Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee – PARTS 1 & 2

Twin Peaks is officially back! Having watched The Return Parts 1 and 2, we sat down to record to our thoughts, feelings and theories whilst in the daze and wonder of experiencing our first new screen Peaks in a very long time. It was overwhelming and we ended up with this beast of an episode… At time of recording we still haven’t seen Parts 3 and 4 and are being very careful to avoid spoilers so in the next episode, we are almost likely to have been proven completely wrong about everything that we say here. We need coffee now. Contains spoilers for Parts 1 and 2.

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Direct download: PARTS 1 & 2

For the curious, Keith Tyson’s ‘So Then he Dealt the King of Owls’ can be viewed on his website here.

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.

Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee – PART ZERO

That show you like is going to come back in style! Twin Peaks is returning so join us for this special prelude to a series of episodes about the new season. As huge fans of the Twin Peaks universe we will be sharing our thoughts on The Return with what little information we can glean from trailers, cast lists and the state of the universe 25 years later.

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Direct download: PART ZERO

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.

Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee!

Twin Peaks is returning! We’ve been getting fired up about it for a while (it featured heavily in Episode 3) and we thought about how we could incorporate the show into our regular Time for Cakes and Ale episodes over the coming months. We couldn’t really make it work without Twin Peaks taking over the podcast… so instead we have decided to start a sister stream of episodes: Time for Cherry Pie and Coffee. … Continue reading

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

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