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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.






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...


112 - The Psychology of Batman w/ Martin Powell

Why so grimdark? This week we discuss the psychology and various portrayals of the world's greatest detective, the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight: Batman. What makes him tick? What kind of hero should he be? What should Bruce Wayne be doing with all that money? We cover it all with prolific graphic novel writer & author of "Batman: The Fog of Fear," Martin Powell. Find Glitchy Pancakes on Twitter @GlitchyPancakes. Stream episodes directly from or on your favorite...


111 - Responsible Fandom w/ Paige L. Christie

Fantasy author and excellent human Paige L. Christie joins us for a deep-dive discussion about the responsibilities we all have to each other as fans, creators, and people. We all love the things we love in science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, anime, etc., and we all want our experiences in fandom circles to be meaningful, fun, and safe. What do we owe to each other in order to make that happen? We'll talk about it. Also... pencils. TICONDEROGA 4LYFE! PAIGE L. CHRISTIE:...


A Tribute to Chadwick Boseman

On Friday, August 28, 2020, fandom lost one of its brightest stars. We sat down to remember and celebrate the life and work of Chadwick Boseman, who inspired the entire world through his talent, charisma, work ethic, and kindness, both on and off the screen. From playing Jackie Robinson to Thurgood Marshall to James Brown to King T'Challa/Black Panther, he showed us what heroes look like, and for that he will be forever loved and remembered. Here’s a resource from the CDC about screening...


110 - The Amazing World of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Art w/ Amanda Makepeace & Charles Urbach

The art of science fiction and fantasy inspires us, amazes us, and fills us with the same sense of wonder that first made us fans of science fiction and fantasy. From our favorite book covers to RPGs to gaming cards to convention art shows, this genre wouldn't be the same without the artists who make it all look so fantastic. Today we dive deep into the world of fantasy & science fiction art with two of the greats: award-winning artists Amanda Makepeace and Charles Urbach. Enjoy! SIDE NOTE:...