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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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Episode 66: Where great whales come sailing by

Episode 66: Where great whales come sailing by

November 23, 2021

Perry and David discuss recent news; David talks about the best book he's read all year; Perry reviews a magnificent book about whales; and interviews prominent fan Justin Ackroyd.

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Where great whales come sailing by,
Sail and sail, with unshut eye,
Round the world for ever and eye.

-- Matthew Arnold, The Forsaken Merman

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Episode 65: Awesome Awards

Episode 65: Awesome Awards

November 9, 2021

David and Perry discuss a number of recent award winners and take the Hugo Time Machine zooming back to the year of 1967

  • A. Bertram Chandler Award (01:48)
  • Booker Prize Winner (00:37)
  • Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award (00:58)
  • World Fantasy Awards (02:02)
  • Readings Prize (00:38)
  • Hugo Voting closes (00:25)
  • Hugo Time Machine~1967 (01:00:58)
    • Short Stories (17:09)

      • “Mr. Jester” by Fred Saberhagen
      • “Delusion for a Dragon Slayer” by Harlan Ellison
      • “Rat Race” by Raymond F. Jones
      • “The Secret Place” by Richard McKenna (Won Nebula)
      • “Man in His Time” by Brian W. Aldiss
      • “Comes Now the Power” by Roger Zelazny
      • “Light of Other Days” by Bob Shaw
      • WINNER “Neutron Star” by Larry Niven
    • Novelettes (13:30)
      • “The Alchemist” by Charles L. Harness
      • “An Ornament to His Profession” by Charles L. Harness
      • “The Manor of Roses” by Thomas Burnett Swann
      • “Call Him Lord” by Gordon R. Dickson
      • “For a Breath I Tarry” by Roger Zelazny
      • “This Moment of the Storm” by Roger Zelazny
      • “Apology to Inky” by Robert M. Green, Jr.
      • “The Eskimo Invasion” by Hayden Howard
      • WINNER “The Last Castle” by Jack Vance
    • Other possible nominees (06:27)
    • Novels (16:47)
    • Other possible nominees (01:26)
    • Other 1967 Hugo awards (01:23)
  • Windup (00:39)

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Episode 64: And gentlemen in England now-a-bed

Episode 64: And gentlemen in England now-a-bed

October 26, 2021

Perry and David celebrate St. Crispin's Day by discussing recent awards, what they've been reading, both non-fiction and fiction, and summarising their thoughts about this year's Hugo Award nominees.

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Illustration: production still from Henry V starring Kenneth Branagh.

Episode 63: And after the fire…

Episode 63: And after the fire…

October 12, 2021

David and Perry discuss -- and disagree about -- "The Bass Rock" and "Notes from the Burning Age" as well as two of the novels nominated for this year's Hugo Award.

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Episode 62: Lord of the Underworld

Episode 62: Lord of the Underworld

September 28, 2021

Perry and David talk about crime novels again, discussing books by Australian writers Garry Disher and Candice Fox, a classic by Dorothy L. Sayers, and others.

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Episode 61: The joining of three tides

Episode 61: The joining of three tides

September 14, 2021

David and Perry discuss recent news and go on to discuss their projects outside the podcast. They also talk about some nominees for this year's Hugo Best Novel award.

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Illustration: painting by Johann Wilhelm Schirmer (1807-1863)

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Episode 60: Tales Twice Told

Episode 60: Tales Twice Told

August 31, 2021

Perry and David discuss recent award winners, the nominees for the Short Story category of this year's Hugos, and the books they've been reading.

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Illustration by Arthur Rackham, courtesy of Old Book Illustrations.

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Episode 59: Thoroughly informed

Episode 59: Thoroughly informed

August 17, 2021

David and Perry discuss the nominees in the Novelette category for this year's Hugo Awards, and go on to talk about their other recent reading.

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