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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!

Review Doors Open: Authors/Publishers/Creators — Bring It On!

22 Sep

If you didn’t hear the cool news, we’ve added four lovely people to our blogging crew:  Trish Matson, Cecily Kane, Daniel Haeusser, and Ciaran Roberts.  They’ll primarily review books, comics, and other things here, and they’ll help us fill the gap that poor Paul has been unable to fill on his own!  You can learn more about each of them on our contributors page.

That means we’re opening our doors to more reviews, which is a fairly new thing for us.  Full guidelines are listed here, but you might also be interested to know that our reviewers are happy to cover a wide variety of formats, including:

  • Novels and novellas
  • Anthologies and collections (we have one dedicated reviewer to this category)
  • Comics
  • Movies
  • UK authors will also be happy to know that one of our reviewers is located across the pond.  If you have a book releasing in the UK, do get in touch!
  • International Authors:  our 2014 theme is “the World SF Tour.”  If you’re a non-U.S./U.K. author, don’t hesitate to contact us, whether for a review or to participate in a podcast episode.

If you’d like to have your work reviewed, send a description of the book(s) (press release or pitch) to at skiffyandfanty[at]gmail[dot]com.  Additionally, it is helpful for our reviewers if you provide a link to the publisher’s site for the book and to an excerpt (if available).  Intended release date is also useful for determining the urgency for a review.

As the title says:  bring it on!

Top 10 Episodes and Blog Posts for August 2014

4 Sep

In case you missed a few things, here’s what was popular last month!


  1. 215. Kim Stanley Robinson (a.k.a. The Ethnographer) — Shaman (An Interview)
  2. 214. Dutch SF Roundtable w/ Tiemen Zwaan, Marieke Nijkamp, Martijn Lindeboom, and Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  3. 219. Kameron Hurley (a.k.a. The Patriarchy Smarsher) — The Mirror Empire (An Interview at CONvergence)
  4. 213. Corinne Duyvis (a.k.a. Mindsweeper) — Otherbound (An Interview)
  5. 218. Live at CONvergence w/ Martha Wells and Carrie Patel
  6. Episode 4.2 — Torture Cinema Meets The Wicker Man
  7. 216. Max Gladstone (a.k.a. the Soul Merchant) — The Craft Sequence (An Interview at ICFA)
  8. 212. Lynne and Michael Damian Thomas (a.k.a. Ood-les of Fun) at CONvergence
  9. 220. Wesley Chu (a.k.a. Spymaster 1000) — The Rebirths of Tao (An Interview at CONvergence)
  10. 211. Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

Blog Posts:

  1. Announcement: Our 2015 Theme
  2. Hard and Soft Alternate Histories: The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich, The Shadow Master by Craig Cormick and Rod Duncan’s The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter” by Paul Weimer
  3. When Calls for Diversity Are Not Enough” by Charles Tan
  4. A (World) SFF Film Odyssey: Mutant Girls Squad (2010) and Anime’s Excesses” by Shaun Duke
  5. My Superpower: LJ Cohen
  6. English as the Center and Its Privileges” by Charles Tan
  7. The Disquieting Guest — Bava’s Centenary” by David Annandale
  8. My Superpower: Tim Lees
  9. Book Review: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll” by Paul Weimer
  10. Book Review: Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron” by Paul Weimer


Write101x: University of Queensland Free Writing Course!

27 Aug

Marianne de Pierres recently brought this course to our attention.  Run by Dr. Roslyn Petelin, the course aims to provide an introduction to grammar, syntax, and style in the English language.  Anyone can audit the course for free, meaning you can get access to all of the course’s materials.  If you’re interested in improving your writing, this is a great way to do it from the safety of your home!

Full details about the course can be found here.

If you do take the course, let us know how it goes!

Announcement: Our 2015 Theme

17 Aug

We said on Twitter that we’d make an announcement about things to come from the show. And so here we are.

Throughout 2014, we have been focused on World SF. While we plan to continue exploring the globe in 2015, we will switch our focus.

In 2015, we will put our attention on the contributions of women to the sf field.

We hope you will join us!

Our CONvergence Schedules: Where We’ll Be and How You Can Join Us!

29 Jun

The entire male crew will be at CONvergence this 4th of July weekend.  Why the guys?  We drew straws.  Or it was entirely random.  Whichever sounds more interesting.

In any case, I’ve taken the liberty to compile a day-by-day schedule of all of our activities, whether as a group OR as individuals.  Some things may be added to this in the near future (walk-by sessions, etc.).  See the official CONvergence schedule for details about these panels (and others).

Here goes:


  • 12:30 PM — Mainstreaming of Geekdom (Mike Underwood)
  • 12:30 PM — Godzilla vs. Kaiju (David Annandale and Shaun Duke)
  • 2:00 PM — The Skiffy and Fanty Show (LIVE at CONvergence)(everybody w/ guests Martha Wells and Carie Patel)
  • 5:00 PM — Many Faces of Dracula (David Annandale)
  • 5:00 PM — Shakespeare and Fantasy (Paul Weimer)
  • 8:30 PM — Green is Not Diversity (Shaun Duke)
  • 10:00 PM — Are Zombies Dead (Yet)? (David Annandale)
  • 10:00 PM — Saberhagen’s Dracula (Paul Weimer)


  • 9:30 AM — Where’s the Creature from the Black Lagoon? (David Annandale)
  • 12:30 PM — Author Reading (David Annandale)
  • 12:30 PM — Marvel Film Roundup (Shaun Duke)
  • 5:00 PM — Gaming When You Have a Life (Paul Weimer)
  • 8:30 PM — Signing (David Annandale w/ Martha Wells)


  • 12:30 PM — City Building (Shaun Duke)
  • 2:00 PM — Gender in Urban Fantasy (Mike Underwood)
  • 3:30 PM — Mythology in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Urban Fantasy (Paul Weimer)
  • 5:00 PM — Is There Life After ‘Dark and Gritty’? (Mike Underwood)
  • 5:00 PM — How to Structure a Novel (David Annandale)


  • 12:30 PM — Writing Sequels:  Deja vu or Level 2? (David Annandale)
  • 2:00 PM — From Gaming to Writing (Mike Underwood)
  • 2:00 PM — From Gaming to Writing (David Annandale)

Note:  we do plan to have Walk-By sessions this year, but we haven’t put them in the schedule yet.  It’s likely they’ll be semi-random due to our bizarre schedules and the various interviews we’ll be conducting.  The best way to get involved in a Walk-By session is to pay attention to our Twitter feed, which is where we’ll announce full details (location, etc.).


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