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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.  

The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe is in progress now as we work through the second volume, The Claw of the Conciliator. 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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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.

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.