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The Martian by Andy Weir

This week, Mark Watney gets off—of Mars. And Amelia makes that stupid joke twice. We read Andy Weir’s novel The Martian and cover some super relevant topics, like Dragonball Z and Yu-Gi-Oh (but also like, the Curiosity rover and how to grow potatoes in a desolate wasteland). Also, this is Amelia’s first week back on the road living that glamorous #vanlife, and boy does she have a story to tell about backwoods campsite shower hygiene. Specifically, a horror story.


When You Wish Upon a Car

This week, Sarah and Amelia write the book on wilderness survival--literally. In a special episode in honor of Amelia leaving on her latest expedition, we're re-reading our old trip diaries from our very first road trip together, back when we were hapless fools who had yet to learn of the glory that is a two-burner propane stove. Aside from figuring out how to properly pee in the woods, Sarah worked through the aftermath of a tragedy that transpired during her senior year of college, and...


Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Revenge against an imperialist empire is a dish best served with a side of swashbuckling. It's everyone's favorite space-opera, Ancillary Justice! Sarah and Amelia talk about sentient space ships, cool gender stuff (guest starring another discussion of The Left Hand of Darkness because we just can't help ourselves), and... Pontius Pilate. Naturally, there is some singing involved.


Minisode - Alien V Predator

AVP is not only a cinematic masterpiece, it is also the lesbian magnum opus of 2004. Watch this movie with your third eye open and you too will see the truth: the Predator is a beautiful lesbian who falls in love at first sight with badass ice-explorer Lex Woods. Also featuring: Weylin should know better, sticking your hand into an alien sarcophagus is Bad Archeology, and as we keep saying, guys, don't go to the Arctic. Ant- or otherwise.


The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin

Sarah and Amelia aren’t 100% clear about the difference between particle physics and witchcraft, but they give hard sci-fi their very best shot as they read The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin this week. Including a crash course on the Chinese Cultural Revolution, how to survive the world’s worst video game, and speculation on the effectiveness of using the full immersion suit to have cybersex with Galileo.



Old wounds are reopened this week as Sarah and Amelia viciously fight over who which of them is the classiest and most devoted disciple of Ursula K Le Guin--and then swerve into a tangent about Mickey Mouse's sexual practices two minutes later. But mostly this is an episode about gender, politics, and surviving on an alien planet where the temperature rarely gets above freezing. And also, which piece of fanfiction deserves to be broadcast via ansible to the stars.


Minisode - Annihilation

In which Sarah and Amelia aren't destroying this episode, they're just making it new--because their first version got messed up and they had to record it twice. Featuring hot takes on the new Annihilation movie, like the fact that Nataie Portman is a twunk not a twink, and lockets are relevant again. Also, a disturbing look into Sarah's bear fetish, horrific photos Amelia had printed at CVS, and the hit sci-fi writer "Oscar Isamov."


Area XXX

Catch our episode on Jeff VanderMeer's novel Annihilation in preparation for the movie! Sarah describes how the Destroy of Worlds starfish is puking its own stomach onto the coral reefs, and it's only the fourth most horrifying thing we talk about this week. Sarah also invents a fun new word.


The Hot-Hot-Hot Zone!

This week, Sarah and Amelia fantasize about an alternative ending to Richard Preston's nonfiction work The Hot Zone wherein the Ebola virus in Reston actually does decimate their whole hometown, at last solving the problem of Northern Virginia traffic. Amelia spreads disease all through Europe. Sarah invents Bacteria Jesus. At no point do we say "Here's out hot take on The Hot Zone", or quote the Celebrity Jeopardy skit that Amelia wouldn't shut up about for the past two weeks.


Soft Apocalypse: Survival Is Insufficient

This episode we cover "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel. Join us for discussions about grieving the beauty of our world, the improbability of human existence, and what would happen if Hiro from Heroes froze time and ejaculated 30 times in every direction. So you know, classy stuff. Also featuring "julian bashir is a space twink," post-apocalyptic Shakespeare fanfiction, and Amelia getting up in the middle of the recording to show Sarah her new Black Sails DVDs. It's only slightly...


President Jimmy Buffet, and Other Nautical Tales

Sarah and Amelia embark on a historical tour of women and the sea, from female admirals to female pirates (and the sea-faring women whose lives were ruined by pirates). Featuring tales of Artemisia of Caria, Grace O'Malley, Lady Jane Franklin, Cheng I Sao--and of course, the Black Sails favs Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Also, a rather egregious historical error on Amelia's part. She researched pirates, not US Presidents.


Panem? I Hardly Know 'Em!

This week, Sarah and Amelia read the whole gosh dang Hunger Games trilogy (sort of). Half the episode involves discussions about oppression, literary analysis, gender theory—you know, the deep stuff. The second half is two garbage people weighing their odds of winning the Games. Spoiler: they're low.


Minisode - World War Z

Sarah and Amelia slam some whiskey milkshakes and review the World War Z movie, because alcohol is basically the only thing that can make this travesty of an adaptation watchable. Also featuring Sarah's absent-minded adventures with law enforcement, the funniest death in zombie warfare, and a good chunk of time spent gushing about Thor Ragnarok.


Right Makes Might

This week, S&Am tackle a survival staple and stab it in the brain: we read World War Z by Max Brooks and talk worldwide zombie survival strategies, favorite zombie-killing weapons, and how "Fear The Walking Dead" might be the worst title ever. Sarah gushes about how much she loves large scale logistical bureaucracies and then completely misinterprets a popular idiom. Amelia is still excited about cannibalism.


Slippery Robert De Niro - The Modern Prometheus

Happy scare day, spine crackers. In honor of Halloween, we go on a nature tour of Europe and create a quilt man out of corpses; aka Frankenstein! Fun fact, Frankenstein was the doctor , not the monster. Funner fact, Victor Frankenstein is not a doctor. He's literally just a guy in his dorm room with some loose meat and a dream. Also, we talk about monster-dong less than you might expect.


Canned Beans in the Cellars of Hell

This week, Sarah and Amelia walk a lonely road, the only one that they've ever known. Or have known since they read _The Road _by Cormac McCarthy, at least. Amelia enjoys the oppressively bleak tone and makes a strong case for cannibalism again. Sarah thinks it's a bit of a slog and loses her ability to read words aloud. Please, Cormac McCarthy, never listen to this.


Don't Go To The Arctic

Scurvy, botulism, exploding teeth and man-eating demon polar bears. This week Sarah and Amelia read Dan Simmons' The Terror , and discuss why the Arctic is not a great place to be a European explorer in the 19th century. Also, Sarah quotes "Italian Spiderman" a whole heck of a lot for someone who doesn't know any quotes from "Italian Spiderman."


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