Podcast Episodes – The Skiffy and Fanty Show

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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.

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https://skiffyandfanty.com
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Running away from the thought police on wings of gossamer and lace...
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🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-11-16 19:45
last episode published
2019-11-15 20:00
publication frequency
5.25 days
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Shaun Duke, Julia Rios, Paul Weimer, David Annandale, Mike Underwood, and Rachael Acks owner   author  
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Number of Episodes
425
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Speculative Fiction in Translation #17: Science Fiction and Fairy Tales

This month, Rachel and Daniel talk about the SFiT that came out in September and what they’re reading now. As Daniel points out, several of the short stories they discuss have some kind of fairy-tale element to them, leading the co-hosts to think about...
Rachel Cordasco author
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Torture Cinema #95: Children of the Corn (1984)(Belated Halloween)

Creepy cult children, confusingly animated monsters, and Korn, oh my! Shaun Duke, Alex Acks, and David Annandale meet in the corn fields to discuss 1984 adaptation of Stephen King’s Children of the Corn. They discuss the film’s bizarre plot structure, ...
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Signal Boost #56 — C.S.E. Cooney (Desdemona and the Deep) and Carlos Hernadez (Sal and Gabi Break the Universe)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun Duke interviews the fantabulawesome C.S.E. Cooney about Desdemona and the Deep and the wonderrifical Carlos Hernandez about Sal and Gabi Break the Universe! Unlike other Signal Boost episodes, this one features...
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Screen Scouts #20: Babylon 5 (Season 3; Episodes 13-17)

Shadow dominoes, buddy psycops, and genocidal love, oh my! The Babylon 5 re-watch of Season 3 continues! Shaun, Mike, and Paul tackle episodes 13 through 17. They explore the progression of the war with the Shadows, Centauri courtship culture and the c...
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364. Valerie Valdes (a.k.a The Cuban Shepard) — Chilling Effect

Shenanigans, pastelitos, and tele novelas, oh my! Jen Zink and Paul Weimer are joined by Valerie Valdes, author of the banging new space adventure, Chilling Effect. Together, they discuss Valerie’s approach to precursor aliens, building multicultural s...
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Torture Cinema #94: Stan Helsing (2009)

Dirty mice, invisible plots, and Leslie Nielsen, oh my! Shaun Duke, Alex Acks, and Paul Weimer throw themselves on Freddy’s clawed hand to discuss Stan Helsing, a movie made by drunk people to torture the dead. Together, they discuss the film’s approac...
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Righteous Kicks #5: Kamen Rider Fourze, Episodes 1-16

Welcome to Righteous Kicks — the podcast where two science fiction writers geek out about men in spandex bodysuits who kick evildoers to death in abandoned quarries until they explode! This month, because you all voted for it, Iori and Brandon begin Ka...
Brandon O'Brien author
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Reading Rangers #11: A Civil Campaign

Hello, Rangers! In today’s exploration of Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga, Trish Matson, Kate Sherrod, Alex Acks, Stina Leicht, and Paul Weimer take a stab at A Civil Campaign. Together, they talk about the novel’s exploration of gender roles, the wild world ...
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Speculative Fiction in Translation #16: Looking Back on the Summer’s SFT

Rachel and Daniel return this month with a wide-ranging conversation about the SFT they’ve been reading/hearing about/wanting to read from the summer. While Rachel was reading Liu Cixin’s Supernova Era (tr. by Joel Martinsen), The Aayakudi Murders by I...
Rachel Cordasco author
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Totally Pretentious #19. Fitzcarraldo (1982): The Colonial German Man and His Opera of Wickedness

In today’s episode, David and Shaun take a good look at Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo (1982). Before digging into the film, they discuss the controversy surrounding lead actor, Klaus Kinski, including relatively recent revelations about his abuse of his...
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At the Movies #79: I Am Mother (2019)

Robots, twisted motherhood, and Swankery, oh my! Shaun, Jen, Alex, and Paul join forces to discuss the truly compelling science fiction film, I Am Mother (2019). Together, our ragtag survivalist bunch talks about the film’s approach to motherhood, the ...
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#06. Star Wars: Thrawn – Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)

Prep your survival manual and press those imperial officer uniforms! Shaun, Alex, and special guest, Tiara W., cast reddish eyes at the new canon to discuss Timothy Zahn’s return to the universe in Star Wars: Thrawn. Our intrepid crew talks about this ...
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363. Alix E. Harrow (a.k.a. The Door Builder) — The Ten Thousand Doors of January (An Interview)

Footnotes, diaries, and doors, oh my! In today’s episode, Jen Zink and Paul Weimer interview the Hugo Short Story winning writer, Alix E. Harrow, about her debut novel, The Ten Thousand Doors of January! Find out how this book puts Alix’s cheating meth...
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Torture Cinema #93: Next (2007) at Worldcon in Dublin (w/ Linnea)

Greasy chest hair, lasting 2 minutes, and animal abuse, oh my! Recorded (sorta last minute) in a hotel room in Dublin, Ireland, this special edition features Shaun Duke, Alex Acks, Julia Rios, Jen Zink, Brandon O’Brien, and special guest / friend of th...
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Torture Cinema #92: Starcrash (1978/79)

The Hass, chauvinist robots, and Italians, oh my! In a Torture Cinema podcast that meanders almost as much as the movie, Shaun Duke, Jen Zink, and Trish Matson get together to discuss this month’s Patreon selection, Starcrash! Not only do the team disc...
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Signal Boost #55 — Strange Horizons Fund Drive with Vanessa Rose Phin!

WEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! This is a slightly different Signal Boost than usual. Instead of our usual two boosts, this time we want you to focus completely on the super extra important fund drive for the amazing STRANGE HORIZONS!! Today, Jen Zink is joined by by...
Skiffy Fanty author
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Speculative Fiction in Translation #15: An Interview with Julia Meitov Hersey

This month, Rachel has a special guest on the podcast! Julia Meitov Hersey (@JuliaMeiHersey), who translated the psychological-fantasy-thriller Vita Nostra from the Russian, comes on to talk about how she first started translating the complex, lyrical ...
Rachel Cordasco author
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Totally Pretentious #18. Cat People (1942) and The Seventh Victim (1943): The Terror of the Other and the Beast Within

In today’s episode, David and Shaun turn their attention to Cat People (1942) and its loose sequel, The Seventh Victim (1943). Together, they discuss the impact these films had on the development of the horror genre, the terror of the beast within, the...
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Signal Boost #54 — Ada Hoffmann (The Outside) and David Wellington (The Last Astronaut)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Paul Weimer and Kate Sherrod interview the wonderful Ada Hoffmann about her debut novel, The Outside. They discuss the really fun basis for the novel, the mash-up of horror and space opera, representation of neurodiv...
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At the Movies #78: Avengers: Endgame (2019)

Bad haircuts, beer, and delicious pandering, oh my! Shaun, Alex, Trang, and Stina assemble to tackle one of the biggest films in cinematic history:  Avengers: Endgame. This one is a spoilerrific podcast, y’all, which means we talked about some of the b...
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362. Cadwell Turnbull (a.k.a. The One and Only) — The Lesson (An Interview)

Irma, Imperialism, and Islands, oh my! In today’s episode, Shaun Duke and Brandon O’Brien interview Cadwell Turnbull about his debut novel about aliens in the U.S. Virgin Islands, The Lesson! Cadwell discloses the myriad of themes he either explored or...
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Torture Cinema #91: Damnation Alley (1977)

Boat cars, “Killa Cockaroaches”, and cannibals, oh my! Much to Jen’s chagrin, in her absence the team, Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer, and Alex Acks, discover a lot to criticize in the 1977 film adaption of a Roger Zelazny book, Damnation Alley! Jen likes to ...
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Righteous Kicks #4: Kamen Rider Drive, Episodes 33-48

Welcome to Righteous Kicks — the podcast where two science fiction writers geek out about men in spandex bodysuits who kick evildoers to death in abandoned quarries until they explode! This month, Iori and Brandon wrap up the final episodes of Kamen Ri...
Brandon O'Brien author
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Episode 6. Into the Wardrobe with The Secret of NIMH (1982; dir. Don Bluth): Dark Animated Wonder and the Motherhood of the Muddy Cinderblocks

In this episode of Into the Wardrobe, Shaun Duke and Jen Zink talk about the dark and somewhat terrifying — but also whimsical and often hilarious — first major production of Don Bluth films, The Secret of NIMH, released in 1982 and based on Robert C. ...
Skiffy Fanty author
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Signal Boost #53 — Tracy Barnett (Iron Edda TTRPG) and Evan Winter (Rage of Dragons)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen Zink interviews Tracy Barnett, podcaster, writer, and TTRPG designer, about their work as a TTRPG designer, from their first game, School Daze, to their most recent (as of the recording of the podcast, which we m...
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At the Movies #76: Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

Nuclear families (hyuck, hyuck), boat-cars, and Transformers, oh my! In today’s episode, Shaun Duke, Paul Weimer, Alex Acks, and Jen Zink tackle the giant roaring beast(s) that is Godzilla: King of the Monsters! There are definitely opinions in this ep...
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Screen Scouts #19: Babylon 5 (Season 3; Episodes 9-12)

Dystopian shenanigans, busted councils, and Centauri rivalries, oh my! The Babylon 5 re-watch of Season 3 continues! Shaun, Mike, and Paul tackle episodes 5 through 8. This podcast is packed with big reveals, terrifying prospects, and disturbing ideas....
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361. Megan E. O’Keefe (a.k.a. Lady Soapminster) — Velocity Weapon (An Interview)

Survival, corporations, and stolen tech, oh my! In today’s episode, Paul Weimer and Daniel Haeusser interview Megan O’Keefe about her new Space Opera novel, Velocity Weapon! But is it a Space Opera? Or is it a heist novel? Perhaps a thriller? No, wait!...
Skiffy Fanty author
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Speculative Fiction in Translation #14: Biological and Artificial

April brought us stories and books about the merging of the biological and artificial, zombification, organic routers, and much more. Plus we talk about what we’ve been reading, our favorite stories this month, and translations that we wish we could ha...
Rachel Cordasco author
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At the Movies #76: Unicorn Store (2017)

Crazy paint, unicorns, and post-graduation life, oh my! Alex, Stina, and Trang join forces to take a look at Brie Larson’s feature length directorial debut, Unicorn Store (2017)! Together, they discuss the deep metaphors of the film’s central concept, ...
Skiffy Fanty author
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#05. Crosscurrent – Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)

Jack up your hyperspace engines and get your Sith bath salts ready! Shaun, Alex, and Kate bounce back in time to the OLD Canon (Legends) for an in-depth discussion of Paul S. Kemp’s Crosscurrent. And “time” really is the word of the day. The crew of th...
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Torture Cinema #90: Kull the Conqueror (1997)

Ape men, nicked bits, and shirtless Sorbo, oh my! Shaun, Stephen, and Daniel join forces to fulfill their dudetastic Torture Cinema destiny by discussing 1997’s Kull the Conqueror (starring Hercules). They discuss the history behind the film, why it fa...
Skiffy Fanty author
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Totally Pretentious #17. M (1931): The Nature of Evil, Citizen Mobs, and the Terror Within

In today’s episode, David and Shaun once more talk about the films they’re currently enjoying, from big blockbusters to television epics and more. Then they turn their critical brains to the film of the day:  Fritz Lang’s M (1931). They cover some of t...
Skiffy Fanty author
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360. Ann Leckie (a.k.a. Singularitrix) — The Raven Tower (An Interview)

Shakespeare, geology, and sacrifices, oh my! In today’s interview, Jen and Paul are joined by Ann Leckie, award winning author of the Ancillary Series, to talk about her debut fantasy novel, The Raven Tower. They start with what books inspired the plot...
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Torture Cinema #89: The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

Canadian Geese, foot fetishes, and vest clones, oh my! Shaun, Jen, David, and Trang, in her first ever Skiffy and Fanty Podcast appearance, discuss the 1973 Hammer Film Productions classic(?), The Satanic Rites of Dracula! The last time that Peter Cush...
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Righteous Kicks #3 – Kamen Rider Drive, Episodes 17-32

Welcome to Righteous Kicks — the podcast where two science fiction writers geek out about men in spandex bodysuits who kick evildoers to death in abandoned quarries until they explode! This month, Iori and Brandon discuss the latest developments of the...
Brandon O'Brien author
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Reading Rangers #10: Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold

Hello, Rangers! We’re back with everyone’s favorite Space Nancy Drew in Komarr! This time Stina, Paul, and Trish sit around the campfire to talk about women’s agency, budding relationships, whether or not Miles is “dad” material, how good intentions ca...
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Speculative Fiction in Translation #13: Spanish Sherlock Holmes

March brings us Indonesian sci-fi about intergalactic love, Portuguese fantasy about a family’s terrible secrets, Italian sci-fi about what it means to be human, a story from the “Lost Files” of Sherlock Holmes, and much more. We also discuss the books...
Rachel Cordasco author
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At the Movies #75: Captain Marvel (2019)

Goose, goose, and GOOSE, oh my! Look, I’m not going to lie and tell you this is an entire podcast dedicated to the glory that is Goose, but… we really like Goose, OK?! Jen, Daniel, Alex, and Paul sit down for a rousing good chat about how much fun Capt...
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Screen Scouts #18: Babylon 5 (Season 3; Episodes 5-8)

The First Ones, dusty telepaths, and G’Quan’s glory, oh my! The Babylon 5 re-watch of Season 3 continues! Shaun, Mike, and Paul tackle episodes 5 through 8. They talk about the introduction of the First Ones, the development of G’Kar and the emotional ...
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Episode 5. Into the Wardrobe with Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971; dir. Robert Stevenson): The Age of Not Believing and the Problem of Empire

In this episode of Into the Wardrobe, Shaun and Jen talk about the utterly delightful, but definitely problematic, 1971 Disney production, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, directed by Robert Stevenson and featuring a heavy production overlap with Mary Poppins...
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359. Charlie Jane Anders (Hostess with the Mostest) – The City in the Middle of the Night

Cool suits, touch telepathy, and tidally locked planets, oh my! We didn’t know it at the time of our interview, but Paul and Elizabeth sit down with one of our official Hugo Fancast nemeses, Charlie Jane Anders, to talk about her new book, The City in ...
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Righteous Kicks #2 – Kamen Rider Drive, Episodes 1-16

Welcome to Righteous Kicks — the podcast where two science fiction writers geek out about men in spandex bodysuits who kick evildoers to death in abandoned quarries until they explode! This month, Iori and Brandon talk about the first sixteen episodes ...
Brandon O'Brien author
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Reading Rangers: Shorts #4 – A Larger Reality: Speculative Fiction from the Bicultural Margins / Una realidad más amplia: Historias desde la periferia bicultural

Rangers Trish, Brandon, and Daniel are back after their long break to tackle an anthology that is near and dear to our hearts. To be fair, our very own Julia Rios is part of it. Plus, we’re big fans of John Picacio and his MexicanX Initiative, and some...
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Torture Cinema #88: Super Inframan (1975)

Superman 4, motorcycle gangs, and *eye twitch* tentacle monsters, oh my! This episode exists thanks to the hardwork and determination of our lovely patron, Joseph. Thank you, Joseph, for repeatedly insisting that we watch the 1975 film, Super Inframan!...
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Speculative Fiction in Translation #12: Fantasy, Collections, and Korean SFT

February offered us more short fiction than anything else, though we did get the absolutely wonderful anthology of Chinese SFT edited and translated by Ken Liu: Broken Stars. In terms of the short fiction, fantasy dominated, with stories from the Chine...
Rachel Cordasco author
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Totally Pretentious #16. Succubus (1966): Avant Garde Femme Fatale, Jesús Franco’s Ouevre, and Late 2016s

It’s the triumphant return of Totally Pretentious, David and Shaun’s silly-with-a-side-of-pretentiousness movie review project that disappeared for a brief moment in time. But now they’re back with an episode they recorded a long time ago and forgot to...
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Signal Boost #52 — L. D. Lewis (A Ruin of Shadows) and Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (The Dark Fantastic)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen interviews L. D. Lewis, short story writer, author of A Ruin of Shadows, and Art Director of FIYAH Literary Magazine for Black Speculative Fiction! L. explains why the theme of changing allegiances after discover...
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At the Movies #74: Blade Runner (The Final Cut) (1982/2007)

Origami, abused toys, and kissing daddy, oh my! Since it’s finally 2019, the year that Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner takes place, it was time for us to finally discuss one of the most influential science fiction films of all time. As such, Shaun, Jen, an...
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#04. Bloodline – Thrawn and On and On (A Star Wars Literary Podcast)

Chill your coaxium and holster your blasters, the team is BACK!! That’s right, Shaun, Alex, and Kate have returned after a too long absence to tackle their first book in the NEW Canon, Bloodline by Claudia Gray. If you haven’t read the book yet, no wor...
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