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Announcement: Live Recording of Episode #202 (Torture Cinema Meets Highlander II: the Quickening)

24 Apr

Swords, first time flyers, and overacting, oh my!  In our 2nd ever live-recording, the crew (Jen and Julia) are joined by Michael J. Martinez to tear apart Highlander II: the Quickening (1991).  This month’s movie was selected by Mike as part of Shaun’s Worldcon fundraiser (the 5th Milestone Perk).

All Torture Cinema episodes come with a skit.  Since we’re recording live, the skit will be a teaser for the mp3 version.  If you want to hear us do impressions of Sean Connery or what have you, you’ll be able to DL the mp3 from the main feed on this blog when it is released on April 30th. 2014.

Feel free to join us at 10 PM EST on April 25th, 2014 (Friday).  The Q&A function will be turned on; your comments and questions are more than welcome!

New to The Skiffy and Fanty Show podcast? Hello!

19 Apr

Hi there!

You may have come here because we were nominated for a 2014 Hugo Award for best Fancast. In which case, welcome!

Skiffy and Fanty is a blog, and most pertinently, a weekly fan podcast created by Shaun Duke and Jen Zink, Me, I’m Paul Weimer. You probably know me as @princejvstin on Twitter. If you run an F/SF blog, its likely I’ve commented on it. I joined Skiffy and Fanty in 2012. 

In 2013, the Skiffy and Fanty show added a whole bunch of new people in our efforts to bring genre goodness to you on the blog and on the podcast:

Mike R Underwood: Author, and works at Angry Robot Books

Julia Rios: Fiction Editor and Podcaster in her own right. (The Outer Alliance)

Stina Leicht: Fantasy Author ( Of Blood and Honey  and And Blue Skies from Pain)

David Annandale: Fantasy Author of Warhammery goodness, Kaiju Master, and Teacher.

Skiffy and Fanty as a podcast has a couple of different varieties of episodes. We’ve been accused of having an identity crisis (hello, Jonathan McCalmont!)  but we do all sorts of stuff on the podcast you might like to listen to:

We interview authors like Adam Christopher.

We have discussion episodes like, say, SF and Music with John Anealio and Peter Orullian

This year we are doing our World SF Tour, with roundtables of genre people to connect with fiction from around the world. Like our recent Brazilian SF episode

We sometimes watch something topical or not so topical and then discuss it. Like our opinions on the 1954 Godzilla.

And, perhaps most infamously, sometimes we get together, get inebriated and discuss horrible, bad SF movies. Like, yes, Sharknado!

We’re the Skiffy and Fanty podcast and we’re delighted for you to listen and tell us what you think.





We’re Nominated for a Hugo Award!

19 Apr

Did you hear the exciting news?  DID YOU?  We’re officially on the final ballot for the 2014 Hugo Awards!  How cool is that?

So a few quick things to say:

  1. We’re on the Hugo Award ballot! OMG!
  2. A whole bunch of you nominated us!  Thank you ever so much.  We love you.  We really do.  You are all so super awesome.  Also:  thank you so much for listening to our show!  We’ll give you free cookies one day.  Promise.
  3. We’re on the Hugo Award ballot! OMG!  Wait…I already said that.  Oh well.

So what does this mean?  Simple:

  1. We’re on the ballot, which means all of you who have attending or supporting memberships will be able to vote for us or one of the other lovely podcasts that made it to the final list (also:  all the books, short stories, movies, and what not that got nominated).  It’s up to you!
  2. If you haven’t purchased a supporting membership, you should probably do so right now so you can vote!  And not just for us, because that would be silly and self-serving.  No.  You should get a supporting membership because a) all the cool kids are doing it; b) you’ll get a huge packet of free reads (not guaranteed, but it always happens these days); c) to support the Hugo Awards by making it bigger and better than ever before; and d) to have a say in what gets an award!

It also means we could really use your support to bring The Skiffy and Fanty Show to Worldcon this year.  We need to at least raise the funds for the plane ticket by the end of this month, so if you can spare $10, please do so!  Julia and Shaun would love to attend the convention and sit among the nominees at the Hugo Awards (and Jen is planning to make this happen now, too, which is awesome).

And that’s it!  Thanks so much for nominating us.  Thanks to the Hugo committee folks for sending us the amazing news.  Thanks to everyone who has supported us in any way:  listeners, readers, hosts, friends, writers and sf/f fans…thank you all.



P.S.:  Don’t forget that we’re hosting our 200th episode live on Monday!  Details here.

Coming Soon: Episode 200…LIVE!

14 Apr

That’s right.  To celebrate our 200th episode, we’re going to record it LIVE on Google+/YouTube.  That means you’ll get to listen to and/or watch us act like crazy people for several hours, which we all know will be a lot of fun, right?

When and where?  Monday, April 21st at 6:30-8:30 PM EST (we will post here and Tweet a link to the YouTube stream as soon as it goes live; the time is arbitrary and may be slightly short or slightly longer depending on need)

What should you expect?  Celebrating 200 episodes, a world sf discussion, and a trivia game!

What can you do?  You can watch the live episode, for one.  And you can share the news!  You can also submit trivia questions via this form (please read it before submitting)

Put it on your calendar!

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Top 10 Episodes and Blog Posts for March 2014

1 Apr

No introductions needed.  Here goes.

Top Episodes:

  1. #17 — Babylon 5 Re-Watch (S1D4: Eps. 13-16) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Jamie Wyman & Erika Ensign
  2. 195. Sons of Steel (1988): A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ Danny Oz
  3. 116. Season of the Witch — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
  4. Episode 96 — An Interview w/ Sherwood Smith (a.k.a. Scribbles and Cream)
  5. Episode 4.2 — Torture Cinema Meets The Wicker Man
  6. 190. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2009): A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
  7. #16 — Godzilla (1954) — A Shoot the WISB Discussion
  8. 193. New Zealander Speculative Fiction w/ Helen Lowe, Norman Cates, & Stephen Minchin
  9. #15 — Babylon 5 Re-Watch (S1D3: Eps. 9-12) — A Shoot the WISB Discussion
  10. #10 — Babylon 5 Re-Watch (S1D1: Eps. 1-4) — A Shoot the WISB Discussion

Top Blog Posts:

  1. Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Saga of Pliocene Exile by Julian May (by Paul Weimer)
  2. My Superpower: Marianne de Pierres
  3. The Disquieting Guest — The Sublime Terror of Kaiju by David Annandale
  4. My Superpower: Steve McHugh
  5. Business Time: Self-publishing vendors and ‘royalties’ by Mike Underwood
  6. For Your Hugo Award Consideration: A Very Big, Non-Endorsement List of Things to Love by Shaun Duke
  7. Book Review: Debris by Jo Anderton (by Paul Weimer)
  8. A (World) SFF Film Odyssey: Mutant Girls Squad (2010) and Anime’s Excesses by Shaun Duke
  9. Cultural Tourists (Part 1): Publishing and Representation by Charles A. Tan
  10. The Masks the Monsters Left Behind by Romeo Kennedy (Guest Post)

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