Today on Skiffy and Fanty, an interview with SCOURGE OF THE SEAS editor Catherine Lundoff.
In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Betsy Dornbusch, author of the Seven Eyes series and much more, about her new novel, The Silver Scar. Betsy shares with us a little about the story, why she decided on a blending of genres to create the setting, the way in which the religious war is more about resources and power than it is religion, what compels her to write male protoganists, and why she included a queer relationship!
Then Shaun hangs out with Dax Murray, author of several queer novels, to talk about feir brand new lesbian space goddess novel (in verse!), Birthing Orion. They discuss how Dax was inspired by astrophysics, why fey decided to tell this story in verse, and about the incredible artwork in the book, then Dax shares with us what feir next project is (hint: it involves unicorns!).
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Happy trails, Office Building Prime, and proto-Katniss, oh my! So, you know how the first Blade movie was actually kind of awesome and we all went crazy for the killer daywalker with a badass cloak, giant fangs, and the most country sidekick this side of the Mississippi? Well, if you do, we implore you not to watch this one. Jen, Becca, and Paul turn a humorous, critical eye to the final film in the Blade series, Blade: Trinity. They talk character the new cast, character deaths, the Sumerian demon inspired Dracula, alien dogs, and Parker Posey in pumps. It may be a horrific hodge-podge of unfinished plotlines with representation problems, but it’s not the worst Wesley-Snipes-as-undead-guy-fighting-undead-guys movie that we’ve seen this year…
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Jacey Bedford tells us about the experience of completing the Rowankind Trilogy.
Hello, Rangers! This month, we’re diving back into the Vorkosiverse with Mirror Dance! Our team of Rangers, Paul, Trish, and Kate, dig into one of the most life-altering books of the series: a book which contains a major death, even more conversations on the ethics of cloning, some truly traumatic scenes, and much, much more.
Next time in our journey through the Vorkosigan Adventures, we’ll discuss Memory, which is Alex’s favorite book in the series (they’ll no doubt be making an appearance).
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Natasha Ngan’s Girls of Paper and Fire is a stunning young adult novel, the first in a new trilogy, where girls show their heart and strength in a world that seeks to crush them beneath its feet. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, although this book does come with accompanying trigger warnings: There are several scenes of violence and a few scenes of sexual abuse in this novel. There is also violence against a dog. Please take care of yourself while reading this book. [Read more…]
When you think about science fiction and fantasy TV shows, you might think about series like Star Trek and Doctor Who, or Adventure Time and Game of Thrones. You might not, however, think about Korean dramas. Yet there are many Korean dramas with science fiction and fantasy elements. Most of these shows might be more accurately classified as paranormal romances due to their focus on a relationship between the main characters, but that focus certainly doesn’t take away from the fact that there are cursed goblins, comic book heroes coming to life, and aliens from another star galore in these Korean dramas.
The adjectives that come to mind when I start describing the stories in Jamie Lackey’s latest collection — “graceful”, “elegant”, “accomplished”, “economical”, “beautiful” — all trouble me a bit, because they all come straight out of the 19th century’s idealization of Womanhood, but I just can’t help it. They all apply, and to every one of these tales.
Priest of Bones imagines what would happen if the Godfather had gone off to war in an early Renaissance world, only to return home to find the “family businesses” have been taken over by others. He takes this rather badly.
In this third episode of Into the Wardrobe (though the first to most of our listeners), Shaun and Jen discuss the 1993 Disney film, Hocus Pocus, directed by Kenny Ortega. They discuss the film’s pros and cons, from its treatment of people of color and anti-feminist portrayals of witches to how it deals with toxic masculinity and bullying and more. The deeper they dig into the film, the more apparent it becomes that what should be a simple Halloween romp is perhaps a bit more complicated than they originally expected. Finally, the show ends in characteristic ItW fashion: with a conversation about whether Hocus Pocus will connect with young audiences today.