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Alzabo Soup is a podcast where we (Phil and Metz) do deep readings of high quality speculative fiction.  We update every week on Fridays.

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The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe is in progress now as we work through the fourth volume, The Citadel of the Autarch. Here's what you need to know:

  • We are using the 1994 "Shadow & Claw" and "Sword & Citadel" edition of the work.

  • We will read 1-2 chapters per episode (so 1-2 chapters per week).

  • We will be doing a "minimal spoilers" reading of the book (you can't guarantee no spoilers with an author like Wolfe), so it should be pretty safe to read along your first time with us.

  • We plan on doing all four books in the Book of the New Sun in order, followed by The Urth of the New Sun. We will probably take over a year to complete this read from start to finish.



Please Note: This podcast is intended to be listened to in chronological order by title.  Please pick the title you'd like to listen to from "categories" start with the oldest episode of your title first!

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Nov 25, 2016

Intro: Metz and Phil explore the concept of word mashups (and come up with a terrible patent)

Content (3:15): What we know and don't know so far at the halfway point of The Sorcerer's House.


Nov 18, 2016

Intro: Phil discusses the state of newspaper comic strips

Content (5:30): Discussion of Letters 19 and 20 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."


Nov 11, 2016

Intro: Metz talks about his recent trip to Meow Wolf and the House of Eternal Return.

Content (6:45): Discussion of Letter 18 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."


Nov 4, 2016

Intro: Metz and Phil talk about the musicals they acted in during high school.

Content (7:41): Discussion of Letters 16 and 17 of Gene Wolfe's "The Sorcerer's House."