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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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Sep 20, 2019

Intro - Phil and Metz talk about the newest rendition of The Lion King.

Content (10:32) - Discussion of Chapters 6 and 7 of The Urth of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

Sep 13, 2019

Intro - Metz and Phil react to the trailer for the musical CATS.

Content (11:08) - Discussion of Chapters 4 and 5 of The Urth of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

Sep 6, 2019

Intro - Phil and Metz discuss a New York Times article about podcasting.

Content (13:29) - Discussion of Chapters 2 and 3 of The Urth of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

Aug 30, 2019

Intro - Phil and Metz talk about their favorite sequels.

Content (7:42) - Discussion of Chapter 1 of The Urth of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe.

Jul 19, 2019

Intro - Phil describes the thankless job of moderating a forum.

Content (9:30) - Part two of our general discussion of The Citadel of the Autarch, by Gene Wolfe.