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Book-Space! #9: A Darkling Sea

Wee Aquinas found this book chilly.

What’s the commonality between a frozen ice planet, a pastiche of the Prime Directive, and Brock forgetting to use the correct mic? The ninth episode of the Space-Biff! Book-Space!, of course! Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as we discuss A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias. Listen here or download here.

Next month, we’re talking about The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi.

Book-Space! #8: The Cabin at the End of the World

What do two men and their daughter have in common? Being trapped in a cabin by psychopaths, of course! Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as they discuss the fearsome nature of farmers, magical realism novels, and whether The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay is worthy of your time. Listen over here or download here.

Next month, we’re reading A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias. Read along with us and deposit your thoughts below to hear them read aloud by Professional Podcasters!

Book-Space! #7: The Stone Sky

Wee Aquinas cried twice, but he's a blubberer.

Magic, shmagic. Join Summer, Brock, and Dan as we discuss whether stone should weigh more than flesh, why Schaffa is the best character of the entire trilogy, and why they didn’t just travel through the center of the Evil Earth in the first place. It’s The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin. For the last time for real this time. Listen here or download here.

Next month: The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay.

Book-Space! #6: The Obelisk Gate

So that’s what a moon is for! … nope, we still don’t understand. Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as we discuss magic, social justice, and how cool it is that somebody won the Hugo three years in a row! It’s The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin. You can listen in on our conversation here, or download here.

Next month, we’ll be discussing The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin. For the last time. Yeah, that’s a Broken Earth joke. A bad one.

Book-Space! #5: The Goblin Emperor

Wee Aquinas regards the lack of imperial devotion to their world's religion as unsettling.

We always knew the day would come — for our first-ever episode about a book without a number in the title! Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as they discuss court intrigues, elf-on-goblin racism, and how on earth to pronounce “Csevet.” It’s The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison! You can either listen here or download here.

Next month, we’ll be reading The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin. Share your thoughts at spacebiffbookspace@gmail.com!

Book-Space! #4: The Stars Are Legion

If a jinni can bring you back from the dead, Wee Aquinas doesn't know what to believe anymore. Faith crisis!

Sticky! Join Brock, Summer, Dan, and our friend and special guest Tim Fowers as we dive into our clammiest episode yet. We discuss intestines, unwanted pregnancies, and jinni. It’s The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley. And despite our being beset by technical problems from all sides, you can listen here or download here.

Next month we’ll be talking about The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. Give it a look and share your thoughts at spacebiffbookspace@gmail.com!

Book-Space! #3: Six Wakes

For the first time in his long years, Wee Aquinas's brow is creased in disdain rather than deep contemplation.

At last! A book we don’t love! Join Brock, Summer, and Dan as they engage in the third-ever episode of the Space-Biff! Book-Space! to talk about the legality of cloning, what our AI-selves would be in charge of, and how little is too little for a Catholic priest to know about the Bible. It’s Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. And although we’re spoiling everything, there isn’t much need to read this one before listening here or downloading here.

Join us next month for a discussion about The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley, and share your thoughts at spacebiffbookspace@gmail.com!

Book-Space! #2: The Three-Body Problem

When he isn't reading the Bible and inventing Thomism, Wee Aquinas endorses the despairing humanity of THE THREE-BODY PROBLEM.

In the second-ever episode of the Space-Biff! Book-Space!, Brock, Summer, and Dan read about physics conundrums, bad video games, and what happens when a convention of virtual reality nerds makes decisions for the rest of the world. That’s right, it’s The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015. You can listen to the discussion over here or download here.

Join us next month for a discussion of Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. And shoot your thoughts over to spacebiffbookspace@gmail.com to hear them read aloud on an actual real-life podcast!

Introducing the Space-Biff! Book-Space!

Unlike most board game nerds, Wee Aquinas inhabits that slender Venn crossover between a love of board games and a love of books. How peculiar.

In addition to board games, I’ve always had an abiding love for science fiction, fantasy, horror, post-apocalypsopoda, and… princess books? Yes. That’s me.

Now, in collaboration with Brock Poulsen and Somerset Winters-Thurot (no relation), comes the world’s first podcast about that very subject. Every month we’ll be reading and discussing one book — spoiler-heavy, no-holds-barred, all arguments and spats and talking points laid bare for all to witness. With your ears.

For our inaugural episode, we’re talking about The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, the first entry in the Broken Earth series and winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016. If you’ve read The Fifth Season, you can listen to our jabbering over here, or download the episode here.

Or read ahead and shoot your thoughts over to spacebiffbookspace@gmail.com to contribute to next month’s discussion of The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin.