In this episode Oliver shares the essay he found that helped him envision the ending of the novel, an almost anti-sword & sorcery essay, The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction by Ursula K Le Guin. First he reads it to you (click here if you want to read it yourself), then gets into how it helped him see the story he wants to tell so much more clearly.
Then in the listener question segment he discusses how he discovered, and was drawn to work with, a remarkable speculative fiction archive, The Merril Collection. In this he promises some links, which are as follow:
The Merril Collection: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/merril/
The Merril Collection Digital Archive: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?Erp=20&N=38537+38532&view=grid
Friends of Merril: https://friendsofmerril.org
Unknown Worlds of the Merril Collection podcast: https://unknownworlds.podbean.com