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An monthly examination of Terry Pratchett's Discworld book series from an academic perspective, hosted by literature scholars Joshua Bulleid and Alice Capstick. Episode Transcripts and Bibliographies: https://monash.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/doctorprometheuspod Contact: unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com A Doctor Prometheus podcast.
 
Join writer Elizabeth Flux and comedian Ben McKenzie on their six(ish) year mission to read every Terry Pratchett novel – not just the Discworld ones! They’ll read one a month, and discuss them with special guests, puns and footnotes. Episodes released on the 8th of each month (Australian time); check pratchatpodcast.com and the end of each episode for notice of the next book, and send in questions to us via social media! The explicit tag represents a fairly average Australian level of coars ...
 
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Join Christine and Lesley as we discuss Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb! This episode contains spoilers for the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. It does not contain any spoilers past the first series! Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Stuck on Arrakis Discord: https://discord.gg/TqPt9Pm Email: stuckonarrakis@gmail.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stuckonar…
 
Preview for our first ever bonus episode of Unseen Academicals, covering issue 19 of Neil Gaiman's comic series The Sandman: "A Midsummer Night's Dream" (1991). We compare Gaiman's treatment of Shakespeare's titular play to that of Pratchett's Lords and Ladies (1992), while examining the history of Shakespeare in comics and fairy illustration, the …
 
Science comedian and public health nerd Alanta Colley joins Liz and Ben on their second trip through Discworld into Roundworld, as they join Rincewind and the wizards of Unseen University in Pratchett’s second collaboration with Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen: 2002’s The Science of Discworld II: The Globe. While on a team-building exercise in the woods…
 
Our second part on Lords and Ladies, exploring evolving literary and cultural representations of elves and fairies through the works of William Shakespeare, J. R. R. Tolkien, T. H. White, Lord Dunsany, Rudyard Kipling and more! Referenced transcripts: independentresearcher.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Contact: unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com …
 
The last battle is getting closer! This podcast is SPOILER FREE! It does contain spoilers for the first eleven books (duh), but there are no spoilers past the first eleven books because I haven't read them yet! GO CHECK OUT THE WOT PODCASTATHON!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vGe43xbR3c Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Stuck on Arrakis Discord: https:/…
 
Writer and editor Deanne Sheldon-Collins joins Liz and Ben as they return to the infinite worlds of the Long Earth to discuss Pratchett’s second collaboration with Stephen Baxter: 2013’s The Long War. It’s now ten years since anti-stepping extremists nuked natural stepper and explorer Joshua Valienté’s home town of Madison on the original “Datum” E…
 
The first of two episodes on Lords and Ladies (1992), covering quantum continuities, simulacra warrior queens, performative dressing, glamour, the ethics of borrowing, vegetarianism, pagan landmarks, horny gods and more! Referenced transcripts: independentresearcher.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Contact: unseenacademicalspod@gmail.com Alice's…
 
Join Josh and Lesley as we discuss Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb! This episode contains spoilers for the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. It does not contain any spoilers past the first series! Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Stuck on Arrakis Discord: https://discord.gg/TqPt9Pm Email: stuckonarrakis@gmail.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stuckonarrakis…
 
With the ei- the twice-fourth Australian Discworld Convention postponed until next year, Liz and Ben fired up their crystal balls to project themselves live for the one-day online event, Nullus Anxietas: The Lost Con! In this special one-hour mini-episode, we revisit the very first book discussed on the podcast: the fifteenth Discworld novel, 1993’…
 
Lesley and Georgie get high and talk about Georgie's Booktube channel and the Wheel of Time. This episode contains spoilers through Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan. Georgie Twitter: https://twitter.com/georgierreads YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeUg3UBe0k0OGEMtHLVwSOQ Me: Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Stuck on Arrakis Discord: https…
 
Surprise! In the great Australian tradition of Christmas in July, Liz and Ben are joined by writer and literary horror fan Penelope Love to discuss Pratchett’s short story “Twenty Pence, With Envelope and Seasonal Greeting”, first published on the 16th of December, 1987. It’s Christmas Eve, 1843, and the driver of a missing Mail Coach is discovered…
 
We wrap up our extended coverage of Witches Abroad with an examination of mirrors in feminist literature and fairytale revisions, Lilith's origins, Granny's cultural chauvinism, Mrs Gogol, Carnival and the power of parody in combating postmodern pastiche. Referenced transcripts: independentresearcher.academia.edu/JoshuaBulleid/Podcasts Contact: uns…
 
Let's talk about Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, the sixth Discworld book! And meet my new cohost for Discworld episodes, Anna! We had way too much fun talking about Granny, Nanny, and Magrat. This episode contains spoilers for the first six books of the Discworld series and some vague hints for future books. Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Straw Haired …
 
For the second time – and coincidentally for another of the books in The Long Earth series – we’ve made a change in our schedule! Our next book will still be The Long War, as announced in #Pratchat44, but we’re postponing that until August. Our forty-fifth episode, #Pratchat45, will instead discuss Pratchett’s 1987 short story, “Twenty Pence, With …
 
The Oggisms continue as we explore the cultural impact and implications of fairy tales featured in the Genua section of Witches Abroad, including Cinderella, Bluebeard, Puss in Boots, Rumpelstiltskin and Disney itself. We also figure out what simulacras are all about and whether Nala stands a chance in a Disney Princess Deathbattle. Apologies for t…
 
We’ve waited two and a half years for its 35th anniversary, but finally Joel Martin rejoins Liz and Ben to resolve the Discworld’s first (and most literal) cliffhanger in The Light Fantastic, the second Discworld novel, first published on the 2nd of June, 1986. When we last saw them, failed wizard Rincewind, Twoflower the tourist and Twoflower’s ma…
 
Poet and writer Dottie James visits the island to talk about the magical nature (or otherwise) of treacle tarts, the online Wild West and the 32nd Discworld novel A Hat Full of Sky. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Disc…
 
Comedian Stuart Goldsmith visits the island to talk about weaponising empathy, stealing plates and the 24th Discworld novel, The Fifth Elephant. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Island Discworld at http://desertislanddiscworld…
 
Episode 4A of Unseen Academicals, discussing the third book in the Witches Series, Witches Abroad (1991), and using it to explore the characterisation of Magrat and her tension with Granny Weatherwax, crises of identity, homoerotic familiars, fairy godmothers, how fairytales shape culture, way too much about Sleeping Beuaty and The Wizard of Oz, a …
 
Welcome to a new tradition: the Pratchat Eeek Club! Each year, on the Glorious 25th of May, we will release a bonus episode discussing topics selected by our Eeek tier subscribers. This year, the topics are: How would Ankh-Morpork deal with COVID-19? What would happen if Granny Weatherwax was head of Unseen University – or if Angua commanded the Wa…
 
Vanity Fair senior writer Joanna Robinson joins us on the island to talk the resurgence of watercooler TV, covering the Oscars during a pandemic and the 35th Discworld novel, Wintersmith. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction. Visit Desert Islan…
 
Environmental campaigner and podcaster Dave Powell visits the island to talk the Emperor's New Clothes, Mrs McGinty's recycling and the 37th Discworld novel, Unseen Academicals. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction.…
 
Poet and writer Sally Evans joins Liz and Ben as they rejoin Tiffany Aching for a trip up into the mountains to meet the next generation of witches in A Hat Full of Sky, the 32nd Discworld novel, first published in 2004. Note that while this episode discusses a book for younger readers, it does contain swearing and we discuss concepts only appearin…
 
Anthropologist and Artificial Intelligence specialist Dr Beth Singler joins us on the island to talk about robot uprisings, Artificial Stupidity and the 19th Discworld novel, Feet of Clay. This season of Desert Island Discworld is brought to you with the kind support of Handheld Press, publishers of fine forgotten fantasy fiction.…
 
Let's talk about Sourcery by Terry Pratchett, the fifth Discworld book! Rincewind and a few new friends save the Disc from being destroyed by Sourcery while alcohol saves the world from ending. This episode contains spoilers for the first five books of the Discworld series. Cultural references for this book: https://www.lspace.org/books/apf/sourcer…
 
Episode 3 of Unseen Academicals, examining the second book in the Witches Series, Wyrd Sisters (1988), and using it to explore theories of humour, the power of words, Shakespeare, the history of Macbeth, evolving depictions of witches, broomsticks, Black Aliss, vegetarian ghosts, and more! The sound on this on is pretty rough. As Alice and I have a…
 
This is one of the most exciting episodes I've ever recorded because my biggest prediction is TRUE! AHHHHHHHHHHHH! I WAS RIGHT! This podcast is SPOILER FREE! It does contain spoilers for the first eleven books (duh), but there are no spoilers past the first eleven books because I haven't read them yet! Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Stuck on Arrakis Disc…
 
Author, editor and journalist Stephanie Convery returns to Pratchat as newspapers and conspiracy hit Ankh-Morpork in the same week! It’s The Truth, the 25th Discworld novel, first published in 2000. William de Worde has made a reasonable living writing a monthly newsletter for notables, keeping them informed of goings on in Ankh-Morpork. But when h…
 
Episode 2 of Unseen Academicals, discussing the first book in the Witches Series, Equal Rites (1986), and using it to explore definitions and history of magic, magical gender roles, education, the power of words, Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series, female wizards, male witches, seventh sons of seventh sons, H. P. Lovecraft, parallel worlds and mor…
 
Episode 1 of Unseen Academicals, discussing our titular Discworld novel, Unseen Academicals (2009), and using it to discuss Terry Pratchett's critical and academic reception, football/soccer, Academics, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Eddie McGuire, fashion, gender expression, RuPaul's Drag Race, the racial implications of orcs and their origins in…
 
Yay, it's time for another Discworld book and we finally get to hangout with DEATH! Let's chat about Mort! This episode contains spoilers for the first four books of the Discworld series. Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Straw Haired Chits Discord: https://discord.gg/TqPt9Pm Email: stuckonarrakis@gmail.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stuckonarrakis…
 
Today I'm taking a look at Knife of Dreams chapters 3-7. I have some beef, Robert. TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT, PHYSICAL ASSAULT, and EMOTIONAL TRAUMA OF WOMEN This podcast is SPOILER FREE! It does contain spoilers for the first eleven books (duh), but there are no spoilers past the first eleven books because I haven't read them yet! Twitter: @…
 
Educator Dr Charlotte Pezaro joins Liz and Ben on a trip to the South Pelagic, where they find tsunamis, gods and science in Nation, Pratchett’s standalone young adult novel from 2008. Mau is returning from his rite of passage when a huge wave washes over his island Nation, killing everyone he has ever known. He is all alone, stuck without a soul b…
 
Lesley and Aradia get high and talk about what they read in 2020. Spoiler free for all series! Broken Earth Spoilers: https://brokenearthspoilers.com/ https://twitter.com/BESpoilers https://www.patreon.com/BESpoilers/posts What did Aradia read in 2020? Books Krakatoa Island on Fire The City We Became Three Body Problem Pattern of Shadow & Light 1&2…
 
Yay, it's time for another Discworld book! Let's chat about Equal Rites. This book was such a wild adventure! This episode contains spoilers for the first three books of the Discworld series. Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Straw Haired Chits Discord: https://discord.gg/TqPt9Pm Email: stuckonarrakis@gmail.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stuckonarraki…
 
Comedian Richard McKenzie returns to get a bit gothic as he, Liz and Ben head to Überwald to discuss The Fifth Elephant in the room…by which we mean the twenty-fourth Discworld novel, published in 1999. As Ankh-Morpork and its neighbours embrace modern semaphore technology, trouble is brewing among the dwarfs. A new Low King is soon to be crowned i…
 
Join Texas Kelsey and (Texas) Lesley as we discuss Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb! We both love this series so much and we had a blast talking about the first book! This episode contains spoilers for Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb, the first book in the Realm of the Elderlings series. It does not contain spoilers past the first book! :) T…
 
Oh boy, here we go! Let's chat about Knife of Dreams, Book 11 (Part 1) in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan! This episode covers the prologue through chapter 2. This podcast is SPOILER FREE! It does contain spoilers for the first eleven books (duh), but there are no spoilers past the first ten books because I haven't read them yet! Malkier …
 
We’re kicking off the Year of the Beleaguered Badger with something a little different: an international guest, and a short story! Unofficial Pratchett biographer Marc Burrows joins us from the UK to discuss the third Discworld short story: 1998’s The Sea and Little Fishes! Without much else but the carefully applied annoyances of Nanny Ogg to occu…
 
Yay, it's time for another Discworld book! Let's chat about The Light Fantastic. I loved this one! This episode contains spoilers for books one and two of the Discworld series. Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Straw Haired Chits Discord: https://discord.gg/TqPt9Pm Email: stuckonarrakis@gmail.com Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stuckonarrakis…
 
Morgan (Podcast of the Dragon) and I discuss Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan. THIS EPISODE CONTAINS ONE SPOILER FROM THE PROLOGUE OF KNIFE OF DREAMS! Podcast of the Dragon: Podcast: https://anchor.fm/morgan4898/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WarderGrey Discord: https://t.co/denSP83l5f?amp=1 Twitter: @stuckonarrakis Stuck on Arrakis Discord: …
 
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