Octothorpe

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).

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  • 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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