Tag Archives: Science Fiction

268. Eastern European and Baltic SF/F at LonCon3 w/ Michael Burianyk, Stanislaw Krawczyk, Irena Raseta, Ivaylo Shmilev, and Imants Belogrîvs

24 Apr

Live from LonCon3 (and very late on our podcast feed):  a panel on Eastern European and Baltic sf/f featuring the lovely voices of Michael Burianyk, Stanislaw Krawczyk, Irena Raseta, Ivaylo Shmilev, and Imants Belogrîvs!

The panel description was as follows:

In the Anglophone World, probably the best-known Eastern European science fiction and fantasy writers are Stanislas Lem and Karel Capek, and in recent years Zoran Zivkovic and Andrzej Sapkowski. But this region has produced many fine writers of fantastika. Which other writers should Anglophone readers be aware of? Our panel of writers and readers from Croatia, Poland, Bulgaria and Latvia will discuss current trends, perennial themes, and future hopes.

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

Episode 268 — Download (MP3)Eastern Europe Map

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Around the Podosphere: Podcasts of Note for 4/20/15

20 Apr

What fantastic podcast shenanigans have we been enjoying lately?  Here are just a few:

On Movies:

On Literature:

On Books:

#33. Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Damien Angelica Walters

20 Apr Alien Poster

Facehuggers, flamethrowers, and angry momma aliens, oh my!  Damien Angelica Walters brings her squee to this special Alien-centric episode!  We discuss the legacy of Alien and Aliens, the evocative design of the films, their underlying metaphors, and so much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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My Superpower: Tsana Dolichva (Defying Doomsday)

20 Apr City overlooking desolate desert landscape with cracked earth

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 Tsana Dolichva to talk about how the power of dislocating her joints relates to Defying Doomsday.

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My superpower is being able to mildly dislocate my joints in my sleep.

My genetic medical condition makes me double jointed — not enough to ever become a contortionist, alas — and some of my joints are a bit unstable. Let me tell you a funny story.

A couple of months ago, when I was feeling tense for work-related reasons, I went to bed and woke up with a sore shoulder. Waking up in pain is pretty normal for me, and it usually fades (eventually) as I move around a bit. This time it didn’t, and, furthermore, I couldn’t actually lift my arm forwards and upwards (this doesn’t usually happen). When it didn’t go away by itself in a couple of days (or with me trying to push it back into place against the wall), I made a physio appointment. Unfortunately, I had to wait a week and a half to get a time. In the meantime, I just had to put up with using my other arm to reach high shelves and holding the hair-dryer at a very awkward angle … it was fine. Continue reading

Book Review: Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper

9 Apr Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper

When a set of post humans, the Next, long ago banished to the edge of their society’s solar system, start making aggressive moves down the gravity well, no one is safe from their maneuvers and machinations. Not Chrystal, living on the High Sweet Home with her four-part family, who is attacked by The Next. Not Nona, Chrystal’s friend, and descendant of the famous Ruby Martin of The Creative Fire, who would risk much to see to Chrystal’s safety. And not Charlie, Ranger on the ecologically devastated planet Lym. Post humanity clashes with humanity, and a solar system wide conflict is brewing, even as these three seek to find a way to survive the danger and find answers, for themselves, and each other.

Edge of Dark is the first novel in the Glittering Edge duology by Brenda Cooper.

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#32. Agent Carter (Episodes 1-4) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Raven Oak

6 Apr Agent Carter

Clever gadgets, super spies, and awesome 1940s women, oh my!  Our “Women and Non-Binary in SFF” theme continues with this special discussion of the first half of the Agent Carter miniseries.  Raven Oak joins us to talk about the show, its influence, its themes, and all the reasons why it is just plain awesome.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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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. Continue reading

265. The Black Hole (1971) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” (Childhood Destruction Edition)

3 Apr

Robot blenders, mad scientists, and snarky companions, oh my!  In this special “childhood destruction” edition of Torture Cinema, the crew tackles one of Paul’s favorite childhood movies, The Black Hole.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

Episode 265 — Download (MP3)The Black Hole -- 1971

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.

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