#28. Interstellar (2014) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

22 Nov

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 you enjoy the episode!

Spoiler Alert:  the following podcast contains spoilers for the film being reviewed; if you wish to see the film without having it ruined for you, download this podcast and save it for later.

Interstellar (2014)

Download the episode here.

Show notes (info about our contributors can be found on the about page):

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On the Joy of Battlestar Galactica

21 Nov Battlestar Galactica -- The Last Supper

I came to Battlestar Galactica (the reboot) quite late.  In fact, I think I finally got into the show near the end of its second season.  Something about that first season didn’t grab me the first time I watched; the same happened to the first season of Doctor Who.  But for some reason, I went back to BSG to see if I could figure out what everyone loved about the thing…and in a handful of episodes, I was hooked.  Not just hooked.  Obsessed. Continue reading

233. Alma Alexander (a.k.a. The Tree Shifter) — Random (An Interview)

21 Nov

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!

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 free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 233 — Download (MP3)

Random by Alma Alexander

Show Notes:

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

Movie Review: David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ (1999) — #monthofjoy

20 Nov eXistenZ

The movie opens with the Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston) writing a title on a chalkboard: “eXistenZ. Written like this. One word. Small e. capital X, capital Z.”  A virtual reality game, led by the designer itself, goes violent and wrong. As she and her companion flee assassins and death, their exploration within the game itself soon blurs the lines between game and reality. Continue reading

Geekomancer Under Glass: Month of Joy Comics-Palooza

19 Nov WRDS-4-PIX_5.1

Our robo-goblin overlord has declared a Month of Joy, and allowed that in this month, by his grace, I am allowed to be right about comics.

Therefore, this month, I’m going to do a round-up of comics I’ve been loving. Which is a lot, since this is the year I decided to get into comics writing, and as a result, have been reading a LOT of comics, especially since Baltimore Comic-Con. Here’s a round-up of some of the books that have wowed me this month: Continue reading

232. Eric Orchard (a.k.a. Prince Spider-Goblin) — Maddy Kettle (An Interview)

19 Nov

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, illustration and myth, and much more!

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 free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 232 — Download (MP3)

Maddy Kettle by Eric Orchard

Show Notes:

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

My Superpower: Justin Robinson (Get Blank)

17 Nov Get Blank by Justin Robinson

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome Justin Robinson to talk about how the power of art relates to Get Blank.

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If I’m ever interrogated by a foreign power — something I was convinced would happen from the moment I saw my first James Bond film until lunchtime last Tuesday — there’s one thing that can never possibly break me.

Bad movies. Continue reading

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