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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

314. Djibril al-Ayad (a.k.a. The Editor on Fire) — Problem Daughters (An Interview)

4 Feb

Intersectional feminism, problem voices, and FIRE, oh my! In our first interview of they year, we talk to Djibril al-Ayad about the latest anthology from The Future Fire:  Problem Daughters (an anthology of science fiction & fantasy from the fringes of feminism). We discuss the making of the anthology, being an inclusive editor, the value of intersectionalism, the world today, and much more.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Book Review: Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling, edited by Jaym Gates and Monica Valentinelli

2 Feb

 

Tropes get a lot of bad press even as we crave them. People expect the Happily Ever After for a romantic comedy, but the fiftieth inevitable betrayal by the mentor in an action movie gets seen as being cliched. Movie after movie gets made, and makes box office, with a Chosen One, especially as an origin story, and at the same cry decry it as being more of the same. The website TV Tropes is a time suck, as one can get lost for hours following links on various tropes in movies, books and more, falling into a rabbit hole of storytelling conventions.

So what can be said that is new about tropes? How can they be used, subverted, and rearranged? Upside Down: Inverted Tropes in Storytelling, a diverse anthology and essay collection edited by Jaym Gates and Monica Valentinelli, sets out to do just that. Continue reading

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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312. Max Gladstone (a.k.a. The Soul Banker) — Four Roads Cross (An Interview)

30 Dec

Souls of Gods leveraged into debt, oh my!  In our last CONvergence episode, Max Gladstone joins Paul and Shaun to discuss the Craft Sequence, the work of Roger Zelazny, and much more

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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