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…
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…
323. Betsy Dornbusch (a.k.a. The God Sword) — Enemy (An Interview)
May 1
Magnetic shoulders, god wars, and reminders, oh my! Betsy Dornbusch joins Jen and Trish to discuss the final book in her Seven Eyes trilogy, Enemy. We discuss how to keep track of all the threads in a trilogy, how powers come with a price, exploring the…
322. Babylon A.D. (2008) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ DongWon Song
Apr 27
Baby taxis, french insults, and white messiahs, oh my! This month, in the most french episode we’ve ever had, Alex, Julia, David, and special guest, DongWon Song, review the problem-plagued film, Babylon AD. We’re pretty sure that this episode of Torture…
Signal Boost #2: Feliza Casano (GirlsinCapes.com) and Sarah Gailey (River of Teeth)
Apr 25
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Feliza Casano, founder and editor of GirlsinCapes.com, joins Jen to discuss her website and how it explores gender, race, and sexuality in geek culture with articles on topics such as comics, tv & film, anime, and more.…
321. The Immigrant Experience in SFF w/ Sabrina Vourvoulias, Rose Lemberg, and Bogi Takács
Apr 20
Immigrating, changing priorities, and translating, oh my! Sabrina Vourvoulias, Rose Lemberg and Bogi Takács join Julia in this two-part discussion episode about their personal experiences as immigrants to the United States and how that experience has…
#57. Get Out (2017) w/ Faridah Gbadamosi and Andrew Hackley — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Apr 17
White liberals, hypnotism, and.. Actually, that’s a huge spoiler so we probably shouldn’t say anything… Oh my! David, Trish, and Mike discuss Jordan Peele’s groundbreaking horror film, Get Out, with guests Faridah Gbadamosi and Andrew Hackley. The team…
#56. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Episodes 19-22) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Apr 13
Psychic superspies, war mongering, and shadows, oh my! We finish the second season of Babylon 5 with a bang, tackling the excitement of episodes 19 through 22! From actors leaving the show to the terrible consequences of the Narn / Centauri war to new…
Signal Boost #1: George Sandison (2084) and Alexandra Pierce (Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler)
Apr 10
Welcome to the first edition of Signal Boost, a twice a month edition of the Skiffy and Fanty Show where we use our platform to promote books, anthologies, comic books, short films, zines, blogs, podcasts, artists, and whatever other cool stuff we think…
320. Alex Wells/Acks (a.k.a. Social Justice Biker Witch) — Hunger Makes the Wolf (An Interview)
Apr 5
Bikers, hardpan, and train robberies, oh my! Our very own Alex Wells/Acks joins Jen and Paul to talk about their new book Hunger Makes the Wolf, recently published by Angry Robot Books. We cover everything from adapting short stories into novels to…
319. The Core (2003) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Mar 31
Magical geodes, giant tumors, and drill-dos, oh my! This month in a hilarious edition of Torture Cinema we visit the 2003 scientific masterpiece, The Core, which was chosen by our completely unbiased listeners with absolutely no help from certain members…
318. Catherine Lundoff (a.k.a. The Fantastic Wolf) — An Interview (Out of This World)
Mar 28
Shakespeare, queer noir, and vampire yaoi, oh my! Catherine Lundoff joins Jen and Paul to talk about her new collection of short stories, Out of this World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories, which is also the first release from her new independent…
#55. Attack the Block (2011) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Tiara W.
Mar 20
Aliens dog monsters, inner city shenanigans, and John Boyega, oh my! Our theme of inclusivity continues with this special episode of Shoot the WISB. Jen, David, Alex, and special guest star Tiara W. join forces to discuss 2011’s exceptional alien invasion…
317. Disability in SF/F — A Discussion w/ Sarah Chorn and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
Mar 14
Literary errors, representation, and disability, oh my! Sarah Chorn and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry join Shaun and Jen for an intense discussion about disability in the sf/f community. We tackle representations of disability in film and literature, the…
#54. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Episodes 13-18) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Feb 27
Vorlons, Minbari deceptions, and space plagues, oh my! Our re-watch of Babylon 5 continues wit episodes 13 through 18 from Season 2! Things are starting to get properly heated up, which means more political intrigue, new character details, and just a…
316. Fantastic Four (2005) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Feb 24
Stretchy weirdos, grumpy CEOs, and clobberin’, oh my! Torture Cinema returns with a special Marvel-icious edition, as selected by our listeners and co-starring none other than veteran Torture Goblin, Michael J. Martinez. We turn our sights to the infamous…
315. Foz Meadows (a.k.a. The Portalist) — An Accident of Stars (An Interview)
Feb 17
Portal worlds, schoolyard bullies, and magic, oh my! In our second interview for the year, Shaun and Paul talk to Foz Meadows about their debut novel, An Accident of Stars. We explore the novel’s central premise, its feminist message, and so much more! We…
314. Djibril al-Ayad (a.k.a. The Editor on Fire) — Problem Daughters (An Interview)
Feb 4
Intersectional feminism, problem voices, and FIRE, oh my! In our first interview of they year, we talk to Djibril al-Ayad about the latest anthology from The Future Fire: Problem Daughters (an anthology of science fiction & fantasy from the fringes of…