Tag Archives: Australia

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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The Shadow Master by Craig Cormick

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Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

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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Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

The World SF Tour: Fantastic February Dates!

11 Feb

Here’s what’s on the tour docket for February:

  • Holdovers from January (already dropped):  Torture Cinema review of Transformers 2:  Revenge of the Fallen and an interview w/ Myke Cole (published 2/1 and 2/2, respectively).
  • 2/7 (already dropped):  discussion w/ Tansy Rayner Roberts and Marienne de Pierres on Australian Speculative Fiction
  • 2/11:  discussion w/ Helen Lowe, Norman Cates, & Stephen Minchin on New Zealander Speculative Fiction
  • 2/14:  WISB discussion of Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson)
  • 2/17:  an interview w/ Adam Christopher about Hangwire, out from Angry Robot Books
  • 2/21:  WISB discussion of Babylon 5 (season one; disc three)
  • 3/2 or 3/3 (technically not a Feb. date, though it’s supposed to be):  Torture Cinema review of Sons of Steel

So, there you go 🙂

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