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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!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

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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.

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!

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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)

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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

#21. Prince of Darkness (1987) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

27 May

Possessions, creepy churches, and mirror demons, oh my! For our 21st Shoot the WISB discussion, Shaun, David, and Paul tackle John Carpenter’s 1987 low-budget horror flick, Prince of Darkness.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  This episode was selected as a perk for Shaun’s Worldcon fundraiser by Usman Malik. The fundraiser is, as of this posting, $115 shy of completion.  If you would like to help out, please head to the GoFundMe page and donate!

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.

Prince of Darknes (1987)

 

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The Disquieting Guest — A Few Thoughts On ‘The Quiet Ones’

25 May The Quiet Ones -- 2014

The Marvel logo that introduces the company’s movies (and their respective trailers) is a pretty sharp piece of work. That flipping by of comic book images primes the viewers, gesturing toward the history of all that came before. I bet that many viewers feel a bit of a thrill the moment that logo appears, even if — when seeing a trailer for the first time — they don’t know what movie is coming up after those images.

I have much the same reaction to the new Hammer logo, which you can check out here. Hammer Studios are a storied institution. They brought Quatermass to the big screen and revived Gothic horror with 1957’s The Curse of Frankenstein. That first pairing of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee has a hallowed place in horror history, as do the films that followed. But the late-sixties and early-seventies brought difficult times to Hammer. Films such as Rosemary’s BabyNight of the Living DeadThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Exorcist changed the face of the horror film. Hammer’s period pieces, which had been so radical with their colour, gore and sexuality (tame though those elements appear today), now seemed quaint. Attempts to modernize (Dracula A.D. 1972) were met with mixed success (to put it kindly). The last theatrical hurrah was To the Devil… A Daughter in 1976, an attempt both to follow up the earlier success of  The Devil Rides Out and mimic The Exorcist. Continue reading

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