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Real talk about the world of fandom. Conversations and interviews about topics of interest to fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror, anime, comics, and gaming.

Real talk about the world of fandom. Conversations and interviews about topics of interest to fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror, anime, comics, and gaming.


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Real talk about the world of fandom. Conversations and interviews about topics of interest to fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror, anime, comics, and gaming.






Cake Pops - Return of the Waffle Destroyer

We've been on hiatus, but we're back with news, updates, and recommendations to get you hyped about the coming months! Rob and Jesse discuss Hugo/Locus/Ignyte Award nominations, the (possible? Hopeful?) return of conventions, the Baen Bar reopening, and plenty of cool stuff for you to watch, read, and play. Enjoy! Hugo Award nominees: Locus Award Nominees: Ignyte...


204 - Learning to Write SFF w/ Cat Rambo

Find yourself wanting to learn how to write science fiction or fantasy? Already writing and want to level up? Then you'll definitely want to hear what our guest Cat Rambo has to say. Cat is one of the most accomplished names in the field, having published over 200 original works with many more on the way, as well as serving two terms as President of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and founding one of the most popular and helpful online writing schools, the Rambo...


Cake Pops - The Recommendations That Have Saved 2021. For Us. So Far.

Check out the cool stuff we've been consuming to help us stay upright and functioning in 2021 (AKA "2020 Part 2: Even 2020er"). Games, books, movies, and shows to soothe your brain and make happy. Enjoy! Subscribe to Glitchy Pancakes on your favorite podcast app, and please leave a review if you like what we're doing. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @GlitchyPancakes. Email questions or comments to, and thanks for listening!


203 - Black Horror & Podcasting w/ Tonia Ransom (Nightlight Podcast)

Time to get SPOOKY! We're talking about horror stories this week! Joining us is Tonia Ransom, creator and executive producer of the excellent Nightlight Podcast, a horror podcast dedicated to publishing creepy tales by Black writers and acted by Black voice professionals. We discuss why we like to be scared, where horror writers get their terrifying ideas, what the Black American experience adds to the genre, the ins and outs of delivering horror through audio/podcasting, and much more! Turn...


202 - The Baen Bar/WorldCon Controversy

It's always something, isn't it? This week we dig into the controversy surrounding the Baen Bar forum, WorldCon/DisCon III, and the removal of Toni Weisskopf as WorldCon's Editor Guest of Honor. Free speech and censorship (what they mean, and what they don't), how communities define and enforce their standards, and what the fallout means for everyone involved. Enjoy! File 770 article detailing the whole thing:...


201 - Welcome to 2021! News of the World

Welcome back! It's our first episode of the year, and having lost our minds long ago in the Before Times of 2020, we attempt to stay coherent as we discuss what's going on in fandom. We talk about the release of Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda, the upcoming Black Panther tv series helmed by Ryan Coogler, the Locus recommended reading list, updates on the convention scene, explain the Hugo Award nomination process, and more. We do NOT discuss WandaVision. Yet. Enjoy! LINKS: Locus...


Hindsight 2020: A Quick THANK YOU from the GP Crew

This week, we took a few minutes to thank everyone who has helped us make the back half of 2020 better than we'd hoped. We launched Glitchy Pancakes on June 19 of this year with an episode on Protest & Rebellion in SF/F, featuring the amazing Sheree Renée Thomas. From then until now, we've published 30 episodes full of fun and illuminating conversations about all aspects of SF/F fandom with a slate of absolutely fantastic guests, and we hope you've all gotten something good out of listening....


124 - The "Canon" Episode w/ Jeannette Ng & Dr. Lisa Yaszek

Some say there are certain works & authors in SF/F/H that one Must Read in order to appreciate or understand the genres. But with all the amazing new work coming out from new voices around the world, are the so-called "canonical" works even relevant anymore? How can fans navigate the world of speculative fiction in a way that makes it meaningful (and let's not forget FUN) for them? We get into it with two fantastic guests: 2019 Astounding Award winner & author of Under the Pendulum Sun,...


123 - #OwnVoices Fiction w/ Sheree Renée Thomas & K. Tempest Bradford

"Own Voices" fiction means stories written BY members of the marginalized groups and cultures they depict, instead of written by people from outside those groups. People deserve to tell their OWN stories instead of having others take up that space and write about them, so today we get into what needs to happen and why. We're joined by two amazing author/editors: Sheree Renée Thomas (World Fantasy Award-winning editor, author, Marvel writer, and new Editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science...


122 - AudibleGate Update + the "Big 4" Merger w/ Nicole Givens Kurtz

Swing and a miss, Audible! After last week's episode, the audiobook giant emailed authors & publishers with a "solution" to their policy of not paying creators. It was... not good. We talk with author & Mocha Memoirs Press publisher Nicole Givens Kurtz about why SO MUCH MORE needs to be done to make publishing equitable and ethical. And while we're at it, we get into the recently announced purchase of Simon & Schuster by Penguin/Random House (taking the "Big 5" publishing houses down to the...


121 - #DisneyMustPay & #AudibleGate w/ John Hartness

PAY CREATORS. PERIOD. It's a tale as old as time, folks... the House of Mouse has been refusing to pay royalties to the great Alan Dean Foster for his many novelizations of Star Wars (including 1976's Star Wars: A New Hope), Alien, etc. In the entertainment industry, this is what's known as "a d*** move." In other news, Audible (owned by Amazon) is pushing a ridiculous return policy that steals money from the pockets of authors. Fans gotta rise up... to discuss this, we brought in author &...


Cake Pops: The Election + Just SO MANY Recommendations

We recap the 2020 Election (wow, Georgia) & continue destroying your TBR lists with a heaping helping of recommendations. It's a tough time right now, heading into the holidays in the time of COVID-19, and we all need some quality entertainment to keep us happy and get us through. We've got books, shows, comics, movies, and games to keep your spirits up and your big brains occupied. Enjoy! Jesse's Recs: This is How you Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone, Utopia (series on...


120 - All About WorldCon (DisCon III) w/ 2021 Co-Chair Bill Lawhorn

WorldCon, AKA the World Science Fiction Convention, is one of the oldest and most storied conventions anywhere, the home of the Hugo Awards and the source of much fandom lore. The 79th annual WorldCon will be in Washington D.C. at DisCon III, August 25-29, 2021. DisCon III Co-Chair Bill Lawhorn joins Rob & Jesse to talk about the history & meaning of WorldCon, what to expect in 2021 (Sheree Renée Thomas & Malka Older hosting the Hugos, yes please!), and how DisCon is addressing certain...


119 - Hugo Award-Winning Editor/Publisher Liz Gorinsky

Join us for a great chat with Liz Gorinsky, recorded for Multiverse Convention. We talk about the publishing business, trends in speculative fiction, the life of an editor, and the meaning of major awards with the Hugo-winning editor & Erewhon Books founder. BIO: Liz Gorinsky (she/they) is a speculative fiction editor. Liz began her publishing career at Tor Books, editing a list that included popular and acclaimed speculative fiction authors Felix Gilman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Liu Cixin,...


118 - Hugo Award-Winning Artist Galen Dara

Join us for a fascinating hour with Hugo Award-winning artist Galen Dara, recorded for Multiverse Convention. We chat about artistic inspiration & stylistic choices, consistency & practice as a creator, and how to stay productive during quarantine. Also about apricots. Ripe ones. Very ripe ones. Galen Dara, Multiverse's 2020 Artist Guest of Honor, is an award-winning artist working primarily in the styles of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. She has won the Hugo Award, the World Fantasy...


117 - Author Maurice Broaddus

We're back! Join us for a fascinating hour with Maurice Broaddus, recorded for Multiverse Convention. We discuss Afrofuturism + music, TV adaptations, the influence of comics, and how authors can live mission-driven lives. Broaddus, Multiverse's 2020 Author Guest of Honor for 2020, is an award-winning author of speculative fiction ranging from middle-grade detective books (The Usual Suspects) to steampunk novels and novellas (Buffalo Soldier and Pimp My Airship) to urban fantasy (The...


116 - Oh, Jo. NO. Deconstructing JKR w/ Malorie (MD) Cooper

J.K. Rowling won't get off the transphobia train. In the wake of her recent comments, tweets, and blog posts, we decided to discuss this issue with Malorie Cooper, extremely prolific science fiction author (writing as MD Cooper), successful businessperson, trans woman, and owner of a truly impressive wardrobe of catsuits. We talk about Rowling's recent detective novel (under the pen name Robert Galbraith... and yes, we'll talk about that name), trans authors you can read instead of Rowling,...


115 - Enola Holmes! w/ Heather Holloway & Crystal Noll (221BCon)

SHERLOCKIANS! You're going to love this. We discuss the premiere of Enola Holmes on Netflix. Joining us are the founders of 221BCon, the greatest Sherlock-themed event around: Heather Holloway & Crystal Noll. We discuss Millie Bobby Brown's acting, Henry Cavill's shirtful performance, Mycroft being a jerk, and just what the heck was going on with Lestrade? Plus plenty of fun Sherlockian lore to occupy the minds of you most excellent detectives. Enjoy! Visit 221BCon in Atlanta & online at...


114 - Furries Demystified! w/ Chelsea Eckert (AKA Bean Tiger)

It's everything you want to know about Furries but were afraid to ask! Enjoy a fascinating look into the world of furry fandom with the excellent Chelsea Eckert. Learn what draws people to furry, the many different ways people can participate, crossovers with other fandoms, and dispel some misconceptions you may hold about this inclusive, artistic bunch of anthropomorphic-animal geeks. Also find out which superhero MAY be a furry... CHELSEA ECKERT: Find her on Instagram...


113 - The Brilliant History of LGBTQ+ SciFi, Fantasy, & Horror w/ Catherine Lundoff

Ever wondered who Polidori wrote "The Vampyre" about? Have you ever noticed LGBTQ+ coding (positive or negative) in your favorite science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories? What do the past and future look like for LGBTQ+ genre writers? We talk about it with author & publisher at Queen of Swords Press, Catherine Lundoff. There's a LOT to unpack here, but we got a good start! Might need a part 2 on this one... or part 3... check the notes below for contact info & links to Catherine...