237. Green is Not Diversity Panel at CONvergence

12 Dec

Diversity bingo, Hollywood shenanigans, and Will Smith, oh my!  Arriving by an extremely slow rocket ship, this panel on diversity at CONvergence featuring Dr. Rubidium, Laura Zats, Benny S, Aimee Kuzenski, and Shaun features discussion about representation in film and literature, the motivations for and against diversity, 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 237 — Download (MP3)

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 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.

Shorty on Friday: Omenana

12 Dec Omenana Speculative Fiction Magazine -- Dec 2014

Omenana, a bimonthly speculative fiction magazine edited by Mazi Nwonwu and Chinelo Onwualu, includes short fiction, essays, and art by and about people from the African continent. Its debut issue appeared on November 30, and the stories within work very well together. Two are more traditional narratives, while two are more experimental; there are contemporary settings and futures near and far, nods to Nigeria’s literary legacy, and a love letter to Lagos. The essays are powerful and the art is lovely. The tl;dr of this column is that you should alter your weekend plans as necessary to read the first issue. Continue reading

My Superpower: Erik Williams (Demon)

11 Dec Demon by Erik Williams

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 Erik Williams to talk about how the power of verisimilitude relates to Demon.

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My superpower?  Where do I begin?  I have so many, you see…

Chief among them is BS.  Outside of my ability to BS, I’d say my most important superpower in writing my book was verisimilitude.

You see, I wrote this novel Demon.  It’s about a CIA assassin who finds himself hunting down a real, true blue demon in war-torn Iraq.  A demon that pretty much causes anyone within a few feet of it to go crazy and kill each other.  It doesn’t even do it on purpose.  It’s his presence, by Jove! Continue reading

Book Review: Nobody’s Home (An Anubis Gates Story) by Tim Powers

10 Dec Nobody's Home by Tim Powers

Tracking the murderer of her fiance through 19th century London’s darkest warrens, Jacky Snapp has disguised herself as a boy. But the disguise fails when she tries to save a girl from the ghost of her jealous husband. Jacky soon finds that she has made herself visible to the ghosts that cluster around the Thames…

And one of them is the ghost of her fiancee, who was poisoned and physically transformed by his murderer and unwittingly shot dead by Jacky herself.

Jacky and the girl she rescued, united in the need to banish their pursuing ghosts, learn that their only hope is to flee upriver to the barge known as Nobody’s Home — where the exorcist whose name is Nobody charges an intolerable price.

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236. Emmi Itäranta (a.k.a. the Teamaster) — Memory of Water (An Interview)

10 Dec

Teahouses, VHS tapes, and water police, oh my!  Emmi Itäranta joins Shaun and Mike to discuss her science fiction novel, Memory of Water.  We discuss translation, the wonders of tea, water politics, Sibelius 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 236 — Download (MP3)

Memory of Water by Emmi Itaranta

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.

Book Review: Zombies & Calculus by Colin Adams

9 Dec Zombies and Calculus

If you’re looking for a good zombie novel, then just keep looking. But if you’d like a light refresher on mathematical principles with a side of peril, or if you need a gift for somebody taking calculus or pre-cal who doesn’t mind a sprinkling of gore, then Zombies & Calculus may be a good pick.

The author, Colin Adams, is a professor at Williams College and the humor columnist for the Mathematical Intelligencer. He has written several other math-related books; this is his latest (published in September). A couple of videos starting here illustrate some of the scenarios in Zombies & Calculus, in case you want to get a sense of the book’s tone. Continue reading

Around the Podosphere: Podcasts of Note for 12/8/2014

8 Dec

All the genre-friendly podcasts recommended by your Skiffy and Fanty robogoblins in one convenient place!

Interviews:

On Books:

On Movies:

On Podcasting:

On Conspiracies:

On Conventions:

  • The Three Hoarsemen discuss World Fantasy Convention in Arlington/D.C.; apparently, Shaun is mentioned more times than Paul in this one, which means something to someone somewhere…They also talk about some of the media they’ve been consuming, which should give you lots of ideas for things to buy.

On History:

  • Stuff You Missing in History Class discusses Henry Hudson in a two-part history adventure!  This might be of interest to anyone writing fantasy with seafaring peoples.
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