Podcast Episodes – The Skiffy and Fanty Show
By Shaun Duke, Julia Rios, Paul Weimer, David Annandale, Mike Underwood, and Rachael Acks
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A Hugo-nominated weekly-ish podcast on science fiction, fantasy, film, and literature. From discussions about genre and its controversies to interviews with amazing authors to reviews of new and classic film and TV properties, this show has it all. Oh, and once a month, we hilariously tear apart a bad science fiction or fantasy movie for your amusement! The show is hosted by Shaun Duke, Julia Rios, Paul Weimer, Mike Underwood, David Annandale, Rachael Acks, and (occasionally) Jen Zink.
||Explicit#54. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Episodes 13-18) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||Vorlons, Minbari deceptions, and space plagues, oh my! Our re-watch of Babylon 5 continues wit episodes 13 through 18 from Season 2! Things are starting to get properly heated up, which means more political intrigue, new character details, and just a l||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit316. Fantastic Four (2005) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”||Stretchy weirdos, grumpy CEOs, and clobberin’, oh my! Torture Cinema returns with a special Marvel-icious edition, as selected by our listeners and co-starring none other than veteran Torture Goblin, Michael J. Martinez. We turn our sights to the in||2/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit315. Foz Meadows (a.k.a. The Portalist) — An Accident of Stars (An Interview)||Portal worlds, schoolyard bullies, and magic, oh my! In our second interview for the year, Shaun and Paul talk to Foz Meadows about their debut novel, An Accident of Stars. We explore the novel’s central premise, its feminist message, and so much mo||2/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit314. Djibril al-Ayad (a.k.a. The Editor on Fire) — Problem Daughters (An Interview)||Intersectional feminism, problem voices, and FIRE, oh my! In our first interview of they year, we talk to Djibril al-Ayad about the latest anthology from The Future Fire: Problem Daughters (an anthology of science fiction & fantasy from the fringes o||2/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit313. Looking Back, Moving Forward: Anticipating 2017||Dumpster fires, staying positive, and congratulations, oh my! Here at the Skiffy and Fanty Show, we know that 2016 was not the most joyous of years for our planet. But we also believe that from that fire, a phoenix can rise and see it as a call for even m||1/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#53. Arrival (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||Linguistics, Heptapods, and time, oh my! In our final episode of 2016, the crew discusses the newest Denis Villeneuve film, Arrival. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page||12/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit312. Max Gladstone (a.k.a. The Soul Banker) — Four Roads Cross (An Interview)||Souls of Gods leveraged into debt, oh my! In our last CONvergence episode, Max Gladstone joins Paul and Shaun to discuss the Craft Sequence, the work of Roger Zelazny, and much more We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you have iTunes and like this||12/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit311. Melissa F Olson (a.k.a. The Shade Stalker) — Nightshades (An Interview)||Vampires, Urban Fantasy and Buffy oh my! Melissa F Olson joins Paul and Shaun at Convergence to talk about her entry into fandom, her Urban Fantasy, her new work from Tor, and more. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you have iTunes and like this||12/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit310. The Haunting (1999) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”||Creepy statue babies, bad psychology, and evil old dudes, oh my! In this special edition of Torture Cinema, the crew punishes themselves by watching 1999’s sleeperfest, The Haunting. You voted for it, so we watched it! We hope you enjoy the episode!||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit309. Michael Lee (a.k.a. The Showrunner) — An Interview||Finland, conventioning, and fandom, oh my! In our latest episode, Michael Lee joins Paul and Shaun at CONvergence to discuss how he got into fandom, how he worked himself into conventions, and of course, the forthcoming Worldcon 75! We hope you enjoy||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit308. Scott Pearson (a.k.a. The Starfleet Officer) — An Interview||Star Trek, conventions, and fandom, oh my! Scott Pearson joined us live at CONvergence to talk about the joys of fandom and the more recent prevalence of geek properties in media. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you have iTunes and like this||12/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#52. Rogue One (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||Rebels, galactic empires, and star wars, oh my! In this very special Christmas episode of the show, we review the newest addition to the Star Wars universe: Gareth Edward’s Rogue One. We explore the film’s themes, its contributions to the uni||12/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit307. Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011) — A Torture Cinema Holiday Special “Adventure”||Slobbering dogs, candy canes, and winter shenanigans, oh my! In this very special holiday edition of Torture Cinema, Jen, Paul, Julia, and Alex put their animal love to the test with Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011). Happy holidays, everyone!||12/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit306. Aeon Flux (2005) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”||Weird genetics, floating sperm banks, and face kicks, oh my! In our latest Torture Cinema episode, the crew tackles the infamous 2005 adaptation of Aeon Flux. Needless to say, we had a bit of fun with this one! We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If y||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit305. Chrysoula Tzavelas (a.k.a. The Genre Blender) — Citadel of the Sky (An Interview)||AIs, genre blenders, and magic machines, oh my! In our 305th episode, Chrysoula Tzavelas talks to Paul and Shaun at Convergence. We talk about her fandoms, how she mixes science fiction and fantasy, and much more. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note:||12/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit304. Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear (a.k.a. The Rakish Rogue and the Sky Marshall) — An Interview||Saturday morning cartoons, hornswoggling teachers, and guys named Trevor, oh my! Scott Lynch and Elizabeth Bear joined us live at CONvergence to discuss what started them on the road to becoming fans of science fiction and fantasy and the fact that the||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit303. Patrick Tomlinson (a.k.a. The Stand Up) — Trident’s Forge (An Interview)||Alien planets, comedy, and cheeseheads oh my! In our 303rd episode, Patrick Tomlinson joins Paul and Shaun at Convergence to talk about his stand-up, his Ark series, and much more. We hope you enjoy the episode! (Note: If you have iTunes and like th||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit302. Paul Cornell (a.k.a. The Cricket Whisperer) — Who Killed Sherlock Holmes? (An Interview)||Ghosts, witches, and doctors, oh my! The multi-talented, and exceedingly productive, Paul Cornell joins us live at CONvergence to talk about his latest projects, including Who Killed Sherlock Holmes?, The Lost Child of Lychford, his forthcoming semi-||12/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#51. Suicide Squad (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||Will Smith, mallets, and boomerang weirdos, oh my! Shaun, Rachael, and Paul join forces to discuss the latest addition to the DC Cinematic Universe, Suicide Squad. We offer our thoughts about the film’s plot, Jared Leto’s Joker, the new char||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#50. Ghostbusters (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||Dancing Hemsworths, ghostly manbabies, and science-y ladies, oh my! It’s finally here! Our Ghostbusters special! We discuss the film’s major themes, the new characters, WOMEN, ghosts, just who this Rowan North character is, and so much more||9/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#49. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Disc 3) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||Stubborn military dads, dying emperors, and galactic mistakes, oh my! The Babylon 5 (Season 2) re-watch sessions really heat up with episodes 9 through 12. Mike, Paul, and Shaun discuss Centauri politics, Babylon 5 worldbuilding, the secrets of the coming||8/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#48. Rogue One (The Olympics Trailer) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||AT-ATs, Donnie Yen, and Star Wars awesomeness, oh my! In this very special, very sudden episode, Mike, Rachael, and Shaun discuss the second trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One. We squee, we babble about predictions, and we generally have a joyful tim||8/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit301. David D. Levine (a.k.a. The Martian Adventurer) — Arabella of Mars (An Interview)||Space pirates, Martians, and youthful adventures, oh my! In our 301st episode, David D. Levine joins us to discuss his new novel, Arabella of Mars. We talk about the physics of his alternate history, his choice to write a young female protagonist, th||8/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit300. Lynne Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota — Uncanny Magazine (Year Three)(An Interview)||Wicked unicorns, short fiction gnomes, and Year Three, oh my! Lynne Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota return to discuss another year of Uncanny Magazine. We discuss the future of the magazine, the latest Kickstarter campaign, editing, and||8/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#47. X-Men Apocalypse (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||Superhero hair problems, emo smurfs, and Quicksilver, oh my! Shaun, Rachael, and Jen respond to your demands and join forces to tackle Singer’s X-Men Apocalypse (2016). They discuss the new characters, the comic book fidelity argument, where Apoc||8/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit299. Sarah Kuhn (a.k.a. The Super Geek) — Heroine Complex (An Interview)||Superheroes, and evil cupcakes, oh my! Trish Matson and Mike Underwood join forces to explore Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine Complex. They discuss Kuhn’s approach to action and humor, the novel’s rich relationships, and even a little bit of Hamil||7/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#03. The Last Command — Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)||The trilogy ends, but the saga lives forever! In our third episode, Kate, Rachael, and Shaun conclude the Thrawn Trilogy with a discussion of Timothy Zahn’s The Last Command and a side discussion about the origins of Rey and Rogue One (our hopes an||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit298. Sphere (1998) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”||Eggs, squid, and bad dreams, oh my! Our latest listener-directed Torture Cinema episode has finally arrived. This time, we discuss the infamous adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Sphere starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, Samuel L. Jackson, and m||6/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#46. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Disc 2) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||Shadow beasts, Free Mars, and a giddy Londo, oh my! In our second Babylon 5 re-watch episode of the year, Shaun, Paul, and Mike tackle the second disc of Season 2. We discuss the show’s approach to comedy, the development of the relationship betwe||6/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#45. Captain America: Civil War (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||United Nations shenanigans, tragic villains, and Black Panther, oh my! In our 45th episode of the Shoot the WISB Subcast, Mike Underwood, Jen Zink, Paul Weimer, and Shaun Duke join forces to combat Marvel’s latest entry in the MCU, Captain America:||5/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#44. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Disc 1) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||Ancient enemies, betrayal, and new beginnings, oh my! The Babylon 5 re-watch continues! Shaun, Paul, and Mike join forces to tackle Season 2 (Disc 1). We talk about where the show left off, the new characters, and some of the surprises in the first||5/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit297. Wonder Tales w/ Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone, and Usman Malik (at ICFA)||World wonders, literary influences, and terminology debates, oh my! Live at ICFA, we’re joined by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone, and Usman Malik to discuss wonder tales. We explore what wonder tales means, how wonder tales are a global phenomenon,||5/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit296. Mishell Baker (a.k.a. The Queen of Quills) — Borderline (An Interview)||L.A., secret organizations, and parallel worlds, oh my! Julia Rios and Paul Weimer join forces to interview Mishell Baker about her new novel, Borderline. They tackle the novel’s approach to parallel worlds and Los Angeles, characters with disabil||5/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#02. Dark Force Rising — Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)||Our journey through the Star Wars Expanded Universe continues! In our second episode, Rachael Acks, Kate Sherrod, and Shaun Duke discuss Timothy Zahn’s Dark Force Rising, the second book in the Thrawn Trilogy. Also included: we discuss the traile||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit295. Roundtable Discussion on Novellas w/ Eugene Fischer, Fran Wilde, Malka Older, and C.S.E. Cooney||Novella warriors, wordsmiths, and craft, oh my! In this special episode, Julia and Mike join forces for a roundtable discussion about novellas featuring Eugene Fischer, Fran Wilde, Malka Older, C.S.E. Cooney, and, yes, even Mike Underwood himself! The||5/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit294. Mazes and Monsters (1982) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”||Gorvilles, LARPing, and Tom Hanks, oh my! In our much delayed first Torture for the year, the entire crew joins forces to tackle the infamous anti-D&D TV movie, Mazes and Monsters. And boy did this one get away from us. I think the best way to desc||4/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit293. Michel Encinosa Fu (a.k.a. The Techno Wizard) — On Cuban SF (An Interview)||Roleplaying games, gender roles, and the future, oh my! In this special edition of the show, Shaun interviews author and critic Michel Encinosa Fu about Cuban SF. They discuss Michel’s fiction, how roleplaying games played a role in his developmen||4/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit292. Fantasy and Worldbuilding w/ Helen Lowe, Kate Elliott and Courtney Schafer||Helen Lowe, Kate Elliott and Courtney Schafer joins Paul in a special discussion of what makes their fantasy novels tick, from worldbuilding, language, style and much more. We hope you enjoy the episode! Note: If you have iTunes and like this show, plea||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#43. Deadpool (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||Mouthy mercenaries, endless comedy, and fourth walls, oh my! The Merc with the Mouth is on the big screen (FINALLY), and that means we’re honor bound to watch his shenanigans and record a podcast about it. Shaun, David, Rachael, and Mike combine t||3/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#01. Heir to the Empire — Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)||The Expanded Universe may be gone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a vacation in it! In the first episode of Thrawn and On and On, Kate Sherrod, Sarah Chorn, Rachael Acks, and Shaun Duke discuss Timothy Zahn’s classic, Heir to the E||3/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#42. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||David Bowie, TV addictions, and H2O, oh my! In this episode, we celebrate David Bowie’s career by talking about his music and reviewing his unique science fiction epic, The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). We tackle the film’s politics, the ter||2/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit291. Megan E. O’Keefe (a.k.a. Lady Soapminster) — Steal the Sky (An Interview)||Floating politicians, magic smugglers, and soap, oh my! In our 291st episode (and our first interview of the year), we talk to Megan O’Keefe about her new novel, Steal the Sky. We talk about empires and resources, the politics of her world, and th||2/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit290. We’re Back and Anticipating 2016||Fake histories, crazy movies, and wicked books, oh my! We’re back in action after a brief hiatus. In this magic episode, the crew discusses some of the things they loved in 2015 and some of the things they can’t wait for in 2016. From books||2/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit289. The Santa Clause (1994) — A Torture Cinema Holiday Special “Adventure”||Elf special ops, killer hot cocoa, and reindeer, oh my! The holidays are here, and no holiday would be complete without a holiday-themed Torture Cinema episode. In our final episode of the season, we tackle 1994’s Tim Allen venture, The Santa Clau||12/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#41. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Jay Garmon||Wookies, resistance fighters, and General Leia, oh my! It’s the first Star Wars movie in a long time, and that means we can’t ignore it! We join ranks with Jay Garmon to tackle Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens (2015). We discuss the film||12/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Spectacular first show!
The first episode of The Skiffy and Fanty Show just dropped. It covered the nebula awards and both hosts had a lot to say. They seem to know their science fiction and from what I can tell, both are budding writers in their own right. I look forward to years of fantastic (and skiffy) content from this pair. Keep up the great work!
Great show. The interviews are especially nice; always makes me put books on my wishlist that I might not have known about otherwise. Keep it up!
An opinionated look at genre from two fans
The Skiffy and Fanty show is an opinionated look at genre from two fans, Jen Zink and Shaun Duke. Their bread and butter are interviews with genre figures as well as their well-developed banter between them. The hosts are long time friends and have a distinct ease and comfort as they go back and forth on everything from Pixar films to women. There is a distinct political edge and viewpoint to their work which they normally leave for their political podcast, but sometimes leaks into this one as well.
Still, even given that bias, the hosts are unafraid to give their unvarnished but backed-up opinions, something that I admire in fans and reviewers.