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199. Sofia Samatar (a.k.a. Malkia wa Ndoto) at ICFA (An Interview) #WorldSFTour

19 Apr

Arabic fantasy, linguistic wonders, and strange worlds, oh my!  Sofia Samatar joins Shaun, Julia, and Keffy to discuss her 2014 Crawford Award winning novel, A Stranger in Olondria.  Also on the discussion table:  Arabic fiction, fantastic and otherwise, academia, writing influences, and much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

(Please support our efforts to bring the Skiffy and Fanty Show and the World SF Tour to Worldcon!  Every little bit helps.)

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 196 — Download (MP3)

A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar

Show Notes:

You can also support this podcast by signing up for a one month free trial at Audible.  Doing so helps us, gives you a change to try out Audible’s service, and brings joy to everyone.

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.

198. Brazilian SF w/ Fabio Fernandes, Cesar Alcázar, Libby Ginway, and Jacques Barcia #WorldSFTour

15 Apr

The books, the histories, and the translations, oh my!  We’re joined by an all star cast to discuss the world of Brazilian SF.  We cover Brazil’s generations of sf writers, fandom, the publishing world, and the influences on Brazil’s sf universe.  You won’t want to miss this one.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

(Please support our efforts to bring the Skiffy and Fanty Show and the World SF Tour to Worldcon!  Every little bit helps.)

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 196 — Download (MP3)

Show Notes:

You can also support this podcast by signing up for a one month free trial at Audible.  Doing so helps us, gives you a change to try out Audible’s service, and brings joy to everyone.

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.

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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Mining the Genre Asteroid: THE DRAGON WAITING by John M. Ford

10 Apr The Dragon Waiting

It’s the 15th century, but not the 15th century we know. Julian the Apostate was no apostate in this world, and Europe, from Wales to Byzantium, is pagan. The aforementioned Byzantines are strong and vibrant, with much of Italy and France under their boot, as well as the Balkans and Middle East, and now looking greedily at the British Isles. The British Isles are wracked by a civil war between two noble houses, and, thus, are ripe for the taking; if the right outsider might be groomed for the role and given backing. Henry Tydder, bearing the symbol of a red dragon, seems like a perfect candidate for Byzantium’s plans.

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Book Review: Heirs of Grace by Tim Pratt

10 Apr heirs of grace

Rebekah Lull, a Chicago art student, has gotten an offer she can’t refuse. Not without traveling to North Carolina and seeing what its all about anyway. A foundling at birth, Rebekah discovers she’s been named the heir to the estate of Archibald Grace, her biological father. This estate comprises a rambling mansion in the hills of Appalachia and some money that could make life easy for a couple of years. The money’s the easy part. The cute local lawyer? Rebekah’s got him figured. The House, even if it seems to be full of secrets, locked doors and bona fide magical objects, is a little harder to manage, but Rebekah’s game. The relatives, the other would-be Heirs of Grace? Now they are going to be the tricky part. Continue reading

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