curious, here's the list of all the Oscar Winning Animated Shorts. Turns out yes, some years the winner wasn't particularly family-friendly (2021's "The Windshield Wiper" has a lot of sexy content) but 2015's "Bear Story" beat "World of Tomorrow", and 2016's "Piper" beat "Pear Cider and Cigarettes" and that's when Elizabeth decided family-friendly beats edgy-and-cool most years.

    As of today the Oscar-nominated animated feature Nimona is still up for free on YouTube!

    Here's a good write-up of the Hugo Awards debacle. (Short version: the board self-censored anything they thought MIGHT upset the Chinese government, and were as stupid about it as you can possibly imagine.) (And the post doesn't mention the fact that the board did business with a Chinese company that's been sanctioned by the US Government, but we're still waiting to hear how all that turns out.)

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  • This episode originally broadcast on February 15 2024. The original podcast post is here: https://pixelatedgeek.com/2024/02/binary-system-podcast-398-lore-olympus-episode-264-and-265/

    In the latest Lore Olympus episodes we’ve read, Demeter revealed a little more about Persephone’s history as a Fertility Goddess (namely, that she definitely is one, and that someone else in Demeter’s generation used to be, not sure who). That was episode 264, and the theme of 265 can be summed up even more briefly: asking for consent is SEXY.

    In our ongoing attempt to at least see some of the Oscar nominees, Elizabeth watched Poor Things this week and she was highly impressed. It’s gorgeous, surreal, rather dark and very, very sexy. (If you go, prepare for much nudity.) Kathryn also finished reading R.F. Kuang’s Babel this week (you can find the review here), but couldn’t see why it was singled out by the Chinese government to be disqualified from getting a Hugo Award nomination. If that is, in fact, what happened. Still not much information about the whole Hugo debacle, but we’ll of course spill all the tea if we hear anything.

    This week’s outro is a clip from Synthwave C by TeknoAXE.

    In our discussion about possible Chinese government censorship, Elizabeth referenced a BlueSky comment that was talking about this article: The Anaconda in the Chandelier.

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