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2016 Awards Season (Hugos, etc.): All the Eligible Things from a Year of Skiffy and Fanty!

8 Jan Hugo Award

It’s that time of year again.  The time when we all show up in a big arena and fight each other with sticks and used socks and the leftover contents of Darth Vader’s fridge for the supreme honor of winning an award.

OK.  So that’s not true.  But it is awards season, which means we do have to release a practically mandatory big post of all the stuff we discussed or created that happens to be eligible for something in 2016.  So, here it is: Continue reading

284. Aliette de Bodard (a.k.a. The Boneduster) — The House of Shattered Wings (An Interview)

19 Sep The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

Fallen angels, bone dust magic, and Paris, oh my!  Aliette de Bodard joins Shaun and Julia to discuss her new novel, The House of Shattered Wings.  We explore Aliette’s process for creating an alternate history, discuss the novel’s themes of colonialism and religion, and other exciting topics!

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): Continue reading

283. Fran Wilde (a.k.a. Chadwick’s Progeny) — Updraft (An Interview) and Giveaway!

8 Sep Updraft by Fran Wilde

Wings, bone towers, and mouth monsters, oh my! The glorious Fran Wilde returns to the podcast to discuss her new novel, Updraft.  We talk about worldbuilding, hierarchies and bone towers, and much more!

We also have an extra copy of Updraft to give away.  If you want to win, all you’ve got to do is answer the following question in the comments (or via email):

If you had wings, what kind of job would you like to have and why?

Answers are due next Tuesday!  The winner will be announced (hopefully) the following day!

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): Continue reading

In the Duke’s Sights: Books of Note for 8/21/15

21 Aug In the Duke's Sights for 8-21-15

It’s that time again.  Time for more books.  These magic monsters appeared all at once in the office of my apartment complex, presumably having arrived a while ago only to collect in a dark closet or something.  But now they’re here.

So, without further delay, here they are.  Leave a comment if something looks interesting to you! Continue reading

My Superpower: Djibril al-Ayad (Ten Years of The Future Fire)

18 Aug TFFX

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 Djibril al-Ayad to talk about how the power of invisibility relates to Ten Years of The Future Fire.


If I were to choose my own superpower, it would probably be flight — not the most useful ability in this day and age, but I bet the most fun! Even in dreams I can only fly a few inches off the ground, and then only with increasing, agonising concentration after a few seconds. It enables me to cross a wide street while only stepping on the kerbs, but not much else. I guess we don’t get to choose our own superpower. Continue reading

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