The Incomparable

The Incomparable

A weekly dive into geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, comics, and more. Jason Snell talks with a rotating panel of regular guests. Winner of the 2012 Parsec Award for best fan podcast! Find out more at

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#96: Space Fedora

June 24, 2012 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 20 minutes

The 2012 Hugo Award Nominees. Of all the sci-fi novels published in the last year, these are five of them! (And four aren't actually sci-fi.) But that hasn't stopped us from reading them and giving you our opinions. Join our book club as we talk about five books and pick our favorites. Plus: Vomit Zombies! A unique novel-sponsorship opportunity for Coca-Cola! Our near-unconditional love of author Jo Walton! And what the locusts are reading this year!

Special guests Glenn Fleishman, Monty Ashley, and Scott McNulty.

#95: Don't Take the Cinnamon Challenge

June 16, 2012 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 31 minutes

Unfurl your banners, steal some dragons, slap your insolent nephew, and get ready to listen to us discuss the second season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" in this special live session. Plus, John explains the Internet to Jason.

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, and Serenity Caldwell.

#94: If You Think It's Funny, That's Fine, You're Wrong

June 9, 2012 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 10 minutes

We travel to where geekiness and comedy come together, to discuss our favorite geek TV comedies. From traditional sitcoms to animation to movie commentary, we've got you covered. Plus there's a lot of singing.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.

#93: Monstor

June 2, 2012 at 7:30PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

Our book club takes a dive into the world of Paolo Bacigalupi, covering his award-winning novel "Ship Breaker" as well as its recently-released follow-up, "The Drowned Cities." These books are apparently considered YA (or Young Adult) fiction, leading us to discuss what that label means, if anything. We also talk about Bacigalupi's particular brand of eco-apocalypse, his use of science fiction to make us reconsider what's going on today in the world, and how to pronounce his name. And of course, we coin a new word: it's half monster, half mentor, all Scott McNulty.

Special guests Scott McNulty & Serenity Caldwell.

#92: Nick Fury's Google Hangout

May 26, 2012 at 7:15PM • 1 hour 34 minutes

Avengers assemble! We discuss Joss Whedon's Marvel movie, which has been a hit with audiences and critics. But some members of our panel don't agree. How much do expectations factor in to one's enjoyment of a movie? Has the bar for summer action blockbusters been set too low by the likes of "Transformers 2"? Should every action-adventure movie aspire to be something more? Why is this the first time that the Hulk has been portrayed properly in a film? Grab your cosmic cubes and prepare for 90 minutes of movie-smashing discussion.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, John Siracusa, and Ben Boychuk.

#91: The Hungry Tributes of Catan

May 20, 2012 at 3:15PM • 1 hour 10 minutes

From despotic rulers to lethal hummingbirds, it's time for us to address the cultural phenomenon of "The Hunger Games." Join us as we discuss the movie and original book, as well as (following carefully placed Spoiler Horns) the other two books in the trilogy. Why do all households in Panem get the Bravo network? Should "1984" be a Little Golden Book? And why does Lisa know which district of Panem is in charge of making lumber? This episode has the odds ever in its favor.

Special guests Lisa Schmeiser & Serenity Caldwell.

#90: A Suspiciously Efficient Morgue

May 13, 2012 at 1:45PM • 60 minutes

Take off all your clothes and set the lock code on your mobile phone! It's time for us to discuss the second season of the BBC's "Sherlock," starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. We walk through all three movie-length episodes, starting with the exemplary "Scandal in Belgravia," moving on to the not-so-exemplary "Hounds of Baskerville," and concluding with the mind-blowing "Reichenbach Fall."

Special guests Dan Moren, Greg Knauss, and John Siracusa.

#89: Also Known as Endor

May 6, 2012 at 5:45PM • 1 hour 30 minutes

We wrap up our six-part series on the classic "Star Wars" movies with the climactic final half of "Return of the Jedi." We discuss how the Empire is ahead of the rebels every step of the way, question Luke's choice of forest camouflage, and explain why Ewoks are better unsubtitled. Also, how is Luke's journey to being a Jedi not like what you see in most action movies? Who is more heroic in the end, Luke or Vader? Why does the Emperor wait so long to show us his lightning fingers? Why are rebel ships equipped with fireworks? And is Endor the name of the moon, or the name of the planet the moon is orbiting, or both?

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, and Serenity Caldwell.

#88: Skywalker's Eleven

April 29, 2012 at 7:00PM • 1 hour 13 minutes

We tackle the last of the classic "Star Wars" trilogy, "Return of the Jedi." Why does Jabba the Hutt enjoy avant-garde wall hangings and '80s dance moves? Isn't it sad how Boba Fett goes out with a whimper? Are the alien languages in "Star Wars" too fake-sounding? And what's up with Leia's metal bikini? (Part 1 of 2.)

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, and Serenity Caldwell.

#87: Where Do the Dragons Go to the Bathroom?

April 22, 2012 at 10:15PM • 48 minutes

Here be dragons! Special guest hosts Glenn Fleishman and Lisa Schmeiser discuss books featuring winged and scaly creatures, from Anne McCaffrey to George R.R. Martin. Glenn and Lisa are joined by special guest stars Dori Smith and Sarah Barbour, who are also knowledgeable in the ways of the dragon.

Special guests Glenn Fleishman & Lisa Schmeiser.