The Protagonist Podcast #127: Quentin Barnes in The Galactic Football League: The Rookie (Novel 2013) “Praise the high one!”

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Todd and Joe are joined by special guest Jeff Dumas from The Fandom Podcast to discuss Quentin Barnes from The Galactic Football League: The Rookie, a 2009 novel by Scott Sigler. They discuss sports’ place in culture, the genres this story aligns with, and what archetypes Quentin Barnes embodies.

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#109: Jonas in The Giver by Lois Lowry (Novel 1993) “Memories need to be shared.”

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Todd and Joe talk about Jonas from the Lois Lowry novel The Giver. They talk about what doesn’t work for them plot-wise, but what resonates thematically.

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#067: Meg Murry in A Wrinkle in Time (Novel 1963) “Like is not equal!”

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This week, we talk about Meg Murry from the classic novel A Wrinkle in Time. We discuss big ideas versus narrative, the messages of the novel, and tie it all in to the novelization of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film.

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#063: Sammy in Psion Beta by Jacob Gowan (Novel 2010) “Stop believing you can never beat me, and start learning how you can.”

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This week we talk about Sammy from Psion Beta with special guest Jacob Gowans, the author of Psion Beta! Join us for a discussion of what makes a good character, teenage romance (including some serious interdigitating), and what the writing process is like for a new author.

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#058: Haviland Tuf in Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin (Novel 1986) “Sometimes I even think he might be … a god.”

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This week, we talk about an overweight, bald, verbose spacefarer. That’s right, we’re talking about Havilund Tuf, from Tuf Voyaging by George R.R. Martin (don’t worry if you’ve never heard of him, we hadn’t either until listener Tommy requested that we talk about this book). We talk about dinosaurs on spaceships, the value of struggle, and delusions of godhood.

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#025: Ender Wiggins in Ender’s Game by Orison Scott Card (Novel 1985) “The enemy’s gate is down.”

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Joe and Todd discuss Ender Wiggins from the 1985 novel, Ender’s Game. Child soldiers, adolescent politicians, and the truthfulness of history are all topics of discussion.

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