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For the past month, I’ve been thinking about my various blogging ventures and how to improve them. For Totally Pretentious, that has involved reconsidering how I engage with film in written form. After all, I can’t keep up with Hollywood’s production levels no matter how hard I try; that requires a full time commitment.
So I decided to concentrate my film discussions on two specific projects: the Retro Nostalgia feature (derived from my personal blog) and a new feature called Around the World. There will still be the occasional review of a film that doesn’t fit in either of these categories, but my primary focus outside of the podcast will be on these two projects. These changes will also be noted on my Patreon page, which you can support if these columns (or anything I do) interest(s) you.
So what are “Retro Nostalgia” and “Around the World”? [Read more…]
What’s that? We have two copies of Ken Liu’s much-anticipated new novel, Grace of Kings? That’s right, and we’re going to give them away to two of our lucky listeners/readers.
To enter, all you have to do is one simple thing. Leave a comment on this post which answers the following question:
If you could recommend one lesser known science fiction or fantasy writer to a friend, who would you recommend and why?
That’s it. The contest will run until 12 PM EST on Sunday (April 12th). Winners will be announced on Monday.
Have at it!
If you missed it on Twitter, we’re currently seeking feedback from listeners about various aspects of the show. The hope is that it will provide us some anonymous information which will help us improve the podcast for the future.
So, if you have a little bit of time to offer your thoughts about The Skiffy and Fanty Show, please take our little survey.
Thanks again for listening (and for your time)!
As you may well be aware by now, we have a new theme in 2015: Women and Non-Binary in SFF. This post will serve as a handy guide to our show for the next 11.5 months and as a nice place to go in case you want to be a part of the show or the blog at some point in 2015.
The Theme: What We’re Doing
Throughout 2015, we are going to put particular focus on the contributions of women and non-binary people to science fiction and fantasy. The majority of our interviewees, as such, will be women and non-binary; additionally, a good portion of movies, tv, and discussion episodes will be in some way related to this theme. Though we’re not setting a hard quota for the year, we expect that roughly 75% of our content will be women- and non-binary-centered.
As such, we have two levels of “open calls” for guests: [Read more…]
It’s that time of year. Awards Season. For us, that mostly means the Hugo Awards. And since everyone is posting their eligibility posts, we decided we’d do one, too. But instead of just telling you where we’re eligible, we’re going to do that and tell you about the cool stuff and peoples we talked to throughout the year who are eligible for something, too. If we missed anything, let us know!
Note: to nominate works for the Hugos, you need a membership to this year’s Worldcon in Spokane by Jan. 31st. Full memberships are $140 until Jan. 31st. Supporting memberships (i.e., non-attending; mostly just for those that want to nominate and vote) are $40. If you were registered for last year’s Worldcon in London, you can nominate works for 2015, but you won’t be able to vote w/o at least a supporting membership. If you’re not attending, do consider getting a supporting membership so you can vote for your favorite sf/f stuff. It’s definitely worth it. Thanks to Gareth Kavanagh for the reminder.
So, here goes: [Read more…]