A Book By Its Cover: Steel Blood by J.L. Gribble

23 Jul

A worthy successor to Steel Victory and Steel Magic, this third volume in Gribble’s Steel Empires series continues the ambitious genre mash-up that has delighted fans of all ages forty-four through sixty-two. The official sequel to the play/film Steel Magnolias from the late ’80s, and a Sega Genesis console game from the early ’90s, the Steel Empires series began by successfully merging a story about a close-knit group of women in a small-town southern community with the plot of a side-scrolling, shoot-’em-up Steampunk videogame. Continue reading

Around the Podosphere #14: Podcasts of Note for 7/22/17

22 Jul


A new issue has arrived! In the 14th edition, we share a whole lot of movie discussions, from Wonder Woman to Spider-Man: Homecoming, some weird facts and science debates, and other podcast wonders.

We hope you find something new to listen to! Here we go: Continue reading

Announcing: Robogoblin Gazette: Issue 1 — A Sneak Peek!

21 Jul

For years, we’ve made passing reference to the infamous Robogoblin Army, a rare collection of fans, listeners, mythical creatures, and cyborgs whose very existence keeps the universe from collapsing in on itself! If you’re a fan of this podcast, you’re a member of the Robogoblin Army. Make sure to email us about your magic techno badge (there are no badges, YET).

If you’re a Patreon supporter, you may have noticed that one of the levels mentions something called the Robogoblin Gazette. And you might be asking yourself, “Gee, what is this Gazette thing?” We’re glad you asked!

Introducing Issue #1 of the Robogoblin Gazette, a collection of weirdness, criticism, fiction, and art by the glorious people who make this podcast and blog happen. Check out the gorgeous cover made by Jen’s daughter, Moira Zink: Continue reading

Space Husbands!

21 Jul

The term Space Husbands really took off after Rogue One exploded into our psyches and took root to create new Star Wars mythos for fans tired of the lack of diversity in science fiction movies, indeed of the entire genre. To the immense delight of fans everywhere, Baze Malbus and Chirrut Îmwe appeared and the ship literally grew until it had fanfiction, fan art, fan mixes and other transformative works.

Kudos to Wen Jiang and Donny Yen who really fleshed out the personalities and characters of these two men. I feel emotional writing this because it is so rare to see such a loving and lovable relationship between the two. They also play off each other very well: Baze the strong and silent type, Chirrut the idealist and ever-optimistic. Likewise, the fact that they are Asian is a tremendous boost.

I am not embarrassed to say that I read fanfiction (and write it too). So, imagine my joy when I find the amount of Baze/Chirrut fanfic and fanart. It was…is… simply amazing. Continue reading

Retro Childhood Review: The Egypt Game

20 Jul

But, actually, that was the way with all of the Egypt Game. Nobody ever planned it ahead, at least, not very far. Ideas began and grew and afterwards it was hard to remember just how. That was one of the mysterious and fascinating things about it.

Not every single book that I read as a child was a science fiction or fantasy novel, just MOST of them. I have a feeling that the cover of Zilpha Keatley Snyder’s Newbery Honor book The Egypt Game must have tricked me into believing it was a fantasy. Surely, with a name like that, it must be a portal fantasy full of mummies, pharaohs, and gods (a childhood fancy that is problematic unto itself). My impression wasn’t entirely incorrect. But it would be more accurate to say that the portal in The Egypt Game is the vivid imaginations of the characters themselves, a magic just as powerful as anything in Narnia.
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