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Signal Boost #9: Sarah Dodd (Samovar) and Rod Faulkner (The 7th Matrix)

20 Jun

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Sarah Dodd, co-editor of Samovar Magazine, joins Jen to talk about what Samovar is, the challenge of finding non-English speculative fiction, and the importance of their collaborations in bringing a translated spec-fic magazine to life. Then Shaun is joined by Rod Faulkner, founder and editor of The 7th Matrix, to discuss speculative short films and web series, the democratization of film, including how important this is for marginalized voices, and some of his recommendations for short films.

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#59. Alien: Covenant (2017) w/ Jeannette Ng — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

19 Jun

Byron, Shelley, and Wagner, oh my! Shaun, David, and Jen, discuss Ridley Scott’s newest edition to the Alien universe, Alien: Covenant, with special guest, Jeannette Ng! The group travel deep into the weeds of the literary and theological references in the film (dragging Shaun along kicking and screaming), Ridley Scott’s ambitious vision, and David’s (not to be confused with the David on the podcast) role as the protagonist of Prometheus and Covenant. It’s a bit of a heavy hitter.

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Book Review: A Man from Planet Earth by Giancarlo Genta

16 Jun

Starting in 2014 Springer began publishing books in their Science and Fiction series, a collection “born out of the recognition that scientific discovery and the creation of plausible fictional scenarios are often two sides of the same coin.” Envisioned as “hard” science fiction that is largely written by practicing scientists, the series includes novels, collections of short stories, critical analysis, and covering topics in a relatively non-technical matter, as they could be applied in genre speculation.

I’m not one to leap at the chance to read works that promote themselves as hard science fiction. In general I find they are too conservative in their political and social outlook and too focused on technology or engineering rather than science. The science that is present seems dominated by physics and astronomy, and any literary aspects become utterly expendable. Obviously this isn’t always true, and even if not often literary, a hard science fiction story like one in Analog can be entertaining while teaching the reader about something new.

As a scientist myself I was excited when I heard about this series from Springer, I think more scientists should develop skills at bridging the science and the fiction universes. I hoped (and still do) that their curated series would tilt towards the type of technically focused science fiction that I could still find entertaining. Continue reading

Signal Boost #8: A Conversation about the Importance of Wonder Woman

15 Jun

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun and Jen discuss the importance of the new Wonder Woman film succeeding — both for the representation of women in front of and behind the silver screen. Don’t forget to wait for this week’s boosts at the end!

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326. Joyce Chng (a.k.a. — Starfang: Rise of the Clan (An Interview)

12 Jun

Werewolves in space, Chinese-diaspora, and merchants, oh my! Joyce Chng joins Jen and Paul to discuss her Space Opera novella, Starfang: Rise of the Clan. We talk about the everything from how Joyce was influenced by Singapore’s maritime traditions, to children on the bridge, to werewolves, of course! And don’t believe Joyce when she tells you she can’t write romance because Starfang proves her wrong!

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