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Each month we select a speculative fiction book, read it, and talk about it. Early in the month we'll post a pre-read episode with context about the book, the author, its place in SF fandom, and anything else you might want to know before you read. Towards the end of the month, we'll post an episode discussing the book in-depth: the character, plot, themes, politics, and philosophy of the novel. In between, we might post some shorter episodes about other topics in the SF publishing world. We hope you enjoy!

Spectology: The Science Fiction Book Club Podcast Adrian & Matt: Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Literature Enthusiasts

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    • 4.4 • 26 Ratings

Each month we select a speculative fiction book, read it, and talk about it. Early in the month we'll post a pre-read episode with context about the book, the author, its place in SF fandom, and anything else you might want to know before you read. Towards the end of the month, we'll post an episode discussing the book in-depth: the character, plot, themes, politics, and philosophy of the novel. In between, we might post some shorter episodes about other topics in the SF publishing world. We hope you enjoy!

    Interview w/ the Hugo Administrator, Will Frank, on how & why to get involved with the Hugos

    Interview w/ the Hugo Administrator, Will Frank, on how & why to get involved with the Hugos

    Today Adrian is joined by Will Frank, this year's Hugo Awards Administrator, to talk all things Hugos. We discuss why you might want to nominate and vote for the Hugos, how exactly to get membership to do so (anyone can do it!), the special Video Game award, and why recent events that might have turned some people off will hopefully not be repeated this year. 


    I was really happy Will came on, and found it really fascinating to learn about how the Hugos actually work behind the scene, and the people like Will who actually count votes and work hard to make the Hugos happen. I appreciate him taking some challenging questions from me about past Hugos and how things are improving. I also was really happy to learn about how to volunteer in the Hugos, something I hadn't considered as an option before but is open to everyone.


    This came about through Olav at the wonderful Hugo Book Club blog after hearing my In Conversation: How & Why to Vote for the Hugo Awards episode, so many thanks to them for putting this together.

    Finally, this is our first episode after a long hiatus! More are to come very soon, Matt is back in the recording studio and we'll be doing our podcast finale & wrap-up over the next month or so, along with some returning guests. 




    Links:

    Worldcon for general & historical Hugo information: http://www.worldcon.org
    DisCon III for nominating & voting, and attending memberships: https://discon3.org 
    Volunteering: https://discon3.org/get-involved/volunteer/ 
    Memberships: https://discon3.org/membership/membership-information/ 


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    As always, we'd love to hear from you! Chat with us on twitter at @spectologypod, send us an email at spectologypod@gmail.com, or submit the episode to r/printSF on reddit. We'll reply, and shout you out in the next podcast when we talk about your comment.


    And if you like the episode, subscribe at spectology.com or whever you listen to podcasts, and share it with your friends!


    Many thanks to Dubby J and Noah Bradley for doing our music and art.

    • 29 min
    Announcement: Spectology "series finale" and the future of the podcast

    Announcement: Spectology "series finale" and the future of the podcast

    Soo.... we've had a hard time keeping to a regular schedule recently, so Matt, Bee, & I (Adrian) have been discussing what we want the podcast to look like in the future.


    In this episode, I just talk openly about those thoughts, our plan through the end of the year, and how the podcast might change come 2021. 

    I may write up a longer thing later, but right now I just wanted to get this out in audio format & solicit feedback from everyone on what you might like to see & hear, and also ask for any notes you have for Matt which I can embarrass him on air with at some point before the end of the year.


     


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    As always, we'd love to hear from you! Chat with us on twitter at @spectologypod, send us an email at spectologypod@gmail.com, or submit the episode to r/printSF on reddit. We'll reply, and shout you out in the next podcast when we talk about your comment.


    And if you like the episode, subscribe at spectology.com or whever you listen to podcasts, and share it with your friends!


    To find links to all the books we've read, check us out on Bookshop.


    Many thanks to Dubby J and Noah Bradley for doing our music and art.

    • 13 min
    28.2: Do You Dream of Terra-Two? post-read: Belief, Depression, and Courage in Sociological Hard SF

    28.2: Do You Dream of Terra-Two? post-read: Belief, Depression, and Courage in Sociological Hard SF

    Bee is back (although Estelle could not join us due to IRL events) to discuss Temi Oh's wonderful debut novel, Do You Dream of Terra-Two? (https://bookshop.org/a/1159/9781534437401). With hints of Dark Eden, Semiosis, and Unkindness of Ghosts, this novel tackles the lives on a group of young people who are sent off to colonize a new world. 

    It's probably the best book I've read this year, and one of the best we've read on this podcast. I do hope you enjoy us talking about belief, depression, building relationships, and why you're right not to trust adults in this episode. And please pick up & read this novel if you haven't yet, you won't regret it. 

    (One note: we forgot the content warnings at the top, so be aware that there are frank discussions of depression, suicide, eating disorders, isolation, bullying, and more in this episode.) 




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    Make sure to follow Bee at their twitter & patreon.


    As always, we'd love to hear from you! Chat with us on twitter at @spectologypod, send us an email at spectologypod@gmail.com, or submit the episode to r/printSF on reddit. We'll reply, and shout you out in the next podcast if we talk about your comment. 


    And if you like the episode, subscribe at spectology.com or whever you listen to podcasts, and share it with your friends!


    To find links to all the books we've read, check us out on Bookshop.


    Many thanks to Dubby J our music.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Digital Book Tour: Kathleen Jennings on Flyaway: Small Towns, Fairytales, and Linguistics

    Digital Book Tour: Kathleen Jennings on Flyaway: Small Towns, Fairytales, and Linguistics

    This week Bee is joined by writer & artist Kathleen Jennings to talk about her book Flyaway.


    Flyaway is a fairy tale-influenced (or structured?) Australian Gothic novel (or novella?). Small town landscapes and linguistics, productive misinterpretations of fairy tales, Kurt Vonnegut, and what it's like to write a strict first-person novel with a slew of other voices in it are some of the topics discussed.


     


    * Kathleen's website: https://www.kathleenjennings.com/   


    * Flyaway on Kindle: https://amzn.to/3n21V6Q


    * Flyaway on Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/1159/9781250260499 




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    Make sure to follow Bee at their twitter & patreon.


    As always, we'd love to hear from you! Chat with us on twitter at @spectologypod, send us an email at spectologypod@gmail.com, or submit the episode to r/printSF on reddit. We'll reply, and shout you out in the next podcast if we talk about your comment. 


    And if you like the episode, subscribe at spectology.com or whever you listen to podcasts, and share it with your friends!


    To find links to all the books we've read, check us out on Bookshop.


    Many thanks to Dubby J our music.

    • 1 hr
    Digital Book Tour: Somaiya Daud on Mirage & Court of Lions: Body doubles, court politics, and historical science fantasy.

    Digital Book Tour: Somaiya Daud on Mirage & Court of Lions: Body doubles, court politics, and historical science fantasy.

    This week, Adrian is joined by Somaiya Daud to discuss her new book, Court of Lions, the 2nd in the Mirage Duology (https://bookshop.org/a/1159/9781250126450). 

    Somaiya and Adrian discuss genre mash-ups, body doubles, court politics, the legacy of French colonialism on Moroccan culture, the lack of beautiful dresses in the newest Star Wars trilogy, and how our cats are handling quarantine. I had a wonderful time talking to her and am absolutely loving Mirage, the first book in this duology, so I hope you listen, pick up her books, and enjoy!


     


    * Mirage on bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/1159/9781250126436 


    * Court of Lions on bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/1159/9781250126450


    * The Mirage Duology on Kindle: https://amzn.to/3khFfxl 


    * A Phoenix First Must Burn: https://bookshop.org/a/1159/9781984835659 


    * Somaiya on Twitter (https://twitter.com/somaiyadaud) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/somaiiiya/)


     


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    As always, we'd love to hear from you! Chat with us on twitter at @spectologypod, send us an email at spectologypod@gmail.com, or submit the episode to r/printSF on reddit. We'll reply, and shout you out in the next podcast when we talk about your comment.


    And if you like the episode, subscribe at spectology.com or whever you listen to podcasts, and share it with your friends!


    To find links to all the books we've read, check us out on Bookshop.


    Many thanks to Dubby J and Noah Bradley for doing our music and art.

    • 38 min
    28.1: Do You Dream of Terra-Two pre-read w/ Bee & Estelle: Alternate History, Destiny, and Space Travel

    28.1: Do You Dream of Terra-Two pre-read w/ Bee & Estelle: Alternate History, Destiny, and Space Travel

    This month Adrian is joined by Bee & Estelle to talk about Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by new British author Temi Oh (https://bookshop.org/a/1159/9781534437401). 

    Bee of course is from the Spectology podcast, where they run our Digital Book Tour. And Estelle runs the phenomenal Abolish Time zine on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abolish_time/ . You can also find an interview Bee did with Estelle at their blog: http://uninterpretative.blogspot.com/2019/09/talking-about-new-society-requires.html 


    Do You Dream of Terra-Two? tells the story of a group of teenagers who, in an alternate history where rocketry was developed earlier & for longer, are selected to go on a life-long mission to Terra-Two, an Earthlike planet found orbiting a nearby star. Bee & Estelle both call it one of their favorite novels ever, likening it to something by Butler or Le Guin. 


    I hope you enjoy the episode and the book! It was a pleasure recording with everyone. And we should have the post-read out towards the end of the month. 


     


    * Do You Dream of Terra-Two? on Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/1159/9781534437401


    * Do You Dream of Terra-Two? on Kindle: https://amzn.to/3jZBkVP


    * The Assets & Androids episode I mention: http://androidsandassets.ca/a-memory-called-canada/


    * Bee's patreon: https://www.patreon.com/benladen


    * Estelle's patreon: https://www.patreon.com/abolishtime 


    * Abolish Time: https://www.instagram.com/abolish_time/ 


     


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    Make sure to follow Bee at their twitter & patreon.


    As always, we'd love to hear from you! Chat with us on twitter at @spectologypod, send us an email at spectologypod@gmail.com, or submit the episode to r/printSF on reddit. We'll reply, and shout you out in the next podcast if we talk about your comment. 


    And if you like the episode, subscribe at spectology.com or whever you listen to podcasts, and share it with your friends!


    To find links to all the books we've read, check us out on Bookshop.


    Many thanks to Dubby J our music.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

Arconna ,

A Solid SF Lit Show!

There aren't nearly as many science fiction book club style shows as there should be. Spectology is one of the newer ones on the very small block, and it's one well worth your time. Adrian and Matt really dig into the words they discuss, examining the themes and implications of each. There's something here for everyone, whether you're a new or old fan, a fan of the old or the new, or you're just looking for something to spark your curiosity.

Give this show a shot. It's a good'un!

StanislawLemmings ,

The Best Sci-Fi Podcast Out There

There are a lot of sci-fi oriented podcasts out there, a few of which focus on books. This podcast is among only a handful of any sci-fi podcasts that engages seriously with the ideas presented. Adrian and Matt are excellent hosts whose passion for the subject clearly shines through in each episode. This is not a podcast where the hosts merely scratch the surface of the texts; they have a deep knowledge and interest in the subjects they talk about, and take they the texts seriously while managing to keep the conversation very entertaining. Not to mention excellent interview guests, and great questions posed to said guests. If you are a sci-fi reader who enjoys listening to podcasts like “In Our Time”, this is the podcast for you.

count agranoff ,

Needed sci-fi discussion.

Smart and well thought out science fiction conversation. Glad I found it.

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