The foxes chat about literary favorites in speculative fiction, folktales, and fairy tales (with a brief digression about dinosaurs)! What has the suck fairy gotten to? What holds up? What the heck is magical realism? All this, PLUS: The foxes kick off our new book club! Join us, readers!

Notes and links from this week’s episode:

"Pandemonium" book coverThis week we kick off our Book/General Media Sharing Club! (We’ll work on the title. Maybe.) We are reading Pandemonium by Daryl Gregory–a book in which possessions (demonic? alien? spiritual?) possessions are commonplace and American society is just a bit different from what we know. Grab yourself a copy and join us in four or so episodes to compare WTFs, head-canons, personal theories and general rants and enthusing.

“General Knowledge” – And now you know what Mindy’s doing when we record. Play along at home! (And pretend we’re eye-rolling at you, too.)

Tracker Jackers – As seen (and read) in the Hunger Games. Karen’s analysis: “THEY ARE THE STUFF OF NIGHTMARES.”

“I Didn’t Dream of Dragons” – An essay about consuming Eurocentric fantasy through a non-Western lens.

The Brontosaurus is Back – Or never left?

The Suck Fairy – In case you don’t know what we mean when we refer to it–and also to keep you from scarring your brain trying to find it in Urban Dictionary.

There Will Come Soft Rains – the poem by Sara Teasdale, as performed by Karen in our episode.

And as if the Ray Bradbury story couldn’t be any more ominous and tragic, here’s a Soviet-era animated version.

Some of the books we talked about in this episode:

Future Boston by various authors, edited by David Alexander Smith
Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
Bridge of Birds by Barry Hughart
The Martian by Andy Weir
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Roc and a Hard Place, A Spell for Chameleon, and Letters to Jenny by Piers Anthony
The House of the Spirits (La casa de los espíritus) by Isabel Allende
The Dragonlance series
More poetry from Sara Teasdale

Any recommendations you would add to the list, dear readers?