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Signal Boost #5: A Conversation about CoGeeko Ergo Sum

16 May

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun and Jen have a conversation about their earliest memories of geekdom and how they came into their love of SFF from very different directions. In addition, they both have their mini-boosts for the week! Shaun cheats and boosts THREE things. That rapscallion.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

14 Jun

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!

“On sniping, women, and SF” by Brenda Cooper

4 Mar

There’s a lot of sniping going on across genders in our field.  Vitriolic sniping.  Shame on us.

Yes, science fiction is largely male dominated.  So are a lot of fields.  I know.  My day job is in technology, where I’m a c-level exec. It wasn’t necessarily easy to get here even though I live in the liberal bubble of the West Coast where it’s easier than it is in a lot of places.  I’ve been living this conversation my whole life across multiple fields of endeavor.  Yes, it sucks.  Yes, it needs to stop. But sniping isn’t the answer.  Mind you, I’d be fine with sniping if it worked.  It’s kind of fun.  But as far as I can tell, it’s not effective.

Yes, there are truly evil men out there in the midst of the current social fights, like whoever issued the death threats to women writing about feminism in the game world.  This is not an article about how to deal with them.  Jail time would be a great start. Continue reading

Feminism in Science Fiction and Being a Feminist Ally

8 Feb

I had an interesting conversation with a good friend of mine the other day. She’s far more educated in Feminism than I — I never took a Women’s Studies course at the University, nor did I have many Feminist friends in college. (I was a geek.) Therefore, I read as much as I can on my own, talk with other Feminists, and form my own opinions. My friend stated that she firmly believes that men cannot be Feminists. They can only be Feminist Allies. She believes that men who claim the Feminist label are prone to use their male privilege to define Feminism, which is, in itself, a form of oppression. In short, when the oppressor defines for the oppressed what is oppressive there’s an instant conflict of interest. I’m conflicted about this, I have to admit. On one hand, she has a point. I think of this argument whenever white people declare whether or not something is ‘racist.’ It swiftly mutates into dictating to another person what their feelings are — dictating to them the words (and situations) by which they’re allowed to be insulted. So. Not. Cool. On the other hand, I believe Feminism must be inclusive in order to work, and telling men they can’t be Feminists is being exclusive.  Continue reading

192. Australian Speculative Fiction w/ Tansy Rayner Roberts & Marianne de Pierres (the World SF Tour)

7 Feb

The World SF Tour continues with our discussion of Australian speculative fiction with Tansy Rayner Roberts (author and Hugo Award winner for Best Fan Writer) and Marianne de Pierres (author and Aurealis Award winner for Best Novel)

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

Episode 192 — Download (MP3)

Australia Map

Show Notes: Continue reading

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