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Signal Boost #36 — Sean Grigsby (Smoke Eaters) and Thoraiya Dyer (Titans’ Forest Trilogy)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Paul talks to Sean Grigsby about his debut novel, <i>Smoke Eaters</i>, which imagines a future world in which …

Fire Fighting

349. Gareth L. Powell (a.k.a. The Baron), Embers of War

Subscribe: Android | Email | RSS<p>Spy vs. Spy, sentient ships, and Star Wars, oh my! Gareth Powell joins Becca and Paul to discuss his newest novel,</i> …

Titanic

Torture Cinema #79: Event Horizon (1997)

Singularities, Cenobites, and Gothic cathedrals, oh my! Jen, Paul, David, and Rachel get together to review the film that refused to stay buried in a …

Horror

Signal Boost #35 — Tonya Moore (Becoming) and R.S.A. Garcia (Lex Talionis)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Elizabeth talks to Tonya R. Moore about her collection of short stories (<i>Becoming</i>), how her Jamaican heritage …

Short Stories

Book Review: Hammer of the Witch by Dakota Chase

Dakota Chase continues her young adult series, Repeating History, with <i>Hammer of the Witch</i>, returning to a contemporary world featuring magical, …

Books

DCEU's CinemaScores: What Audiences Think About the DC Movies

We take a look at how each DCEU film measures up in terms of audience rankings.<p>The DC Extended Universe just grew in a major way thanks to the …

Marvel Universe

The Intersection: Context, Honor, and the Strong Female Character™

I told myself I wouldn’t write this essay. I’m not a fan of publicly criticizing another writer’s work, particularly a <i>living</i> author’s work. I’ll <i>never</i> …

Feminism

All the Best New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for December

December is relatively light on new book releases, but you still won’t want to miss out on what the month has to offer. There’s a new <i>Expanse</i> book, a …

Book Review: Jade City by Fonda Lee

In an alternate world where a small island carries both a magical material and the scions who can wield it, the aftermath of a world war that …

Cold War

The importance of not underestimating the CW

LGBTQ issues. The 2016 presidential election. Everyday heroes. Diverse representation. If you're surprised that any or all these issues have been …

Comics Review – A Weird Beat in the Motor City: ABBOTT #1 and 2

Welcome to the latest installment of my comics review column here at Skiffy & Fanty! Every month, I use this space to shine a spotlight on SF&F …

Great Lakes

Beyond Good and Evil: The Complex Moral System of Tolkien’s Middle-earth

“Other evils there are that may come; for Sauron is himself but a servant or emissary. Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, …

Literature

SEA Quest: Listening To My Ancestors (Reprint)

<i>Joyce Chng is currently at ICFA 2018. This is a reprint from June 2014, but still relevant.</i>Recently, I was rocked by a wonderful and startling …

South-east Asia

Harry Potter Role-Playing Game Set at Hogwarts on Tap for Spring 2018 Release

Whip out your virtual wands: Another Harry Potter game is coming in 2018. J.K. Rowling’s multibillion-dollar wizarding franchise will get a new …

Marvel wants you to write comics with no farts, death, aliens, gossip, or ‘social issues’

Also no killer bees, in case you were thinking about it<p>In a press release today, Marvel announced Create Your Own, a new platform that allows fans to create original comic strips using Marvel characters and stock background illustrations. The tagline is “Your Own Marvel Universe.”<p>Fans don’t have …

Marvel Comics

At the Movies #67: Black Panther (2018) w/ Faridah Gbadamosi, Justina Ireland, and Brandon O’Brien

We know <i>Black Panther</i> has been out for a month, but we wanted to make sure you had a chance to see it at least two or three times before you listened …

Black Panther

Speculative Fiction in Translation #2: Biohorror and Dwarves

In which Rachel fills you in on all of the SFT-related goodness since last month, including stories and novels out in February and March (February 14 …

Popular Fiction

Reading Rangers #5: Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold

Hello, Rangers! We’re back from our break to tackle the 5th book (chronologically) in Lois McMaster Bujold’s <i>The Vorkosigan Saga —</i> the unfortunately …

Patriarchy

348. Rachel Hartman (a.k.a. The Ingenious Noblewoman): Tess of the Road

Boots, La Mancha, and family dynamics, oh my! Rachel Hartman, author of the <i>Seraphina Duology</i>, joins Jen and Elizabeth to tell us all about the newest …

Interviews

347. Black Southern SpecFic – A Discussion w/ Eden Royce and Troy L. Wiggins

Conjure, dialect, and gatekeepers, oh my! Jen and Trish are joined by Eden Royce and Troy L. Wiggins to discuss the current field of Black Southern …

Books

Signal Boost #33 — Marko Kloos (Points of Impact) and Cody Sisco (Resonant Earth Series)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Paul talks to Marko Kloos about his military SF series, <i>Frontlines</i>, and more specifically about the sixth and …

Self-Publishing

Book Review: THE ART OF STARVING by Sam J. Miller

A few years back I quickly fell in love with the short fiction of Sam J. Miller. Published across a spectrum of electronic genre venues (Shimmer, …

Mental Health

Comics Review: For Your Consideration — Best Graphic Story Hugo Recommendations

Welcome to the latest installment of my comics review column here at Skiffy & Fanty! Every month, I use this space to shine a spotlight on SF&F …

Graphic Novels

A Book by its Cover – Chuck Wendig #5: The Raptor and the Wren by Miriam Black

After a few entries, popular series can become quite problematic. The author can stick to what works and hit all the same notes that brought success …

Torture Cinema #78 — Lawnmower Man: The Director’s Cut (1992)

Subscribe: Android | Email | RSS<p>Killer lawnmowers, crucifixions, and cybersex, oh my! This is our very first Torture Cinema of the year, and so OF …

Signal Boost #34 — Rati Mehrotra (Markswoman) and Marlee Jane Ward (Orphancorp Series)

Subscribe: Android | Email | RSS<p>In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Rati Mehrotra about her debut novel, <i>Markswoman</i>. They explore how …

2018 Awards Season Eligibility: Our Things, Guest Things, All the Things

2017 might not have been the best year for the world, but it was a pretty good year for our little podcast. We added a few new shows, produced a …

Books

Month of Joy: Ramblings on Biology Simple and Profound by Daniel Haeusser

It has taken me all of this month to figure out what to write. It often seemed like joy has been eluding me, what with the dire and painful state of …

E.coli

Book Review: Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra

Orders of female warriors, psychic weapons and quests for revenge are at the centre of Rati Mehrotra’s debut novel Markswoman.Nearly a thousand years …

Hinduism

Bedtime Stories: Dragon Dancer

<i>Bedtime Stories is a new column that will highlight Children’s Books with a diverse, global perspective.</i>It is the eve of Chinese New Year!Lanterns …

Bedtime Stories