44 - Things to Disagree About!

This episode I am joined by Ziv Wities (@QuiteVague), host of the SFSqueeAndSnark short story discussion site, to discuss Jo Walton's The Just City.  We covered our different reactions to the story, the elevation of Plato's Republic to a holy text, and the problems of privilege and how it is portrayed in The Just City.  In addition, Brandon O'Brien returns for the second installment of Black Star Cruises, a review of Maurice Broaddus' forthcoming novella Buffalo Soldier.

Transcript here. Text of review here.

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43 - Sword & Sorcery with Jared Shurin

This episode I'm joined by Jared Shurin (@straycarnivore) of the award-nominated genre site Pornokitsch (@pornokitsch), and editor with Mahvesh Murad of the upcoming anthology The Djinn Falls in Love.  We discuss the Sword & Sorcery subgenre, and an old quote from Lin Carter defining the genre.

We call a story Sword & Sorcery when it is an action tale, derived from the traditions of the pulp magazine adventure story, set in a land, age or world of the author's invention - a milieu in which magic actually works and the gods are real - a story, moreover, which pits a stalwart warrior in direct conflict with the forces of supernatural evil.

In addition, Charles Payseur joins us to recommend short fiction centered around falling.

Transcript here.  Transcript of Charles' review here.

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42 - "Our Dragon doesn't eat the girls he takes"

Back in December 2015, Renay (of LadyBusiness and Fangirl Happy Hour, among others) joined me to talk about Naomi Novik's Uprooted.  In this episode - fanfiction, Uprooted, and surprisingly timely recommendation for Black Wolves.

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41 - "We'll see how it feels to people once it's on the page"

The concluding episode in the Grace of Kings podcast series - author Ken Liu (@kyliu99) joins @afishtrap and me to discuss technology and gods in the novel, as well as structure.  And I am very pleased to announce a new review series - Brandon O'Brien (@therisingtithes on Twitter & Tumblr) begins "Black Star Cruises" with a review of Kai Ashante Wilson's A Taste of Honey.

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40 - 2016 Retrospective with Fiyah Lit Mag Editors

This episode, Troy Wiggins (@troylwiggins) & Justina Ireland (@justinaireland), the executive editors of the newly born Fiyah Lit Mag (@fiyahlitmag) join me to look back at our reading in 2016 and look ahead to 2017.

 

N. K. Jemisin - The City Born Great

Phenderson Djèlí Clark - Dead Djinn in Cairo

Carmen Maria Machado - The Husband Stitch

Jenn Brissett - Kamanti's Child (and her Cabbages & Kings episode)

Benjanun Sriduankaew (Bee) - That Which Stands Tends Towards Freefall

Venues - Fireside Fiction & Uncanny Magazine (short fiction online), Escape Artists (podcast network)

Rose Lemberg - Birdverse, Grandmother Nai-Leylit's Cloth of Winds

Islamicates Anthology (free download)

Kameron Hurley - Where Have the Women Gone

Uncanny (Natalie Luhrs & Annalee Flower Horne) - The Call of the Sad Whelkfins

Carmen Maria Machado - How To Suppress Women's Criticism

Clarke Award Discussions - Part 1, Part 2. Strange Horizons excellent reviews - Part 1, Part 2.

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