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#26. In the Flesh (Season One) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Catherine Hill

20 Sep

Zombies, race allegories, and disgruntled fathers, oh my!  Shaun, Julia, Paul, and Mike are joined by the lovely Catherine Hill to discuss the first season BBC3’s In the Flesh (you all need to be watching this; no joke).

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  This episode is also one of the perks for Shaun’s World SF Tour fundraiser.  Catherine was selected to participate in an episode; we decided to record it at LonCon3!

Spoiler Alert:  the following podcast contains spoilers for the film being reviewed; if you wish to see the film without having it ruined for you, download this podcast and save it for later.

In the Flesh (BBC3)

Download the episode here.

Show notes (info about our contributors can be found on the about page):

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222. Hawk the Slayer (1980) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

18 Sep

Repeating magic crossbows, emotionless heroes, and gentle giants, oh my!  You voted for it.  We watched it, and then we got intoxicated and talked about it.  Feel our pain in this special LonCon3 editions of the British-produced Hawk the Slayer (1980)!

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 222 — Download (MP3)

Hawk the Slayer (1980)

 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.

218. Live at CONvergence w/ Martha Wells and Carrie Patel

22 Aug

World SF, the secret history of genre, and live audiences, oh my!  In this special episode, Paul, Mike, David, and Shaun are joined by Martha Wells and Carrie Patel for a live recording of show!  Shenanigans may ensue…

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 218 — Download (MP3)

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.

209. South African SF Roundtable w/ Alex Latimer, Lauren Beukes, and Sarah Lotz

23 Jun

Terrifying malls, time traveling serial killers, and renegade spaceships, oh my!  Authors Alex Latimer, Lauren Beukes, and Sarah Lotz join Julia and Shaun for an in-depth discussion about South African SF, from the influences of Apartheid on contemporary SA literature to the film industry to fandom and publishing.  You won’t want to miss this one!

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 209 — Download (MP3)

Show Notes:

  • Our Guests
    • Alex Latimer (Author of numerous picture books and The Space Race, which involves apartheid, nuclear weapons, and a race to the moon)
    • Sarah Lotz (Author of The Three, which is about plane crashes and creepy kids. Also writes under other names)
    • Lauren Beukes (Author of several books including The Shining Girls, which is about time traveling serial killers, and the forthcoming Broken Monsters)
  • Additional Notes:
  • Where to buy SA books:
  • Author recommendations:
    • Diane Awerbuck — Home Remedies (recommended by Alex)
    • Louis Greenberg — Dark Windows set in future South Africa
    • Something Wicked magazine
    • Bloody Parchment anthology and Bloody Harvest anthology
    • Jungle Gym magazine
    • Andrew Solomon — Tokolosh Song
    • Edyth Bulbring
    • Henrietta Rose-Innes
    • Alex Smith
    • SA Partridge
    • Nerine Dorman
    • Liam Kruger
    • Miranda Sherry Black Dog Summer (like The Lovely Bones, but set in South Africa)
    • Sam Wilson

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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.

208. Usman Malik (a.k.a. Mr. Marvel) — An Interview at ICFA

19 Jun

Urdu literature, the wild world of translation, and Pakistani speculative fiction, oh my!  Author Usman Malik joins us at ICFA to talk about his literary influences, Urdu literature, spirituality and religion, and a whole lot of other amazing stuff.

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 208 — 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.

#22. Godzilla (2014) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Rachael Acks

1 Jun

Giant monsters, nukes, and sad skyscrapers, oh my!  Shaun, David, and Paul are joined by Rachael Acks to take on the brand new Godzilla movie.  Prepare to be stomped!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Spoiler Alert:  the following podcast contains spoilers for the film being reviewed; if you wish to see the film without having it ruined for you, download this podcast and save it for later.

Godzilla (2014)

Download the episode here.

Show notes (info about our contributors can be found on the about page):

Comment away!

Languages Matter: Some Thoughts on Language and Dialect

28 May

I want to expand on what I have written in my essay, “Languages, Dialects and Accents:  Why Our Voices Matter.” Much has been said about the use of dialect in science fiction and the outcry that follows. I would like to see more of such discussions because we have been shying away from issues that really matter to us. Perhaps, it is the shift from white Anglo science fiction to a more international/world science fiction that has started the ball rolling. For a long time, the world has been white, male and painfully Anglo-centric, not to mention US-centric. Now we have new voices coming into the song, and some are naturally reacting rather angrily, I would say.

Why are we fixating on English – and for that matter, proper grammatical English English? Let’s not bring in the American versus British spelling argument. Let’s talk about English. Why do we insist SFF writers write in English? Probably because science fiction, at the moment, is dominated by the Americans and the British? Bear in mind that science fiction is also written in Mandarin Chinese, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Bahasa. Why does English have so much hegemony in the SFF-sphere? Continue reading

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