Lizard People, Dear Readers

The science fiction and fantasy podcast for lizard people, by lizard people. Odd episodes are devoted to non-book-form genre fiction, movies, TV shows, music, and games; even episodes are book club discussions.
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Nov 16, 2015

It’s another episode from the vault! The Lizard People discuss Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis saga (also known as the Lililth’s Brood series), consisting of Dawn, Adulthood Rites, and Imago.

Xenogenesis is a wild, weird tale about aliens, gender, and survival, sparking a lot of deep conversation by the Lizard People who are certainly still human and not at all reptilians from another planet. As always, the discussion is majorly spoilerific, so do try to read along before you listen to the podcast.

As a reminder, after next session’s Culture Club episode, the Lizard People will be covering Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora, so get ready by getting it read.

Check us out on twitter @DRLizardPeople, email us at and feel free to wake Peter up if he is sleeping, he won’t mind.


Nov 1, 2015
[Hey Listeners/Readers/Lizards, due to conflicts with some menacing lizard-people-underground-illuminati conferences, we present you an episode from THE VAULT (thunder, lightning).  Next episode will be a discussion of Octavia Butler's Xenogenesis, with Aurora following hot on its heels.]
In this Culture Club episode, we talk about our highlights from GenCon 2014, notably artful medieval-em-up card game Ortus Regni.  A good(?) time is had by all with collaborative storytelling games Carolina Death Crawl and Psi-Run, with a nod to Fiasco.
Peter has been playing Folklore, but doesn't really feel like talking about it.  Nathan and George debate Season 10,000,000 of Dr. Who, while a 90 year old man and a hair piece fight vampires in The Strain.  Nathan watches OUTLANDER, but Geroge doesn't know why.
We introduce segments wherein George trolls Nathan on Twitter and we spend a second listening to a picture of Peter's butt.  Finally, George gives advice on how to cut through the content clutter by following him and Nathan on (the now defunct!  You can safely ignore this part)
If listening to this episode causes any painful sores, hair loss, or loss of sleep, contact your doctor immediately.  Otherwise, email us at, or tweet @drlizardpeople.
Oct 14, 2015

This episode contains extensive spoilers, so consider reading the book before listening. Or do what Nathan did and give up a third of the way through. Why did he do that? Listen and find out! It's probably not what you think (it's exactly what you think)!

Episode 00012 will be Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson, all about space and stuff. Fun!

If you have any questions for lizards, people, or Lizard People, email us at or tweet us up on the twitters at @DRLizardPeople

Sep 5, 2015

In this Culture Club episode, we attempt to discuss the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer but end up talking about how bad Man of Steel is, and why Zack Snyder is not a good filmmaker.

Later we manage to talk about other things, like how bad Batman v Superman is going to be (because of Zack Snyder) and how good Suicide Squad COULD be (because of David Ayer). Go see Fury. Peter talks about Elite: Dangerous, we discuss the promise of VR. 

Dope, which is back in theatres for a limited time, is George's favorite movie of the year (along with Mad Max). Go see it. 

"Remember, kids, being a nerd means relentlessly criticizing everything you claim to love."

The book for Episode 00010 is The Grace Of Kings by Ken Liu.

As always, if you have any thoughts, questions, hopes, dreams, fears, recipes, or brainworms, please write us at, tweet us at @DRLizardPeople or draw Peter's face on a coconut and mail it to us. 

Jul 27, 2015

Nathan, Peter and George discuss Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie. This multiple award-winning book details a one-time spaceship’s quest for revenge, while exploring themes of gender, empire and consciousness. The episode contains extensive spoilers, so please think about reading the book before you give the ol’ podcast a listen. Come for the podcast, stay for the rehashing of the classic Enterprise versus Death Star debate.


The book for Episode 00010 has been announced and it is The Grace Of Kings by Ken Liu.



As always, if you have any thoughts, questions, hopes, dreams, fears, anxieties, or personalities, please write us at, tweet us at @DRLizardPeople or throw a paper airplane at Peter’s big noggin. 

Jul 9, 2015

George forces further discussion of Taylor Swift's Bad Blood video.

Further discussion of the upcoming motion picture The Martian, the hot garbage that is Tomorrowland, and the hotter garbage that was Mission to Mars.

Also: sex and morality in The Witcher 3, carving up mooks in Bladestorm Nightmare, trampling peasants in Mount & Blade

Also also: The many lies (and telephones) of Sven Hassel, the King Under The Mountain, and the justly obscure Wizard in Rhyme fantasy series.


Jun 18, 2015

We discuss THE PERIPHERAL, by William Gibson. Flynne Fisher witnesses a murder during what she thinks is a straightforward security detail in a video game. Present and past touch each other in weird ways as she hunts for the killer, and vice versa.


This episode contains extensive spoilers, so consider reading the book before listening.


As always, you can write to us at, tweet to us at @DRLizardPeople, or write your questions on the underside of your desk on a Monday morning.

Jun 5, 2015

George forces us to watch the video for Taylor Swift's Bad Blood.

The band Algiers has a new album, called Algiers. It's good. Stompy Southern Gothic Industrial Gospel. Like you do.

Peter has been playing Bloodborne and watching Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex.

And finally, we chat about MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: what we loved (everything), what we hated (nothing), how it compares to the earlier movies, and why it makes MRAs so verreh mad.

As always, you can write to us at, tweet to us at @DRLizardPeople, or shout your questions into a dark well.

May 28, 2015

[Due to unforeseen circumstances, our discussion of William Gibson's THE PERIPHERAL has been delayed. Instead, we bring you this previously recorded episode, from the Before Times]


Peter, George, and Nathan discuss The Martian, by Andy Weir. An astronaut is stranded alone on Mars. With some potatoes. CAN HE SURVIVE?! MAYBE!

This episode contains extensive spoilers, so consider reading the book before listening. Or you could wait until the movie (starring Matt Damon!) comes out, but maybe they'll change a bunch of stuff, who knows.

Episode 00006's book will be THE PERIPHERAL, by William Gibson.

As always, you can write to us at

Apr 29, 2015

George has some followup thoughts about The Bees

Nathan has watched one episode of Daredevil, and a season and a half of Orphan Black.

Peter likes Patlabor, the anime show about giant police robots with giant revolvers.

The discarded subplots of Game of Thrones

Mayweather vs Pacquiao

George promises not to talk about wrestling

George talks about Lucha Underground

Seminal kung fu movie Five Deadly Venoms

Trash Humpers (not recommended)

and, of course, the trailer for The Force Awakens.


Next episode is a book club discussion about William Gibson's The Peripheral.


You can email us at or send comments to our Ask box at

Apr 15, 2015

Peter, George, and Nathan discuss Laline Paull's award-winning 2014 novel THE BEES, a coming-of-age novel about a worker bee named Flora 717. Go read it; we'll wait.

This episode contains extensive spoilers, so consider reading the book before listening. Or, since studies show that spoilers don't decrease the enjoyment we get from media, read the book after listening to the episode. You could do both at once but it'd probably get confusing.

Episode 00004's book will be THE PERIPHERAL, by William Gibson, if you'd like to get a head start.

If you have questions or comments for the LIzard People about The Bees, The Peripheral, or anything we've discussed so far, you can email us at or send it to our Ask box on our Tumblr, which is

Apr 1, 2015
Welcome to LIZARD PEOPLE DEAR READERS, the science fiction and fantasy podcast by lizard people, for lizard people. In this episode Peter, George, and Nathan discuss who we are and what we think we're doing, plus what we've been playing, reading, watching and listening to these days. 
Peter's Pick: Twilight Struggle, Cold War card-based strategy game by Ananda Gupta / GMT Games
George's Pick: What We Do In The Shadows, mockumentary about vampire roommates in Wellington, by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement 

Nathan's Pick: Sunless Sea and Fallen London, by Failbetter Games
Misc: Terry Pratchett was fantasy's Vonnegut, not its Douglas Adams
What is Ortus Regni, and what happened to the people who made it?
Can bees really detect royalty? Should anyone watch Jupiter Ascending?
Next episode's book: The Bees, by Laline Paull. We know nothing about it! We love bees though.
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