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51:44 | May 14th

The crew loves the epic sci fi space opera but has mixed feelings on the pack-mind aliens in their look at A Fire Upon the Deep. 0:00 Intro 1:58 Plot synopsis 3:38 The two stories 17:33 The zones of thought 27:09 Scroderiders: Hacked, visualized 31:...Show More

51:28 | Apr 9th

We take a look at The Wandering Earth, the short novella that's spawned a film in China that has made a whole lot of money! 0:00 Intro 1:26 Synopsis and actually reading! 4:26 Popularity in China, movie vs the book 5:45 Cixin's personal life and con...Show More

38:30 | Mar 12th

The team looks at the Ray Bradbury classic with the help of an actual firefighter. How much is here besides Bradbury's "get off my lawn" attitude toward fast cars and TV? 0:00 Intro 1:50 Plot 3:37 Real firefighter's perspective 10:51 Hedonistic peop...Show More

35:01 | Feb 12th

The novel that came after the movie, we take a look at Arthur C Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and compare it to the Kubrick classic. 0:00 Intro 1:31 Plot synopsis 3:43 Book vs the Kubrick film 9:50 Realism from 1968 14:39 Alien intervention - Wea...Show More

31:57 | Jan 8th

Welcome to Season 3 of Subplot a Course! With guest host Alejandro, the guys take a look at the 2014 novel Red Rising. 0:00 Intro 1:30 plot synposis 3:19 Young Adult status 9:16 Plot Holes/Portmanteaus aside 14:59 Alejandro's MedBots reaction 16:48 ...Show More

31:13 | Oct 9th, 2018

The guys check out the follow up novel to Ready Player One and find that their expectations aren't quite met with Armada. 0:00 Intro 2:53 Tonal shift and the twist 10:45 Glorification of gamer culture, young adult audience 17:11 Realism of the Armad...Show More

32:50 | Sep 18th, 2018

The group reads their first Stephen King novel with a sci fi twist with 11.22.63, and learn new vocabulary words. 0:00 Intro 1:44 Plot synopsis 3:32 Is this real sci fi? 8:27 Obdurate past 14:17 Stephen King's style 18:27 The 60s backdrop 21:42 The ...Show More

29:07 | Aug 14th, 2018

For August, the team took a look at George Orwell's most well-known work, and got pretty sad about it. 0:00 Intro 1:22 Plot Summary 2:48 How possible is the scenario from the novel? Are corporations more like Big Brother than government? 10:00 Defin...Show More

30:24 | Jul 10th, 2018

Time travel, James Franco and anti-war movements discussed in this episode of Subplot a Course on the novel Slaughterhouse Five. 0:00 Intro 1:16 Plot summary 2:16 Time travel and the unreliable narrator 11:00 "So it goes" 15:53 Anti-war, American di...Show More

29:03 | Jun 12th, 2018

The crew wants more things explained in their look at 2014's Annihilation. 0:00 Intro 1:17 Plot summary 2:52 Full disclosure, we watched the movie first 3:36 Non-explanation 11:05 What sci fi elements are actually in this book? 15:27 Plot contrivanc...Show More

29:46 | May 8th, 2018

Dune is one of the all-time greats, but the guys waste no time in comparing the spice to oil and pitying Princess Irulan. P.S. We don't have an Instagram 0:00 Intro 1:07 Plot Summary 2:04 Audiobook version and crazy words 5:29 Direct analogues: Spi...Show More
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31:55 | Jul 5th, 2017

The group takes a look at a big-name IP with Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel. 0:00 Intro 1:10 Plot summary 1:39 Is Orson Krennic the main character? 5:27 The Star Wars political backstory 12:16 The Empire's misuse of engineers, and is the Death Star the...Show More
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33:43 | Jun 5th, 2017

There were some differences of opinions with the group when discussing the 1984 novel Neuromancer, by William Gibson.
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34:59 | Apr 18th, 2017

The crew takes on the 2011 hit novel Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.
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38:08 | Feb 28th, 2017

This epsiode of Subplot A Course features a discussion of A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Episode 3 will feature Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline.
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33:16 | Jan 29th, 2017

The inaugural episode of Subplot A Course features a discussion of The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Episode 2 will feature A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs