Podcast Episodes – The Skiffy and Fanty Show

Podcast Episodes – The Skiffy and Fanty Show

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A bunch of scifi dorks giving in to the temptations of nerdtopia while riding a unicorn rocket ship to the moon…
338. Indigenous Representation in Horror — A Discussion w/ Darcie Little Badger, Nathan Adler, and Stephen
Oct 23
Jump scares, sacred stories, and contractions, oh my! Darcie Little Badger, Nathan Adler, and Stephen Graham Jones join Shaun Duke and David Annandale to discuss Indigenous Representation in Horror. Our guests share why they enjoy horror, who the real…
Signal Boost #22: Tonya Liburd and Stephen Graham Jones
Oct 17
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Canadian-Born Trinidadian horror writer, Tonya Liburd, about the horror of losing identity, how horror allows you to talk about taboo subjects, and her short story, “A Question of Faith.” Then Stephen…
#63. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Oct 16
Pinocchio, man-children, and mashed potato towers, oh my! In honor of the film’s 40th anniversary digitally remastered theater release, Shaun, Jen, David, and Joyce discuss the 1977 Spielberg classic, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. They explore how…
337. Ann Leckie (a.k.a. Singularitrix) — Provenance (An Interview)
Oct 9
Space Opera, heritage, and alien ambassadors, oh my! Shaun is joined by guest host Feliza Casano of Girlsincapes.com to interview Ann Leckie about the stand-alone novel in her Radch universe, Provenance. Ann shares some of her Space Opera influences,…
Signal Boost #21: Nathan Adler and Darcie Little Badger
Oct 3
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, we kick off our month of focusing on horror writers from traditionally marginalized communities. First up, Jen talks to Nathan Adler — artist, writer, Anishinaabe and Jewish member of the Lac Des Milles Lacs First…
336. WorldCon 75 Interview Edition with Marko Kloos, Crystal Huff, and David J. Peterson
Oct 2
You might recall that way back in August, the Skiffy and Fanty team got to go to WorldCon 75 in Helsinki! While they were there, Shaun and Paul had the honor of interviewing Marko Kloos, Crystal Huff, and David J. Peterson. These interviews span from…
335. Judge Dredd (1995) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Sep 28
Ewok traps, Finnish Ramones punk, and questionable cloning, oh my! Trish, Paul, and Julia are joined by our very own reviewer, Daniel Haeusser, to review the 1995 Stallone extravaganza, Judge Dredd. If only Rob Schneider hadn’t been in this film, it would…
Signal Boost #20: Sandra Odell and Ausma Zehanat Khan (The Bloodprint)
Sep 26
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Sandra Odell, prolific short story writer, joins Jen to talk about disability, sexuality, and gender representation in science fiction and fantasy, how her identities inform her short stories, and what good…
Reading Rangers #3: The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold
Sep 25
Hello, Rangers! In this installment of Reading Rangers, Jen, Paul, Alex, and Stina dive into the third book (internal chronology) of the Vorkosigan Saga, The Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold. Alex and Paul offer the experienced voices, Stina…
Signal Boost #19: A Conversation about SFF Canon
Sep 19
On today’s Signal Boost, Jen remembers that we have a listener suggestion form, and so we FINALLY talk about the questions that one intrepid listener is dying to know! Actually, it’s mostly Shaun talking about the answers while Jen nods sagely. What are…
334. Bisexuality in SFF — A Discussion w/ Cat Rambo, Cecilia Tan, and Matt Weiteska
Sep 18
Unicorn ninjas, terminology, and David Bowie, oh my! Cat Rambo, Cecilia Tan, and Matt Weiteska join Julia Rios and Alex Acks to discuss Bisexuality in SFF. To accidentally celebrate Bisexual Visibility Month, our hosts and amazing guests discuss how…
Signal Boost #18: Michael J. Martinez (MJ-12: Shadows) and Patrick Hester (Samantha Kane: Into the Fire)
Sep 12
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Michael J. Martinez, author of The Daedaelus Trilogy, joins Paul to talk about the second book of his Majestic-12 trilogy, MJ-12: Shadows. They discuss how truth is crazier than fiction and how that led to Mike writing…
#62. The Girl with All the Gifts (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Sep 11
British stoicism, hungries, and fungi towers, oh my! Alex, Mike, and Paul discuss the most recent British foray into the zombie film, The Girl with All the Gifts, an adaptation of the book by M.R. Carey. The team discusses the differences between book and…
333. Malka Older (a.k.a. The Information Broker) — Null States (An Interview)
Sep 5
Information, challenging assumptions, and celebrity politicians, oh my! Paul interviews Malka Older, author of Infomocracy, about the second book in her Centenal Cycle, Null States. Malka shares how her experiences as an NGO worker in Darfur helped shape…
332. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Aug 31
Suggestive spaceships, gin dispensers, and giant crystals, oh my! Paul and Jen are joined by one of our frequent victims, Michael J. Martinez, to discuss the 1980 Seven Samurai inspired space-sploitation(TM) film, Battle Beyond the Stars. Honestly, we…
Signal Boost #17: A Conversation about YA, Ageism, and Assholes
Aug 29
On today’s Signal Boost, Shaun and Jen discuss a few things that had them either shaking their head “WTF?” or screaming “WTF?!,” including the rise and fall of a wanna-be NYT Bestselling YA novel, agism directed at a dear friend, and the conservative…
Signal Boost #16: Fran Wilde (Horizon) and Bogi Takács (Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction)
Aug 22
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Fran Wilde, author and tech consultant, joins Paul to dive into the final book in her Bone Universe series, Horizon. Fran and Paul discuss some of the worldbuilding and where this newest book takes us. Then Bogi Takács,…
#61: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Aug 21
Rampant misogyny, batipi, and failed plots, oh my! Shaun, Paul, and Alex join together to absolutely destroy the mess that is Luc Besson’s newest film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. They REALLY hated this movie, guys. From the…
Signal Boost #15: A Conversation about Helsinki WorldCon & WSFS Business
Aug 15
On today’s psuedo-Signal Boost, Shaun, Paul, and our resident WSFS expert, Alex, recap the Helsinki WorldCon WSFS Business meeting LIVE from WorldCon (ok, so not exactly live, but it’s as close as we get). Alex shares the nitty-gritty, the grim and ugly,…
331. Tobias Buckell (a.k.a. Captain Planet) — At NASFiC (An Interview)
Aug 14
Boats, Bungie Headquarters, and organizing, oh my! Shaun was honored to be able to interview Guest of Honor Tobias Buckell at NASFiC in San Juan, Puerto Rico, last month. It was a great conversation about Tobias’ history and identity as a Caribbean…
Signal Boost #14: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry & Dominik Parisien (Uncanny Magazine “Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction” Kickstarter) and Dave Robison (Archivos)
Aug 8
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien join Paul to talk about the Uncanny Magazine Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and Year Four Kickstarter. Elsa is the Non-Fiction Editor and Dominik is the Fiction Editor…
330. Night of the Comet (1984) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Aug 7
Killer comets, zombie scientists, and arcade game rivalries, oh my! Jen, Alex, and Paul are joined by the wonderful Keith Manuel to discuss the 1984 post apocalyptic film, Night of the Comet! A film which is really not all that torturous even when you…
Signal Boost #13: Nicky Drayden (The Prey of Gods) and Wendy Wagner (An Oath of Dogs)
Jul 26
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Nicky Drayden (a debut author!) joins Stina (in her debut as host!) to talk about the crazy genre mash-up, The Prey of Gods, the journey to becoming a debut author, and how she’s working on a pipeline to encourage Black…
Reading Rangers #2: Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
Jul 24
Hello, Rangers! In our second installment of Reading Rangers, Trish, Paul, Stina, and Kate dive into the second book (internal chronology) of the Vorkosigan Saga, Barrayar, by Lois McMaster Bujold. Trish and Paul offer the experienced voices, while Stina…
Signal Boost #12: A Conversation about Conventions, Economics, and Inclusion
Jul 18
On today’s Signal Boost, Shaun and Jen discuss conventions, the economics of attendance, and how they can be more inclusive. They’re particularly concerned with how convention culture tends to be somewhat exclusive, how conventions often fail utterly at…
329. Inclusivity in Games — A Discussion w/Lorraine Fryer, Vladimir Barash, and Carlos Hernandez
Jul 17
Magic circles, subverting Cthulhu, and preserving heritage, oh my! Lorraine Fryer, Vladimir Barash, and Carlos Hernandez join Julia Rios to discuss Inclusivity in Games! This discussion tackles the importance of representation, colonization of cultural…
Signal Boost #11: Tanya DePass (#INeedDiverseGames/From the Margins) and Hope Nicholson (The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen/Love Beyond Body, Space, & Time)
Jul 11
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Tanya DePass, founder and director of I Need Diverse Games, joins Jen to talk about the importance of diversity in games and the gaming industry, supporting diverse gamers, and the upcoming anthology, From the Margins,…
328. Stina Leicht (a.k.a. Mrs. Irish Cream) — Blackthorne (An Interview)
Jul 6
Serial killers, writing in reverse order, and blind spymasters, oh my! Our very own Stina Leicht joins Jen and Paul to discuss Blackthorne, the second book of her flintlock fantasy series, The Malorum Gates. We get heavy into the world building of a…
#60. Wonder Woman (2017) w/Michi Trota — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Jul 6
Intersectionality issues, forced romances, and origin stories, oh my! Julia, Trish, and Stina discuss the DCEUs only decent movie so far, Wonder Woman, with special guest, Michi Trota! This is an all woman review because we really wanted to get into what…
Signal Boost #10: Alien Nation, Supergirl, and Flash!
Jul 4
On today’s Signal Boost, Shaun and Jen COMPLETELY lose track of what they were supposed to be talking about, end up pitching an Alien Nation reboot (after discussing what made it so 90s), and discuss Supergirl and positive relationships between men in…
327. Fiend Without a Face (1958) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Jun 28
Facehugger brains, Canadian tourism, and the mountains of Manitoba, oh my! This month, Trish, Shaun, and David (our resident Canadian horror film professor!) talk about the 1958… ummm… classic? Fiend Without a Face! It’s bad, folks, I mean, it’s really…
Signal Boost #9: Sarah Dodd (Samovar) and Rod Faulkner (The 7th Matrix)
Jun 20
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Sarah Dodd, co-editor of Samovar Magazine, joins Jen to talk about what Samovar is, the challenge of finding non-English speculative fiction, and the importance of their collaborations in bringing a translated spec-fic…
#59. Alien: Covenant (2017) w/ Jeannette Ng — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Jun 19
Byron, Shelley, and Wagner, oh my! Shaun, David, and Jen, discuss Ridley Scott’s newest edition to the Alien universe, Alien: Covenant, with special guest, Jeannette Ng! The group travel deep into the weeds of the literary and theological references in…
Signal Boost #8: A Conversation about the Importance of Wonder Woman
Jun 15
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun and Jen discuss the importance of the new Wonder Woman film succeeding — both for the representation of women in front of and behind the silver screen. Don’t forget to wait for this week’s boosts at the end! We…
326. Joyce Chng (a.k.a. The Werewolf Whisperer — Starfang: Rise of the Clan (An Interview)
Jun 12
Werewolves in space, Chinese-diaspora, and merchants, oh my! Joyce Chng joins Jen and Paul to discuss her Space Opera novella, Starfang: Rise of the Clan. We talk about the everything from how Joyce was influenced by Singapore’s maritime traditions, to…
Signal Boost #7: Ashlee Blackwell (Graveyard Shift Sisters) and Carrie Patel (Pillars of Eternity/Recolleta Series)
Jun 6
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Ashlee Blackwell, founder and editor of Graveyard Shift Sisters, joins Shaun to talk about the goal of her website, #FridayNightHorror, and some recommendations for essential Black horror films. Then Paul is joined by…
325. Queen of the Damned (2002) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ Megan O’Keefe
Jun 1
Scientology theories, nipple jackets, and, oh my god, is that Shaun singing?! This month, we honestly don’t know how to describe the bizarre twists and turns the conversation takes as Megan O’Keefe joins Shaun, Paul, and Jen to discuss the fairly maligned…
Reading Rangers #1: Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
May 25
Butterfly in the sky! I can go twice as high! I can’t sing, so just listen to the theme song… but every time it says Rainbow… think Rangers… Yes, we really ARE that nerdy! Reading Rangers is our new, bi-monthly (for now) episode series in which we pick a…
Signal Boost #6: Sophia Chester (Cosmic Callisto Caprica/Rocket Romance) and Heather Rose Jones (Alpennia Series/Lesbian Historic Motif Project)
May 23
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Sophia Chester, author of Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings of Saturn and the Rocket Romance novellas, joins us to talk about how her books tackle the civil rights era IN SPACE!!! Then Heather Rose Jones,…
Signal Boost #5: A Conversation about CoGeeko Ergo Sum
May 16
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun and Jen have a conversation about their earliest memories of geekdom and how they came into their love of SFF from very different directions. In addition, they both have their mini-boosts for the week! Shaun…
#58. Night Watch (2004) w/ Juan Sanmiguel — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
May 15
Gloom travels, Shadowrun, and post-soviet-collapse Russia, oh my! Shaun, Jen, and Paul, discuss the Russian urban fantasy blockbuster film, Night Watch, with special guest, Juan Sanmiguel! The group discuss American audience prejudice against foreign…
Signal Boost #4: Gideon Marcus (GalacticJourney.org) and Andrew Barton (Tailings of the Golden Age)
May 9
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Gideon Marcus, founder and primary writer of Galactic Journey, joins Jen to tell us about the Traveler’s Galactic Journey to 55 years ago. Then Andrew Barton, science fiction writer from beyond the Wall, joins Jen to…
324. Inclusivity in Fairy Tales — A Discussion w/ Sara Cleto, Brittany Warman, and Shveta Thakrar
May 8
Beastly brides, universal motifs, and complicating narratives, oh my! Sara Cleto, Brittany Warman, and Shveta Thakrar join Julia and Mike (who dusts off his M.A. in Folklore Studies) to discuss inclusivity in fairy tales, specifically the conversations in…
Signal Boost #3: A Conversation about Marvel’s Nazi Problem
May 2
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun and Jen introduce their whole new format: Conversations! Today, we discuss Marvel’s Nazi Problem: how Marvel has betrayed the character of Captain America, how upsetting this is in today’s political climate, and…