2017 Patreon Updates: New Page and New Goals

30 Mar

We said on Twitter a while back that some changes were coming to The Skiffy and Fanty universe. The first of those changes is our Patreon page. This post is all about what we changed.

To our current Patreon supporters, we offer a hearty thanks! Hopefully, our new goals and updated supporter levels will keep you with us for the next 10,000 years!

New (Updated) Supporter Levels

For the most part, our supporter levels are the same. We did reduce the number of levels and make each “perk” more cohesive. Here’s what to expect:

  • $1 and up:  Stay Frosty!
    Supporters at the $1 will be thanked in every way that we possibly can, with a special page on our website, twitter announcements AND during a recording!
  • $3 and up:  Apotheosis
    At $3 and up, you get access to an exclusive monthly email which will include news about what we’re doing and our upcoming episodes! Plus everything from the lower levels!
  • $5 and up:  You’re Welcome Citizen
    Pledge $5 per month and you’ll get access to our podcasts at least one week before everyone else! Not to mention everything from the lower tiers! Because we love you.
  • $10 and up:  Awkward Ending
    Once a year, you’ll get a copy of THE ROBOGOBLIN GAZETTE! This super special zine will include content from our hosts and blog contributors! And if we hit our goals, this zine gets SUPER CHARGED! PLUS you’ll get everything from our lower levels!

We expect these to stay this way for a while, though new levels might be added in the future.

New Goals

The biggest change to our Patreon is in the form of goals. We wanted to make our goals more direct and manageable so they would serve the broader vision for this show and its affiliates. These are the new goals:

  • $50/month:  New Hosting, New Site
    If the Skiffy and Fanty Show can hit $50 a month with your support, we will FINALLY be able to have our own web-host containing all of our content! This would give us a great deal more power and flexibility and help us begin our path to WORLD DOMINATION!
  • $150/month:  New Patron-only Show
    At this level, the Skiffy and Fanty Show will be able to add a new show EXCLUSIVELY for our Patreon patrons! We don’t know what it will be about yet, but someone did mention a musical*, just sayin’.

    *Contents not guaranteed.  (Note:  We’ll likely get listener input on this! We have some ideas already…)

  • $250/month:  Robogoblin Gazette, Semi-prozine Joyfest
    At this level, the Skiffy and Fanty Show Robogoblin Gazette becomes a semi-prozine, allowing us to include spec-fic content such as short stories, poems, and art, paid for at pro-rates.
  • $2000/month:  Party Time!
    At this massive stretch goal, you make our Skiffy and Fanty Dreams come true. Currently, not all of our members can attend cons, much less all of us together in one space and time*. However, if we can reach this level, EVERYONE on the team will be able to attend one North American SFF Convention and throw A GIANT PARTY that all of our patrons are invited to attend!!*This may result in the end of the universe.**
    **Probably not, but it would be epic.

And there you have it. If you have any questions or comments about any of the above, feel free to email us at skiffyandfanty[at]gmail[dot]com.

If you want to help us reach these goals, please consider becoming a supporter on Patreon!

Book Review: Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman

30 Mar


In an alternate 1850s era, the British Empire is flourishing as vitally as it did in our timeline, but from different base causes. Instead of the power of the Industrial Revolution providing the motive power for Monarch and country, the Royal Society of Esoteric Arts provides the competitive advantage for Great Britain to stand astride the world. But this society of magicians is a merciless one, taking every person with magical talent, whether they like it or not. Charlotte Gunn seeks to aid her family from financial disaster that her father is in by making sure that her brother’s talents are seen and compensated for. Oh, and in so doing, hiding her own deep, dark secret from the Royal Society: Charlotte, you see, is a mage too.

Charlotte, and her world, come to life in the Tor.com novella Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman. Continue reading

318. Catherine Lundoff (a.k.a. The Fantastic Wolf) — An Interview (Out of This World)

28 Mar

Shakespeare, queer noir, and vampire yaoi, oh my! Catherine Lundoff joins Jen and Paul to talk about her new collection of short stories, Out of this World: Queer Speculative Fiction Stories, which is also the first release from her new independent publishing house, Queen of Swords Press. We travel through genre and history as we discuss the wide variety of stories in the collection.

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): Continue reading

Book Review: The Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier

23 Mar

A Princess seeking to escape the circumscribed nature of her life and the path set out for her. A Prince who strives to protect his land against an invasion and threat his small country has no capacity to stop. A tyrannical King whose plots and plans overwhelm them all. And a mysterious mountain of knowledge and power that is the key to all of them. It sounds on the face to be a standard fantasy setup with characters out of stock central fantasy casting that could be listed in Diana Wynne Jones’ THE TOUGH GUIDE TO FANTASYLAND.

You can probably even predict how this sort of set up will go, on the old straight track. Prince saves the day, Princess is plucky, Father dies heroically and repents and recants on his deathbed, paving way for Prince to be the better successor. Simple and straightforward character beats and maybe if one is lucky, some character growth for Prince and Princess too. However, The Mountain of Kept Memory by Rachel Neumeier avoids those well trod paths that might go with that sort of fantasy setup, and has a focus, tone and through line that is rather different and rather special. Continue reading

Retro Childhood Review: Firebrat

22 Mar

“It will only be for a month, Molly.”

“Why me?” she wailed, forgetting her vow of silence. “Why not Betty? She’s older.”

“Because I think you’ll do a better job than Betty. You’re the reader in this family. The storyteller… Your grandma’s getting awfully forgetful, Molly. Ever since Grandpa died, she’s been living in the past — she tells the same stories over and over. She needs someone who’ll talk to her and help her organize the shop. You know — keep her in touch with the present.”


“Molly, you’re the one who doesn’t mind a little mess.” He waved his hand at her room. “You’re the lover of mysteries.”

“What’s the big mystery about taking care of Grandma?”

“Making people well is always a mystery,” said her father sadly.

I will forever be indebted to a family that both placed an importance on reading and not only understood how much I loved science fiction and fantasy, but encouraged it with gifts. For my eleventh birthday, my aunt and uncle sent me Firebrat, by Nancy Willard, with illustrations by David Wiesner. I don’t know how they decided on this particular book, but the whimsical cover of fish flying through a forest, showing a young girl and a young boy, with the girl in the lead probably had something to do with it. And where I have read and discarded a hundred other fantastical children’s books, Firebrat has kept its place firmly ensconced on every bookshelf that I have ever owned. Continue reading

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