Two Chairs Talking
Episode 76: Psalms, splinters and burning tigers

Episode 76: Psalms, splinters and burning tigers

June 28, 2022

Perry and David discuss in detail the novellas nominated for this year's Hugo Awards, and Perry talks to Rose Mitchell about the latest season of Star Trek: Picard.

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Episode 75: A Bug in the Program

Episode 75: A Bug in the Program

June 10, 2022

David and Perry discuss this year's nominees for the Short Story and Novelette categories of the Hugo Award, and Perry discusses the movie "Everthing Everywhere All at Once" with W. H. Chong.

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Episode 74: Murder, though it have no tongue, will speak

Episode 74: Murder, though it have no tongue, will speak

May 17, 2022

Perry and David talk about their recent reading in the crime field, and spend some time on one particularly interesting crossover of the crime and SF genres.

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...I have heard
That guilty creatures sitting at a play
Have by the very cunning of the scene
Been struck so to the soul, that presently
They have proclaim’d their malefactions:
For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak
With most miraculous organ.

⸺Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2

Episode 73: If I could only remember my name

Episode 73: If I could only remember my name

April 20, 2022

David and Perry discuss recent awards and nominations, say a sad farewell to a friend, and talk about their recent reading, several items of which seem to deal with the loss of memory.

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Episode 72: A Dangerous Kind of Vision

Episode 72: A Dangerous Kind of Vision

March 29, 2022

Perry and David take the Hugo Time Machine back to the year 1968, when the shorter fiction was dominated by the Dangerous Visions anthology edited by Harlan Ellison and Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny won the Best Novel award.

  • General News (10:07)

  • Hugo Time Machine 1968 (01:12:20)
    • Best Short Story (12:30)

      • The Dangerous Visions anthology (00:50)
      • The Jigsaw Man by Larry Niven (03:18)
      • Aye And Gomorrah by Samuel R. Delany (03:17)
      • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream by Harlan Ellison (02:17)
      • Other possible nominees (02:44)
    • Best Novelette (14:26)
      • Faith of Our Fathers by Philip K. Dick (03:46)
      • Wizard's World by Andre Norton (02:45)
      • Pretty Maggie Moneyeyes by Harlan Ellison (03:04)
      • Gonna Roll the Bones by Fritz Leiber (02:32)
      • Other possible nominees (02:06)
    • Best Novella (19:46)
      • The Star-Pit by Samuel R. Delany (03:07)
      • Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny (03:56)
      • Hawksbill Station by Robert Silverberg (03:05)
      • Weyr Search by Anne McCaffrey (02:48)
      • Riders of the Purple Wage by Philip José Farmer (04:20)
      • Other possible nominees (01:42)
      • Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock (00:30)
    • Best Novel (23:52)
  • Windup (01:25)

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Episode 71: With all his crimes broad blown

Episode 71: With all his crimes broad blown

March 8, 2022

David and Perry plunge again into the murky depths of crime fiction, both in print and on television.

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He took my father grossly, full of bread;
With all his crimes broad blown, as flush as May;
And how his audit stands who knows save heaven?

Hamlet, Act 3 Scene 3

Episode 70: Up in the clouds

Episode 70: Up in the clouds

February 15, 2022

Perry and David discuss their recent reading, in particular Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr and The Lost Daughter book and film.

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Episode 69: A dream we dreamt with our eyes open

Episode 69: A dream we dreamt with our eyes open

January 25, 2022

David and Perry talk about their favourite TV and movies they saw in 2021; and Perry talks at length with W. H. Chong about the new Dune movie.

  • News (04:19)

    • Philip K. Dick Award (01:34)
    • 2022 Hugo Nominations open (01:20)
    • Vale Bill Wright (01:21)
  • Perry's Overview of TV and Movies 2021 (04:29)
  • Perry's Best Movies 2021 (24:24)
    • The Dig (05:04)
    • Emma (03:52)
    • Green Book (04:54)
    • The Father (05:16)
    • Dune Part 1 (01:48)
    • Nomadland (02:28)
  • Perry's Honourable Mentions in movies (05:52)
    • Echo in the Canyon (01:08)
    • Trial of the Chicago Seven (01:11)
    • The Power of the Dog (03:24)
  • David's movies 2021 (00:36)
  • Perry's Best TV 2021 (14:50)
    • Hemmingway (02:26)
    • Midnight Diner (03:31)
    • Succession (03:21)
    • Anthony Bourdain : Parts Unknown (01:52)
    • Upright (03:26)
  • Perry's Honourable Mentions in TV(03:49)
    • Mare of Easttown (01:26)
    • The Chair (01:17)
    • Bodyguard (01:04)
  • David's Best TV 2021 (08:39)
    • The Expanse (00:42)
    • The Umbrella Academy (00:51)
    • The Wrong Mans (02:09)
    • Get Back (Beatles) (03:00)
    • Hanna (01:43)
  • David's Honourable Mentions in TV (01:19)
    • Broadchurch (00:14)
    • Maigret (01:01)
  • Discussion with W. H. Chong on Dune (41:24)
  • Windup (01:04)

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Episode title: from a quote by Federico Fellini.

Episode 68: The Endless Bookshop

Episode 68: The Endless Bookshop

January 4, 2022

Perry and David talk about the best books they read during 2021 in a number of different categories.

  • Hugo Winners (03:33)
  • Site for Worldcon in 2023 (01:22)
  • Our best books of 2021 (01:17:48)
    • David's top SF of 2021 (02:54)
    • Perry's top SF of 2021 (05:35)
    • David's top fantasy of 2021 (04:35)
    • Perry's top fantasy of 2021 (05:10)
    • David's top crime of 2021 (02:19)
    • Perry's top crime of 2021 (09:56)
    • David's top literary of 2021 (03:26)
    • Perry's top literary of 2021 (06:47)
    • David's top novellas of 2021 (02:35)
    • Perry's top novellas of 2021 (04:16)
    • David's top children's lit of 2021 (04:32)
    • Perry's top collections of 2021 (06:55)
    • David's top non-fiction of 2021 (02:51)
    • Perry's top non-fiction of 2021 (07:04)
    • David's best overall of 2021 (01:41)
    • Perry's best overall of 2021 (03:33)
  • Windup (00:45)
  • Change to our schedule (00:42)

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Episode 67: The clues in the labyrinth

Episode 67: The clues in the labyrinth

December 7, 2021

David and Perry discuss who invented science fiction and go on to talk about their recent reading, including intriguing crime novels and literary award winners.

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