The Skiffy and Fanty Show 2: Robot Squid, Old Fogies, Genre Hugs, and Nebula Hangups

23 May

Here we are with the second episode of the show!  We get a little more controversial, slightly less clean, and a lot more crazy (well, Adam does; Shaun, as we all know, is a little angel).

One quick thing:  we mention in the episode that one of the segments still has the split audio.  It doesn’t.  I managed to de-split the audio, so there are no split-audio sections.  We didn’t have time to re-record.

Without further delay, here it is.  Enjoy (notes are below):

Episode Two — Download (MP3)

Our question of the week is:
Who are some of your favorite new science fiction writers and why?  (“New” means a writer who began publishing novels in the last ten years.)

Let us know in the comments, or send us an email or a voicemail to the locations listed in the sidebar or on the Contact page.

Intro Discussion (0:00 – 24:45):

News (24:46 – 49:19):

The Main Event (49:20 – 1:01:13):

The End (Books and Things)(1:01:13 – 1:18:23):

  • Spar by Kij Johnson.

And that’s all, folks! Thanks for listening!


9 Responses to “The Skiffy and Fanty Show 2: Robot Squid, Old Fogies, Genre Hugs, and Nebula Hangups”

  1. Amy May 24, 2010 at 12:52 am #

    What do you two think of Magical Realism? Is it Fantasy with a fancy label or…?

    • skiffyandfanty May 24, 2010 at 2:03 am #

      Oh, that’s a good question. We’ll see if we can cover it in ep. 3 :). Thanks!

    • skiffyandfanty May 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

      Hey Amy, we’re going to address Magical Realism is ep 4 as our introductory discussion. We couldn’t pack it in to the third episode. Too much going on, but I really do want to address the subject. So, expect it then!

  2. Noobius May 30, 2010 at 1:02 am #

    Where is the pie?

  3. Loopdilou June 14, 2010 at 12:55 am #

    Ok, ok, I have to jump on Shaun’s side here and say that Starship Troopers is an amazing movie. The book may have been a critique of the military, but the film is a critique of the culture of war. There has never been a better satiric representation of military propaganda. It’s seriously up there with Dr. Strangelove. It still amazes me how few people *get* it. It makes me die inside a little *sniffle*.

    • skiffyandfanty June 14, 2010 at 1:10 am #

      I liken Starship Troopers to a futuristic version of the Nazi war machine. If you look back at all the propaganda posters, comics, movies, and so on, you see a lot of Starship Troopers (the film) in there. It’s exactly as you say :). Plus, even if you don’t pay attention to the social critique…it’s just a campy wonderful movie with silly action. It’s sort of like rewatching Total Recall 20+ years later.

      Oh, and Dr. Strangelove is a friggin classic!

  4. Loopdilou June 14, 2010 at 1:10 am #

    Oh and as for past decade authors.. though he’s been publishing short stories for 20 years, Peter Watts first novel came out in 1999.. and he’s amazing.. and Shaun’s an idiot for not having read him yet. I’m not an expert in sub genres of Skiffy, but Watts’ novels are what I think of as hard sci-fi. They’re dark, brilliant, and utterly modern.


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