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N.P. Griffiths on the Lasting Impact of Ellen Ripley

31 Mar Ellen Ripley

When I was asked to write a blog post about my top female influences in the sci-fi/fantasy arena, I had to think about who it was I wanted to write about. There’s Kathryn Bigelow, a woman who is best known now for Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker but who cut her teeth on Near Dark and Strange Days; Anne McCaffrey, a Hugo and Nebula award winning writer whose Dragonriders of Pern series has recently been optioned by Warner Brothers; and JK Rowling, a woman who needs no introduction here. All of these women have influenced me over the years. For me, though, when it comes to a lasting impact there is one name that comes shining through. And that name?

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Around the Podosphere: Podcasts of Note for 3/30/2015

30 Mar

Here are some of the exciting things we’ve been listening to in the past few weeks:

On Awards

On Science

On Movies

On Literature

On Writing

What have you been listening to?  Let us know in the comments!

264. Writing the Other / Writing the Self Panel w/ Nalo Hopkinson, Susan Jane Bigelow, Keffy Kehrli, & Kate Elliott

30 Mar

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:  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 264 — Download (MP3)

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The 2015 Skiffy and Fanty Listener Survey!

30 Mar

If you missed it on Twitter, we’re currently seeking feedback from listeners about various aspects of the show.  The hope is that it will provide us some anonymous information which will help us improve the podcast for the future.

So, if you have a little bit of time to offer your thoughts about The Skiffy and Fanty Show, please take our little survey.

Thanks again for listening (and for your time)!

263. Rethinking the Hugo Awards w/ TheG, Cora Buhlert, and Jason Snell

27 Mar

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 it currently stands — and maybe a little bit about politics, too.

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 263 — Download (MP3)Hugo Award

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.

262. Brenda Cooper (a.k.a. The Space Farmer) — Edge of Dark (An Interview)

25 Mar

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 wonders of space.  Plus 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 262 — Download (MP3)Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper

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.

261. Carrie Patel (a.k.a. Mayor of Mole City) — The Buried Life (An Interview)

20 Mar

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 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 261 — Download (MP3)The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

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.

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