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Torture Cinema #88: Super Inframan (1975)

Superman 4, motorcycle gangs, and *eye twitch* tentacle monsters, oh my! This episode exists thanks to the hardwork and determination of our lovely patron, Joseph. Thank you, Joseph, for repeatedly insisting that we watch the 1975 film, Super Inframan!! This Shaw Brothers Studio Production sought to capitalize on the tokusatsu craze in Japan, borrowing tropes, […]


Speculative Fiction in Translation #12: Fantasy, Collections, and Korean SFT

February offered us more short fiction than anything else, though we did get the absolutely wonderful anthology of Chinese SFT edited and translated by Ken Liu: Broken Stars. In terms of the short fiction, fantasy dominated, with stories from the Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean. Rachel and Daniel also talk about the fiction they’re […]


Totally Pretentious #16. Succubus (1966): Avant Garde Femme Fatale, Jesús Franco’s Ouevre, and Late 2016s

It’s the triumphant return of Totally Pretentious, David and Shaun’s silly-with-a-side-of-pretentiousness movie review project that disappeared for a brief moment in time. But now they’re back with an episode they recorded a long time ago and forgot to release! In today’s super late episode, David and Shaun talk about some of the films they saw (back […]


Signal Boost #52 — L. D. Lewis (A Ruin of Shadows) and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (The Dark Fantastic)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen interviews L. D. Lewis, short story writer, author of A Ruin of Shadows, and Art Director of FIYAH Literary Magazine for Black Speculative Fiction! L. explains why the theme of changing allegiances after discovering the truth is something she likes to explore, how science fantasy helps her ground […]


At the Movies #74: Blade Runner (The Final Cut) (1982/2007)

Origami, abused toys, and kissing daddy, oh my! Since it’s finally 2019, the year that Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner takes place, it was time for us to finally discuss one of the most influential science fiction films of all time. As such, Shaun, Jen, and Paul, sit down to have a chat about the biggest […]


#04. Bloodline – Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)

Chill your coaxium and holster your blasters, the team is BACK!! That’s right, Shaun, Alex, and Kate have returned after a too long absence to tackle their first book in the NEW Canon, Bloodline by Claudia Gray. If you haven’t read the book yet, no worries, because the team will give you a giant spoiler […]


358. Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner (a.k.a. The Dynamic Duo) – Escape Artists

Increasingly terrified horror academics, high school musical, and Trish’s new job, oh my! Trish and Jen sit down with the CEO and COO of Escape Artists, Alasdair Stuart and Marguerite Kenner! The duo discusses the history of Escape Artists and the changes in both audio fiction and short fiction, their decision to withdraw from the […]


Signal Boost #51 – Erin Roberts (Various) and Sarah Chorn (Seraphina’s Lament)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to short story and interactive game designer, Erin Roberts, about her work. They talk about what Erin really enjoys exploring thematically, one of the key features that connects her story, Sour Milk Girls, with her game, Thanks for the Memories, the differences and connections between writing short […]


Torture Cinema #87: Xanadu (1980)

Pink bodysuits, the bisexual 80s, and legs that go on forever, oh my! Today on Torture Cinema, Paul, Alex, and Daniel review the (not so) particularly beloved 1980s fantasy musical, Xanadu! The film also has the distinction of being Gene Kelly’s last picture, so nobody can be too mad at it. If you love camp […]


Righteous Kicks #1 – Introductions

Welcome to the first episode of Righteous Kicks — the podcast where two science fiction writers geek out about men in spandex bodysuits who kick evildoers to death in abandoned quarries until they explode. Here, we plan to ramble at length about the good, the bad, and the absolutely silly parts of the Japanese science […]


Episode 4. Into the Wardrobe with The Neverending Story (1984; dir. Wolfgang Peterson): Childhood Trauma and the Power of Story

In this episode of Into the Wardrobe, Shaun and Jen are joined by the lovely Becca to talk about the movie that defined Jen’s childhood, terrified Shaun, and has now inspired Becca to find a luck dragon. That move is 1984’s The Neverending Story directed by Wolfgang Peterson. Our intrepid crew discuss their own childhood traumas […]


Reading Rangers #9: Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold

Hello, Rangers! We’re back with everyone’s favorite Space Nancy Drew in Memory! Did you miss us? This time Paul, Trish, Kate, and Alex are joined by Trish’s lovely twin, Sarah Elkins! If you’ve been reading along, Miles Vorkosigan has been through quite a few ups and downs over the series, but things finally catch up […]


Speculative Fiction in Translation #11: New Year, New Translations, plus Andy Dudak

It’s a new year, and we have a lot of new and exciting SF in translation coming out. Chinese fantasy, Czech space opera, Argentine surrealism…Daniel and I tell you all about it. We also take a look back at November and December and briefly summarize what you might have missed when our beloved podcast took […]


Signal Boost #50 – T. Frohock (Where Oblivion Lives) and Alex Harrow (Empire of Light)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Paul talks to T. Frohock about her new Los Nefilim series novella, Where Oblivion Lives. T. treats us to a glimpse of what life was like just prior to the Spanish Civil War, how she deals with the trauma of World War I, the queer relationship between Diego and […]


At the Movies #73: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Family, bagels, and toe-shoes, oh my! Our first 2019 episode of At the Movies is basically Becca, Alex, Julia, and Stephen doing a lot of squeeing, shedding a few tears, but mostly just the squealing. I’m pretty sure Alex actually squeaks with joy at one point. That’s how much they loved Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. […]


Screen Scouts #17: Babylon 5 (Season 3; Episodes 1-4)

Angry unions, shifty colonialism, and Vorlon jokes, oh my! The Babylon 5 re-watch finally returns with Season 3! Shaun, Mike, and Paul talk about the first four episodes of the season, tackling the way this new season brings back to familiar ground, the continuing mysteries and unveiling of the Shadows, the strangeness of Vorlons, the delightfulness of […]


357. S.A. Chakraborty (a.k.a. The Iron Chef Daevabad) — The Kingdom of Copper (An Interview)

Murderous status, dragons, and culinary competitions, oh my! For our first interview of 2019, we’re excited to bring to you the fantastic S.A. Chakraborty. Paul and Elizabeth chat with S.A. (Shannon) about book two of the Daevabad Trilogy, Kingdom of Copper. They explore why the second book is set a good five years after the first […]


356. Looking Back, Moving Forward: The 2019 Edition

Well, folks. It’s 2019 and time for our first episode of the year! Shaun, Paul, Julia, and Stephen get down to business with all their faves from last year and what will probably be faves this year! Then Cam, Kerry, Elizabeth, David, Trish, and Jen throw their hats into the ring, so make sure you […]


Torture Cinema #86: A Special Holiday Torture Cinema Adventure – The Christmas Dragon (2014)

Darkspawn, shiny noses, and a new sex term, oh my! This one is DEFINITELY NSFW folks! Somehow the team, comprised of Shaun, Jen, Paul, and Becca, managed to turn this family friendly film into a total raunch fest. Proceed with caution. You have been warned! As with every Holiday Special, the crew brings a heavy […]


Signal Boost #49 – Steph Matuku (Flight of the Fantail) and Bethany C. Morrow (MEM)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Elizabeth talks to Steph Matuku, author of the debut novel, Flight of the Fantail, and the children’s book, Whetū Toa and the Magician. Both are out from HUIA Publishers in New Zealand. The two talk about how Steph treated the environment as a character, the influence her Maori culture has on her books, […]