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Episode 296: Build a Crummy Robot and Call It Gnostic

June 8th, 2018 | Robin

Not by chance do we start in the Gaming Hut, for a look at the role of coincidence in various mystery genres.

Then at the behest of Patreon backer Stewart Robertson we duck into the secret recesses of the Mythology Hut for a 101 on Gnosticism.

In Ask Ken and Robin, backer Aaron Galen White wants Robin to tell him more about Don DeLillo’s Zero K, and the treatment of genre tropes in literary fiction.

Then Ken’s Time Machine revs up to see, at the request of backer Jacob Boersma, what a timeline without the Chernobyl disaster would look like.

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With your Handlers Guide already at your side, it’s time to assemble some operations to spiral your Delta Green operatives into paranoia and Mythos horror. Delta Green: A Night at the Opera features six terrifying adventures from the conspiratorial minds of Dennis Detwiller, Shane Ivey, and Greg Stolze. Preorder before it’s desperately too late!

5 Responses to “Episode 296: Build a Crummy Robot and Call It Gnostic”

  1. Randy Porter says:

    Oh yea Beria ran the Soviet Nuke program…..good luck Ken.

  2. Michael Daumen says:

    The official public response to Chernobyl was the first real test of glasnost – which was failed miserably. If Soviet citizens still needed proof that their government withheld information to their detriment, they got it.

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  4. John Rauchert says:

    I really loved Davies’ Cornish Trilogy (The Rebel Angels, What’s Bred in the Bone, The Lyre of Orpheus).

  5. Phil Masters says:

    I always remembered that saying as “Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.” So I checked, and the Internet not only confirmed that, but to,d me it comes from Goldfinger (the novel).

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