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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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Jan 25, 2019

Intro - Phil asks Metz a question he should have asked back when we were covering Mr. Burns.

Content (6:20) - Discussion of Chapters 5 and 6 of The Citadel of the Autarch, by Gene Wolfe.

Jan 18, 2019

Intro - Metz forces Phil to talk about a video game against his will.

Content (9:22) - Discussion of Chapters 3 and 4 of The Citadel of the Autarch, by Gene Wolfe.

Jan 11, 2019

Intro - Phil asks Metz about a recent trend in Disney films.

Content (10:51) - Discussion of Chapters 1 and 2 of The Citadel of the Autarch, by Gene Wolfe.

Jan 4, 2019

Intro - Metz asks Phil to talk about one of his parents' favorite television shows.

Content (5:46) - Discussion of Mr. Burns by Anne Washburn