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Torture Cinema #86: A Special Holiday Torture Cinema Adventure – The Christmas Dragon (2014)
Dec 24, 2018 • 63 min
Darkspawn, shiny noses, and a new sex term, oh my! This one is DEFINITELY NSFW folks! Somehow the team, comprised of Shaun, Jen, Paul, and Becca, managed to turn this family friendly film into a total raunch fest. Proceed with caution. You have been…
Signal Boost #49 – Steph Matuku (Flight of the Fantail) and Bethany C. Morrow (MEM)
Dec 18, 2018 • 44 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Elizabeth talks to Steph Matuku, author of the debut novel, Flight of the Fantail, and the children’s book, Whetū Toa and the Magician. Both are out from HUIA Publishers in New Zealand. The two talk about how Steph…
Reading Rangers: Shorts #3 – Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World
Dec 17, 2018 • 44 min
Rangers Trish, Brandon, and Daniel are back this month to discuss the English translation of the Brazilian Anthology, Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World edited by Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro and translated by Fábio Fernandes. The…
At the Movies #72 – The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Dec 11, 2018 • 62 min
Crime, creepy Gremlin elves, and Marxist critiques of late capitalism, oh my! It’s the holidays, and that means it’s time to wax lyrical about holiday movies. This year, Shaun, Paul, Alex, and Mike join forces to discuss the brand new smash hit, The…
Signal Boost #48 — Sabrina Vourvoulias (Ink) and Stephanie Gunn (Icefall)
Dec 4, 2018 • 39 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun talks to Sabrina Vourvoulias about the re-release of her incredibly prescient novel, Ink. They discuss how the book’s conversation about immigration is more timely than ever, the courageousness of Rosarium…
355. Celine Kiernan (a.k.a The Ghost of NIMH) — Begone the Raggedy Witches (An Interview)
Dec 3, 2018 • 43 min
Puppies, crows, and rainbows, oh my! We’re just so happy to have back one of the oldest friends of the Skiffy and Fanty Show, Celine Kiernan. In this episode, Jen and Elizabeth have a chat with Celine about her first juvenile fiction, Begone the Raggedy…
Signal Boost #47 — Betsy Dornbusch (The Silver Scar) & Dax Murray (Birthing Orion)
Nov 27, 2018 • 35 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Betsy Dornbusch, author of the Seven Eyes series and much more, about her new novel, The Silver Scar. Betsy shares with us a little about the story, why she decided on a blending of genres to create the…
Torture Cinema #85: Blade: Trinity (2004)
Nov 26, 2018 • 60 min
Happy trails, Office Building Prime, and proto-Katniss, oh my! So, you know how the first Blade movie was actually kind of awesome and we all went crazy for the killer daywalker with a badass cloak, giant fangs, and the most country sidekick this side of…
Reading Rangers #8: Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
Nov 19, 2018 • 45 min
Hello, Rangers! This month, we’re diving back into the Vorkosiverse with Mirror Dance! Our team of Rangers, Paul, Trish, and Kate, dig into one of the most life-altering books of the series: a book which contains a major death, even more conversations on…
Episode 3. Into the Wardrobe with Hocus Pocus (1993; Dir Kenny Ortega): Complications with 90s Narratives
Nov 13, 2018 • 68 min
In this third episode of Into the Wardrobe (though the first to most of our listeners), Shaun and Jen discuss the 1993 Disney film, Hocus Pocus, directed by Kenny Ortega. They discuss the film’s pros and cons, from its treatment of people of color and…
Speculative Fiction in Translation #10: Iceland and Gothic Fantasy
Nov 9, 2018 • 41 min
In this month’s episode, Rachel and Daniel make the most of a relatively-light SFT month, discussing the collections, stories, and reviews that came out in October. They also look ahead to the exciting wonderfulness that is November. The highly-acclaimed…
Torture Cinema #84: Leprechaun in the Hood (2000) — Happy Halloween w/ Tonia Thompson
Oct 31, 2018 • 52 min
Afros, magic “flutes,” and tokenism, oh my! Happy Halloween, everyone! Shaun, Jen, and Teri consulted with Tonia Thompson to select movies appropriate for a Halloween special during Black Speculative Fiction Month and she has suffered for it. We turn our…
354. Black Horror – A Discussion w/ Eden Royce, Linda Addison, & Sheree Renée Thomas (moderated by Tonia Thompson)
Oct 29, 2018 • 89 min
Deer heads, Tituba, and zombies, oh my! Jen hands the podcast over to Tonia Thompson of Nightlight Podcast, who moderates a discussion about black horror between Eden Royce, Linda Addison, and Sheree Renée Thomas. These phenomenal horror writers bring…
Signal Boost #46 — DC (Mutants in the Night) & Chinelo Onwualu (Omenana & Anathema)
Oct 24, 2018 • 44 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun talks to DC, creator of the table-top role-playing game, Mutants in the Night. They discuss how Mutants in the Night utilizes the Forged in the Dark RPG system to explore marginalization, what inspired them to…
At the Movies #71 – Daughters of the Dust (1991)
Oct 22, 2018 • 85 min
Colorism, root work, and history you should already know, oh my! Join Jen and Teri with special guest, Eden Royce, as they discuss the 1991 Julie Dash independent film, Daughters of the Dust. This is an incredibly intense and languid film about a Gullah…
Signal Boost #45 — Charlie J. Eskew (Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark) & Danny Lore (ed. The Wilds)
Oct 16, 2018 • 43 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun talks to Charlie J. Eskew, author of the debut novel, Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark! Charlie tells us all about his new book, Black superheroes, dealing with contemporary issues through the superhero genre,…
Signal Boost #44: C.L. Polk (Witchmark) and Tonia Thompson (Nightlight Podcast)
Oct 10, 2018 • 37 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to C.L. Polk, author of the debut novel Witchmark from Tor.Com Publishing. We learn what inspired C.L. to set the novel in an allegorical post-WWI England, how she developed a complex governmental and class…
Reading Rangers: Shorts #2 – The 2018 Nommo Award Finalist Short Stories
Oct 8, 2018 • 46 min
Hello, Rangers! Time to get back into the saddle after too long a wait to highlight the wonderful short story finalists from the 2018 Nommo Awards! The Nommo Awards are hosted by the African Speculative Fiction Society and “recognise works of speculative…
Speculative Fiction in Translation #9: Co-Hosts and Anthologies
Oct 6, 2018 • 63 min
This month’s episode is especially exciting because Rachel has a co-host now! Daniel Haeusser is a professor of biology and regular Skiffy and Fanty contributor. You’ll also know him from the monthly short SFT reviews that he writes for the SFT website.…
Signal Boost #43 — A Conversation about Black Speculative Fiction Month at Skiffy and Fanty
Oct 2, 2018 • 31 min
We know, we know. It’s been an age and a half since Shaun and Jen sat down to have a conversation, but we’re back to let you know about a very special month at Skiffy and Fanty — Black Speculative Fiction Month! October was designated Black Speculative…
353. Rebecca Roanhorse (a.k.a. The Lightning Wielder), Trail of Lightning
Oct 1, 2018 • 48 min
Coyote, road trips, and ghosts, oh my! We’re very excited to start out Black Speculative Fiction Month with a fantastic interview with the Hugo, Campbell, and Nebula award winning Afro-indigenous author, Rebecca Roanhorse. Jen and Becca figuratively sit…
Signal Boost #42: Rhonda Parrish & Greg Bechtel (co-ed. Tesseracts 21: Neverthless) & Peter Tieryas (Mecha Samurai Empire)
Sep 27, 2018 • 47 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to to Rhonda Parrish and Greg Bechtel, the co-editors of Edge Publishing’s anthology Tesseracts 21: Nevertheless. They discuss how each got involved with this collection of optimistic speculative fiction…
Torture Cinema #83: Atlantis: The Lost Continent (1961)
Sep 25, 2018 • 62 min
Crystal lasers, pig people, and recycled costumes, oh my! In today’s episode of Torture Cinema, Paul, Alex, Daniel, and the prodigal son, Shaun, gather together to make absolutely sure that the destroyed civilization of Atlantis stays destroyed as they…
Reading Rangers #7: Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold
Sep 17, 2018 • 47 min
Hello, Rangers! It’s once again time to explore the Vorkosiverse with our intrepid Rangers. Paul, Alex, Stina, and Trish (safe from Hurricane Florence in the past), dig into what makes Brothers in Arms such a great addition to Lois McMaster Bujold’s…
Signal Boost #41 — Tansy Rayner Roberts (ed. Mother of Invention) & Sam Hawke (City of Lies)
Sep 11, 2018 • 39 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Elizabeth talks to Dr. Tansy Rayner Roberts, writer and editor extraordinaire, about 12th Planet Press’s robot creation anthology, Mother of Invention, which Tansy co-edited with Rivqa Rafael! The two discuss a bit of…
At the Movies #70 — The Meg
Sep 10, 2018 • 57 min
Hamster balls, giant squid, and Jason Statham’s biceps, oh my! Join Jen, Alex, and David as they discuss the summer blockbuster hit and totally Jason Statham-y film, The Meg! While some people might hate fun, we certainly don’t. With our happy hats on, we…
Speculative Fiction in Translation #8: Solarpunk, Nexhumans, and Ball Lightning
Sep 4, 2018 • 15 min
This month’s episode is packed with info about the SFT from Algeria, Japan, Serbia, Italy, Brazil, Portugal, Russia, and China. It’s a vibrant mix of new books in a series, anthologies, novels, and stories, which I know you’ll enjoy. Plus, you can check…
Torture Cinema #82: Gallowwalkers (2012)
Aug 30, 2018 • 63 min
Lizard tails, Hellraiser, and bad Spanish, oh my! In today’s episode of Torture Cinema, Jen, Paul, and Alex are joined by the wonderful Tonia Thompson, founder of Nightlight Podcast, to talk about a film that should probably be thrown into the nearest…
352. Lynne Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Matt Peters — Uncanny Magazine (Year Five)(An Interview)
Aug 20, 2018 • 35 min
Belly-dancing wookies, pancakes, and multimedia cooperatives, oh my! The Thomas’ are back on Skiffy and Fanty to share their year five kickstarter with Paul and Trish! They brought with them Matt Peters, who, along with the fabulous Michi Trota, is hoping…
Signal Boost #40 — Claire O’Dell, Daniel Hansen, and Ilana C. Myer
Aug 7, 2018 • 44 min
After a long break, we’re back with not two but THREE WHOLE INTERVIEWS! Because you deserve it (and also we need to catch up). In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Paul talks to Claire O’Dell (the pen name of Beth Bernobich) about the first book in her new…
Speculative Fiction in Translation #7: Croatia, Quebec, and Condomnauts
Aug 2, 2018 • 11 min
July brought us speculative stories, books, and collections translated from the Chinese, Spanish, Croatian, French, Finnish, Portuguese, and Swedish. So much great stuff! From post-apocalyptic science fiction to Swedish horror to magical realism from…
Torture Cinema #81: Frogs (1972)
Jul 30, 2018 • 68 min
Toads, Sam Elliot’s missing mustache, and weaponized Spanish moss, oh my! In today’s hoptastic episode, Alex, Paul, David, and special guest Michael J. Martinez try to drain the swamp of the southern patriarchy as they discuss the 1972 “killer” amphibian…
Reading Rangers #6: Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold
Jul 23, 2018 • 61 min
Hello, Rangers! We’re back to dig into the uhhh… I would say 6th book, but this is where things get a little complicated. We skipped Ethan of Athos, because the collective decision by the veterans is that it should be burned in the depths of hell, and…
351. Sam J. Miller (a.k.a. The Activist) — Blackfish City (An Interview)
Jul 9, 2018 • 49 min
Sheep, orca, and polar bears, oh my! Sorry about the huge delay on this exciting episode with the Shirley Jackson Award winning Author, Sam J. Miller! In this episode, Julia and Daniel discuss Sam’s newest novel, Blackfish City, including the ways in…
Speculative Fiction in Translation #6: Japan in June
Jun 30, 2018 • 10 min
June, sweet June. It’s brought us two novel-length works of Japanese SFT, short fiction from the Chinese and Bengali, and a lot of reviews. This has also been a month of discussions about adding an SFT category to the Hugo Awards and Italian micro…
Speculative Fiction in Translation #5: Frankenstein, Future Fiction, and Wiscon
Jun 3, 2018 • 10 min
May is absolutely filled to the brim with SFT. With five short stories, seven novels/collections, interviews, reviews, and more, you’ll never be at a loss for something to read. Rachel also talks about the SFT panel at Wiscon (the annual feminist science…
Speculative Fiction in Translation #4: Francesco Verso, Italy and Japan
May 16, 2018 • 36 min
Italy and Japan dominate this week’s episode, which includes SFT updates for April and an interview with the very talented and very busy Italian author/editor/publisher Francesco Verso. Rachel fills you in on the Chinese, Italian, Korean, Dutch, French,…
Signal Boost #39 — Joseph Brassey (Dragon Road) and Michael R. Underwood (Born to the Blade)
May 15, 2018 • 40 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Paul talks to Joseph Brassey about the second book in his Drifting Lands series, Dragon Road. Careful, because there are spoilers for the first book in the series, Skyfarer, which you should definitely go read right…
At the Movies #69 — A Quiet Place w/ Zin E. Rocklyn
May 14, 2018 • 62 min
Sign language, killer aliens, and polar bears, oh my! In today’s episode of At the Movies, Shaun, Alex, David, and the lovely Teri (a.k.a. Zin E. Rocklyn) discuss the science fictional horror film, A Quiet Place, which is probably the only film produced…
350. Justina Ireland (a.k.a. The Dreadnought) — Dread Nation (An Interview)
May 8, 2018 • 62 min
19th-century zombies, industrial schools, and sweet scythes, oh my! Justina Ireland joins Jen and guest co-host, Tiara, to discuss her post-Reconstruction era zombie uprising novel, Dread Nation. They discuss Justina’s approach to the history of…
Torture Cinema #80: Lost in Space (1998)
Apr 30, 2018 • 58 min
Cyborg spiders, diapers, and boob seams, oh my! Jen, Paul, Alex, and Elizabeth (in her Torture Cinema debut) discuss the utterly disastrous 1998 movie adaptation of Lost in Space. From the terrible costumes to atrocious world-building, they collectively…
Signal Boost #38 — At ICFA — The Dell Award Finalists
Apr 24, 2018 • 28 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun, Julia and Joyce sit down with the finalists for the Dell Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing at ICFA! They talk to Arthur Davis (the 2018 Dell Award Winner), C.E. McGill,…
At the Movies #68: Annihilation (2018) w/ Zin E. Rocklyn
Apr 23, 2018 • 60 min
A biologist, a geologist, and some other awesome people walk into a podcast… In today’s episode of At the Movies, Alex, Paul, Mike, and Daniel are joined by the lovely Teri (a.k.a. Zin E. Rocklyn) to discuss Alex Garland’s adaptation of the Jeff…
Speculative Fiction in Translation #3: Ken Liu, Croatia, Catalonia
Apr 18, 2018 • 29 min
In today’s episode, Rachel brings you some SFT updates from March AND an interview with the wonderful author/translator/editor Ken Liu! Rachel discusses all of the Catalan, Japanese, Polish, Chinese and Indonesian novels, short stories, and collections…
Signal Boost #37 — At ICFA — Keffy R.M. Kehrli (GlitterShip) and Bryan Camp (The City of Lost Fortunes)
Apr 17, 2018 • 38 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, we’re coming at you from the International Convention on the Fantastic in the Arts! Yay! First, Shaun and Joyce are joined by Keffy R.M. Kehrli to talk about GlitterShip SF, a queer speculative fiction short story…
Reading Rangers: Shorts #1 – 2017 Nebula Finalist Short Stories
Apr 16, 2018 • 43 min
Hello again, Rangers! We’re so excited about this new subcast of Reading Rangers! One of our most requested subjects from our annual listener survey was discussions of short fiction, and so we’ve decided to deliver with Reading Rangers: Shorts! Woohoo! On…
Signal Boost #36 — Sean Grigsby (Smoke Eaters) and Thoraiya Dyer (Titans’ Forest Trilogy)
Apr 10, 2018 • 30 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Paul talks to Sean Grigsby about his debut novel, Smoke Eaters, which imagines a future world in which firefighters also fight dragons! They discuss how Sean’s fire service career helped inform the novel and why he…
349. Gareth L. Powell (a.k.a. The Baron), Embers of War
Apr 9, 2018 • 38 min
Spy vs. Spy, sentient ships, and Star Wars, oh my! Gareth Powell joins Becca and Paul to discuss his newest novel, Embers of War! They discuss why Gareth switched gears to Space Opera, how the Titanic inspired the rescue organization that plays a…
Signal Boost #35 — Tonya Moore (Becoming) and R.S.A. Garcia (Lex Talionis)
Apr 3, 2018 • 30 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Elizabeth talks to Tonya R. Moore about her collection of short stories (Becoming), how her Jamaican heritage affects her writing, her love of anime and how it influences her work, her upcoming zine on Yaoi anime, and…
Torture Cinema #79: Event Horizon (1997)
Mar 26, 2018 • 77 min
Singularities, Cenobites, and Gothic cathedrals, oh my! Jen, Paul, David, and Rachel get together to review the film that refused to stay buried in a Transylvanian Salt Mine. They discuss (or rather, David schools everyone) how Event Horizon is a stealth…
Reading Rangers #5: Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold
Mar 23, 2018 • 42 min
Hello, Rangers! We’re back from our break to tackle the 5th book (chronologically) in Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Vorkosigan Saga — the unfortunately somewhat disappointing Cetaganda. Our newbie, Kate, is joined by Vorkosigan Veterans, Paul and Alex, to…
Speculative Fiction in Translation #2: Biohorror and Dwarves
Mar 14, 2018 • 13 min
In which Rachel fills you in on all of the SFT-related goodness since last month, including stories and novels out in February and March (February 14 – March 15), what Rachel’s currently reading and translating, and more. While February offered us…
At the Movies #67: Black Panther (2018) w/ Faridah Gbadamosi, Justina Ireland, and Brandon O’Brien
Mar 12, 2018 • 83 min
We know Black Panther has been out for a month, but we wanted to make sure you had a chance to see it at least two or three times before you listened to our amazing line-up of guests discuss the film. In this episode, Jen and Trish are joined by Faridah…
348. Rachel Hartman (a.k.a. The Ingenious Noblewoman): Tess of the Road
Mar 5, 2018 • 54 min
Boots, La Mancha, and family dynamics, oh my! Rachel Hartman, author of the Seraphina Duology, joins Jen and Elizabeth to tell us all about the newest book in the world of Seraphina, Tess of the Road! They discuss everything from how stories define us,…
Signal Boost #34 — Rati Mehrotra (Markswoman) and Marlee Jane Ward (Orphancorp Series)
Feb 27, 2018 • 22 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Rati Mehrotra about her debut novel, Markswoman. They explore how Mehrotra’s own background inspired the world, why she decided to write it as a post-apocalyptic novel, what inspires her writing, and a few…
Torture Cinema #78 — Lawnmower Man: The Director’s Cut (1992)
Feb 26, 2018 • 65 min
Killer lawnmowers, crucifixions, and cybersex, oh my! This is our very first Torture Cinema of the year, and so OF COURSE our Patrons had to pick something that was TRULY terrible! In this episode, Julia, Paul, Alex, and Daniel dig deep into the movie…
Signal Boost #33 — Marko Kloos (Points of Impact) and Cody Sisco (Resonant Earth Series)
Feb 20, 2018 • 31 min
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Paul talks to Marko Kloos about his military SF series, Frontlines, and more specifically about the sixth and “final” book in the series, Points of Impact. Marko shares how he tried to play with the typical military SF…
347. Black Southern SpecFic – A Discussion w/ Eden Royce and Troy L. Wiggins
Feb 19, 2018 • 68 min
Conjure, dialect, and gatekeepers, oh my! Jen and Trish are joined by Eden Royce and Troy L. Wiggins to discuss the current field of Black Southern Speculative Fiction, including how the speculative is part of the Black Southern experience, whether or not…
Speculative Fiction in Translation #1: Introductions
Feb 14, 2018 • 14 min
The brand-new and sparkling Speculative Fiction in Translation podcast is here! In her 1st episode, Rachel introduces herself and talks about what to expect from the podcast throughout 2018. She also takes a quick look back at 2017 and its SFT riches and…
At the Movies #66: The Shape of Water (2017) w/ Caitlyn Paxson
Feb 12, 2018 • 70 min
It’s finally here. The Show Formerly Known as Shoot the WISB returns with its new name: At the Movies. In today’s episode, we’re joined by Caitlyn Paxson in a riveting discussion of the much-acclaimed Guillermo Del Toro fantasy, The Shape of Water. The…
Signal Boost #32 – A Conversation on Silly Audience Questions
Feb 6, 2018 • 30 min
Signal Boost is back! In our 1st boost festival of the year, a very sick Jen and a dissertation-downtrodden Shaun attempt to answer a few of your silly questions. Based on questions by @Runalongwomble and @timata87, we tell you about our secret Jaeger…
346. Myke Cole (a.k.a. Sergeant Tibbs): The Armored Saint
Feb 5, 2018 • 33 min
Mecha, the Nascent Church, and invented fears, oh my! Myke Cole, one of our most frequent guests over the years, joins Paul and Shaun to talk about his new fantasy novel, The Armored Saint. Over the course of the interview, Myke discusses what it meant to…
345. Looking Back, Moving Forward: The 2018 Edition
Jan 29, 2018 • 46 min
Wow. It’s finally here! Our first episode on our new website, using our new feed! Hopefully everything works out and it ends up in your ears, because it’s time for the team to talk about what they loved in 2017 and what they’re looking forward to in 2018!…
Signal Boost #31: Wrapping Up the Year
Dec 26, 2017
In our final podcast of the year, Shaun and Jen offer a quick wrap-up of all the things we loved about 2017. We share some of our favorite episodes, remind folks of our listener/reader survey, and offer up some last minute mini boosts to make 2017 just a…
344. Krampus: The Reckoning (2015) — A Special Holiday Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Dec 24, 2017 • 65 min
Tang, overbites, and gratuitous boob shots, oh my! In this special Holiday edition of Torture Cinema, Shaun, Paul, Jen, Alex, and Becca mix too much alcohol with a really, truly terrible movie. This one definitely comes with some language and content…
Signal Boost #30: Michelle Kan (No More Heroes) and Rachel Cordasco (SFinTranslation.com)
Dec 19, 2017
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Becca talks to Michelle Kan about her book, No More Heroes. They discuss what it meant for Michelle to write an #OwnVoices gender-fluid aro-ace character that included her ethnic heritage, issues with anxiety, and…
#65. Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Dec 18, 2017
Space heroism, Porgs, and grumpy Jedi, oh my! In our last Shoot the WISB episode of the year, Shaun, Jen, Alex, Mike, and Daniel join forces for the most anticipated movie of the year, Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi. We talk about Rian Johnson’s direction,…
Signal Boost #29: A Conversation about Exciting News!
Dec 12, 2017
On today’s Signal Boosts, Shaun and Jen share some exciting news about the Skiffy and Fanty website, our RSS feeds, the future of our funding sources, and our 2017 Reader/Listener Survey! Even though we’re pissed about what Patreon just did, our patron…
343. Jeannette Ng (a.k.a. Lady of the Moths) — Under the Pendulum Sun (An Interview)
Dec 11, 2017
Shelley, trifles, and rap, oh my! Shaun and Jen have a talk with Jeannette Ng about her debut novel, Under the Pendulum Sun! Jeannette shares what inspired her to write a Gothic romance fantasy novel about Missionaries — specifically one that tackles such…
Signal Boost #28: Claudie Arseneault (City of Spires Trilogy) and Brandon O’Brien
Dec 5, 2017
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Claudie Arseneault about her work, including the recently released second book of the City of Spires trilogy, City of Betrayal. They discuss the mosaic narrative of City of Spires, found families, the solar…
342. Cowboys vs Dinosaurs (2015) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Nov 30, 2017
Dino Olympics, Jurassic Park, and bikinis, oh my! For this episode of Torture Cinema, Shaun and Julia are joined by our intern, Becca, and special guest, Adam Callaway, to drunkenly review Cowboys vs Dinosaurs, an absolutely terrible movie about rampant…
Reading Rangers #4: The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
Nov 27, 2017
Hello, Rangers! In this installment of Reading Rangers, Paul, Trish, Kate and special guest, Anne Lyle, tackle the fourth book (internal chronology) of the Vorkosigan Saga — The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold. Kate’s the only new one this time, so the…
Signal Boost #27: K. Arsenault Rivera (The Tiger’s Daughter) and Stacey Berg (Echo Hunter 367 Duology)
Nov 21, 2017
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks K. Arsenault Rivera about her debut novel, The Tiger’s Daughter. K talks about the narrative structure of the novel, the importance of queer representation, how her Kung Fu film obsession helped her write the…
341. NaNoWriMo — A Discussion w/ Cat Rambo, Nicky Drayden, and C.B. Lee
Nov 20, 2017
Chaos, crap, and community, oh my! Paul is joined by Elizabeth Fitzgerald, the newest member of the Skiffy and Fanty Team, to talk to the wonderful Cat Rambo, Nicky Drayden, and C.B. Lee about National Novel Writing Month! The group discuss their…
Signal Boost #26: A Conversation about All the Star Wars
Nov 14, 2017
On today’s Signal Boosts, Shaun and Jen take a moment to squee about the fact that there are going to be THREE WHOLE NEW STAR WARS MOVIES AND A TV SHOW AND OMG! SQUEEEEEE!!! They’re moderately more coherent than that as they tackle what type of story Rian…
#64. Blade Runner 2049 (2017) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Nov 13, 2017
Digital loves, twisted techbros, and bees, oh my! Shaun and Paul join forces with special guest Marissa VU to discuss the long-anticipated Blade Runner 2049. They discuss the film’s “big questions,” what it means to love in a decaying world, Villeneuve’s…
Signal Boost #25: Mike Brooks (Dark Deeds) and S.A. Chakraborty (City of Brass)
Nov 7, 2017
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Mike Brooks about the third installment of his Keiko series, Dark Deeds. Mike gives us a recap of the the first two books, which he calls dirty space opera, and sets us up for the crew’s shenanigans as they…
340. Ken Liu (a.k.a. The Imperial Paper-Pusher) — The Legends of Luke Skywalker (An Interview)
Nov 6, 2017
Monomyths, naval logistics, and porgs, oh my! Julia and Paul sit down with Ken Liu to talk about his new book, The Legends of Luke Skywalker! Ken shares how he first became a Star Wars fan as a child in China (bonus stories from Julia and Paul and how…
339. Maximum Overdrive (1986) — A Torture Cinema Halloween Special “Adventure”
Oct 31, 2017
Cocaine, man eating machines, and AC-DC, oh my! In this special Halloween Horror edition of Torture Cinema, Shaun, David, and Alex are joined by Zena, the Real Queen of Horror, to review the 1986 Stephen King written and directed “horror” film, Maximum…
Signal Boost #24: Ian Muneshwar and Zin E. Rocklyn
Oct 26, 2017
This is the final episode of our month of focusing on horror writers, and it has been so much fun that we’ll be sure to do it again next year! Each of our guests had different reasons for why they write horror and how they use the conventions of horror to…
Signal Boost #23: Eden Royce and Karolina Fedyk
Oct 24, 2017
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Eden Royce, a southern black woman transplanted to jolly old England, about the differences between horror and the Southern Gothic, the influences of her rootwork and hoodoo cultural background, the…
338. Indigenous Representation in Horror — A Discussion w/ Darcie Little Badger, Nathan Adler, and Stephen Graham Jones
Oct 23, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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…
Shaun’s Rambles 015: Spoilers vs. Content Warnings
Apr 16, 2017
Don’t spoil me with your content warnings, they say! In this episode, I take a crack at the confusion between content warnings and spoilers. What is the difference? Why are content warnings important? What value do content warnings provide? Take a listen…
#56. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Episodes 19-22) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Apr 13, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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, 2017
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…
313. Looking Back, Moving Forward: Anticipating 2017
Jan 25, 2017
Dumpster fires, staying positive, and congratulations, oh my! Here at the Skiffy and Fanty Show, we know that 2016 was not the most joyous of years for our planet. But we also believe that from that fire, a phoenix can rise and see it as a call for even…
#53. Arrival (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Dec 31, 2016
Linguistics, Heptapods, and time, oh my! In our final episode of 2016, the crew discusses the newest Denis Villeneuve film, Arrival. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or…
312. Max Gladstone (a.k.a. The Soul Banker) — Four Roads Cross (An Interview)
Dec 30, 2016
Souls of Gods leveraged into debt, oh my! In our last CONvergence episode, Max Gladstone joins Paul and Shaun to discuss the Craft Sequence, the work of Roger Zelazny, and much more We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you have iTunes and like this…
311. Melissa F Olson (a.k.a. The Shade Stalker) — Nightshades (An Interview)
Dec 29, 2016
Vampires, Urban Fantasy and Buffy oh my! Melissa F Olson joins Paul and Shaun at Convergence to talk about her entry into fandom, her Urban Fantasy, her new work from Tor, and more. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you have iTunes and like this…
310. The Haunting (1999) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Dec 28, 2016
Creepy statue babies, bad psychology, and evil old dudes, oh my! In this special edition of Torture Cinema, the crew punishes themselves by watching 1999’s sleeperfest, The Haunting. You voted for it, so we watched it! We hope you enjoy the episode! Note:…
309. Michael Lee (a.k.a. The Showrunner) — An Interview
Dec 27, 2016
Finland, conventioning, and fandom, oh my! In our latest episode, Michael Lee joins Paul and Shaun at CONvergence to discuss how he got into fandom, how he worked himself into conventions, and of course, the forthcoming Worldcon 75! We hope you enjoy the…
308. Scott Pearson (a.k.a. The Starfleet Officer) — An Interview
Dec 26, 2016
Star Trek, conventions, and fandom, oh my! Scott Pearson joined us live at CONvergence to talk about the joys of fandom and the more recent prevalence of geek properties in media. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you have iTunes and like this show,…
#52. Rogue One (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Dec 25, 2016
Rebels, galactic empires, and star wars, oh my! In this very special Christmas episode of the show, we review the newest addition to the Star Wars universe: Gareth Edward’s Rogue One. We explore the film’s themes, its contributions to the universe, some…
307. Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011) — A Torture Cinema Holiday Special “Adventure”
Dec 24, 2016
Slobbering dogs, candy canes, and winter shenanigans, oh my! In this very special holiday edition of Torture Cinema, Jen, Paul, Julia, and Alex put their animal love to the test with Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011). Happy holidays, everyone! We…
306. Aeon Flux (2005) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Dec 23, 2016
Weird genetics, floating sperm banks, and face kicks, oh my! In our latest Torture Cinema episode, the crew tackles the infamous 2005 adaptation of Aeon Flux. Needless to say, we had a bit of fun with this one! We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you…
305. Chrysoula Tzavelas (a.k.a. The Genre Blender) — Citadel of the Sky (An Interview)
Dec 22, 2016
AIs, genre blenders, and magic machines, oh my! In our 305th episode, Chrysoula Tzavelas talks to Paul and Shaun at Convergence. We talk about her fandoms, how she mixes science fiction and fantasy, and much more. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If…
304. Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear (a.k.a. The Rakish Rogue and the Sky Marshall) — An Interview
Dec 21, 2016
Saturday morning cartoons, hornswoggling teachers, and guys named Trevor, oh my! Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear joined us live at CONvergence to discuss what started them on the road to becoming fans of science fiction and fantasy and the fact that…
303. Patrick Tomlinson (a.k.a. The Stand Up) — Trident’s Forge (An Interview)
Dec 20, 2016
Alien planets, comedy, and cheeseheads oh my! In our 303rd episode, Patrick Tomlinson joins Paul and Shaun at Convergence to talk about his stand-up, his Ark series, and much more. We hope you enjoy the episode! (Note: If you have iTunes and like this…
302. Paul Cornell (a.k.a. The Cricket Whisperer) — Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? (An Interview)
Dec 19, 2016
Ghosts, witches, and doctors, oh my! The multi-talented, and exceedingly productive, Paul Cornell joins us live at CONvergence to talk about his latest projects, including Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?, The Lost Child of Lychford, his forthcoming…
Shaun’s Rambles 014: Anticipating Rogue One
Dec 15, 2016
So, I’m about to see Rogue One. In this totally random and very short episode of Shaun’s Rambles, I talk about why I’m looking forward to the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise! Let me know what you thought of the movie in the comments! Please…
#51. Suicide Squad (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Sep 12, 2016
Will Smith, mallets, and boomerang weirdos, oh my! Shaun, Rachael, and Paul join forces to discuss the latest addition to the DC Cinematic Universe, Suicide Squad. We offer our thoughts about the film’s plot, Jared Leto’s Joker, the new characters in the…
#50. Ghostbusters (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Sep 9, 2016
Dancing Hemsworths, ghostly manbabies, and science-y ladies, oh my! It’s finally here! Our Ghostbusters special! We discuss the film’s major themes, the new characters, WOMEN, ghosts, just who this Rowan North character is, and so much more! (As mentioned…
#49. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Disc 3) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Aug 31, 2016
Stubborn military dads, dying emperors, and galactic mistakes, oh my! The Babylon 5 (Season 2) re-watch sessions really heat up with episodes 9 through 12. Mike, Paul, and Shaun discuss Centauri politics, Babylon 5 worldbuilding, the secrets of the coming…
Episode 16. Into the Wardrobe with The Last Unicorn (1982; Dir. Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr.): Fairytales and the Natural World
Aug 18, 2016
The Last Unicorn and the fairytales of the natural world! In our second edition of Into the Wardrobe, Jen and Shaun discuss the adaptation of Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn, directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. We discuss the film’s major…
#48. Rogue One (The Olympics Trailer) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Aug 13, 2016
AT-ATs, Donnie Yen, and Star Wars awesomeness, oh my! In this very special, very sudden episode, Mike, Rachael, and Shaun discuss the second trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One. We squee, we babble about predictions, and we generally have a joyful time…
301. David D. Levine (a.k.a. The Martian Adventurer) — Arabella of Mars (An Interview)
Aug 12, 2016
Space pirates, Martians, and youthful adventures, oh my! In our 301st episode, David D. Levine joins us to discuss his new novel, Arabella of Mars. We talk about the physics of his alternate history, his choice to write a young female protagonist, the…
300. Lynne Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota — Uncanny Magazine (Year Three)(An Interview)
Aug 8, 2016
Wicked unicorns, short fiction gnomes, and Year Three, oh my! Lynne Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota return to discuss another year of Uncanny Magazine. We discuss the future of the magazine, the latest Kickstarter campaign, editing, and…
#47. X-Men Apocalypse (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Aug 4, 2016
Superhero hair problems, emo smurfs, and Quicksilver, oh my! Shaun, Rachael, and Jen respond to your demands and join forces to tackle Singer’s X-Men Apocalypse (2016). They discuss the new characters, the comic book fidelity argument, where Apocalypse…
299. Sarah Kuhn (a.k.a. The Super Geek) — Heroine Complex (An Interview)
Jul 6, 2016
Superheroes, and evil cupcakes, oh my! Trish Matson and Mike Underwood join forces to explore Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine Complex. They discuss Kuhn’s approach to action and humor, the novel’s rich relationships, and even a little bit of Hamilton! We hope you…
#03. The Last Command — Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)
Jul 1, 2016
The trilogy ends, but the saga lives forever! In our third episode, Kate, Rachael, and Shaun conclude the Thrawn Trilogy with a discussion of Timothy Zahn’s The Last Command and a side discussion about the origins of Rey and Rogue One (our hopes and our…
298. Sphere (1998) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Jun 27, 2016
Eggs, squid, and bad dreams, oh my! Our latest listener-directed Torture Cinema episode has finally arrived. This time, we discuss the infamous adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Sphere starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, and more! At…
#46. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Disc 2) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Jun 17, 2016
Shadow beasts, Free Mars, and a giddy Londo, oh my! In our second Babylon 5 re-watch episode of the year, Shaun, Paul, and Mike tackle the second disc of Season 2. We discuss the show’s approach to comedy, the development of the relationship between…
#45. Captain America: Civil War (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
May 23, 2016
United Nations shenanigans, tragic villains, and Black Panther, oh my! In our 45th episode of the Shoot the WISB Subcast, Mike Underwood, Jen Zink, Paul Weimer, and Shaun Duke join forces to combat Marvel’s latest entry in the MCU, Captain America: Civil…
#44. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Disc 1) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
May 19, 2016
Ancient enemies, betrayal, and new beginnings, oh my! The Babylon 5 re-watch continues! Shaun, Paul, and Mike join forces to tackle Season 2 (Disc 1). We talk about where the show left off, the new characters, and some of the surprises in the first…
297. Wonder Tales w/ Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone, and Usman Malik (at ICFA)
May 16, 2016
World wonders, literary influences, and terminology debates, oh my! Live at ICFA, we’re joined by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone, and Usman Malik to discuss wonder tales. We explore what wonder tales means, how wonder tales are a global phenomenon, the…
296. Mishell Baker (a.k.a. The Queen of Quills) — Borderline (An Interview)
May 12, 2016
L.A., secret organizations, and parallel worlds, oh my! Julia Rios and Paul Weimer join forces to interview Mishell Baker about her new novel, Borderline. They tackle the novel’s approach to parallel worlds and Los Angeles, characters with disabilities or…
Shaun’s Rambles 013: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (w/ Special Guest Mareen Kincaid Speller)
May 4, 2016
Geek references + the Dominican Republic = instance classic. In this episode, Maureen Kincaid Speller joins me to discuss the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. We tackle the novel’s treatment of geekery, its…
#02. Dark Force Rising — Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)
May 4, 2016
Our journey through the Star Wars Expanded Universe continues! In our second episode, Rachael Acks, Kate Sherrod, and Shaun Duke discuss Timothy Zahn’s Dark Force Rising, the second book in the Thrawn Trilogy. Also included: we discuss the trailer for…
295. Roundtable Discussion on Novellas w/ Eugene Fischer, Fran Wilde, Malka Older, and C.S.E. Cooney
May 2, 2016
Novella warriors, wordsmiths, and craft, oh my! In this special episode, Julia and Mike join forces for a roundtable discussion about novellas featuring Eugene Fischer, Fran Wilde, Malka Older, C.S.E. Cooney, and, yes, even Mike Underwood himself! They…
Episode 15. High Noon (1952): Masculine Heroes, the Old West, American “Values,” and Late Oscars
Apr 28, 2016
What do you get when you make a film that even John Wayne hated? The classic man-on-his-own Western, High Noon (1952; dir. Fred Zinnemann). This episode, David and Shaun discuss the history of High Noon, it’s treatment of classic Western tropes, its…
294. Mazes and Monsters (1982) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Apr 20, 2016
Gorvilles, LARPing, and Tom Hanks, oh my! In our much delayed first Torture for the year, the entire crew joins forces to tackle the infamous anti-D&D TV movie, Mazes and Monsters. And boy did this one get away from us. I think the best way to describe…
293. Michel Encinosa Fu (a.k.a. The Techno Wizard) — On Cuban SF (An Interview)
Apr 1, 2016
Roleplaying games, gender roles, and the future, oh my! In this special edition of the show, Shaun interviews author and critic Michel Encinosa Fu about Cuban SF. They discuss Michel’s fiction, how roleplaying games played a role in his development as a…
292. Fantasy and Worldbuilding w/ Helen Lowe, Kate Elliott and Courtney Schafer
Mar 14, 2016
Helen Lowe, Kate Elliott and Courtney Schafer joins Paul in a special discussion of what makes their fantasy novels tick, from worldbuilding, language, style and much more. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you have iTunes and like this show, please…
Shaun’s Rambles 012: Introducing Podcasting for Authors (Part 1)
Mar 11, 2016
The first episode of the Podcasting for Authors series is here! In this episode, I provide a brief overview of the project: what it’s about, what to expect, etc. If you have questions for me, please send an email to arconna[at]yahoo[dot]com OR use the…
#43. Deadpool (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Mar 9, 2016
Mouthy mercenaries, endless comedy, and fourth walls, oh my! The Merc with the Mouth is on the big screen (FINALLY), and that means we’re honor bound to watch his shenanigans and record a podcast about it. Shaun, David, Rachael, and Mike combine their…
#01. Heir to the Empire — Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)
Mar 7, 2016
The Expanded Universe may be gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a vacation in it! In the first episode of Thrawn and On and On, Kate Sherrod, Sarah Chorn, Rachael Acks, and Shaun Duke discuss Timothy Zahn’s classic, Heir to the Empire. Also…
#42. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Feb 29, 2016
David Bowie, TV addictions, and H2O, oh my! In this episode, we celebrate David Bowie’s career by talking about his music and reviewing his unique science fiction epic, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). We tackle the film’s politics, the terrors of modern…
Episode 14. The 2016 Oscars Nominees (a.k.a. GripeFest 2016)
Feb 24, 2016
GripeFest 2016 is here! In our 14th episode, Shaun is joined by Rachael Acks to discuss the 2016 Academy Awards. Which movies don’t belong? Which movies are sorely missed? What the heck is wrong with the Oscars this year? Listen to find out what we thing…
291. Megan E. O’Keefe (a.k.a. Lady Soapminster) — Steal the Sky (An Interview)
Feb 23, 2016
Floating politicians, magic smugglers, and soap, oh my! In our 291st episode (and our first interview of the year), we talk to Megan O’Keefe about her new novel, Steal the Sky. We talk about empires and resources, the politics of her world, and the secret…
Episode 13. Near Dark (1987; dir. Kathryn Bigelow): The Vampire, the Western, and the Setting Sun
Feb 17, 2016
The Vampire, the Western, and the Setting Sun! In our 13th episode, David and Shaun play catch-up on films left over from last year with an intense discussion of Kathryn Bigelow’s 1987 vampire western, Near Dark. Among the subjects under discussion: the…
290. We’re Back and Anticipating 2016
Feb 15, 2016
Fake histories, crazy movies, and wicked books, oh my! We’re back in action after a brief hiatus. In this magic episode, the crew discusses some of the things they loved in 2015 and some of the things they can’t wait for in 2016. From books to movies to…
Episode 12. A Christmas Carol (1951; dir. Brian Desmond Hurst): The Terrors of the Past, Present, and Future
Dec 24, 2015
A Christmas Carol (1951) and the Terrors of the Past, Present, and Future! In our final episode of the year, David and Shaun discuss the 1951 classic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (starring Alastair Sim). We discuss the film’s influence…
289. The Santa Clause (1994) — A Torture Cinema Holiday Special “Adventure”
Dec 24, 2015
Elf special ops, killer hot cocoa, and reindeer, oh my! The holidays are here, and no holiday would be complete without a holiday-themed Torture Cinema episode. In our final episode of the season, we tackle 1994’s Tim Allen venture, The Santa Clause. From…
Episode 11. The People Under the Stairs (1991; dir. Wes Craven): Craven’s Legacy and an Unusual Mythic Terror
Dec 23, 2015
The People Under the Stairs: Wes Craven’s Legacy and an Unusual Mythic Terror David and Shaun return after an unnecessarily long hiatus to discuss Wes Craven’s work, with special attention to The People Under the Stairs. We cover the film’s history, its…
Episode 10. Into the Wardrobe with The Goonies (1985; dir. Richard Donner): The 80s Child (or, How I Learned to Find a Pirate Ship on a Weekend)
Dec 22, 2015
The Goonies and the 80s Child (or, How I Learned to Find a Pirate Ship on a Weekend) In our first ever Into the Wardrobe subcast, Jen Zink joins the Totally Pretentious crew to discuss the 1985 class, The Goonies. We discuss how the film represents the…
#41. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Jay Garmon
Dec 22, 2015
Wookies, resistance fighters, and General Leia, oh my! It’s the first Star Wars movie in a long time, and that means we can’t ignore it! We join ranks with Jay Garmon to tackle Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015). We discuss the film’s diversity, the…
288. Barbarella (1968) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Dec 21, 2015
Hairy children herders, orgasm machines, and sexy hands, oh my! In this sadly late edition of Torture Cinema, the Skiffy and Fanty crew tackles the infamous 1968 sexploitation film, Barbarella. We cover the film’s legacy, the strange imagery and…
287. Kameron Hurley (a.k.a. The Patriarchy Smarsher) — Empire Ascendant (An Interview)
Dec 16, 2015
Colliding worlds, wicked empires, and flaming trees, oh my! Kameron Hurley joins us to talk about her latest novel, Empire Ascendant. We talk about the difficulty in writing a sequel, the politics of her world, empires, walking demon trees, and much more!…
#40. Crimson Peak (2015) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Trish Matson
Dec 11, 2015
Gothic romance, freaky houses, and Tom Hiddleston, oh my! In this special, Shaun-free episode of Shoot the WISB, Rachael and David are joined by secret ninja editor Trish Matson for a discussion of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. We hope you enjoy the…
#39. Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Brad Beaulieu
Dec 5, 2015
Cybernetic organisms, angry bodybuilders, and female warriors, oh my! In our latest Shoot the WISB, author Brad Beaulieu joins us to discuss Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). We tackle James Cameron’s technical achievements, Sarah…
286. Zombies of Mora Tau (1957) — A Torture Cinema Late Halloween “Adventure”
Nov 10, 2015
Zombie mausoleums, DGNF grandmas, and cursed jewels, oh my! Skiffy and Fanty officially becomes meta in this special (late) Halloween “Middleman Special” edition of Torture Cinema about Zombies of Mora Tau! Prepare yourselves for a zombitacular festival…
Shaun’s Rambles 011: Michael R. Underwood (Interviewing the Fans)
Oct 29, 2015
What makes Mike Underwood tick? What did he read when he was a kid? What inspired him to become a member of QUEST and invade the Free Worlds of the Noble and Benevolent Multidimensional Imperium? I try to get to the bottom of some of these questions in an…
285. The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Oct 27, 2015
Giant bacon, gorillas, and evil corporations, oh my! In our last Childhood Destruction edition of Torture Cinema, we tackled Julia’s childhood love, The Incredible Shrinking Woman. Some of us, it turns out, were a bit bitter about having to watch this…
#38. The Middleman (Final Episodes) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Sep 25, 2015
Vampire puppets, frozen Middlebros, and palindromes, oh my! The end is finally here. In our 38th Shoot the WISB subcast, Mike Underwood leads us in a discussion of the last four episodes of the quirky geek-festival known as The Middleman. We hope you…
284. Aliette de Bodard (a.k.a. The Boneduster) — The House of Shattered Wings (An Interview)
Sep 19, 2015
Fallen angels, bone dust magic, and Paris, oh my! Aliette de Bodard joins Shaun and Julia to discuss her new novel, The House of Shattered Wings. We explore Aliette’s process for creating an alternate history, discuss the novel’s themes of colonialism and…
Shaun’s Rambles 010: On C.L. Moore’s Judgment Night and Gender Violence
Sep 10, 2015
Space opera attacks! It’s been three weeks since I started teaching my space opera course, and I already have far too much to talk about! In this edition, I take a look at the first half of C.L. Moore’s Judgment Night and the interesting ways in which I…
283. Fran Wilde (a.k.a. Chadwick’s Progeny) — Updraft (An Interview) and Giveaway!
Sep 8, 2015
Wings, bone towers, and mouth monsters, oh my! The glorious Fran Wilde returns to the podcast to discuss her new novel, Updraft. We talk about worldbuilding, hierarchies and bone towers, and much more! We also have an extra copy of Updraft to give away.…
Episode 9. Last Night (1998): Finding the Self in the Canadian Apocalypse
Sep 7, 2015
Last Night and finding the self in the Canadian apocalypse. In our 9th episode, we talk about what we’ve been up to for the past month and dive into Don McKellar’s celebrated apocalypse film, Last Night. Given that David is a Canadian and Shaun is an…
282. The Cat From Outer Space (1978); A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Sep 5, 2015
Space cats, liver, and pratfalls, oh my! In our second-to-last Childhood Destruction edition of Torture Cinema, Shaun, Julia, Rachael, and Paul join forces to tackle Disney’s The Cat From Outer Space! From talking cats to hustling mafiosos to bumbling…
281. On Uncanny Magazine w/ Lynne Thomas, Michael D. Thomas, and Michi Trota
Aug 24, 2015
Unicorns, editors, and cultures of empathy, oh my! In our 281st episode, Lynne Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota join us to talk about Uncanny Magazine! We explore how they feel about Year One, what’s in store for the magazine in Year Two,…
Shaun’s Rambles 009: On the #HugoAwards and #SadPuppies
Aug 23, 2015
The Hugos are over, but the controversy isn’t over. In this episode, I talk about the results of the 2015 Hugo Awards and how the Sad Puppies have irreparably harmed whatever good message they had. It’s not an exhaustive discussion, but it’s one I wanted…
280. The Wonders and Politics of Steampunk w/ Cherie Priest, Beth Cato, and Jaymee Goh
Aug 17, 2015
Machines, empire, and whitewashing, oh my! In this special edition of our discussion feature, Shaun and Rachael talk to authors Cherie Priest, Beth Cato, and Jaymee Goh about the wonders and politics of steampunk. We cover whitewashing on covers, the…
Shaun’s Rambles 008: On Lou Antonelli and Sasquan
Aug 12, 2015
In this episode, I talk about Lou Antonelli, his efforts to report David Gerrold to the police, and Sasquan’s response. If you want to learn more about what is going on, here are few useful links: * Pattern Matching: Lou Antonelli and the Sad Puppies by…
279. Writing Traumatic Subjects w/ Stina Leicht and Peter Orullian
Aug 10, 2015
In this special episode, we’re joined by Stina Leicht and Peter Orullian to discuss writing traumatic and difficult subjects. Why do we write them? What are the strategies for doing so? What value does it serve? We explore these questions and other…
Shaun’s Rambles 007: On Teaching Science Fiction — The Reading List
Aug 6, 2015
How do I select what I teach in my science fiction courses? In this episode of Shaun’s Rambles, I talk about my method(s) for picking the novels and short stories I assign in all of my literature courses, using my upcoming space opera course at the…
278. The Postman (1997) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Aug 3, 2015
The Post Office, mules, and Shakespeare, oh my! In our fourth edition of the Torture Cinema Childhood Destruction feature, we take a stab at the infamous Costner vehicle, The Postman. This is Mike’s movie, so we make sure to make him feel very welcome.…
Shaun’s Rambles 006: Interviewing the Fans — Jukka Halme
Jul 30, 2015
What do Moomintrolls, Tolkien, 1978, and reindeer steaks have to do with Jukka Halme? In my third Interviewing the Fans feature, I talk to Jukka Halme about becoming an sf/f fan, the works that influenced him, the changing technological landscape, and…
Episode 8. Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and The Secret of Roan Inish (1994) — the Pastoral and the Child
Jul 27, 2015
The Secret of Roan Inish, the pastoral, and the child!! Filling in for David, Jen Zink joins me to discuss the state of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and our main event film, The Secret of Roan Inish (1994). We explore The Secret of Roan Inish‘s treatment…
#37. Ex Machina (2015) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Jul 27, 2015
The Turing test, eccentric billionaires, and the singularity, oh my! In this special edition of Shoot the WISB, Rachael takes Shaun and Paul on a journey through Alex Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina. We explore the film’s treatment of AI, its…
Shaun’s Rambles 005: Interviewing the Fans — Rachael Acks
Jul 24, 2015
What do Transformers, unicorns, and Rachael Acks have in common? In the latest edition of my Interviewing the Fans feature, I talk to Rachael about how she became a fan, how genre has influenced her, dystopia fatigue, and more. You can find out more about…
277. So You Want to Start a Podcast (Live at CONvergence w/ Clayton Faits, Jeff Adams, Jeffrey Gardner, and Michael Damian Thomas)
Jul 17, 2015
Mics, audio flukes, and giggly hosts, oh my! Are you interested in starting a podcast? Well, a few weeks ago, we recorded a panel on podcasting at CONvergence with a whole bunch of awesome podcasting people! We didn’t cover everything we could, so feel…
276. Live at CONvergence! Space and Its Discontents (On Contact and Gravity)
Jul 8, 2015
Alien messages, space debris, and space women, oh my! The Robogoblins descend upon CONvergence to discuss Gravity and Contact. We tackle how each film addresses religion, science, trauma, and female characters, and we explore the optimism of Contact…
Shaun’s Rambles 004: Interviewing the Fans — Paul Weimer
Jul 8, 2015
…in which I continue this podcast thing on my new website by talking to Paul Weimer about how he became an sf/f fan. In this episode: * I interview Paul Weimer about his first books, his genre influences, and his development as a reader. Enjoy the…
Episode 7. Jurassic Park (1993) and Jurassic World (2015): Blockbuster Spectacle and Reconstituting the Family
Jul 1, 2015
Blockbuster Spectable and Reconstituting the Family! We take our first stab at a blockbuster hit — the incredibly influential Jurassic Park (1993). We discuss the film’s visual effects and influence, its treatment of corporations and family, and the…
Shaun’s Rambles 003: On Negative Reviews and Their Value
Jun 29, 2015
…in which I talk about things some people don’t want to write. In this edition: * A discussion of the value of negative book reviews and why I think many people, including me, are hesitant to write them. Enjoy the rambles! You can download the mp3…
275. Krull (1983) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ Mike Martinez
Jun 29, 2015
Glaives, cosmic monsters, and flaming Clydesdales, oh my! The Childhood Destruction editions of Torture Cinema continue with Krull. Mike Martinez is the “victim” this week, but you may be surprised to know who really gets it good in this monstrous episode…
Episode 6. The Wicker Man (1973) — On Christopher Lee’s Legacy and the Trials of Religion
Jun 22, 2015
On Christopher Lee’s Legacy and the Trials of Religion! In this special episode, we talk about the late Christopher Lee and his legacy, from Hammer Horror films to Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. We also take some time to discuss The Wicker Man, one of…
#36. The Middleman (Eps. 5-8) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Jun 22, 2015
Zombie fish, alien boy bands, and titanic tubas, oh my! Mike, Julia, and Shaun join forces again to discuss the next four episodes of the short-lived geektastic squeefest that is The Middleman. And joining us for this festival? Paul! We hope you enjoy the…
274. Cat Rambo (a.k.a. Ms. Furry) — Beasts of Tabat (An Interview)
Jun 19, 2015
Gladiator groundhogs, pulp heroes, and shapeshifters, oh my! Cat Rambo returns to the show to discuss her newest novel, Beasts of Tabat, her fiction writing courses, and short fiction. We discuss Cat’s treatment of slavery and sexuality, and we explore…
Shaun’s Rambles 002: The Value of Book Reviews and Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman
Jun 17, 2015
…in which I continue a podcast of random thoughts had while driving home from work. In this edition: * What is the value of book reviews (to me)? Suggested by Jonah Sutton-Morse (Twitter / Cabbages and Kings Podcast) * Some thoughts on Dark Orbit by…
Shaun’s Rambles 001: The Gallo Conspiracy and Trial By Fire
Jun 10, 2015
…in which I begin a podcast of random thoughts had while driving home from work. In this edition: * Some thoughts on the controversy over Irene Gallo’s statements about the Sad / Rabid Puppies * Some thoughts on Trial By Fire by Charles Gannon and the…
273. Waterworld (1995) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ Geoffrey Pelton & Kevin Lux
Jun 8, 2015
Jet skis, trimarans, and Dennis Hopper, oh my! The crew joins forces to destroy Jen’s childhood movie love, Waterworld. From gross urine water to Kevin Costner Fish Bait to explosions galore, we had much to say! Also joining us: Geoffrey Pelton and audio…
#35. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) — A Shoot the WISB Discussion
Jun 1, 2015
Exploding trucks, spiky cars, and flaming guitar guys, oh my! As promised, the crew joins forces to discuss Mad Max: Fury Road (2015; dir. George Miller). We tackle the film’s narrative and visual strategies, its gender dynamics, the ACTION, and so much…
Episode 5. The Swimmer (1968): The Surreality and Collapse of WASP Culture
Jun 1, 2015
The Surreality and Collapse of WASP Culture! In our fifth episode, we discuss what we’ve been watching lately — a little bit of Dredd and Abel Ferrara — and then head back to the 60s to discuss the recently-reappraised Burt Lancaster film, The Swimmer…
272. German Language SF at LonCon3 w/ Martin Stricker, Ju Honisch, Oliver Plaschka, Volker Tanger, and Stefanie Zurek
May 25, 2015
Achtung, deutsche Science-Fiction im Haus! In our last recording from LonCon3, we present the panel on German Language SF featuring Martin Stricker, Ju Honisch, Oliver Plaschka, Volker Tanger, and Stefanie Zurek! Here is the panel description: Recent…
271. On Science Fiction and Romance w/ Andrea Phillips
May 18, 2015
Subplots, comedies, and scifi relationships, oh my! Andrea Phillips joins us for a discussion about science fiction, romance, and her new novel, Revision. We talk about why romance gets a bad rap, some excellent starting points for the interested reader,…
#34. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
May 11, 2015
Visions, androids, and Hulks, oh my! The crew assembles to discuss Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s newest (and expected) box office success. We discuss the film’s pace, Black Widow, the film universe, our film grades, and much more! We hope you enjoy…
270. Logan’s Run (1976) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
May 6, 2015
(I’ve temporarily disabled comments on this post because of an excess number of irritating spam. I’ll enable comments again in the future. If you’d like to get in touch about the episode, send us an email.) Carousels, Popsicle people, and protein from the…
Episode 4. The Shop Around the Corner (1940): Romantic Fantasies, Cults of Personality, and the Chaos of Capital
May 4, 2015
Romantic Fantasies, Cults of Personality, and the Chaos of Capital! In our fourth episode, we drop back a decade to discuss Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around the Corner starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan, from the character’s fantasies about…
269. Eric Choi (a.k.a. The Space Dragon) — An Interview at LonCon3
Apr 29, 2015
Hard SF, airplanes, and anthology masters, oh my! Eric Choi joined us at LonCon3 last year to discuss writing, his editing work (with Ben Bova, of all people), and much more! Plus, we learned a little bit about airplanes as they flew over us. We hope you…
268. Eastern European and Baltic SF/F at LonCon3 w/ Michael Burianyk, Stanislaw Krawczyk, Irena Raseta, Ivaylo Shmilev, and Imants Belogrîvs
Apr 24, 2015
Live from LonCon3 (and very late on our podcast feed): a panel on Eastern European and Baltic sf/f featuring the lovely voices of Michael Burianyk, Stanislaw Krawczyk, Irena Raseta, Ivaylo Shmilev, and Imants Belogrîvs! The panel description was as…
#33. Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Damien Angelica Walters
Apr 20, 2015
Facehuggers, flamethrowers, and angry momma aliens, oh my! Damien Angelica Walters brings her squee to this special Alien-centric episode! We discuss the legacy of Alien and Aliens, the evocative design of the films, their underlying metaphors, and so…
267. Betsy Dornbusch (a.k.a. the God Sword) — Emissary (An Interview)
Apr 17, 2015
Diplomacy, war, and glowing swords, oh my! Betsy Dornbusch joins Shaun and Paul to discuss her newest novel, Emissary. We explore the novel’s treatment of diplomacy, its worldbuilding, war tactics, and much more. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If…
266. Juliet E. McKenna (a.k.a. the Historian) — An Interview at LonCon3
Apr 15, 2015
London, airplanes, and history degrees, oh my! Author Juliet E. McKenna joined Shaun, Julia, and Paul at LonCon3 last year to discuss her work, politics and their influence, her experience with historical research, and feminism! We hope you enjoy the…
Episode 3. It Follows (2014): Teenage Body Horror, Modern Decay, and It
Apr 13, 2015
Teenage Body Horror, Modern Decay, and It! Our third episode is a special one! We jump outside of our normal programming schedule to host an impromptu discussion of David Robert Mitchell’s acclaimed new horror film, It Follows. Special guest Rachael Acks…
#32. Agent Carter (Episodes 1-4) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Raven Oak
Apr 6, 2015
Clever gadgets, super spies, and awesome 1940s women, oh my! Our “Women and Non-Binary in SFF” theme continues with this special discussion of the first half of the Agent Carter miniseries. Raven Oak joins us to talk about the show, its influence, its…
265. The Black Hole (1971) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” (Childhood Destruction Edition)
Apr 3, 2015
Robot blenders, mad scientists, and snarky companions, oh my! In this special “childhood destruction” edition of Torture Cinema, the crew tackles one of Paul’s favorite childhood movies, The Black Hole. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you have…
Episode 2. The Wages of Fear (1953): Playing Genre, Masculinity, and the Post-War World
Apr 1, 2015
Playing Genre, Masculinity, and the Post-War World! In our second episode, we open by discussing what we’ve been watching, how films “stand the test of time,” and the supposed problem with the Hollywood blockbuster. Plus, there’s a little bonus…
#31. The Middleman (Eps. 1-4) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Apr 1, 2015
Mobster gorillas, squid monsters, and training wheels, oh my! Mike and Julia present a Shoot the WISB squeeful discussion of the 1st four episodes of ABC Family’s The Middleman, which may be the most wildly enjoyable show we’ve watched for the podcast to…
264. Writing the Other / Writing the Self Panel w/ Nalo Hopkinson, Susan Jane Bigelow, Keffy Kehrli, & Kate Elliott
Mar 30, 2015
The world, the people, and the mistakes, oh my! Nalo Hopkinson, Susan Jane Bigelow, Keffy Kehrli, and Kate Elliott join us to talk about the dos and don’ts of writing people who are not like ourselves (and vice versa). We hope you enjoy the episode! Note:…
263. Rethinking the Hugo Awards w/ TheG, Cora Buhlert, and Jason Snell
Mar 27, 2015
Fandom, Radical Categorization, and Hugo kvetching, oh my! TheG, Cora Buhlert, and Jason Snell join us to discuss the confusion over the Hugo categories, ways to fix them to make voting easier and more “fan oriented,” and the problems with the system as…
262. Brenda Cooper (a.k.a. The Space Farmer) — Edge of Dark (An Interview)
Mar 25, 2015
Giant space rings, transhumanists, and space cows, oh my! Brenda Cooper joins Shaun and Paul to discuss her latest novel, Edge of Dark. We tackle Brenda’s love of science fiction, the transhumanist themes in her work, character development, and the…
261. Carrie Patel (a.k.a. Mayor of Mole City) — The Buried Life (An Interview)
Mar 20, 2015
Underground cities, murder-y murders, and snarky detectives, oh my! Carrie Patel joins us to discuss her new novel, The Buried Life. We discuss worldbuilding, writing detectives, the nature of power and class, gaming, and much more! We hope you enjoy the…
260. Silvia Moreno-Garcia (a.k.a. The Music Wizard) — Signal to Noise (An Interview)
Mar 18, 2015
Music magic, sinking cities, and covens, oh my! Silvia Moreno-Garcia joins Shaun and Julia to talk about her latest novel, Signal to Noise. We discuss the novel’s obsession with music, Mexico City’s sinking problem, the “magical realism” label, and much…
259. Elizabeth Bear (a.k.a. The Sky Marshall) — Karen Memory (An Interview)
Mar 13, 2015
Sewing mecha, evil gloves, and the Old West, oh my! Multi-award winning Elizabeth Bear joins us to talk about her latest novel, Karen Memory. We discuss worldbuilding, writing about the characters history forgot, steampunk weirdness, and much more! We…
258. On Leonard Nimoy
Mar 9, 2015
Taking a step back from our regular programming, Shaun, Paul, and Mike discuss the passing of Leonard Nimoy and his legacy. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel…
257. Baby Geniuses (1999) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Mar 4, 2015
Robot babies, creepy babies, and just babies, oh my! Shaun, Julia, Paul, and Rachael join forces to talk about 1999’s Baby Geniuses, which one critic described as “about as endearing as unanesthetized gum surgery.” You can guess how we all felt about it……
Episode 1. Dirty Harry (1971): The Vigilante, the History, and Beginnings
Mar 2, 2015
The Vigilante, the History, and Beginnings! In this inaugural episode of Totally Pretentious, David and Shaun introduce the show and discuss the iconic Dirty Harry (1971), from its influence to its underlying mythologies. They also reveal next month’s…
256. Myke Cole (a.k.a. Sergeant Tibbs): Gemini Cell (An Interview)
Mar 2, 2015
Zombie soldiers, evil spirits, and body farms, oh my! Myke Cole returns to the show to talk about his fourth novel, Gemini Cell. We talk to him about some of his writing “firsts” (standalone novels, sex scenes from different POVs, etc.), the inner…
#30. Jupiter Ascending (2015) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Feb 23, 2015
Space princesses, dog boys, and capitalism, oh my! The crew conspires together to discuss the latest Wachowski film, Jupiter Ascending. We tackle the good and the bad and even have a little fun with impersonations. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If…
255. Generations Geek — Scott and Ella Pearson at CONvergence (An Interview)
Feb 19, 2015
Shatnerian adventures, family feuds, and spaceships, oh my! Scott and Ella Pearson joined us last year at CONvergence to talk about their family-friendly geek-stravagant podcast, Generations Geek. We talk about what it’s like to podcast as a family, the…
254. Craig Cormick (a.k.a. Master of Library Cards) at CONvergence — The Shadow Master (An Interview)
Feb 16, 2015
Burning libraries, walled cities, and Da Vinci, oh my! Craig Cormick joins us live at CONvergence to talk about The Shadow Master from Angry Robot Books. We talk writing alternate history, the library of Alexandria, and so much more! We hope you enjoy the…
253. Kristi Charish (a.k.a. Indiana Jane) — Owl and the Japanese Circus (An Interview)
Feb 13, 2015
Kickass archaeologists, vampire cats, and dragons, oh my! What do vampire-sniffing cats, Las Vegas dragons, and ancient artifacts have to do with one another? Kristi Charish, author of Owl and the Japanese Circus, joins us to discuss just that. We cover…
252. The Fantastic Four (1994) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Feb 11, 2015
Stretchy arms, corny dialogue, and creepy relationships, oh my! For our 50th iteration of Torture Cinema, we tackle our first Roger Corman production: the unreleased 1994 “classic,” The Fantastic Four. And do we have a lot to say on this one! We hope you…
251. Karen Lord (a.k.a. Captain Civilization) — The Galaxy Game (An Interview)
Feb 6, 2015
Scifi parkour, social strife, and psychic powers, oh my! Karen Lord returns to the Skiffy and Fanty underground compound to discuss her newest novel, The Galaxy Game, the standalone sequel to The Best of All Possible Worlds. We discuss writing the…
250. Emily Jiang, John Chu, and E. Lily Yu at ICFA
Feb 4, 2015
Science Fiction World, secret phone calls, and written madness, oh my! Last year, we had the distinct pleasure of talking with Emily Jiang, John Chu, and E. Lily Yu about their work, award nominations, Chinese science fiction and Science Fiction World,…
249. Introductions: Our Theme and Our Most Anticipated Things in 2015 w/ Renay and Natalie Luhrs
Jan 28, 2015
Women, non-binary, and far too many things to love in 2015, oh my! Natalie Luhrs and Renay join us to talk about our 2015 theme and all the movies, books, TV shows, and comics we’re looking forward to this year. Well, not all of the things, but certainly…
248. Ernest Saves Christmas (1988) — A Holiday Special Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Dec 24, 2014
Bad driving, failed children’s television, and Varney, oh my! Shaun, Julia, Mike, Rachael, Paul, and David join forces for this very special holiday edition of Torture Cinema, featuring the listener-selected flick, Ernest Saves Christmas (1988). We…
247. On the Blogs — Bloggers Discuss Their Roles at LonCon3 w/ Foz Meadows, Patricia Ash, Liz de Jager, Shaun Duke, and Erin Underwood
Dec 23, 2014
Books, blogs, and weird emails, oh my! This recording from LonCon3 features Foz Meadows, Patricia Ash, Liz de Jager, Shaun Duke, and Erin Underwood talking about book blogs, YA, book promotion, and much more. Though the panel was originally meant to focus…
246. Canadian SF at LonCon3 — #WorldSFTour
Dec 22, 2014
Space hockey, Martian curling, and Quebec, oh my! Recorded at LonCon3 / Worldcon, this panel on Canadian SF features the voices of Eric Choi, Kate Heartfield, Ira Nayman, Hayden Trenholm, Caitlin Sweet, and Marjolaine Lafreniere. They tackle Canadian…
245. The Philosophical Mecha Panel at LonCon3
Dec 21, 2014
The robot, the human, and the inhuman, oh my! Recorded at LonCon3 / Worldcon, this panel features David G. Shaw, Madeline Ashby, and Shaun Duke discussing mecha, the self, and the other compelling philosophical questions raised by the very notion of…
244. Martha Wells (a.k.a. The Raksura Amanuensis) — The Books of the Raksura (An Interview at CONvergence)
Dec 20, 2014
Flying critters, fancy worlds, and super fan Paul, oh my! In one of our last remaining recordings from CONvergence, Paul lets Shaun tag along for an interview with Martha Wells. We discuss the Raksura series, her upcoming work, writing fan and tie-in…
243. The Marvel Cinematic Universe Panel at CONvergence
Dec 19, 2014
Kickass heroines, Marvel-ous universes, and ants, oh my! Recorded at CONvergence, this panel on the Marvel Cinematic Universe is akin to a blast from the past. Featuring the voice talents of Lyda Morehouse (a.k.a. Tate Hallaway), Allyson Cygan, Shaun…
242. Charles Gannon (a.k.a. the Space Merchant) — Fire with Fire (An Interview at LonCon3)
Dec 18, 2014
Space battles, academia, and lorry beeps, oh my! Charles E. Gannon joins Shaun at LonCon3 / Worldcon to discuss his work, politics and art, postcolonialism and hegemony, his novel, Fire with Fire, and a whole host of other fascinating topics. What more…
#29. Ms. Marvel (Vol. 1: No Normal) w/ Mahvesh Murad and Usman Malik
Dec 17, 2014
Diverse heroes, super hands, and Wolverine squee festivals, oh my! Mahvesh Murad and Usman Malik join us all the way from Pakistan to discuss the first volume (issues 1-5) of G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel. What more do you need to know? Go on. Download…
241. Finnish SF w/ Jukka Halme, Maria Turtschaninoff, Tero Ykspetäjä, and Janos Honkonen (the World SF Tour)
Dec 16, 2014
Moomins, symphonic metal, and Worldcon bids, oh my! In this special World SF Tour episode, we’re joined by Jukka Halme, Maria Turtschaninoff, Tero Ykspetäjä, and Janos Honkonen to discuss Finnish SF and fandom, the Helsinki Worldcon bid (VOTE), Finnish…
240. José Iriarte (a.k.a. the Goblin King) — An Interview at ICFA w/ Special Guest, Keffy!
Dec 15, 2014
Mad houses, magical realism, and diasporas, oh my! José Iriarte joins Shaun, Julia, and special interviewer guest robogoblin, Keffy, to discuss his short fiction, Cuban literature, diasporas and immigration, language and translation, and much more! We…
239. Mac and Me (1988) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Dec 14, 2014
McDonald’s Dance Parties, alien vacuums, and Paul Rudd’s pranks, oh my! The crew assembles to discuss the childhood classic, Mac and Me (1988), putting Shaun in the awkward position of having to defend his childhood! Also: we have a dance party (maybe).…
238. Lee Harris (a.k.a. the Odyssey) at CONvergence
Dec 13, 2014
Wordsmiths, novellas, and editorial legacies, oh my! Lee Harris, (now) former senior editor of Angry Robot Books and (now) new novella editor for Tor.com’s The Imprint, joins Paul and Shaun to discuss editing, the world of genre fiction, and much more! We…
237. Green is Not Diversity Panel at CONvergence
Dec 12, 2014
Diversity bingo, Hollywood shenanigans, and Will Smith, oh my! Arriving by an extremely slow rocket ship, this panel on diversity at CONvergence featuring Dr. Rubidium, Laura Zats, Benny S, Aimee Kuzenski, and Shaun features discussion about…
236. Emmi Itäranta (a.k.a. the Teamaster) — Memory of Water (An Interview)
Dec 10, 2014
Teahouses, VHS tapes, and water police, oh my! Emmi Itäranta joins Shaun and Mike to discuss her science fiction novel, Memory of Water. We discuss translation, the wonders of tea, water politics, Sibelius and much more! We hope you enjoy the episode!…
235. Irish SF w/ Maura McHugh, Gareth Kavanagh, Michael Carroll, & Ruth Frances Long (The World SF Tour)
Dec 3, 2014
Ghosts, fairies, and the Emerald Isles, oh my! Gareth Kavanagh, Ruth Frances Long, Maura McHugh, and Michael Carroll join us to discuss Irish SF. We tackle Ireland’s relationship to expatriate literature, the character of Irish writing, favorite reads,…
234. Ann Leckie (a.k.a. Singularitrix) — Ancillary Sword (An Interview)
Nov 26, 2014
Space voyeurs, interstellar empire shenanigans, and tea, oh my! The always incredible Ann Leckie takes over the show once more to discuss Ancillary Sword, the much anticipated sequel to the multi-award winning Ancillary Justice. We discuss writing sequels…
#28. Interstellar (2014) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
Nov 22, 2014
Black holes, space love, and robot buddies, oh my! Shaun, Rachael, Mike, and Paul join forces to tackle the much-discussed Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar (2014). From the plot to the science to the timey wimey ending, we cover it all! We hope…
233. Alma Alexander (a.k.a. The Tree Shifter) — Random (An Interview)
Nov 21, 2014
Werecritter mistakes, immigration, and magic trees, oh my! The glorious Alma Alexander joins Shaun and Julia to discuss her newest novel, Random (Dark Quest Books). We talk about her werecritter culture, the immigrant experience, language, and much more!…
232. Eric Orchard (a.k.a. Prince Spider-Goblin) — Maddy Kettle (An Interview)
Nov 19, 2014
Flying bears, spider-goblins, and magic, oh my! Graphic novelist Eric Orchard joins Shaun and Mike to talk about his newest graphic novel, Maddy Kettle: The Adventure of the Thimblewitch. We discuss writing for young readers, the comics market,…
231. City Building in Urban Fantasy (CONvergence Panel w/ Emma Bull, Tania Richter, Kathryn Sullivan, and Christoforo Pasquarette)
Nov 14, 2014
Cliff cities, twisted towers, and fantastic streets, oh my! Earlier this year, I moderated / participated in a panel on city building with some amazing folks. And I finally get to release it! From new cities to ancient palimpsestial streets, Emma Bull,…
230. Celine Kiernan (a.k.a. the Ghost of Nimh) — Into the Grey (An Interview)
Nov 12, 2014
Ghost children, night terrors, and mislabeled books, oh my! It’s been far too long since Celine Kiernan was last on our show. And that’s why we asked her back to discuss her novel, Into the Grey, which recently released in the United States. We discuss…
229. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) — A Live Torture Cinema “Adventure” (Halloween Special)
Nov 4, 2014
Vampire zombies, angry aliens, and tin saucers, oh my! Recorded live on Google+, Shaun, Rachael, Paul, and Julia discuss Plan 9 from Outer Space. What more could you ask for to celebrate the scariest time of the year? We hope you enjoy the episode! (This…
#27. Snowpiercer (2013) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ James L. Sutter
Oct 31, 2014
Trains, bug patties, and revolutions, oh my! James L. Sutter joins the crew to discuss Joon-Ho Bong’s critically-acclaimed Snowpiercer (2013). We tackle the film’s symbology, its religious imagery, the allegories of capital and race in its narrative, and…
228. Tobias Buckell (a.k.a. Captain Planet) — Hurricane Fever (An Interview)
Oct 25, 2014
Space cannons, Caribbean spies, and hurricanes, oh my! Tobias Buckell returns to the show to discuss his new novel, Hurricane Fever. We discuss the history of space exploration in the Caribbean, writing spy thrillers, the nitty gritty of Buckell’s…
#25. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast (w/ fixed audio file)
Oct 18, 2014
Space rodents, emo fanatics, and dancing Groots, oh my! In her first episode as an official member of the crew, Rachael Acks joins Shaun, Paul, and David to discuss the smash hit, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). We hope you enjoy the episode! (Note: a…
227. The Omega Man (1971) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Oct 15, 2014
Cultists, motorcycles, and Jesus metaphors, oh my! The crew joins forces to take a stab at The Omega Man, the second adaptation of Richard Matheson’s classic, I Am Legend. Needless to say, this episode went in some really strange places, including a long…
226. Anne Lyle (a.k.a. Skraelabite) — The Night’s Masque Trilogy (An Interview at CONvergence)
Oct 13, 2014
Swords, weird London, and humanoid critters, oh my! Anne Lyle, author of the Night’s Masque trilogy from Angry Robot Books, joined Paul and Shaun at CONvergence to talk about her work. A few laughs were shared! We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you…
225. Godzilla vs. Kaiju Panel at CONvergence 2014
Oct 6, 2014
Critters, giant lizards, and monster movies, oh my! Earlier this year, David and Shaun were part of the “Godzilla vs. Kaiju” panel with Dave Margosian and Melissa Kaercher. We began with the following questions: Is the new Godzilla movie a true Godzilla…
224. Multicultural Steampunk, World SF, and War Stories w/ Diana Pho and Andrew Liptak at ICFA
Sep 29, 2014
Retrofuturism, power armor, and awesome clothes, oh my! In one of our last recordings from ICFA, Diana Pho and Andrew Liptak join us to discuss Beyond Victoriana, multicultural sf, Western influence, and the now-available anthology, War Stories edited by…
223. Robert Jackson Bennett (a.k.a. Stairmaster) — City of Stairs (An Interview)
Sep 24, 2014
Fallen gods, city steps, and one-eyed warriors, oh my! The award-winning author Robert Jackson Bennett joins Shaun, Paul, and Rachael to discuss his newest novel, City of Stairs. We tackled the development of Bulikov, the city at the center of City of…
#26. In the Flesh (Season One) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Catherine Hill
Sep 20, 2014
Zombies, race allegories, and disgruntled fathers, oh my! Shaun, Julia, Paul, and Mike are joined by the lovely Catherine Hill to discuss the first season BBC3’s In the Flesh (you all need to be watching this; no joke). We hope you enjoy the episode!…
222. Hawk the Slayer (1980) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
Sep 18, 2014
Repeating magic crossbows, emotionless heroes, and gentle giants, oh my! You voted for it. We watched it, and then we got intoxicated and talked about it. Feel our pain in this special LonCon3 editions of the British-produced Hawk the Slayer (1980)! We…
221. Nordic SF (LonCon3 Panel) w/ Tore Høie, Anna Davour, John-Henri Holmberg, Sini Neuvonen, and Marianna Leikomaa
Sep 10, 2014
Moomin, the Arctic Circle, and volcanoes, oh my! In our first panel recording from LonCon3 / Worldcon, Tore Høie, Anna Davour, John-Henri Holmberg, Sini Neuvonen, and Marianna Leikomaa discuss sf/f from the Scandinavian countries. ‘Nuff said. We hope you…
220. Wesley Chu (a.k.a. Spymaster 1000) — The Rebirths of Tao (An Interview at CONvergence)
Aug 28, 2014
Symbiotic organisms, trilogy monsters, and gear switching, oh my! The always humorous Wesley Chu joins the crew at CONvergence to talk about writing a trilogy, his upcoming novel, The Rebirths of Tao, and much more! We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If…
219. Kameron Hurley (a.k.a. The Patriarchy Smarsher) — The Mirror Empire (An Interview at CONvergence)
Aug 25, 2014
Grimdarkiness, mirrors, and patriarchy smarshing, oh my! With a two Hugo Award wins nomination under her belt, Kameron Hurley joins the crew for a heart to heart about her new novel, The Mirror Empire. We tackle the political nature of fiction, Grimdark,…
218. Live at CONvergence w/ Martha Wells and Carrie Patel
Aug 22, 2014
World SF, the secret history of genre, and live audiences, oh my! In this special episode, Paul, Mike, David, and Shaun are joined by Martha Wells and Carrie Patel for a live recording of show! Shenanigans may ensue… We hope you enjoy the episode! Note:…