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Episode 13. We're Getting Quite Textual Here: The Sci-Fi Novel Draft

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It's the unluckiest numbered episode of your favorite podcast about beer, geekery, and everything in-between! In this installment, buff your sci-fi reading list with Matt and Marcel's low-brow-pretending-to-be-high-brow novel selections.

Things will get interesting as Frank Herbert is worshipped and then discarded, IPAs are reviewed (warning: faux-PAs might come up), and Ian M Banks novels are stolen.

Tune in for more beer, more geekery, and the answer to the question: Why is the world a dystopian hellscape?

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

The Sci-Fi Novel Draft:

Matt's draft picks:

  1. Use of Weapons, Ian M Banks
  2. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  3. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  4. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
  5. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
  6. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
  7. Transmetropolitan, Warren Ellis

Matt’s Remainders:

  • A Deepness in the Sky, Vernon Vinge
  • The Difference Engine, William Gibson & Bruce Sterling
  • The Mars Trilogy, Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Otherland Saga, Tad Williams
  • The works of Peter F. Hamilton
  • The works of Brandon Sanderson
  • Do Androids Dream of electric sheep, Philip K. Dick
  • The Mote in God’s Eye. Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
  • Arthur C. Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama

Marcel's draft picks:


  1. Anvil of Stars, Greg Bear
  2. The Gunslinger, Stephen King
  3. Look to Windward, Ian M Banks
  4. A Fire Upon the Deep, Vernon Vinge
  5. Ivory: A Legend of Past and Future, Mike Resnick
  6. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  7. Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie


    Marcel’s Remainders:

    • A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick
    • The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
    • The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell
    • Station Eleven, Emily St John Mandell
    • Take Back Plenty, Colin Greenland
    • To your Scattered Bodies go, Philip Jose Farmer
    • Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey
    • World War Z, Max Brooks
    • A Philosophical Investigation, Philip Kerr
    • Chaga , Ian McDonald
    • Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton

    Beers tasted:

    Firebird IPA, The Redrock Brewing Co.

    Fresh Hop IPA (2020), Jack Black Brewing Co.

    Karma Citra IPA, Frontier Brewing Co.

    Show Notes:

    Music by Lindo M. Find out about his gigs on Facebook and catch his tunes on Spotify 

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