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301. David D. Levine (a.k.a. The Martian Adventurer) — Arabella of Mars (An Interview)

12 Aug

Space pirates, Martians, and youthful adventures, oh my!  In our 301st episode, David D. Levine joins us to discuss his new novel, Arabella of Mars.  We talk about the physics of his alternate history, his choice to write a young female protagonist, the culture of the early 1800s, Martians, and much more!

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):

Episode 301 — Download (MP3)Arabella of Mars by David D Levine

Show Notes: Continue reading

299. Sarah Kuhn (a.k.a. The Super Geek) — Heroine Complex (An Interview)

6 Jul HeroineComplex

Superheroes, and evil cupcakes, oh my!  Trish Matson and Mike Underwood join forces to explore Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine Complex. They discuss Kuhn’s approach to action and humor, the novel’s rich relationships, and even a little bit of Hamilton!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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#03. The Last Command — Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)

1 Jul The Last Command by Timothy Zahn

The trilogy ends, but the saga lives forever!  In our third episode, Kate, Rachael, and Shaun conclude the Thrawn Trilogy with a discussion of Timothy Zahn’s The Last Command and a side discussion about the origins of Rey and Rogue One (our hopes and our fears).  We discuss the politics of the narrative, explore the development of the characters, new and old, examine the politics and underlying meanings in the trilogy as a whole, the number of Ewoks found on Endor, and so much more!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Now for a poll!  If you want to help us pick the next book or series to read in the Star Wars Legends/Expanded Universe, vote on the poll below (future polls for the New Canon/Expanded Universe will also go live in the future).  Hooray for choices!

Want to suggest a book?  Think we should add a feature?  Send us an email at skiffyandfanty[at]gmail[dot]com!

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!

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Book Review: Alice by Christina Henry

28 Jun Alice by Christina Henry

Alice by Christina Henry

(Ace Books, Paperback, 291 Pages, ISBN: 9780425266793)

“Her voice trailed off, her throat full of love and loss and pain. [He] said nothing, but she heard his breath go deep and even, and she let her eyes fall shut. She matched her breath to his, and it was almost like holding his hand as the night closed in.

Alice dreamed of blood. Blood on her hands and under her feet, blood in her mouth and pouring from her eyes. The room was filled with it. Outside the door [he] stood hand in hand with something dark and hideous, a thing crafted of shadow with flashing silver teeth…”

I haven’t read Lewis Carroll before. I’ve never even watched any of the Alice in Wonderland adaptations that have been animated or filmed. But the continual presence of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass in the popular zeitgeist is sufficient familiarity for anyone to pick up Alice, an arresting novel by Christina Henry published last summer. More inspired by Carroll’s twisted characters and their world as opposed to being a point-by-point ‘retelling’, Christina Henry tweaks Carroll’s work into her own distinct plot and themes, with a marked shift to darkness. Continue reading

CONvergence Ho! Call for Interviewees (Fans, Creators, Everyone!)

14 Jun CONvergence Connie Logo

In less than a month, Paul Weimer, Mike Underwood, and Shaun Duke will be at CONvergence in Minneapolis, the City of Flower and Sawdust, the City of Lakes, the Mini Apple, one half of the Twin Cities.  Woo!

A few years ago, we conducted over a dozen interviews and discussions at CONvergence using a handy portable recorder and a partially reconstituted talking gerbil.  We’d like to do something similar again in 2016!  That’s where you come in.

If you’re a fan, a creator (author, comic artist, whatever), or something else entirely, we’d like to talk to you!  And that means you have to send us an email (skiffyandfanty[at]gmail[dot]com) with the subject line “CONvergence Podcast.”  Here’s what we’re planning to record:

Interviews with Fans

One of Shaun’s interests is talking to sf/f fans about their fan-ness.  How did you become a fan?  What are your earliest fannish memories?  What books or movies affected your life?  If you’re a fan and would like to be interviewed, let us know!

Interviews with Creators (Writers, Artists, Filmmakers, Podcasters)

This would seem to be the most obvious of the three.  If you’re a creator of some kind, we’d like to talk to you about your creative endeavors.  We’ve interviewed authors, comic artists, filmmakers, and other podcasters.  There are all sorts of categories of creators out there, so if you make something, whether it’s a book or costumes, we’d love to chat about you and your work!

Discussions on Various SF/F Topics w/ Anyone

Got an sf/f topic you’d like to talk about?  A movie you want to discuss?  Let us know!  We’re interested in setting up a few discussion sessions with creators and fans.  Send us your suggestions, too!

See you at CONvergence!

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