Episode 93 — Defining Urban Fantasy, Plus Doctor Who Companions and Dying American SF

26 Mar

This week’s episode is an impromptu discussion about some fantastic topics (thanks a lot, Stina Leicht, for making us ramble like buffoons).  On today’s show:  Paul Weimer forces us to attempt, albeit at the last minute, urban fantasy; Doctor Who finally has a new companion, about which we feel like bitching; and apparently science fiction in American TV is dying (yes, we’re not playing the “SF is dying” game; specificity is everything).

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!

Note 2:  Because we only briefly covered defining urban fantasy in this episode, we are going to bring it into our interview this week with Stina Leicht.  Expect more discussion then!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below):
Episode 93 — Download (MP3)

Intro and Discussion (0:00 – 33:44)

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.


2 Responses to “Episode 93 — Defining Urban Fantasy, Plus Doctor Who Companions and Dying American SF”

  1. Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) March 27, 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Now, now, it was only a suggestion. I didn’t *force* you guys to tackle the topic.

    But I thank you for taking my humble suggestion.

    Anyway, it’s my contention that urban fantasy is a subset of contemporary fantasy. Low Town is more properly a secondary world fantasy, Low-stakes fantasy, to use my new paradigm.

    • shaunduke March 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

      Thank you for suggesting the topic. I think we will try to do something like this for every discussion episode: one topic suggested by a listener.

      How are you defining “contemporary fantasy”? In the most obvious sense? Or in a more nuanced sense? That is, are you seeing contemporary fantasy as fantasy written in the last 30 years (or a short period) or as fantasy focused in periods of contemporaneity to our relative present?

      We will definitely have to come back to this question, though. The problem with taking on a topic in an off-the-cuff discussion is that we will invariably leave a lot out. What would be interesting is to pull together a panel to discuss urban fantasy (or other genres, for that matter) in a comprehensive way. Interested?

      I have your paradigm saved in my bookmarks, by the way. I glanced through it, but will need to give it a proper read with my academic lenses on when I get some free time.

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