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Signal Boost #6: Sophia Chester (Cosmic Callisto Caprica/Rocket Romance) and Heather Rose Jones (Alpennia Series/Lesbian Historic Motif Project)

23 May

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Sophia Chester, author of Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings of Saturn and the Rocket Romance novellas, joins us to talk about how her books tackle the civil rights era IN SPACE!!! Then Heather Rose Jones, author of the Alpennia Regency Fantasy Adventure Romance series and the Lesbian Historic Motif Project, joins Jen to talk about the characters of Alpennia, her newest venture into YA, and how she’s created a vital resource for writers and readers to learn about lesbians throughout history.

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324. Inclusivity in Fairy Tales — A Discussion w/ Sara Cleto, Brittany Warman, and Shveta Thakrar

8 May

Beastly brides, universal motifs, and complicating narratives, oh my! Sara Cleto, Brittany Warman, and Shveta Thakrar join Julia and Mike (who dusts off his M.A. in Folklore Studies) to discuss inclusivity in fairy tales, specifically the conversations in Fairy Tale and Folklore studies about how to decolonize the conversation and become more inclusive.

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323. Betsy Dornbusch (a.k.a. The God Sword) — Enemy (An Interview)

1 May

Magnetic shoulders, god wars, and reminders, oh my! Betsy Dornbusch joins Jen and Trish to discuss the final book in her Seven Eyes trilogy, Enemy. We discuss how to keep track of all the threads in a trilogy, how powers come with a price, exploring the world of Enemy, and Betsy’s forays into other genres.

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321. The Immigrant Experience in SFF w/ Sabrina Vourvoulias, Rose Lemberg, and Bogi Takács

20 Apr

Immigrating, changing priorities, and translating, oh my! Sabrina Vourvoulias, Rose Lemberg and Bogi Takács join Julia in this two-part discussion episode about their personal experiences as immigrants to the United States and how that experience has affected their writing. They also discuss the challenges that immigrants face in the publishing industry and speculative fiction community.

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Guest Post by Shanna Germain: The Importance of Grief in the Stories we Tell

16 Feb

Today on Skiffy and Fanty, we have a guest post from Shanna Germain. Shanna is the author of myriad stories, books, and games, as well as the co-owner of Monte Cook Games. Her most recent works include Numenera: The Poison Eater, No Thank You, Evil!, and Torment: Tides of Numenera—an Explorer’s Guide.

The Importance of Grief in the Stories we Tell

Our movies, shows, and books often tell us a particular story about grief. It goes like this: two people are grieving about the same thing — the loss of a child, let’s say — and they grieve differently—one wants to talk about it and one doesn’t, let’s say. And this fundamental difference in how they grieve tore them apart. And eventually they excised that grief thorn and were able to move on. Maybe together, maybe apart. Continue reading

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