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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 Urth of the New Sun is in progress now as we look forward into Severian's life after becoming Autarch. Here's what you need to know:

  • 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.


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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Feb 23, 2018

Intro - Metz makes Phil defend one of his tweets about a property recently acquired by Disney

Content - Discussion of "The Faery Handbag" and "Magic for Beginners" by Kelly Link.


Feb 16, 2018

Intro - Phil asks Metz about his favorite Christmas movie, but as usual Metz can't stop talking about theatre instead.

Content - General discussion of The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.


Feb 9, 2018

Intro - Phil asks Metz about the unique nature of Star Wars fandom.

Content - Discussion of Chapters 34 and 35 of The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.


Feb 2, 2018

Intro - We announce the topics of our interim episodes between Shadow of the Torturer and Claw of the Conciliator.

Content - Discussion of Chapters 32 and 33 of The Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe.