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Sharifah and Jenn talk that Marvels trailer, more AI shenanigans, a 40th Anniversary (!) edition of Song of the Lioness, characters they relate to, and more.

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News

SF/F in the real world: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch spreading critters [Science Alert]

The Marvels trailer [Black Girl Nerds]

Winners of the LA Times Festival of Books prize [LA Times]

40th Anniversary edition of Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series [Publishers Weekly]

AI shenanigans at r/Fantasy [Reddit]

Books Discussed

Sophie from Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Cleric Chih from Singing Hills Cycle by Nghi Vo

Lauren from Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler

Mika Moon from The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna

Candace Chen from Severance by Ling Ma

Circe from Circe by Madeline Miller