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Top 10 Posts and Episodes for May 2017

9 Jun

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

Top Posts:

  1. A Book by its Cover: The Dispatcher by John Scalzi (written by Shaun Duke)
  2. Metropolis (1927), Feminism, and Influence by Stina Leicht
  3. The 2017 Charity Fundraiser for Human Rights Watch: Make Us Review Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) for a Good Cause! (PLEASE DONATE!)
  4. Book Review: CUCKOO SONG by Frances Hardinge (written by Daniel Haeusser)
  5. Breaking News: Peter Jackson to turn The Silmarillion into a 14-movie epic by Mike Martinez
  6. Book Review: All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells (written by Paul Weimer)
  7. Switching Between Lanes by Stephanie Burgis
  8. Ten Post-Apocalyptic Novels Written by Women by Nicolette Stewart
  9. Book Review: The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley (written by Paul Weimer)
  10. Book Review: Children of the Different by S.C. Flynn (written by Daniel Haeusser)

Top Episodes:

  1. 324. Inclusivity in Fairy Tales — A Discussion w/ Sara Cleto, Brittany Warman, and Shveta Thakrar
  2. #55. Attack the Block (2011) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Tiara W.
  3. Signal Boost #6: Sophia Chester (Cosmic Callisto Caprica/Rocket Romance) and Heather Rose Jones (Alpennia Series/Lesbian Historic Motif Project)
  4. 313. Looking Back, Moving Forward: Anticipating 2017
  5. Signal Boost #3: A Conversation about Marvel’s Nazi Problem
  6. Signal Boost #4: Gideon Marcus (GalacticJourney.org) and Andrew Barton (Tailings of the Golden Age)
  7. 323. Betsy Dornbusch (a.k.a. The God Sword) — Enemy (An Interview)
  8. Signal Boost #5: A Conversation about CoGeeko Ergo Sum
  9. 322. Babylon A.D. (2008) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ DongWon Song
  10. #58. Night Watch (2004) w/ Juan Sanmiguel — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

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

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

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