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Signal Boost #40 — Claire O’Dell, Daniel Hansen, and Ilana C. Myer

8/7/2018
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After a long break, we’re back with not two but THREE WHOLE INTERVIEWS! Because you deserve it (and also we need to catch up). In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Paul talks to Claire O’Dell (the pen name of Beth Bernobich) about the first book in her new science fiction mystery series inspired by Sherlock […]

Duration:00:33:35

Torture Cinema #81: Frogs (1972)

7/30/2018
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Toads, Sam Elliot’s missing mustache, and weaponized Spanish moss, oh my! In today’s hoptastic episode, Alex, Paul, David, and special guest Michael J. Martinez try to drain the swamp of the southern patriarchy as they discuss the 1972 “killer” amphibian classic, Frogs. From leapless pacing, stagnant antagonists, and horribbitless story (all the terror of fluffy […]

Duration:01:05:25

Reading Rangers #6: Borders of Infinity by Lois McMaster Bujold

7/23/2018
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Hello, Rangers! We’re back to dig into the uhhh… I would say 6th book, but this is where things get a little complicated. We skipped Ethan of Athos, because the collective decision by the veterans is that it should be burned in the depths of hell, and went straight to Borders of Infinity, which includes the […]

Duration:00:57:47

351. Sam J. Miller (a.k.a. The Activist) — Blackfish City (An Interview)

7/9/2018
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Sheep, orca, and polar bears, oh my! Sorry about the huge delay on this exciting episode with the Shirley Jackson Award winning Author, Sam J. Miller! In this episode, Julia and Daniel discuss Sam’s newest novel, Blackfish City, including the ways in which Sam’s community activism inspired the worldbuilding, how a little bit of theft […]

Duration:00:53:38

Speculative Fiction in Translation #5: Frankenstein, Future Fiction, and Wiscon

6/3/2018
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May is absolutely filled to the brim with SFT. With five short stories, seven novels/collections, interviews, reviews, and more, you’ll never be at a loss for something to read. Rachel also talks about the SFT panel at Wiscon (the annual feminist science fiction convention in Madison, Wisconsin) and what she’s been reading and translating. And […]

Duration:00:08:43

Speculative Fiction in Translation #4: Francesco Verso, Italy and Japan

5/16/2018
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Italy and Japan dominate this week’s episode, which includes SFT updates for April and an interview with the very talented and very busy Italian author/editor/publisher Francesco Verso. Rachel fills you in on the Chinese, Italian, Korean, Dutch, French, and Spanish short SFT available in the past month, several novels, excerpts you can read online, reviews, […]

Duration:00:26:20

Signal Boost #39 — Joseph Brassey (Dragon Road) and Michael R. Underwood (Born to the Blade)

5/15/2018
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In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Paul talks to Joseph Brassey about the second book in his Drifting Lands series, Dragon Road. Careful, because there are spoilers for the first book in the series, Skyfarer, which you should definitely go read right away. When you’re ready, listen to Joseph discuss how he likes to explore […]

Duration:00:36:00

At the Movies #69 — A Quiet Place w/ Zin E. Rocklyn

5/14/2018
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Sign language, killer aliens, and polar bears, oh my! In today’s episode of At the Movies, Shaun, Alex, David, and the lovely Teri (a.k.a. Zin E. Rocklyn) discuss the science fictional horror film, A Quiet Place, which is probably the only film produced by Michael Bay that doesn’t have anything blow-up… except the fireworks. Damn […]

Duration:00:46:47

350. Justina Ireland (a.k.a. The Dreadnought) — Dread Nation (An Interview)

5/8/2018
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19th-century zombies, industrial schools, and sweet scythes, oh my! Justina Ireland joins Jen and guest co-host, Tiara, to discuss her post-Reconstruction era zombie uprising novel, Dread Nation. They discuss Justina’s approach to the history of post-Civil War America, her interest in the U.S. education system and social history, the politics of books, zombies, and so […]

Duration:01:00:09

Torture Cinema #80: Lost in Space (1998)

4/30/2018
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Cyborg spiders, diapers, and boob seams, oh my! Jen, Paul, Alex, and Elizabeth (in her Torture Cinema debut) discuss the utterly disastrous 1998 movie adaptation of Lost in Space. From the terrible costumes to atrocious world-building, they collectively dive into the travesty Stephen Hopkins nostalgic enema while still managing to find a few nuggets of […]

Duration:00:59:10

Signal Boost #38 – At ICFA – The Dell Award Finalists

4/24/2018
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In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun, Julia and Joyce sit down with the finalists for the Dell Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing at ICFA! They talk to Arthur Davis (the 2018 Dell Award Winner), C.E. McGill, Brittney Hubley, and Alexandra Barr about their experiences at ICFA, their work and […]

Duration:00:24:03

At the Movies #68: Annihilation (2018) w/ Zin E. Rocklyn

4/23/2018
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A biologist, a geologist, and some other awesome people walk into a podcast… In today’s episode of At the Movies, Alex, Paul, Mike, and Daniel are joined by the lovely Teri (a.k.a. Zin E. Rocklyn) to discuss Alex Garland’s adaptation of the Jeff Vandermeer novel of the same name, Annihilation. They mostly talk about how […]

Duration:00:59:36

Speculative Fiction in Translation #3: Ken Liu, Croatia, Catalonia

4/18/2018
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In today’s episode, Rachel brings you some SFT updates from March AND an interview with the wonderful author/translator/editor Ken Liu! Rachel discusses all of the Catalan, Japanese, Polish, Chinese and Indonesian novels, short stories, and collections that dropped in March. Plus, she fills you in on some upcoming anthologies and some excellent essays about SFT […]

Duration:00:24:15

Reading Rangers: Shorts #1 – 2017 Nebula Finalist Short Stories

4/16/2018
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Hello again, Rangers! We’re so excited about this new subcast of Reading Rangers! One of our most requested subjects from our annual listener survey was discussions of short fiction, and so we’ve decided to deliver with Reading Rangers: Shorts! Woohoo! On a bi-monthly basis, a rotating cast of team members will sit down and discuss […]

Duration:00:33:11

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

4/10/2018
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In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Paul talks to Sean Grigsby about his debut novel, Smoke Eaters, which imagines a future world in which firefighters also fight dragons! They discuss how Sean’s fire service career helped inform the novel and why he chose an older protagonist. He also gives us a glimpse into his next […]

Duration:00:23:11

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

4/9/2018
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Spy vs. Spy, sentient ships, and Star Wars, oh my! Gareth Powell joins Becca and Paul to discuss his newest novel, Embers of War! They discuss why Gareth switched gears to Space Opera, how the Titanic inspired the rescue organization that plays a prominent role in the novel, everyone’s favorite characters, how Embers of War […]

Duration:00:39:28

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

4/3/2018
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In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Elizabeth talks to Tonya R. Moore about her collection of short stories (Becoming), how her Jamaican heritage affects her writing, her love of anime and how it influences her work, her upcoming zine on Yaoi anime, and juggling lots of projects. Then Paul is joined by R.S.A. Garcia to talk […]

Duration:00:22:31

Torture Cinema #79: Event Horizon (1997)

3/26/2018
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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 Transylvanian Salt Mine. They discuss (or rather, David schools everyone) how Event Horizon is a stealth Warhammer 40k fanfic film, the brilliance of a supernatural horror in space, the failed […]

Duration:01:16:00

Reading Rangers #5: Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold

3/23/2018
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Hello, Rangers! We’re back from our break to tackle the 5th book (chronologically) in Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Vorkosigan Saga — the unfortunately somewhat disappointing Cetaganda. Our newbie, Kate, is joined by Vorkosigan Veterans, Paul and Alex, to discuss the somewhat transhumanist Cetagandan empire, how Miles is still woefully caught up in the patriarchy, why Cetaganda could […]

Duration:00:31:37

Speculative Fiction in Translation #2: Biohorror and Dwarves

3/14/2018
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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 – March 15), what Rachel’s currently reading and translating, and more. While February offered us slim-pickins, March gives us some great reads to look forward to, including Japanese biohorror […]

Duration:00:10:22