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Book Review: Children of the Different by S.C. Flynn

12 May

Stories dealing with those often-painful transitions of adolescence dominate mainstream young adult fiction. On the genre side of the fiction divide, post-apocalyptic settings contain characters constantly beset by external dangers, characters that simultaneously must struggle to adapt themselves to their civilization’s collapse. In both cases these tales combine peripheral threats with internal struggles, shaping varying degrees of character growth and/or plot development.

Thus, it’s fitting that S.C. Flynn combined aspects from both sides of young adult fiction’s spectrum in his debut novel Children of the Different. Though comprised of many familiar elements, the novel is aptly named. Flynn’s story feels fresh and intriguingly different. With inspirations from analytical philosophy and biological metamorphosis, Children of the Different explores the transformation of his young characters into adulthood within post-apocalyptic settings that merge science fiction and mythical fantasy. Continue reading

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315. Foz Meadows (a.k.a. The Portalist) — An Accident of Stars (An Interview)

17 Feb

Portal worlds, schoolyard bullies, and magic, oh my! In our second interview for the year, Shaun and Paul talk to Foz Meadows about their debut novel, An Accident of Stars. We explore the novel’s central premise, its feminist message, and so much more!

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Book Review: Use As Directed Review edited by Simon Petrie and Edwina Harvey (Peggy Bright Books)

3 Mar

Left over to review as part of last year’s World Tour of SFF, Use Only As Directed fits just as nicely into the Women and Non-Binary in SFF theme for Skiffy & Fanty this year. The latest anthology from Peggy Bright Books, edited by Simon Petrie and Edwina Harvey, Use Only As Directed features Australian and New Zealand authors – of whom over 50% are female – crafting short stories around the titular phrase that one commonly reads on instructions for everything from medicine to the latest gadget.

The anthology’s predominant characteristic is its well-balanced diversity in authors and styles, with an array of female, male, and nonhuman characters and a range across genres from horror to fantasy to science fiction. Author nationality and the unifying theme bring the major constants — though given the Australian/New Zealand focus, racial diversity is not really present here. Continue reading

254. Craig Cormick (a.k.a. Master of Library Cards) at CONvergence — The Shadow Master (An Interview)

16 Feb

Burning libraries, walled cities, and Da Vinci, oh my!  Craig Cormick joins us live at CONvergence to talk about The Shadow Master from Angry Robot Books.  We talk writing alternate history, the library of Alexandria, and so much more!

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195. Sons of Steel (1988): A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ Danny Oz

3 Mar

80s hair bands, nuclear submarines, and mutant grunts, oh my!  In celebration of Australian cinema, we’re joined by Danny Oz to discuss his favorite terrible movie ever, Sons of Steel.  Trust me, you won’t want to miss this episode…

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