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Signal Boost #14: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry & Dominik Parisien (Uncanny Magazine “Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction” Kickstarter) and Dave Robison (Archivos)

8 Aug

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien join Paul to talk about the Uncanny Magazine Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction and Year Four Kickstarter. Elsa is the Non-Fiction Editor and Dominik is the Fiction Editor for the special edition of Uncanny Magazine focusing on disability representation in Science Fiction and Fantasy. They talk about why this issue is important to them personally and to the field of SF&F, the perks of backing the kickstarter, and the awesome contributors they’ve already lined up. Then Dave Robison, co-host of the podcast formerly known as Roundtable, joins Paul to talk about the reboot of his podcast in conjunction with his new story mapping software, Archivos, which goes into beta on September 1, 2017.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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281. On Uncanny Magazine w/ Lynne Thomas, Michael D. Thomas, and Michi Trota

24 Aug

Unicorns, editors, and cultures of empathy, oh my!  In our 281st episode, Lynne Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota join us to talk about Uncanny Magazine!  We explore how they feel about Year One, what’s in store for the magazine in Year Two, the root of a good Uncanny story, cultures of empathy, 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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My Superpower: Harry Connolly (The Way Into Chaos)

5 Feb The Way Into Chaos cover

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome Harry Connolly to talk about how the power of intense focus relates to The Way Into Chaos.

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My superpower is a little different from most. It’s not something I can do, and it’s not a way I can bend the universe to to what I need it to do. In fact, my superpower is a sort of invulnerability.

It’s this: I’m not paying attention to you.

That’s it. That’s my power. I’m not paying attention. A boring teacher in a boring class? Their lessons bounce right off. Trying to bend my ear about your favorite programming language/why Tom Bombadil should have been in the LOTR movies/why this season of Doctor Who sucks—again—but you still have hope for the next one? None of that even registers. The words just ricochet off me. I’m not listening. I’m probably not looking at you, either. Continue reading

My Superpower: Matthew David Goodwin (Latino/a Rising)

28 Oct

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome Matthew David Goodwin to talk about how the power of passionate social justice relates to Latino/a Rising.

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If I had to be a superhero, it would be the Batman kind of superhero.  When thrown against a wall, I would break.  When cut, I would bleed.  Hopelessly human.  But I’m much more sympathetic to the 1960’s campy version of Batman than the Batman of late.  I wouldn’t erase the dark undertones, just splash them with color.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what Batman’s superpowers actually are.  One is hidden (his passion) and the other is disguised as an accessory (the weirdly enormous bright yellow utility belt).  But together, his passion and utility belt make up for his lack of superhuman strength.

Like Batman, I’m drawn into my work with a passion for social justice.  I worked many years in the Latino/a community in various non-profit organizations dealing with migration, domestic violence, and worker rights.  When I went to study for my doctorate in literature, I wanted to find a way to discuss the complex experiences of Latinos/as in the United States.  And I found that science fiction and fantasy is a potent way to express issues of race, gender, and migration.  And it is the best way for my daughter to imagine herself as part of the future. Continue reading

My Superpower: Corie Weaver

6 Sep

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome Corie Weaver to talk about how the power of Overcomplication relates to The Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide (Kickstarter).

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If you asked my husband, he’d say my superpower is overcomplicating things. The other night, we grilled out, and at the last minute, I decided I didn’t want ketchup. I could *taste* what I wanted. Tomato paste, a tiny bit of red wine, chili powder.

I was right – it was delicious, but it did create an unexpected bump in the dinner plans.

And that may be how, when I had planned to spend the summer putting the final touches on a new YA space opera, we’re instead editing an anthology of science fiction stories for middle grade readers.

Like a lot of the sudden complications in our life, it started from a few diverse ingredients. Continue reading

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