Tag Archives: Science Fiction

“Ten Post-Apocalyptic Novels Written by Women” by Nicolette Stewart

20 May

There are 1000 ways to end the world, and fictional explorations of those possibilities have been popular (more so whenever disaster seems near at hand) for going on 200 years. But why do we love to watch the world burn?  Is it a desire to start over?  A catharsis for our fears about things out of our control? Or just a fun thought experiment in which we can examine the actions and reactions of humans put in the most extreme of situations? Continue reading

271. On Science Fiction and Romance w/ Andrea Phillips

18 May Revision by Andrea Phillips

Subplots, comedies, and scifi relationships, oh my!  Andrea Phillips joins us for a discussion about science fiction, romance, and her new novel, Revision.  We talk about why romance gets a bad rap, some excellent starting points for the interested reader, and much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

Episode 271 — Download (MP3)

Show Notes: Continue reading

Interview w/ Jennifer Ellis (Author of A Quill Ladder)

13 May A Pair of Docks by Jennifer Ellis

For this feature interview, I contacted Jennifer Ellis by email with some questions pertaining both to A Quill Ladder and the Derivatives of Displacement series in general, on writing YA, and on her perspectives as a successful indie author. Here, then, are those questions and her wonderful responses, including information on what she has in store for the future:

DPH: The YA category has changed a lot since either of us was younger, and the SciFi/Fantasy offerings have exploded. In what ways did you try to make these middle grade novels balance between the classic and modern worlds? How do you balance between revealing things to the readers (and characters) and holding things back for maintaining the drive of the series? Continue reading

Book Review: A Quill Ladder by Jennifer Ellis (with an Interview)

12 May A Quill Ladder by Jennifer Ellis

For my May contribution to this year’s focus on female writers, I wanted to feature two young adult SciFi/Fantasy titles written by women authors whose work I enjoy and initially discovered by happenstance:  Jennifer Ellis and Frances Hardinge. Even if you don’t typically read YA, you certainly know some children or young adults who are looking for good reads in the genre, and both of these writers deserve plenty of appreciation. First up for this post is Jennifer Ellis.

Ellis is an indie author from Canada who writes both middle-grade science fiction/fantasy novels and adult dystopic novels featuring elements of adventure, romance, and environmental themes. I discovered her work through a Goodreads giveaway listing for her adult novel In the Shadows of the Mosquito Constellation. It looked potentially interesting to me, but looking at her website and blog really sold me on taking the time to check out the novel. Though I didn’t win the giveaway, I was able to get an electronic version directly from her; immediately upon starting it, I was drawn in and impressed through the end. Continue reading

#34. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

11 May Avengers - Age of Ultron

Visions, androids, and Hulks, oh my!  The crew assembles to discuss Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s newest (and expected) box office success.  We discuss the film’s pace, Black Widow, the film universe, our film grades, and much more!

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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


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