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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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Aug 23, 2019

Intro - Phil and Metz share some of their favorite Science Fiction films.

Content (10:24) - Discussion of Part 2 of Empires of Foliage and Flower, by Gene Wolfe.

Aug 16, 2019

Intro - Metz asks Phil to explain a hip new trend with the kids these days.

Content (9:10) - Discussion of Part 1 of Empires of Foliage and Flower, by Gene Wolfe.

Aug 9, 2019

Intro - Phil shares his experiences on his family vacation.

Content (8:55) - Discussion of The Old Woman Whose Rolling Pin is the Sun and The Boy Who Hooked the Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

Aug 2, 2019

Intro - Metz and Phil discuss an awkward cartoon episode.

Content (8:41) - Discussion of The Map, by Gene Wolfe.


Jul 26, 2019

Intro - Phil talks about his new video game!

Content (8:55) - Discussion of The Cat, by Gene Wolfe.