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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Apr 23, 2016

In this episode the guys share their thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, tackling some deep philosophical questions.  What's the best kind of lightsaber fight?  Are wookies mammals?  Does JJ Abrams know how space works?  Where are all the A-Wings?

After that, George, Nathan, and Peter talk about the Martian, and the many rescues and non-rescues of Matt Damon.  Super-hero / noir series Jessica Jones gets a lot of love, and George gets up on his soapbox, which it turns out is full of comic books.

Meanwhile, Peter's been playing The Witness, and reading Lev Grossman's Magician series, which Nathan agrees is pretty great.

George invents a new segment of drive-by-pop-culture-ry, and some good times are spent with The Library at Mount Char, Grimes, and assorted boardgames.  Nathan fiends for the Black Blood of the Earth, and George shares his (terrifying) historical reading list, featuring Colt 6000 and Command & Control.

Jan 18, 2016

It's a mild winter here in, uh, Earth, but not warm enough to stop us from hibernating for two months instead of uploading this episode! Weird! 

First: In this culture club episode, George and Peter are into Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. Nathan is sleep-deprived but manages to make words about Humans and Sens8

Next: the first half of the current season of Doctor Who! Pacing issues! Sonic sunglasses! Two-part arcs! Clara's last name! It's Barton, we're pretty sure.

Then: One-Punch Man

And: John Carpenter's Apocalypse Trilogy: The ThingPrince of Darkness, and In The Mouth of Madness

Also: Cigarette Burns, John Carpenter's episode of Masters of Horror.

AND THEN: Our impressions of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens! From...six weeks before it came out! Revel in our inaccurate guesses, you with perfect vision of the immediate past, which to us at the time was the future. Also, we talk about the correct order in which to show the Star Wars movies to your kids.

NEXT TIME: We finally discuss Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora, with a special guest host!

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.
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 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 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.

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.


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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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