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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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Mar 30, 2018

Intro - Metz and Phil discuss their family's unique holiday traditions.

Content - Discussion of Chapters 7 and 8 of The Claw of the Conciliator, by Gene Wolfe.


Mar 23, 2018

Intro - Phil talks about his foray into video game development.

Content - Discussion of Chapters 5 and 6 of The Claw of the Conciliator, by Gene Wolfe.


Mar 16, 2018

Intro - Phil talks about his recent move and the wonders of Ikea.

Content - Discussion of chapters 3 and 4 of The Claw of the Conciliator by Gene Wolfe.


Mar 9, 2018

Intro - Metz and Phil will be at this year's MileHiCon in Denver!

Content - Discussion of Chapters 1 and 2 of The Claw of the Conciliator, by Gene Wolfe.


Mar 2, 2018

Into - Phil asks Metz to react to his favorite version of Peter Pan.

Content - Discussion of A Number, by Caryl Churchill