#PollMondays: What is your favorite Skiffy and Fanty feature?

13 Nov

This is a teaser of things to come. We won’t tell you what we’re teasing, just that we’re teasing.

So, go on, vote your heart out!

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Horror Review: Penny Reeve’s Top Picks from the Mayhem Film Festival

12 Nov

October is my favorite month of the year. From the first of the month I put on my favorite knits — regardless of the weather outside — and draw up reading and movie lists full of horror, creepiness and witchcraft. This October I spent time watching a ton of films — a lot of which were screened at the incredibly good Mayhem Film Festival held in Nottingham, UK, each year — and I wanted to share with you my top picks, from the classic to the hilarious to the ritualistic.

Have you seen anything great over the past month and a bit? Let me know in the comments. Continue reading

Book Review: Three Space Opera Novellas from Tor.com Publishing

8 Nov

In the evolution and growth of the Novella program from Tor.com Publishing, an innovation that they have hit upon, as their lineup has grown and they have expanded their horizons, is the idea of thematic seasons. Instead of a welter of novellas of all kinds as they did in their initial phases, starting with 2017, the publisher has focused on themes. In Summer of 2017, the focus was on Space Opera.

I’ve previously discussed All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells, which kicked off the Summer of Space Opera. I’ve since gone on to read three of the four other novellas in the set. Continue reading

Signal Boost #25: Mike Brooks (Dark Deeds) and S.A. Chakraborty (City of Brass)

7 Nov

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Mike Brooks about the third installment of his Keiko series, Dark Deeds. Mike gives us a recap of the the first two books, which he calls dirty space opera, and sets us up for the crew’s shenanigans as they try to pull off a heist and save a crew-member. He also discusses how he worked to make this series his own given its Firefly inspired origins.

Then S.A. Chakraborty, debut author of The City of Brass, joins Jen to tell us about the medieval middle eastern inspirations of her novel, how it started out as historical fan fic, how a djinn (not the Disney version) might be influenced by a long-view of human history, and how Nahri is forced to make her way in Daevabad, the City of Brass. We also get a glimpse into how The City of Brass found a home through the #DVPit pitch process! (Apologies for the audio; sometimes the internet just doesn’t want to cooperate!)

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

340. Ken Liu (a.k.a. The Imperial Paper-Pusher) — The Legends of Luke Skywalker (An Interview)

6 Nov The Legends of Luke Skywalker Cover

Monomyths, naval logistics, and porgs, oh my! Julia and Paul sit down with Ken Liu to talk about his new book, The Legends of Luke Skywalker! Ken shares how he first became a Star Wars fan as a child in China (bonus stories from Julia and Paul and how they became fans), somehow manages to make regulations and bureaucracy sound interesting, and talks about the differences between his work in the Dandelion Dynasty, his short stories, and the Star Wars Universe.

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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