BFG Podcast #034: Spider-Man, Sex and the City, and the Year’s Best Science Fiction Books

Our editor and writers slice through the culture

In this week’s edition of the BFG Week in Review Podcast, our loud editor Neal Pollack welcomes sci-fi correspondent Dan Friedman to review the year’s best science-fiction novels. Not only was it a good year for sci-fi, but it was also a diverse year for sci-fi, a genre that keeps expanding its reach. Neal expresses skepticism about reading a sci-fi verse novel in the dialect of the Orkney Islands, but Dan encourages him to eat his vegetables.

From vegetables straight to dessert, Stephen Garrett pops in to talk about Spider-Man: No Way Home. He enjoyed the latest offering from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You’d have to be dead inside not to enjoy it. But Stephen wonders if this is how it’s going to be from now on, endless iterations of the same character played by interchangeable actors in an infinite number of interchangeable settings. “Welcome to comic books,” Neal says.

Finally, Kathy O’Neill makes an appearance to warn about the new Sex and the City episodes, titled ‘And Just Like That.’ She’s more than faintly embarrassed that she and her girlfriends once thought this show was cool. No one is thinking that anymore, that’s for sure. “It’s so bad,” Kathy says, as we all mourn what we’ve lost.

Enjoy the show!

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