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250. Emily Jiang, John Chu, and E. Lily Yu at ICFA

4 Feb

Science Fiction World, secret phone calls, and written madness, oh my! Last year, we had the distinct pleasure of talking with Emily Jiang, John Chu, and E. Lily Yu about their work, award nominations, Chinese science fiction and Science Fiction World, translation, and much more.  This is the last of our recordings from the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts; we hope you’ve enjoyed all of them!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 250 — Download (MP3)

Show Notes:.

Note:  I mention something about English-language authors who translate from English to Chinese and sell primarily in the Chinese market. I can’t seem to find anything about that, so either I was mistaken in hearing it on Adventures in Sci Fi Publishing or it is incredibly uncommon. If you have any information that might help, please let me know. Otherwise, forget I said it.

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.

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Shorty on Friday: Omenana

12 Dec

Omenana, a bimonthly speculative fiction magazine edited by Mazi Nwonwu and Chinelo Onwualu, includes short fiction, essays, and art by and about people from the African continent. Its debut issue appeared on November 30, and the stories within work very well together. Two are more traditional narratives, while two are more experimental; there are contemporary settings and futures near and far, nods to Nigeria’s literary legacy, and a love letter to Lagos. The essays are powerful and the art is lovely. The tl;dr of this column is that you should alter your weekend plans as necessary to read the first issue. Continue reading

Indy Genre: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead

18 Oct

Nazi zombies.

If those two words don’t make you perk up your ears like a great dane that just heard the treat bag rattle, then this movie is not going to be for you. But if you feel as if your life could be immeasurably improved by the application of the aforementioned Nazi zombies plus copious amounts of gore and a not inconsiderable amount of vomit? Welcome home, my friends. (Warning, this review will contain spoilers for the original Dead Snow.)

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Tell Me About _______ Science Fiction

10 Oct

As someone who’s asked to talk about Filipino science fiction and fantasy, and after listening to several podcasts (including the Skiffy and Fanty show) interviewing authors who eventually end up representing their country/continent/ethnicity, one question that inevitably gets asked is how they would describe science fiction or fantasy from their country: “What is Filipino speculative fiction?” “What is Chinese science fiction” “What is Carribean fantasy?” The interviewers have good intentions (and I’m one of those people who’ve used that particular phrase numerous times), but the more I think about it, the more problematic the question becomes.

At the root of the question are certain assumptions and privileges people take for granted. The first is that they are coming from a Western paradigm, where Western literature is at the center. The answers and responses of the interviewee will always be compared and contrasted to concepts and ideas from Western literature, because Western literature has become the status quo that everyone in the world has to adapt to. This will impact what seems to be a reasonable question in several ways. Continue reading

Indy Genre: African Shorts

29 Sep

I get the sense that short films are often viewed as a way to develop skills and advertise those skills, or as a proof of concept for a feature-length film. I’m starting to see more and more short film available for general viewing on Youtube, Vimeo, and even Hulu as a way to reach audiences that don’t normally go to film festivals. Shorts, because they can be filmed much more quickly, also give filmmakers who have a very limited budget a chance to still tell an engaging story.

Finding genre film from Africa is a challenge in the US. Other than District 9, I don’t think much has made it over here as of yet, and I don’t honestly know how much is actually made, (tough there is plenty of film being made in various African countries, particularly Nigeria! Just do a bit of googling about Nollywood if you don’t believe me. In terms of sheer number of films produced per anum, it’s right on Bollywood’s heels and ahead of Hollywood).

Read on for a selection of African short films. On the strength of these, I hope we will see more feature length films from these countries over here soon! Continue reading

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