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Episode 21: Clan of the Cave Bear

Ayla is an anatomically modern human (is it technically Cro Magnon?  This is set in modern day Ukraine. To the Wikipedia!) orphaned and raised by a tribe of psychic Neanderthals.  This one isn't the one with all the doin' it (evidently that is Valley of the Horses which also has a bunch of blonde dudes who shop at Cave-REI), it's the one with a ton of rape and abuse in it. (A note: the cave I was talking about extensively is Shanidar.  Shalimar is, of course, a perfume.  Apologies.) So the fun thing about this book, and the factor that I know made everybody's mom love it, is the great research Auel put into it.  (Shades of Savage Ecstacy, y'all.)  She really knew her shit, at least about the state of research into Homo neanderthalensis in the late 70's - but since then there have been amazing finds and a lot of research using tools unavailable when Auel started writing.  Some of which, by the way, match her fiction.  (Uh, not the psychic part.  But the fucking…

Episode 12: "Imzadi"


Welcome to March Madness, which is soon gonna be April Madness, where we read outside our normal parameters!

First up, MAKE IT SO!

We're going where we won't slut shame you if several men, a few women, and the odd salt vampire have gone before!  We're talkin' bout Darmok and Jalad between the sheets!  That's right - we read Imzadi!

Courtney doesn't know shit about Star Trek.  Sara has a tattoo in Vulcan.  Neither of us are really down for a book with FOUR GODDAMNED FRAMING DEVICES and at least, at LEAST, four? timelines.

So.  Ugh.  God.  Like, you know Troi and Riker are exes, right?  (Courtney, that's The Hair and The Beard.)  Let's say this is the book about their prior relationship and leave it there.  Let's not discuss the <checks notes> time travel plot that ends up with somebody going bowling with Data's head, the completely unnecessary device of starting the book at the end of "The City on the Edge of Forever", the fact that you have to remember throughout this book that we're talking about Beardless Riker, and the cringeworthy conversation between Admiral Riker and Captain Crusher about how all the dudes used to jack it to Troi's ridiculous outfits.

Thankfully, the rapeometer is set at zero with this one because I don't have the emotional bandwidth for that.  (Late note: AS WE WERE PODCASTING we realized that it's possible, but we're kind of unclear on it, that there was a sexual encounter where one of the participants was a shapeshifter pretending to be somebody else, which is obviously fucked up.  I guess not quite as fucked up as the idea that you can write a book where somebody MIGHT have been raped by misrepresentation but the last quarter of the book is so confusing that nobody is sure.)

Here is some pictorial proof that I, Sara, am a big ol' nerd.  @ me if you want but don't you fucking dare try to gatekeep me.  I watched Enterprise and did not once hit "skip intro", bitches.  If "Faith of the Heart" couldn't break me no Redditor will.



Our musical guest today is Warp 11; we used their song "Yeah Brother" but pretty much all of their "I'd like to fuck some Star Trek babes in the butt" songs would have been appropriate.  I personally dig "That's Why I'm In A Star Trek Band" and "Everything I Do I Do With William Shatner".  You can find them in all the usual places - Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, etc.  Here's their album Red Alert:




I was searching for this funny video of Troi making "empath" faces and they put in fart noises, right?  Well it turns out if you Google "video troi fart" that there are way more of these than there really should be and so now I feel kinda weird about it.  And y'all don't even know what it means for me to feel weird about a fart joke.  I mean we got Fart Trek: The Next Flatulation, we got A Christmas Fart in the Turbolift - I am not making this up - then we got Star Trek Fartershop Quartet but anyway like here's this (and please understand I am not endorsing misspelling "Counselor".)

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