Welcome to the inaugural episode of Pod Culture [Oz], a new Australian Pop Culture podcast about genre fiction. Your show hosts Dave and Nick, together with co-host and producer Philippa, are inviting you to join them for some deep dives into themes and metanarratives that span literature, film, television and gaming.
In this inaugural episode, we discuss the challenges of Life in Lockdown – what we are reading, watching and playing when our usual outlets are restricted. At the time this was recorded Nick was in the extended Melbourne lockdown in Victoria. Dave and Philippa had experienced the 3-month lockdown in NSW and were still working from home. Welcome to the new world.
Below you will find a list of books, movies, tv shows and games that we discuss during this episode. Many of the titles touched on in this episode will be looked at in more depth in upcoming episodes.
What we are reading:
- Cole, Alyssa; Off The Grid Series
- Cole, Alyssa; The Reluctant Royals Series
- Follet, Ken; Pillars of the Earth
- Griffin, Laura, The Tracers Series (13 books)
- Heller, Joseph; Catch-22
- Hibbert, Talia; Get a life, Chloe Brown
- Le Guin, Ursula; Hainish Cycle (Rocannon’s World, Planet of Exile, City of Illusions, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Word for World is Forest, The Dispossessed)
- Leckie, Ann; Imperial Radch (Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, Ancillary Mercy)
- Liu, Cixin; The Three Body Problem
- May, Julian; Saga of the Exiles/ Pliocene Saga
- May, Julian; Intervention / Galactic Milieu Trilogy
- Mitnick, Kevin; Ghost in the Wires
- Pullman, Philip; His Dark Materials
- Rocha, Kit; Mercenary Librarians: Deal with the Devil
- Rocha, Kit; Beyond Series
- Rocha, Kit; Gideon’s Riders Series
- Rothfus, Patrick; The Name of the Wind
- Tolkien, J.R.R.; The Lord of the Rings
- Weatherspoon, Rebekah; Rafe
What we are watching:
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
- Mad Men
- Schitt’s Creek
- The Good Place
- The Lobster
- The Witcher
What we are playing:
- Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
- Borderlands 3
- Fallout 76
- Farming Simulator 15
- Guild Wars 2
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- House Flipper
- June’s Journey
- Kerbal Space Program
- Kingdom Come: Deliverance
- Left 4 Dead
- Lily’s Garden
- Lord of the Rings Online
- Mass Effect 3
- Mount and Blade
- Oxygen Not Included
- Red Dead Online
- Stardew Valley
- The Witcher 3
- Train Simulator
- Trinity Continuum: Aeon
- Wax Wings Photo: Dave’s Photography YouTube channel
- In Defense of Spoilers, The Atlantic, 1 October 2014.
- Why it’s time to stop the Anti Spoiler Paranoia, AV Club, 20 June 2014.
- Are Spoilers Spoiling Film Criticism?, IndieWire, 23 April 2013.
The Vogue Adventuring Company: A selection of outfits from Red Dead Online (as mentioned in the podcast).
Philippa mentioned her fashion-inspired posse in Red Dead online. Here are some of her signature looks. Yes, she does like taking screenshots.