The Intersection: Let’s Talk Double Standards

13 Jul

These days there’s a great deal of discussion about what Diversity means (hint: it doesn’t mean cultural appropriation), why we should or shouldn’t have it, and who is permitted to engage in it. This is, despite the contention and disruption in the community, a very good thing. Change doesn’t happen unless we actively engage it—particularly when the problem in question (systemic bias) is complex and multi-layered. Let me emphasize this again: the issue of diversity in Science Fiction and Fantasy is a complex one. In my experience, it requires extensive self-awareness, a willingness to endure uncomfortable situations and discussions without defensiveness, the ability to understand that a larger, implied context is a factor in communication, and a great deal of humility.

Systemic oppression isn’t an easy problem to resolve. Humanity has been struggling with it since the first human being grabbed leadership of a group and declared another group the enemy. If it were as simple as say, one group “getting over it” or “waiting until the old people die off, carrying their offensive beliefs with them,” it would’ve been resolved generations ago. Continue reading

Guest Post: Movie Remakes vs. Movie Covers by Melissa F. Olson

12 Jul

I don’t know very much about music, but one thing I’m sure of: there’s no point in doing a cover of a song that’s exactly the same as the original.

The best covers I’ve heard take a great piece of music and try something different with it. The songwriter comes at the same melody from a different angle (or in this case, key, I guess?) creating a new work that shares DNA with the original, but succeeds on its own. Last year Ryan Adams famously covered an entire Taylor Swift pop album with his own unique style, but I also like Damhnait Doyle’s haunted-music-box take on I Want You to Want Me or Yael Naïm’s surprisingly unsettling rendition of Britney Spears’ Toxic. Covers are not actually about being better or worse than the original. Good covers become their own unique thing. 

And movies are often the same.

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Signal Boost #11: Tanya DePass (#INeedDiverseGames/From the Margins) and Hope Nicholson (The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen/Love Beyond Body, Space, & Time)

11 Jul

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Tanya DePass, founder and director of I Need Diverse Games, joins Jen to talk about the importance of diversity in games and the gaming industry, supporting diverse gamers, and the upcoming anthology, From the Margins, a collection of personal essays from marginalized individuals in the game industry (currently accepting submissions). Then Shaun is joined by Hope Nicholson, author of The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwoman and editor of Love Beyond Body, Space, & Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology, to talk about writing about comic book history from a woman’s perspective and the importance of promoting Indigenous voices through projects like her anthology.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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#PollMondays: Which of these super people would win in a game of Risk?

10 Jul

We’re rolling out a new thing on the blog. It began as a new thing on our Twitter account:  #PollMondays. People seemed to like it, so we’re going to do more of it!

The premise for today’s poll is simple:  if these super people sat down for a game of Risk, who do you think would win? To make things more interesting, we’ve taken out all of the obvious contenders for smarts and tactics, such as Batman, Professor X, Nick Fury, Brainiac, and basically anyone who can reliably see the future. Instead, we’re giving you big, beefy superheroes — known for their ability to punch other people in the face more than their ability to strategize (mostly).

Vote away!

Top 10 Posts and Episodes for June 2017

8 Jul

June was an interesting month for us. Our Twitter account was abuzz with activity, we released some awesome podcasts, and the world survived one more month of…well, never mind that.

Now that we’re firmly ensconced in July, it’s time for another statistics post! Here’s what readers and listeners loved on our blog or podcast throughout June 2017:

Top Posts:

  1. Movie Review: “Wonder Woman” (See it!) by Trish Matson
  2. Breaking News: Peter Jackson to turn The Silmarillion into a 14-movie epic by Michael J. Martinez
  3. Guest Post: Growing up in Fandom in the 1970s by LJ Cohen
  4. Guest Post: Religions on Mars, According to Me by Mary Turzillo
  5. Guest Post: Writing the Monster by Scott Oden
  6. Metropolis (1927), Feminism, and Influence by Stina Leicht
  7. Star Trek: Discovery and the Clueless by Stina Leicht
  8. Retro Childhood Review: The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (reviewed by Jen Zink)
  9. Book Review: Wothwood by Natania Barron (reviewed by Paul Weimer)
  10. Okay, the princess rescued herself. Now What?! by Stephen Geigen-Miller

Top Episodes:

  1. Signal Boost #4: Gideon Marcus ( and Andrew Barton (Tailings of the Golden Age)
  2. 153. Birdemic (2010) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
  3. 326. Joyce Chng (a.k.a. — Starfang: Rise of the Clan (An Interview)
  4. 304. Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear (a.k.a. The Rakish Rogue and the Sky Marshall) — An Interview
  5. #59. Alien: Covenant (2017) w/ Jeannette Ng — A Shoot the WISB Subcast
  6. Signal Boost #8: A Conversation about the Importance of Wonder Woman
  7. Signal Boost #7: Ashlee Blackwell (Graveyard Shift Sisters) and Carrie Patel (Pillars of Eternity/Recolleta Series)
  8. 327. Fiend Without a Face (1958) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
  9. 198. Brazilian SF w/ Fabio Fernandes, Cesar Alcázar, Libby Ginway, and Jacques Barcia #WorldSFTour
  10. 325. Queen of the Damned (2002) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ Megan O’Keefe

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

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