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#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|
||Explicit288. Barbarella (1968) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”||Hairy children herders, orgasm machines, and sexy hands, oh my! In this sadly late edition of Torture Cinema, the Skiffy and Fanty crew tackles the infamous 1968 sexploitation film, Barbarella. We cover the film’s legacy, the strange imagery and se||12/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit287. Kameron Hurley (a.k.a. The Patriarchy Smarsher) — Empire Ascendant (An Interview)||Colliding worlds, wicked empires, and flaming trees, oh my! Kameron Hurley joins us to talk about her latest novel, Empire Ascendant. We talk about the difficulty in writing a sequel, the politics of her world, empires, walking demon trees, and much||12/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#40. Crimson Peak (2015) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Trish Matson||Gothic romance, freaky houses, and Tom Hiddleston, oh my! In this special, Shaun-free episode of Shoot the WISB, Rachael and David are joined by secret ninja editor Trish Matson for a discussion of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. We hope you enjo||12/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#39. Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Brad Beaulieu||Cybernetic organisms, angry bodybuilders, and female warriors, oh my! In our latest Shoot the WISB, author Brad Beaulieu joins us to discuss Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). We tackle James Cameron’s technical achievement||12/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit286. Zombies of Mora Tau (1957) — A Torture Cinema Late Halloween “Adventure”||Zombie mausoleums, DGNF grandmas, and cursed jewels, oh my! Skiffy and Fanty officially becomes meta in this special (late) Halloween “Middleman Special” edition of Torture Cinema about Zombies of Mora Tau! Prepare yourselves for a zombitacu||11/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit285. The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”||Giant bacon, gorillas, and evil corporations, oh my! In our last Childhood Destruction edition of Torture Cinema, we tackled Julia’s childhood love, The Incredible Shrinking Woman. Some of us, it turns out, were a bit bitter about having to watch||10/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#38. The Middleman (Final Episodes) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||Vampire puppets, frozen Middlebros, and palindromes, oh my! The end is finally here. In our 38th Shoot the WISB subcast, Mike Underwood leads us in a discussion of the last four episodes of the quirky geek-festival known as The Middleman. We hope you||9/25/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit284. Aliette de Bodard (a.k.a. The Boneduster) — The House of Shattered Wings (An Interview)||Fallen angels, bone dust magic, and Paris, oh my! Aliette de Bodard joins Shaun and Julia to discuss her new novel, The House of Shattered Wings. We explore Aliette’s process for creating an alternate history, discuss the novel’s themes of c||9/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit283. Fran Wilde (a.k.a. Chadwick’s Progeny) — Updraft (An Interview) and Giveaway!||Wings, bone towers, and mouth monsters, oh my! The glorious Fran Wilde returns to the podcast to discuss her new novel, Updraft. We talk about worldbuilding, hierarchies and bone towers, and much more! We also have an extra copy of Updraft to give aw||9/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit282. The Cat From Outer Space (1978); A Torture Cinema “Adventure”||Space cats, liver, and pratfalls, oh my! In our second-to-last Childhood Destruction edition of Torture Cinema, Shaun, Julia, Rachael, and Paul join forces to tackle Disney’s The Cat From Outer Space! From talking cats to hustling mafiosos to bumb||9/5/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit281. On Uncanny Magazine w/ Lynne Thomas, Michael D. Thomas, and Michi Trota||Unicorns, editors, and cultures of empathy, oh my! In our 281st episode, Lynne Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas, and Michi Trota join us to talk about Uncanny Magazine! We explore how they feel about Year One, what’s in store for the magazine in Year||8/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit280. The Wonders and Politics of Steampunk w/ Cherie Priest, Beth Cato, and Jaymee Goh||Machines, empire, and whitewashing, oh my! In this special edition of our discussion feature, Shaun and Rachael talk to authors Cherie Priest, Beth Cato, and Jaymee Goh about the wonders and politics of steampunk. We cover whitewashing on covers, the||8/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit279. Writing Traumatic Subjects w/ Stina Leicht and Peter Orullian||In this special episode, we’re joined by Stina Leicht and Peter Orullian to discuss writing traumatic and difficult subjects. Why do we write them? What are the strategies for doing so? What value does it serve? We explore these questions and ot||8/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit278. The Postman (1997) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”||The Post Office, mules, and Shakespeare, oh my! In our fourth edition of the Torture Cinema Childhood Destruction feature, we take a stab at the infamous Costner vehicle, The Postman. This is Mike’s movie, so we make sure to make him feel very wel||8/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#37. Ex Machina (2015) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||The Turing test, eccentric billionaires, and the singularity, oh my! In this special edition of Shoot the WISB, Rachael takes Shaun and Paul on a journey through Alex Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina. We explore the film’s treatment o||7/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit277. So You Want to Start a Podcast (Live at CONvergence w/ Clayton Faits, Jeff Adams, Jeffrey Gardner, and Michael Damian Thom||Mics, audio flukes, and giggly hosts, oh my! Are you interested in starting a podcast? Well, a few weeks ago, we recorded a panel on podcasting at CONvergence with a whole bunch of awesome podcasting people! We didn’t cover everything we could, so||7/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit276. Live at CONvergence! Space and Its Discontents (On Contact and Gravity)||Alien messages, space debris, and space women, oh my! The Robogoblins descend upon CONvergence to discuss Gravity and Contact. We tackle how each film addresses religion, science, trauma, and female characters, and we explore the optimism of Contact||7/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit275. Krull (1983) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ Mike Martinez||Glaives, cosmic monsters, and flaming Clydesdales, oh my! The Childhood Destruction editions of Torture Cinema continue with Krull. Mike Martinez is the “victim” this week, but you may be surprised to know who really gets it good in this mon||6/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#36. The Middleman (Eps. 5-8) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast||Zombie fish, alien boy bands, and titanic tubas, oh my! Mike, Julia, and Shaun join forces again to discuss the next four episodes of the short-lived geektastic squeefest that is The Middleman. And joining us for this festival? Paul! We hope you enj||6/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit274. Cat Rambo (a.k.a. Ms. Furry) — Beasts of Tabat (An Interview)||Gladiator groundhogs, pulp heroes, and shapeshifters, oh my! Cat Rambo returns to the show to discuss her newest novel, Beasts of Tabat, her fiction writing courses, and short fiction. We discuss Cat’s treatment of slavery and sexuality, and we exp||6/19/2015||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.