Dumpster fires, staying positive, and congratulations, oh my! Here at the Skiffy and Fanty Show, we know that 2016 was not the most joyous of years for our planet. But we also believe that from that fire, a phoenix can rise and see it as a call for even more action than we might have been engaged in before. The science fiction and fantasy community is hardly immune to divisive rhetoric, and we have long tried to make our podcast and blog a space where we can include the voices that are so very often targeted and excluded by damaging words, beliefs, and practices. But we can do more! We can all do more.
Our theme for 2017 is “Inclusion” because we want to use our platform, however small, to boost the voices of the those who are still so often excluded. We recognize that we are privileged, and we would like to use that as a force for good. We invite you to send us your suggestions for how we can do this. Want to be on the podcast? Have a discussion topic that you think would be valuable to our community? Please let us know by emailing as at firstname.lastname@example.org, sending us a note on Twitter, or on Facebook.
We hope that you enjoy our first podcast of the year as we look back on some of our favorite things of 2016 and what we’re hopeful about in 2017.
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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):
2016 in Review:
- Luke Cage
- Jessica Jones
- Jen’s son came out as transgender!
- The VVitch
- Hidden Figures
- Also, Zootopia, Moana, Ghostbusters, Hail, Caesar!, Arrival, Rogue One, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
- The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria
- The Expanse
- Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff
- Captain America: Civil War
- Genrenauts by Michael R. Underwood
- Sin du Jour by Matt Wallace
- Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
- Hammers on Bone by Cassandra Khaw
- Infomocracy by Malka Older
- Paul got a new car, went on some road trips, and took beautiful pictures!
- The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
- United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas
- Stranger Things
- Alex moved to Colorado and got an agent – Dong Won Song!
- Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn(check out our interview with her)
- Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
- Gravity Falls
- Nerdcon Stories
- Shaun gets to teach a class on Queer Autobiographies and Semi-Autobiographical Fiction!!
Looking Forward to 2017
- Bitch Planet
- The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley
- Mass Effect: Andromeda
- The Girl with All the Gifts
- The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
- Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
- Star Trek: Discovery
- Alex’s first book is getting published!! Hunger Makes the Wolf
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
- Horizon by Fran Wilde
- Helsinki Worldcon 75
- Vote for Paul in the Down Under Fan Fund!
- River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
- All Systems Red by Martha Wells
- I Am Sayer
- Beauty and the Beast
- Star Wars VIII
- The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller
- Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly
- Her Body & Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
- Binti Home by Nnedi Okorafor
- Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- Get Out
- Death Race 2050
- David gets to take leave and write more books for us to enjoy!!
- American Gods
- The OA
- The Fractured Girl by Myke Cole
- Jen’s writing us a new column on “classic” children’s sff! (Please send us suggestions for diverse SFF YA written before ~1990)
- Flash/Supergirl Musical Crossover Episode
- A Cure for Wellness
- Science Fiction and the Mass Cultural Genre System by John Rieder
- Untitled Ann Leckie Novel
- The Fortress at the End of Time by Joe M. McDermott
- Michael Underwood’s Books
- David Annandale Published Works
- Paul writes lots of things!
- Julia Rios edits Poetry and Reprints at Uncanny Magazine
- Alex Acks new novel!
- Trish’s Storium Campaign
- The North American Science Fiction Convention
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That’s all, folks! Thanks for listening. See you next week.