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281. On Uncanny Magazine w/ Lynne Thomas, Michael D. Thomas, and Michi Trota

24 Aug Uncanny Magazine

Unicorns, editors, and cultures of empathy, oh my!  In our 281st episode, Lynne Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota join us to talk about Uncanny Magazine!  We explore how they feel about Year One, what’s in store for the magazine in Year Two, the root of a good Uncanny story, cultures of empathy, and much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

[http://archive.org/download/SandFEpisode281OnUncannyMagazine/Sandf–Episode281–OnUncannyMagazine.mp3]

Episode 281 — Download (MP3)

Show Notes: 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

Mining the Genre Asteroid: Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle

20 Aug ash_f

In our world, the duchy of Burgundy, the Middle Kingdom, has had a fascinating, and often strange history. Wedged in the middle of Europe, from the Mediterranean and up toward the North Sea, parts of which are now France, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium, the Dukes of Burgundy have often been as powerful or more powerful than some of the full blown kingdoms they have dealt with. Burgundy is a hell of a lot of fun to play in the computer game Crusader Kingdoms 2. By accidents and turns of fortune, Burgundy disappeared from our history in a rather sudden fashion.

That sudden disappearance of Burgundy from history is the historical seed for Ash: A Secret History by Mary Gentle. Gentle uses secret history, alternate history, and the moldability of history to explore a 15th century that wasn’t … but perhaps once was. 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

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