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Ep078 – 2021 Hugo Awards for Best Short Story

2021 Hugo Awards for Best Short Story

The nominations for the 2021 Hugo Awards for Best Short Story

  • “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse”, by Rae Carson (read on Uncanny Magazine)
  • “A Guide for Working Breeds”, by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (read here)
  • Little Free Library, by Naomi Kritzer (read on Tor.com)
  • “The Mermaid Astronaut”, by Yoon Ha Lee (read on Beneath Ceaseless Skies)
  • “Metal Like Blood in the Dark”, by T. Kingfisher (read on Uncanny Magazine)
  • “Open House on Haunted Hill”, by John Wiswell (read on Diabolical Plots)

Discussed this Episode

  • What makes a short story award worthy?
  • Ho each of the above stories stand out.

Ep035 Tiger’s Daughter

The Tiger’s Daughter by K Arsenault Rivera

Rivera’s love story is told in an epic letter from one lover to another, a bold framing device that allows the reader to get into the logic, feelings, and actions of the main character. Isaac and Reid discuss the pros and cons of a story told from one character’s perspective, and the results come down to the pros that come with any story being told from a first person perspective: limited perspective, close characterization.

The Tiger’s Daughter takes place in a world were monsters are constrained away beyond a wall, but that does not mean they stay there happily. Monsters scale the wall and invade the kingdom. In this love story the monsters play a role of madness trying to keep these two lovers apart, in addition to the regular world of the kingdom they live within.

Join us as we discuss this epic love story set in an Asian-inspired fantasy empire.

Other works mentioned

  • Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
  • Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Dracula by Bram Stocker


BONUS: Children of Blood and Bone Part 2

Children of Blood and Bone

Turns out we had more to talk about in Children of Blood and Bone than could fit in a single episode. welcome to our first bonus episode! Our discussion turns to the future of this young adult fantasy story series. What would you like to see in the future novels? Are you excited for the sequel?

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Ep005: Seasons of Glass and Iron

Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar

A modern fairy tale. In this episode we discuss the whimsical prose of El-Mohtar. This modern fairy tale follows the story of two women entrapped by magic and the journey to overcome their prisons of glass and iron.


  • Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Kingkiller Chronicles
  • Harry Potter Series

Other Media Mentioned

  • A Song of Ice and Fire
  • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Eragon / The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini
  • Snow White
  • Sleeping beauty
  • Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang

Modern Fairytale

Glass and iron are common symbols in stories. El-Mohtar revises these items as a glass mountain and iron shoes, items that trap the two protagonists in this modern fairytale. As magic can be made, so it can be undone. Follow our protagonists master their magic and become their heroes.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Podcast Coming Janurary 7 (Leave It To The Prose Episode 0)

Leave It To The Prose is your podcast focused on science fiction, fantasy, and speculative literature. We mix a critical eye with the light-hearted perspective of the casual reader. Join us as we read, discuss and honor science fiction and fantasy. Episode 0 posted below!

We will be publishing our first podcast episodes January 7, 2019. Our first episodes entering into the science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction universes will be:

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang / Arrival movie adaptation
  • The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving

Our planned release schedule is every other week, so a new podcast episode is planned to be released the week of January 21, February 4, etc.

Science Fiction Ahead

Science fiction works in our roster include Foundation by Isaac Asimov, The Ones that Walk Away from Omelas, and the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown.

Fantasy Ahead

Fantasy works in our roster include Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and The Fall of Gondolin edited/by Christopher Tolkien.


A word of warning: our podcast will contain spoilers. We provide extensive warnings in our episode notes, so do check those out before listening.

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