Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee – PART 10

We sent Candie out to fetch our Part 10 episode, so naturally it’s a day late! After this brutal episode of Twin Peaks we discuss how the pendulum of violence swings from the distressing to the absurd. Perhaps one of the darkest hours of Twin Peaks yet focusing all too closely on the evil that men do. As the Log Lady says, now the circle is almost complete. Watch and listen to the dream of time and space.

Contains spoilers for Parts 1-10, Seasons 1 & 2, The Secret History of Twin Peaks and FWWM.

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Direct download: PART 10

The Time for Cherry Pie And Coffee episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.

Keeping the Mystery Alive: what Doctor Who can learn from Twin Peaks

In an era when marketing a TV show relies heavily on revealing content in press screenings, trailers and interviews, the secrecy surrounding Twin Peaks: The Return has been central to its success with fans. Why has Doctor Who lost the element of surprise – and how can it learn from the refreshing spoiler-free approach of Twin Peaks? … Continue reading

Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee – PART 9

We’ve reached the half way point of Twin Peaks The Return! Join us as we recap and discuss Part 9. Things are picking up the pace as the strands of Las Vegas, Buckhorn and Twin Peaks are starting to link up and converge. And in a new twist, things are stretching beyond television and into the internet. We go deep in search of The Zone…

Contains spoilers for Parts 1-9, Seasons 1 & 2, The Secret History of Twin Peaks and FWWM.

Join us on Twitter @TFCAA and don’t forget to cast your vote in our newest #PollFromCole. Thanks to everyone who has voted, liked and shared these so far!


Direct download: PART 9

The Time for Cherry Pie And Coffee episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.

Episode 18 – Small Press Day

We’re celebrating Small Press Day on 8 July by interviewing the people behind some of our favourite small press publishers. We spoke with Mark Toner, co-founder and art director of Shoreline of Infinity about running a genre magazine and putting on live sci-fi cabaret events. We met up with Ian Whates, founder and editor at NewCon Press to talk about how he went from publishing a single anthology to building a small press that plays a vital role in giving a voice to new talent. And we chatted with Nigel Twumasi, co-founder of British Manga brand Mayamada to hear how a university t-shirt enterprise between friends gave rise to a whole universe of characters and stories. Happy Small Press Day!

Direct download: Episode 18

On a related note, check out recent post on where to find genre SF&F short fiction here which features information about several fanastic small press publishers.

 

Listening Post Alpha – Part 1 (Special Episode)

As Twin Peaks is on hiatus this week, Becks and Eeson (Time for Cherry Pie & Coffee) and Lindsay and Aidan (Bickering Peaks) have mounted a joint expedition to Listening Post Alpha! In the first of this two-part special crossover episode (part 2 is released tomorrow and can be found by subscribing to the Bickering Peaks podcast) we discuss the theories and deeper meanings surrounding the forces for good in the Twin Peaks universe thus far. We talk about Laura, the Giant, Dougie and Dale. We also take a selection of listener questions. Hope you enjoy it!

Don’t forget to tune in to Part 2 when the dark underside of Twin Peaks is revealed. Tomorrow from Bickering Peaks!

Let us know what you think about these ideas by getting in touch on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below.

Contains spoilers for Parts 1-8, Seasons 1 & 2, The Secret History of Twin Peaks and FWWM.

Join us on Twitter @TFCAA and don’t forget to cast your vote in our newest #PollFromCole. Thanks to everyone who has voted, liked and shared these so far!


Direct download: LISTENING POST ALPHA – PART 1

The Time for Cherry Pie And Coffee episodes will run concurrently with our regular Time for Cakes and Ale ones and are available via our main podcast feed. Find out more here.

Episode 17 – You’re a wonder, Wonder Woman!

Taking a break from all that cherry pie & coffee. It’s time for some cakes and ale… and ice cream! Wonder Woman has just opened and it is a magnificent movie. Join us as we review the film and talk about how it might be just the course-correction the DC movie universe needs.

We’d also like to tell Patty Jenkins that much like the ice cream vendor at King’s Cross, she should be very proud! Contains mild spoilers.


Direct download: Episode 17

Episode 16 – Guardians of the Galaxy, the universe and everything!

With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we invited film buff Dave Riley on to chat about the movie. Several cakes, and ales later, we had rambled on about the Marvel Universe, The Dark Tower trailer (Dave is a huuuge fan!), what comics should be adapted on screen, what old properties could be refreshed, and an unnecessary amount about Tango & Cash. We’ve edited our musings into this beast of an episode. Also features a guest background appearance from the pizza delivery guy and a special message for some bloke called Ian at the end.

Direct download: Episode 16

Short form speculative fiction and where to find it

To follow up on our recent podcast about short fiction in SF&F (Episode 15),  we’ve put together a list of some of the sources of speculative fiction that we have encountered. This is not a list of authors of short fiction, but rather the places where one might look to get a feel for genre (short) fiction. Some were mentioned in the episode and several listeners told us that they would like some more information. We have added details for both specific magazines we follow,  and publishers whose catalogue covers an array of formats or perhaps publish genre fiction as part of a broader catalogue. There is occasionally overlap between entries. Click the names of each item to jump to their website and find out more.

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but rather the sources we have followed for some time to get the ball rolling. We constantly are looking for new things so we will continually update this post. Maybe you’ve got some recommendations for a magazine we haven’t listed or a publisher you’ve seen consistently produce speculative short fiction. Maybe you’ve been published somewhere and want to give them a plug! We’ve only put a few things on the list so far but we would be especially keen to get some recommendations and a short blurb (not just names!) for magazines, online fiction, flash fiction, and resources for specialist subgenres. If you have comments or suggestions for additions to this list, please get in touch via Twitter or in the comments below. … Continue reading

Episode 15 – a long chat about short fiction

We’ve just returned from Eastercon 2017 where we caught up with author Chris Butler to talk about all aspects of writing, editing and publishing short fiction in the science fiction and fantasy genre. With so much SF&F out there, short stories, anthologies and novellas are a great way to get a flavour of genre fiction. As the convention is home to the British Science Fiction Awards, we also gave our thoughts on the stories nominated for the BSFA Short Fiction award:

  • Malcolm Devlin – The End of Hope Street (Interzone #266, TTA Press)
  • Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press)
  • Una McCormack – Taking Flight (Crises and Conflicts, NewCon Press)
  • Helen Oyeyemi – Presence (What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Picador)
  • Tade Thompson – The Apologists (Interzone #266, TTA Press)
  • Aliya Whiteley – The Arrival of Missives (Unsung Stories)

Direct download: Episode 15

Chris has published numerous short stories in magazines (e.g. Interzone, Asimov’s) and anthologies, (e.g. The Best British Fantasy 2014) as well as the novel Any Time Now and the novella The Flight of the Ravens. He recently edited the anthology The World and the Stars. Find out more about Chris and his work, by visiting his website here.

Episode 14 – Welcome back, Team Z!

iZombie returns! We’re looking forward to seeing Team Z back on our screens any day now, making it the perfect opportunity to look back on the first two years of the show, talk about what makes it one of the best things on TV, and speculate on what surprises the new season has up its lab coat sleeve. Plus we review the latest Netflix/MCU series Iron Fist.

Direct download: Episode 14