Octothorpe
71: Just Nearly Froze to Death

71: Just Nearly Froze to Death

November 24, 2022

John is on the Holodeck, Alison is in the past, and Liz is at school.

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Content warnings this episode: COVID-19 (chapter 5)

70: Oh

70: Oh

November 10, 2022

John is logging in, Alison is getting emails, and Liz is collecting Pokémon.

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Content warnings this episode: War in Ukraine (chapter 5)

69: Hugo Thunderdome

69: Hugo Thunderdome

October 27, 2022

John is Chris Garcia, Alison is Chris Garcia, and Liz is Chris Garcia.

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Content warnings this episode: None

  • Hugo statistics by Nicholas Whyte and Kat Jones
  • Credits
    • Cover art: What If…? by Alison Scott
      • Alt text: Three figures with long brown hair and brown bears are central in the image. They look eerily like Chris Garcia. The left Chris Garcia is wearing John’s glasses and a Flintstones shirt with his arms folded; the central Chris Garcia is wearing Alison’s glasses and a black shirt with his (her?) arms outstretched and fingers doing horns; and the right Chris Garcia is wearing a stripy blue-and-white top and appears to be doing a wrestling move in a downward fashion. The left Chris Garcia has a speech bubble saying “WELCOME TO THE VERY 69TH EPISODE OF OCTOTHORPE. I’M CHRIS GARCIA”. The central Chris Garcia has a speech bubble saying “I’M CHRIS GARCIA”. The right Chris Garcia has a speech bubble saying “AND I’M CHRIS GARCIA. IN THIS EPISODE I REVEAL MY MULTITASKING TIPS”. The text “What if… all three of us were Chris Garcia? appears in a typeface reminiscent of classic Tintin covers in the top-centre of the artwork. The top-left corner has “Octothorpe 69 Nov 2022” written in the style of a comic cover; the top-right corner has “Rejected by the Comics Code Authority”. In the bottom-right hand corner the words “You can catch Chris Garcia every month in Journey Planet and the Drink Tank” appear. A barcode in the bottom-left hand corner is actually cunningly-disguised text that reads (ROT13 to avoid spoilers) “Lbh ner Puevf Tnepvn naq V pynvz zl svir cbhaqf”. The background is two shades of purple.
    • Theme music: “Fanfare for Space” by Kevin MacLeod (CC BY 4.0)
68: It Made John Laugh

68: It Made John Laugh

October 13, 2022

John is clever, Alison has lost her composure, and Liz is confused by WSFS.

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Content warnings this episode: None

67: Straight Back to Star Wars

67: Straight Back to Star Wars

September 29, 2022

John has hairspray, Alison has a tiara, and Liz has a necklace.

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Content warnings this episode: Falling out of boats (chapter 8)

66: Thank You, Steven

66: Thank You, Steven

September 15, 2022

John is in the fanzine lounge, Alison is under a bison hat, and Liz is good, thank you.

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Content warnings this episode: None

  • We talked to the following people!
  • Credits
    • Cover art: “Hugo Reception”
      • Alt text: A purple square with “OCTOTHORPE 66” written at the bottom and inset, a photograph of John, Alison, and Liz. John is wearing a grey suit with a Hugo Award finalist pin and a matching purple tie and mask; Alison is wearing a black mask, a burgundy dress, a tiara by Sara Felix, and has glitter on her temple; and Liz is wearing a green dress and matching mask, a necklace by Vanessa Applegate, and a yellow shrug. They are against a backdrop which has alternating Hugo Award logos and Chicon 8 logos.
    • Theme music: “Fanfare for Space” by Kevin MacLeod (CC BY 4.0)
65: Action Castle 2

65: Action Castle 2

September 1, 2022

John is a computer; Alison and Liz are talking to him very slowly.

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64: Best Commemorative Plate

64: Best Commemorative Plate

August 18, 2022

John is crying, Alison is lounging, and Liz is crocheting.

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Content warnings this episode: climate change, death, abuse (chapter 3)

63: Nonsense Divide

63: Nonsense Divide

August 4, 2022

John has a button, Alison has a venue, and Liz once saw a computer that had been in Chris’s car.

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Content warnings this episode: COVID (chapter 2), death at a young age (chapter 6).

62: Do You Want to Talk About Lesbians?

62: Do You Want to Talk About Lesbians?

July 21, 2022

John has superpowers, Alison is an alien in a human suit, and Liz likes cats.

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Content warnings this episode: being stranded in space (chapter 1); sexism (chapter 2); Hell and murder (chapter 5).

  • No letters of comment this week, normal service resumes next week!
  • Books in the order they were discussed
    • Project Hail Mary, by Andy Weir
    • A Master of Djinn, by P. Djèlí Clark
    • The Galaxy, and the Ground Within, by Becky Chambers
    • She Who Became the Sun, by Shelley Parker-Chan
    • Light From Uncommon Stars, by Ryka Aoki
    • A Desolation Called Peace, by Arkady Martine
  • What book would we have put on the list instead?
    • John: The Psychopath Club by Sandra Bond
    • Alison: The Actual Star by Monica Byrne
    • Liz: Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • John’s ranking:
    1. A Desolation Called Peace
    2. Light From Uncommon Stars
    3. The Galaxy, and the Ground Within
    4. A Master of Djinn
    5. She Who Became the Sun
    6. Project Hail Mary
  • Alison’s ranking:
    1. A Desolation Called Peace
    2. Light From Uncommon Stars
    3. She Who Became the Sun
    4. The Galaxy, and the Ground Within
    5. A Master of Djinn
    6. Project Hail Mary
  • Liz’s ranking:
    1. A Desolation Called Peace
    2. She Who Became the Sun
    3. A Master of Djinn
    4. Light From Uncommon Stars
    5. The Galaxy, and the Ground Within
    6. Project Hail Mary
  • Consensus ranking:
    1. A Desolation Called Peace
    2. Light From Uncommon Stars
    3. She Who Became the Sun
    4. The Galaxy, and the Ground Within
    5. A Master of Djinn
    6. Project Hail Mary
  • Credits
    • Cover art: “Favourite Reading Positions” by Sue Mason
      • Alt text: John is in the bottom-left, sitting in a chair, wearing a blue shirt and purple trousers, holding a can, and reading an ebook. Alison is in the upper-middle, lying down upside down, wearing a purple shirt and stripy trousers, and reading an ebook. Liz is in the bottom-right, wearing a pink shirt with green trousers, holding a mug of a hot beverage, and reading a physical book. They are surrounded by floating beer bottles, books, the Moon, a mug with a moose on it, and two cats. The words “Octothorpe 62” appear in scattered letters around the artwork, against a pinky-purple background.
    • Theme music: ‘Fanfare for Space’ by Kevin MacLeod (CC BY 4.0)
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