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

We know Black Panther 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 to our amazing line-up of guests discuss the film. In this episode, Jen and Trish are joined by Faridah Gbadamosi, Justina Ireland, and […]


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 Seraphina Duology, joins Jen and Elizabeth to tell us all about the newest book in the world of Seraphina, Tess of the Road! They discuss everything from how stories define us, portrayals of consent (or lack thereof) in YA, how to balance […]


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

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Rati Mehrotra about her debut novel, Markswoman. They explore how Mehrotra’s own background inspired the world, why she decided to write it as a post-apocalyptic novel, what inspires her writing, and a few hints about what is coming next in the Asiana duology. Then Elizabeth is […]


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

Killer lawnmowers, crucifixions, and cybersex, oh my! This is our very first Torture Cinema of the year, and so OF COURSE our Patrons had to pick something that was TRULY terrible! In this episode, Julia, Paul, Alex, and Daniel dig deep into the movie that is so awful and so unlike the short story it […]


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, Frontlines, and more specifically about the sixth and “final” book in the series, Points of Impact. Marko shares how he tried to play with the typical military SF tropes, how his military service inspired the series, and a little […]


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 Speculative Fiction, including how the speculative is part of the Black Southern experience, whether or not standard genre labels fail speculative fiction written by black people from the South, […]


Speculative Fiction in Translation #1: Introductions

The brand-new and sparkling Speculative Fiction in Translation podcast is here! In her 1st episode, Rachel introduces herself and talks about what to expect from the podcast throughout 2018. She also takes a quick look back at 2017 and its SFT riches and forward to the rest of 2018 and the novels/collections coming up. Episodes […]


At the Movies #66: The Shape of Water (2017) w/ Caitlyn Paxson

It’s finally here. The Show Formerly Known as Shoot the WISB returns with its new name: At the Movies. In today’s episode, we’re joined by Caitlyn Paxson in a riveting discussion of the much-acclaimed Guillermo Del Toro fantasy, The Shape of Water. The crew looks at how the film examines folklore, its approaches to marginalized identities, where […]


Signal Boost #32 – A Conversation on Silly Audience Questions

Signal Boost is back! In our 1st boost festival of the year, a very sick Jen and a dissertation-downtrodden Shaun attempt to answer a few of your silly questions. Based on questions by @Runalongwomble and @timata87, we tell you about our secret Jaeger names, our fight songs, and the sf/f worlds we like to live or […]


346. Myke Cole (a.k.a. Sergeant Tibbs): The Armored Saint

Mecha, the Nascent Church, and invented fears, oh my! Myke Cole, one of our most frequent guests over the years, joins Paul and Shaun to talk about his new fantasy novel, The Armored Saint. Over the course of the interview, Myke discusses what it meant to him to write and publish this book that allowed […]


345. Looking Back, Moving Forward: The 2018 Edition

Wow. It’s finally here! Our first episode on our new website, using our new feed! Hopefully everything works out and it ends up in your ears, because it’s time for the team to talk about what they loved in 2017 and what they’re looking forward to in 2018! We had reason to be a bit […]


Signal Boost #31: Wrapping Up the Year

In our final podcast of the year, Shaun and Jen offer a quick wrap-up of all the things we loved about 2017. We share some of our favorite episodes, remind folks of our listener/reader survey, and offer up some last minute mini boosts to make 2017 just a little bit more joyful. We hope you […]


344. Krampus: The Reckoning (2015) — A Special Holiday Torture Cinema "Adventure"

Tang, overbites, and gratuitous boob shots, oh my! In this special Holiday edition of Torture Cinema, Shaun, Paul, Jen, Alex, and Becca mix too much alcohol with a really, truly terrible movie. This one definitely comes with some language and content warnings, because the team is just so very angry that they have to watch […]


Signal Boost #30: Michelle Kan (No More Heroes) and Rachel Cordasco (

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Becca talks to Michelle Kan about her book, No More Heroes. They discuss what it meant for Michelle to write an #OwnVoices gender-fluid aro-ace character that included her ethnic heritage, issues with anxiety, and parkour! They also talk about how Michelle wrote No More Heroes during NaNoWriMo and how […]


#65. Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

Space heroism, Porgs, and grumpy Jedi, oh my! In our last Shoot the WISB episode of the year, Shaun, Jen, Alex, Mike, and Daniel join forces for the most anticipated movie of the year, Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi. We talk about Rian Johnson’s direction, the film’s tribute to Carrie Fisher, the core themes of […]


Signal Boost #29: A Conversation about Exciting News!

On today’s Signal Boosts, Shaun and Jen share some exciting news about the Skiffy and Fanty website, our RSS feeds, the future of our funding sources, and our 2017 Reader/Listener Survey! Even though we’re pissed about what Patreon just did, our patron support has allowed us to do some really big things that will help […]


343. Jeannette Ng (a.k.a. Lady of the Moths) — Under the Pendulum Sun (An Interview)

Shelley, trifles, and rap, oh my! Shaun and Jen have a talk with Jeannette Ng about her debut novel, Under the Pendulum Sun! Jeannette shares what inspired her to write a Gothic romance fantasy novel about Missionaries — specifically one that tackles such heavy theological subjects such as the soul and sin — why she […]


Signal Boost #28: Claudie Arseneault (City of Spires Trilogy) and Brandon O'Brien

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Claudie Arseneault about her work, including the recently released second book of the City of Spires trilogy, City of Betrayal. They discuss the mosaic narrative of City of Spires, found families, the solar punk genre and her first book, Viral Airwaves, and what inspired Claudie to […]


342. Cowboys vs Dinosaurs (2015) — A Torture Cinema "Adventure"

Dino Olympics, Jurassic Park, and bikinis, oh my! For this episode of Torture Cinema, Shaun and Julia are joined by our intern, Becca, and special guest, Adam Callaway, to drunkenly review Cowboys vs Dinosaurs, an absolutely terrible movie about rampant sexism, one totally awesome guy (not the main character), and, you guessed it, cowboys fighting dinosaurs. […]


Reading Rangers #4: The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold

Hello, Rangers! In this installment of Reading Rangers, Paul, Trish, Kate and special guest, Anne Lyle, tackle the fourth book (internal chronology) of the Vorkosigan Saga — The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold. Kate’s the only new one this time, so the old hats do their best not to spoil anything for her! They discuss […]


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