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A Book by its Cover: The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

21 May

Morgan Filchberger is the last 911 Dispatcher to be promoted to Detective after floppy-armed robots replaced the entire workforce. Anyone else might be bitter about that, but Morgan has failed the Department of Uniformed Detectives Exam five times. Now, he’s living the dream:  the pay is good and he gets to tell his high school buddies that he’s a real badass. That is until members of the Irradiated Blue Man Group start showing up dead and partially digested in the streets of Orlando. With Captain Northrup Wilkinson and the union representative of the IBMG breathing down his neck, Morgan wonders if he’s really cut out for the detective life…

Enter Felicia Guffman, a smartmouthed rookie slash amateur thespian with a penchant for unfinished Greek tragedies and Morgan’s new partner. If there’s one thing Felicia does well, it’s propping up mediocre (male) members of law enforcement to make them look good. Call it a gift. Or a curse. Whatever you call it, Felicia has been putting her talents to use since graduating from the Louisiana Academy of Detective Youths four years ago. And a bunch of dead glowing blue guys aren’t going to keep her from making a name for herself, even if she has do it by making Morgan into a hero before exposing him for the fraud that he is. Continue reading

Top 10 Posts and Episodes for April 2017

11 May

Time for another statistics post! Here’s what readers loved on our blog or podcast throughout April 2017:

Top Posts:

  1. Metropolis (1927), Feminism, and Influence by Stina Leicht
  2. Beyond the Cliché Shelf: Making Characters Vibrant and Unexpected by Aliette de Bodard
  3. Breaking News: Peter Jackson to turn The Silmarillion into a 14-movie epic by Michael J. Martinez
  4. Book Review: CUCKOO SONG by Frances Hardinge (Reviewed by Daniel Haeusser)
  5. Ten Post-Apocalyptic Novels Written by Women by Nicolette Stewart
  6. The Intersection: AI and Creator-bias by Stina Leicht
  7. Book Review: Wothwood by Natania Barron (Reviewed by Paul Weimer)
  8. Book Review: The Weight of the World by Tom Toner (Reviewed by Paul Weimer)
  9. Book Review: Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer (Reviewed by Paul Weimer)
  10. Book Review: The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard (Reviewed by Paul Weimer)

Top Episodes:

  1. Signal Boost #1: George Sandison (2084) and Alexandra Pierce (Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler)
  2. 321. The Immigrant Experience in SFF w/ Sabrina Vourvoulias, Rose Lemberg, and Bogi Takács
  3. #55. Attack the Block (2011) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Tiara W.
  4. #03. The Last Command — Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)
  5. 317. Disability in SF/F — A Discussion w/ Sarah Chorn and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry
  6. 313. Looking Back, Moving Forward: Anticipating 2017
  7. #57. Get Out (2017) w/ Faridah Gbadamosi and Andrew Hackley — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
  8. 294. Mazes and Monsters (1982) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
  9. 320. Alex Wells/Acks (a.k.a. Social Justice Biker Witch) — Hunger Makes the Wolf (An Interview)
  10. 304. Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear (a.k.a. The Rakish Rogue and the Sky Marshall) — An Interview

What did you enjoy the most? Let us know in the comments!

#56. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Episodes 19-22) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

13 Apr

Psychic superspies, war mongering, and shadows, oh my! We finish the second season of Babylon 5 with a bang, tackling the excitement of episodes 19 through 22! From actors leaving the show to the terrible consequences of the Narn / Centauri war to new revelations about the Shadows, this final episode is packed with interesting topics.

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

320. Alex Wells/Acks (a.k.a. Social Justice Biker Witch) — Hunger Makes the Wolf (An Interview)

5 Apr

Bikers, hardpan, and train robberies, oh my! Our very own Alex Wells/Acks joins Jen and Paul to talk about their new book Hunger Makes the Wolf, recently published by Angry Robot Books. We cover everything from adapting short stories into novels to Colorado union history to desert geological formations. It’s about as fun a ride as the book is! Strap on your helmets and give it a listen!

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

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!

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