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.

 

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

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

Episode 13 – John Constantine on screen

John Constantine has been around for a long time. Beginning as a supporting character in Alan Moore’s run in DC’s Swamp Thing, he later became the star of his own series, Hellblazer from Vertigo. After 300 issues, he joined the current DC continuity in four different series. However, despite his popularity on the page, he hasn’t had the best of luck on screen. With the release of Justice League Dark as part of the DC animated universe, we look back on his screen portrayals on film and TV. Keanu Reeves had one go in the 2005 film “Constantine” and Matt Ryan has had three attempts (with more to come?) in the 2015 TV series “Constantine”, as part of the CW DC TV universe in “Arrow”, and most recently in JLD. All these appearances and still no Funko Pop.

At the top of the episode, we also review a fantastic genre movie double bill, Kong Skull Island and Logan.

Direct download: Episode 13

Episode 12 – Buffy turns 20!

It’s the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer! We celebrate by choosing 10 episodes of the show which we think made Buffy great. Some obvious picks and some more unusual choices that we think represent the essence of this groundbreaking show.

And we also address the big question – should it ever come back?

Direct download: Episode 12

 

Episode 11 – Return to Hyrule

The Nintendo Switch is finally here! We chat about our first impressions of the new console, plus musings on 1-2 Switch and the long awaited Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which arrives slap bang in the middle of Becks’ odyssey to 100% Wind Waker HD. That’s a whole lotta Hyrule…

Direct download: Episode 11

Episode 10 – that’s what it is!

We wax nostalgic about a lost TV show from late ’90s, an irreverent sci-fi action comedy about the eternal battle between good and evil. Agents of the Almighty Corps fight back against the demonic morlock tide on the streets of LA. With a ’70s retro vibe, terrific cast, and always willing to play with its format, it gave us two seasons of classic TV. ‘GvsE’, that’s what it is!

If ever a show deserved a DVD release – or better yet, a reunion episode – it’s GvsE, otherwise known as Good vs Evil. After being shuffled between networks and cancelled before its time, we reckon that GvsE deserves to find a bigger audience. The current problem is that the audience can’t find it!

Direct download: Episode 10