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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

Around the Podosphere: Podcasts of Note for 8/17/15

17 Aug Around the Podosphere Icon -- Original by Colleen AF Venable Fin

A new slate of podcasts has arrived.  In this edition of Around the Podosphere, we’ve got a few bad movies, some intense book discussions, a lost ship, and at least one Texas conspiracy theory!  There’s plenty stuff here to keep you busy for the rest of the week.

What have you been listening to?  Tell us in the comments!

Here’s our list: Continue reading

280. The Wonders and Politics of Steampunk w/ Cherie Priest, Beth Cato, and Jaymee Goh

17 Aug The SEA is Ours edited by Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng

Machines, empire, and whitewashing, oh my!  In this special edition of our discussion feature, Shaun and Rachael talk to authors Cherie Priest, Beth Cato, and Jaymee Goh about the wonders and politics of steampunk.  We cover whitewashing on covers, the subversive qualities of steampunk, and the trials and tribulations of writing the genre in a world heavily influenced by empire.  In our last moments, we have some fun by talking about steampunk films and video games.  In the end, we only scratched the surface!

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 280 — Download (MP3)

Show Notes: Continue reading

In the Duke’s Sights: Books of Note for 8/14/15

14 Aug The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

This week’s edition of In the Duke’s Sights is a small one because I didn’t wait so many darn weeks to post it.  In this edition:  flintlock fantasy, a steampunk collection from across the sea, a cantankerous writer’s writings, and a fantasy novel about fallen angels and alchemists waging war in Paris.

If any of these strike your fancy, let us know in the comments! Continue reading


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