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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)!

The 2015 “Women and Non-Binary in SFF” Theme Begins: Announcements, Details, and Guest/Author Calls

20 Jan

As you may well be aware by now, we have a new theme in 2015:  Women and Non-Binary in SFF.  This post will serve as a handy guide to our show for the next 11.5 months and as a nice place to go in case you want to be a part of the show or the blog at some point in 2015.

The Theme:  What We’re Doing

Throughout 2015, we are going to put particular focus on the contributions of women and non-binary people to science fiction and fantasy.  The majority of our interviewees, as such, will be women and non-binary; additionally, a good portion of movies, tv, and discussion episodes will be in some way related to this theme.  Though we’re not setting a hard quota for the year, we expect that roughly 75% of our content will be women- and non-binary-centered.

As such, we have two levels of “open calls” for guests: Continue reading

Awards Eligibility: Our Stuff and All the Stuff We Covered in One Handy Place of Awesome

9 Jan The Hugo Award

It’s that time of year.  Awards Season.  For us, that mostly means the Hugo Awards.  And since everyone is posting their eligibility posts, we decided we’d do one, too.  But instead of just telling you where we’re eligible, we’re going to do that and tell you about the cool stuff and peoples we talked to throughout the year who are eligible for something, too.  If we missed anything, let us know!

Note:  to nominate works for the Hugos, you need a membership to this year’s Worldcon in Spokane by Jan. 31st. Full memberships are $140 until Jan. 31st. Supporting memberships (i.e., non-attending; mostly just for those that want to nominate and vote) are $40. If you were registered for last year’s Worldcon in London, you can nominate works for 2015, but you won’t be able to vote w/o at least a supporting membership. If you’re not attending, do consider getting a supporting membership so you can vote for your favorite sf/f stuff. It’s definitely worth it. Thanks to Gareth Kavanagh for the reminder.

So, here goes: Continue reading

Happy Holidays!

25 Dec

Before the day ends, we want to say a very happy holidays to all of you.

Thanks for listening and/or reading, voting for us during the Hugo Awards bonanza, supporting the World SF Tour, and for being awesome!

If you don’t hear from us before 2015, have a great New Year. Next year, we’re all about women in sf/f. It’s going to be an amazing year!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone. Keep your robots close and let your dragons fly free (or something corny like that)!

Top 10 Episodes and Posts for November 2014

2 Dec

November should have been more eventful than it turned out, what with the Month of Joy and all that.  But a combination of travel, illness, endless mountains of grading, and Gremlins kept me from doing what needed doing around here.  In any case, these are the things the readers and listeners enjoyed throughout November.

Top 10 Episodes:

  1. #08 — The Riddick Trilogy (2000, 2004, & 2013) — A Shoot the WISB Discussion
  2. 234. Ann Leckie (a.k.a. Singularitrix) — Ancillary Sword (An Interview)
  3. 190. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2009): A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
  4. #28. Interstellar (2014) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
  5. 231. City Building in Urban Fantasy (CONvergence Panel w/ Emma Bull, Tania Richter, Kathryn Sullivan, and Christoforo Pasquarette)
  6. 233. Alma Alexander (a.k.a. The Tree Shifter) — Random (An Interview)
  7. 230. Celine Kiernan (a.k.a. the Ghost of Nimh) — Into the Grey (An Interview)
  8. 229. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) — A Live Torture Cinema “Adventure” (Halloween Special)
  9. 192. Australian Speculative Fiction w/ Tansy Rayner Roberts & Marianne de Pierres (the World SF Tour)
  10. 193. New Zealander Speculative Fiction w/ Helen Lowe, Norman Cates, & Stephen Minchin

Top 10 Posts:

  1. “The Mysterious Appeal of Tintin” by Jonathan Wood
  2. Mining the Genre Asteroid: A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny (by Paul Weimer)
  3. Squeeing About Superheroines by Tansy Rayner Roberts — #monthofjoy
  4. A (World) SFF Film Odyssey: Mutant Girls Squad (2010) and Anime’s Excesses (by Shaun Duke)
  5. Women Destroy Reviewing! (by Cecily Kane)
  6. “Dying is easy. It’s comedy that’s hard” — Willful Child by Steven Erikson (by Paul Weimer)
  7. A World SF Reading List (by Shaun Duke)
  8. On the Joy of Battlestar Galactica (by Shaun Duke)
  9. Metropolis (1927), Feminism, and Influence (by Stina Leicht)
  10. My Superpower: Benjanun Sriduangkaew


Announcement: November is the Month of Joy and Call for Contributors

31 Oct

We announced this on Twitter, but to make it official, here’s a magic post about it.

Given all of the heated stuff going on in the sf/f community — and those communities related to it — the Skiffy and Fanty Show blog will dedicate the entirety of the month of November to a Month of Joy tour.  What does this mean?  We’re going to share what we love and put a lid on the stuff that makes us upset.  Think of it as a healthy dose of positivity to stave off the specter of a bleak world.

We’re also including some guest writers in this Month of Joy.  We’ll announce names later on (things not being confirmed and all).  If you’d like to contribute, you can do so by sending an email to skiffyandfanty[at]gmail[dot]com.  Whether you’re a fan, a writer, a fellow podcaster, or a secret agent who sneaks compliments onto people’s notepads, you can be a part of this, too!

Let the Month of Joy begin!

Announcement: Torture Cinema Halloween Special Live!

30 Oct
Once a year, we dedicate our Torture Cinema feature to Halloween.  And this year, we’re tackling a classic in live format on Google+ on Oct. 31st at 8:30 PM EST.  What are we watching?  Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)! (Correction:  the link in this post was originally incorrect.  I have no corrected it so it takes you to the proper event page.)

Join us for an adventure of epic proportions, with jokes, a skit written by listener Samuel Becker, and just a few too many laughs.

Additionally, we’ll dedicate a section of the podcast for your questions (you can Tweet us or use the G+ live comments feature).  Watch the movie and make us relive your favorite moments!

The crew this time around:  Paul Weimer, Julia Rios, Shaun Duke, and Rachael Acks!

On the docket:
–Our 5-by-5s
–A monstrous 50s B-movie radioplay skit!
–Listener questions
–Lots of arguing
–And the grades!

RSVP, folks.  This is going to be a lot of fun!


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