Tag Archives: Books

313. Looking Back, Moving Forward: Anticipating 2017

25 Jan

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 skiffyandfanty@gmail.com, 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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304. Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear (a.k.a. The Rakish Rogue and the Sky Marshall) — An Interview

21 Dec the-thorn-of-emberlain-by-scott-lynch

Saturday morning cartoons, hornswoggling teachers, and guys named Trevor, oh my!  Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear joined us live at CONvergence to discuss what started them on the road to becoming fans of science fiction and fantasy and the fact that they’re both serious nerds for role-playing.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

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Our new intro music comes “Nocturnia” by Psychadelik Pedestrian (CC BY 3.0), which has been slightly modified to include sound effects and for length purposes.

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

 

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!

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

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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!

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