Charlotte takes the lead in this episode, where we chat to Jeannette Ng about her use of Christian mythology in her debut novel, Under the Pendulum Sun. From using relatively unknown elements of Christianity to developing alternate patriarchies to highlight the impermanence of our own, Jeannette is as interesting as she is educational.

"History is both more sexist and less sexist than you think" - Jeannette Ng

If you take nothing else away from this episode, remember to read the author’s notes and explore ideas you are unfamiliar with after reading an interesting novel. After all, even the most fantastic of fictional worlds are developed from within the realms of our ‘real’ world.

‘What people find plausible is very rooted in how prejudiced they are.’

Texts and people mentioned in this episode include:

  • Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
  • Princess series by Jim C Hines
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
  • Crimson Peak
  • Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Carmilla (web series)
  • Margery Kempe
  • The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
  • Hild by Nicola Griffith
  • Nirvana in Fire
  • Odyssey (Profound Decisions: live role-playing game)
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemison
  • God of War (video game)
  • George R. R. Martin
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Ronald Hutton
  • Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Star Trek: The Original Series (Episode: ‘Who Mourns for Adonais?’)
  • Stargate
  • Chariot of the Gods? by Erich von Däniken

N.B. Being mentioned in BtGS does not equal endorsement.