E76: Midwife To The Rescue: The Willow Rewatch

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Nebula Awards, the Kitchies, Harry Potter at Home, and their rewatch of the movie Willow. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Sword in the Stars, published by Jimmy Patterson Books, and The Unspoken Name by A.K. Lockwood. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! News Jenn’s review of “Letter to the King”, TLDR: YIKES Nebulas Award Ceremony will be online The Kitchies Finalists (Update: Winners announced!) Harry Potter at Home ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 Casts Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano (note re: allegations of transphobia) Rewatch Willow

Science Fiction
Published: April 8, 2020, 10 a.m.

75.5: Backlist To The Future With Graphic Novels

This week, Jenn suggests sci-fi and fantasy graphic novels to dig into. This episode is sponsored by TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! Books Discussed Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Science Fiction
Published: April 1, 2020, 10 a.m.

E75: Our Favorite 2020 Releases So Far

Sharifah and Jenn discuss awards news, good and bad news for TV adaptations, some of their favorite releases from 2020 so far, and more. This episode is sponsored by TBR: Tailored Book Recommendations, The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, and by Harper Perennial, and The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski, with Fierce Reads. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! News Book Riot's COVID coverage Puestes Pa'l Futuro, a Puerto Rican SFF anthology on Kickstarter Library of America to Publish the Works of Octavia Butler SFF shows that have halted production She-ra's 5th Season Will Be The Final Season... ... and 'The Magicians' Will Also End With Season 5 on Syfy 2020's Lambda finalists include Rivers Solomon Books Discussed Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Sorry Please Thank You) The City We Became by NK Jemisin (tw: sexual harassment, racism) Spoiler Book Club! Saturday, March 28th at 7 PM via Crowdcast Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel by Julian K. Jarboe (trigger warnings: dysmorphia, self-harm, fat shaming, body horror) The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

Science Fiction
Published: March 25, 2020, 10 a.m.

74.5: Backlist To The Future With Short Stories

This week, Sharifah discusses science fiction and fantasy short story collections. This episode is sponsored by Two Lines Press. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! Books Discussed: The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories by Vandana Singh Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

Science Fiction
Published: March 18, 2020, 10 a.m.

E74: Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction

Sharifah and Jenn discuss an Octavia Butler adaptation, Letter To The King, a goth in need, urban fantasy and science fiction, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, the digital hangout spot for the Book Riot community, Bloomsbury USA, and Tor Books. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! News Amazon picks up Adaptation of Dawn by Octavia Butler Help This Goth Become A Hot Topic Ambassador Diverse! Magical! Medieval! Teen! Squad! Has Adventures!!!! in Letter To The King New Practical Magic prequel coming Stress science and hopepunk Books Discussed Famous Men Who Never Lived by K Chess (tw: assault, bigotry, separation from a child, elder harm) Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Older Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi (all the trigger warnings) The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Science Fiction
Published: March 11, 2020, 10 a.m.

73.5: Backlist To The Future, Franchise Style

This week, Jenn discusses favorite books from the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises. This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! Books & Links The Book Riot Podcast Project Luminous The Clone Wars by Genndy Tartakovsky Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dark Mirror by Diane Duane Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse

Science Fiction
Published: March 4, 2020, 11 a.m.

E73: Latinx SFF Authors

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Watchmen, awards shortlists, The Green Knight, and favorite Latinx science fiction and fantasy authors. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Read Harder 2020 Challenge, Mariner Books, and All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace with Fierce Reads. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! News Watchmen and education around the Tulsa Race Massacre Nebula Finalists Announced Holy hell, The Green Knight trailer Ray Bradbury Prize Shortlist announced Books We Set The Dark on Fire & We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia (tw: sexual assault, torture, racial violence, homophobia) Kalpa Imperial by Angélica Gorodischer Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez (tw: bloodshed & violence) More Reading Silvia Moreno-Garcia Daniel José Older Gabriel García Márquez Zoraida Córdova Carmen Maria Machado Anna-Marie McLemore Malka Older Lilliam Rivera Ana Castillo Rudolfo Anaya Adam Silvera

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 26, 2020, 11 a.m.

Backlist To The Future For Black History Month

This week, Sharifah discusses science fiction and fantasy that confronts slavery. This episode is sponsored by Get Booked’s The Handsell. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! Books Discussed The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Kindred by Octavia Butler

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 19, 2020, 11 a.m.

E72: Genre-Blending SFF

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the new Doctor, CGI influencers, horror fashion, genre-blending science fiction and fantasy, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Marks, Harper Perennial, and the Read Harder Challenge. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS The New Doctor Who and Diversity in SFF Simulated Influencers Are Turning Identity into a Form of Currency Horror/Sci Fi Louis Vuitton Lookbook Some eye-candy: nature + sci-fi prints BOOKS DISCUSSED Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey (tw: body horror, mention of rape, suicidal ideation) The Book of M by Peng Shepherd (tw: sexual assault) Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno Garcia Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 12, 2020, 11 a.m.

71.5: Backlist To The Future Gets Mind-Bendy

This week, Jenn discusses mind-bending science fiction and fantasy. This episode is sponsored by Kentstead Media. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED Gnomon by Nick Harkaway (tw: torture, abduction) The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (tw: domestic violence, child abuse, rape)

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 5, 2020, 11 a.m.

E71: Speculative Poetry

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Christopher Tolkien’s legacy, adaptation updates for The Watch and Snowpiercer, speculative poetry, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Read Harder 2020 Challenge, Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, and LMBPN Publishing. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS Christopher Tolkien dies at age 95 Concerns about The Watch adaptation, Parts 1 and 2 Snowpiercer TV show gets air date ‘Binti’ Adaptation From Michael Ellenberg in the Works at Hulu Ghost Bride trailer BOOKS Reference: Speculative Poetry post “3-D Printed Brother” by Millie Ho, Strange Horizons “Ọ́jí Íjè [KOLA JOURNEY]“ by Uche Ogbuji, FIYAH Issue #11 “The Dissolution of Icarus” by Michelle Muenzler, Liminality Poetry Issue #18 “Unbraided, Clean” by Terese Mason Pierre, FIYAH Issue #10 Life On Mars by Tracy K. Smith (“My God, It’s Full of Stars”) “Turning the Leaves” by Amal El-Mohtar, Apex Magazine Goblin Fruit — Archives (edited by Amal El-Mohtar) “Skyscraper” by Annika Barranti Klein, Fireside Fiction

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 29, 2020, 11 a.m.

70.5: Backlist To The Future Gets Historical

This week, Sharifah recommends historical science fiction and fantasy. This episode is sponsored by Lanternfish Press. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED: The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 22, 2020, 11 a.m.

E70: Most Anticipated Sequels of 2020

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Hugo nominations, updates on screen adaptations, their most anticipated science fiction and fantasy sequels of 2020, and more. This episode is sponsored by Novel Gazing, Book Riot’s new literary fiction podcast and Flatiron Books, publishers of The Night Country by Melissa Albert. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS Hugo nominations are open! Snow Crash TV series updates A Willow series is happening. ‘Shadow And Bone’: Netflix Series Adds Seven To Cast BOOKS DISCUSSED Critical Point by SL Huang (Cas Russell #3) April 28, 2020 The Worst Of All Possible Worlds by Alex White (The Salvagers #3) July 28, 2020 Stormsong by CL Polk (The Kingston Cycle #2) Feb 11, 2020 (tw: PTSD, violence towards women and children) The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson (The Masquerade #3) June 9, 2020 (tw: previous books had institutionalized homophobia, assualt/rape, torture, violence, war crimes) Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, June 2, 2020 Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland, February 4, 2020 Shadowshaper Legacy by DJ Older, January 7, 2020 Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire, January 7, 2020 We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia, February 25, 2020

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 15, 2020, 11 a.m.

69.5: Backlist To The Future With A Side Of Romance

This week, Jenn discusses science fiction and fantasy stories that include a romance. This episode is sponsored by LMBPN Publishing. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt The AI Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 8, 2020, 11 a.m.

E69: 2020’S Most Anticipated

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Dracula, PAX Unplugged, the Wonder Woman trailer, their most anticipated sci-fi and fantasy of 2020, and more. This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, LMBPN Publishing, and Anyone by Charles Soule, and by Harper Perennial. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS Steven Moffat on Dracula’s Sexuality Follow-up: Jenn has further thoughts on The Mandalorian PAX Unplugged Report! Tea Dragon Society & Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill, Dune, Star Trek Catan Hasbro Announces New Baby Yoda Collectibles (crochet’d Child) Wonder Woman trailer BOOKS DISCUSSED Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang, transl. by Ken Liu (April 14 2020) The Down Days by Ilze Hugo (May 5 2020) The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by KS Villoso (February 18 2020) The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (March 17 2020) Docile by K.M. Szpara (March 3 2020) Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi (January 21 2020) The City We Became by NK Jemisin (March 24 2020) – short story: The City Born Great Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco (March 3 2020)

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 18, 2019, 11 a.m.

68.5: Backlist To The Future Gets Nostalgic

This week, Sharifah discusses nostalgic science fiction and fantasy. This episode is sponsored by LMBPN Publishing. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED: The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 11, 2019, 11 a.m.

E68: Mysteries in SF/F

Sharifah and Jenn discuss The Mandalorian and other Star Wars news, a slate of award winners, and sci-fi/fantasy stories with mysteries. This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi, with Fierce Reads, and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, publisher of The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS The Mandalorian is on Disney+ (05:40 – 10:20, skip to avoid spoilers) ALL the Star Wars cookware, including Le Creuset 2019 World Fantasy Winners Nommo Award winners British Fantasy Awards winners BOOKS DISCUSSED The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas (tw: disordered eating, self-harm, hazing) Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (tw: blood & body horror) The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 4, 2019, 11 a.m.

67.5: Backlist To The Future, Short And Sweet

This week Jenn discusses short science fiction and fantasy, to help you meet your 2019 reading goals. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED The End of the Sentence by Kat Howard and Maria Dahvana Headley Citadel of Weeping Pearls by Aliette de Bodard

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 27, 2019, 1 p.m.

E67: SF/F For The Holidays

Sharifah and Jenn recommend their favorite science fiction and fantasy for holiday gift-giving this year. This episode is sponsored by Extraneous, Tor Books, and Supernova by Marissa Meyer, with Fierce Reads. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED The King’s Peace by Jo Walton (tw: rape, unwanted pregnancy) Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (Post: https://bookriot.com/2016/06/10/why-every-heart-a-doorway-made-me-cry-happy-tears/) Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Severance by Ling Ma The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (tw: self harm, family violence) Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender (tw: violence related to slavery, including sexual assault and torture) Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes The Outside by Ada Hoffmann (tw: body horror, torture) Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir PET by Akwaeke Emezi (tw: pedophilia/child abuse) The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi The Murders of Molly Southbourne and The Survival of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 22, 2019, 4:05 p.m.

66.5 Backlist to the Future Picks Audiobooks For The Road

Sharifah recommends science fiction and fantasy audiobooks for road trips, especially those long holiday drives! This episode is sponsored by LMBPN Publishing. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 13, 2019, 11 a.m.

E66: Shapeshifters

Sharifah and guest Liberty discuss their favorite tropes and shapeshifters in science fiction and fantasy. This episode is sponsored by Extraneous, the audiobook of The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons, now available from Macmillan Audio, and the audiobook of Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade, coming soon from Macmillan Audio. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED Chilling Effect by by Valerie Valdes Sleeping Giant by Sylvain Neuvel Wayward Children series by Seanan Mcguire Sidekick Squad series by CB Lee Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao The Poppy War by RF Kuang The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black Crooked by Austin Grossman Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow Wild Seed by Octavia B Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 6, 2019, 11 a.m.

65.5: Backlist to the Future with Comfort Reads

This week, Jenn discusses science fiction and fantasy comfort reads. This episode is sponsored by TBR, Book Riot’s new subscription service offering tailored book recommendations for readers of all stripes. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones Valerie Valdes on Recommended Ocean Light by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #17, Psy-Changeling Trinity #2) Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (Kate Daniels #7)

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 30, 2019, 10 a.m.

E65: Under (Or On) The Sea

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Kingkiller Chronices TV adaptation, a documentary about Margaret Atwood, ocean-themed science fiction and fantasy, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Blind Date with a Book, Penguin Random House Audio, and Wednesday Books. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS Follow-up: Tiptree Award renamed Kingkiller Chronicles TV adaptation is up for grabs Margaret Atwood documentary out in November Magicians comic, including Lev Grossman, also out in November Harry Potter Subscription Service BOOKS DISCUSSED The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes (Nov 5 2019) The Deep – clipping. The Deepest Blue by Sarah Beth Durst Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 23, 2019, 12:59 p.m.

64.5: Backlist to the Future On The Road

This week, Sharifah discusses traveling in science fiction and fantasy. This episode is sponsored by The Dark Lord Clementine by Sarah Jean Horwitz, new from Algonquin Young Readers. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED The Passage by Justin Cronin Huntress by Malinda Lo

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 16, 2019, 10 a.m.

E64: Second Books In Series

Sharifah and Jenn discuss a must-read panel recap from NYCC, casting news, the creation of a new award, second books in series, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot’s Blind Date with a Book, Rebel by Marie Lu, with Fierce Reads and Penguin Teen. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS Shadow and Bone Casting Update The Craft reboot casting This week’s recommended read: Recap from NYCC panel on mental health in SFF and horror New series from MR Carey New award for BAME writers BOOKS DISCUSSED Binary (Revolution) by Stephanie Saulter The Dragon Republic by RF Kuang (tw: graphic violence, assault, rape, genocide, torture, addiction, self-harm) Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 9, 2019, 10 a.m.

63.5: Backlist To The Future But Make It Fashion

This week, Jenn discusses fashion in science fiction and fantasy. This episode is sponsored by Bezkamp by Samuel Sattin and Jen Hickman. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED Persona (The Persona Sequence) by Genevieve Valentine The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 2, 2019, 10 a.m.

E63: African SF/F

Sharifah and Jenn discuss further awards news, including the gender breakdown of Hugo winners, African SF/F, and more. This episode is sponsored by our Mystery/Thriller Giveaway, the audiobook edition of The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz, and Loki: Where Mischief Lies, written by Mackenzi Lee, read by Oliver Wyman. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS Follow-up: The Tiptree Award is getting renamed after all. Follow-up: Elsa Sjunneson-Henry is the first blind woman to win a Hugo. Gender and the Hugo Awards, by the Numbers (and companion Twitter thread) Fonda Lee to write for Marvel! The Watch Update: non-binary rep! BOOKS DISCUSSED “The Broken Nose” by Mame Diene (read it on Omenana) “What If I Fall” by Anne Dafeta (read it on Omenana) “Skinned” by Lesley Nneka Arimah (read it on McSweeney’s) Rosewater by Tade Thompson “Tatashe” by Cassandra Mark and Tobe Max Ezeogu Shuri by Nnedi Okorafor and Leonardo Romero Shuri novel announcement!

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 25, 2019, 10 a.m.

62.5: Backlist to the Future with Creepy Abodes

This week, Sharifah discusses her favorite backlist books featuring spooky houses. This episode is sponsored by Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro The Good House by Tananarive Due

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 18, 2019, 10 a.m.

E62: Award Winners

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the renaming of awards, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, other award-winners, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Mystery/Thriller giveaway, Finale by Stephanie Garber, and Recommended. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS Earthsea Books TV deal! Daniel Henney cast in WoT! The Testaments by Margaret Atwood already in development at Hulu. (Further news about the embargo here.) John W Campbell award renamed Astounding Award. BOOKS DISCUSSED Hunger Makes the Wolf by Alex Wells, 2017 Kitchies Golden Tentacle “They Will Dream in the Garden” by Gabriela Damián Miravete, Tiptree Award 2018; information about the naming of the Tiptree Award here Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway, 2012 Kitschies Red Tentacle Award “If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again” by Zen Cho, Hugo Award for Best Novelette, 2019

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 11, 2019, 10 a.m.

61.5: Backlist by Current Favorites

This week, Jenn discusses discovering backlist by new favorite authors. This episode is sponsored by Recommended. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED All Systems Red by Martha Wells The Element of Fire by Martha Wells (tw: child abuse, emotional abuse) Fledgling by Octavia Butler Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (tw: rape, a dog dies)

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 4, 2019, 10 a.m.

E61: The Blade Trilogy Rewatch

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Hugo Award Winners, casting news around adaptations, and the Blade movie trilogy. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Circe by Madeline Miller, and Astronuts by Jon Scieszka and Steven Weinberg. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS 2019 Hugo Award Winners announced! Practical Magic Prequel! Wheel of Time Casting! BLADE Wesley Snipes is on board with new casting. Talon of God by Wesley Snipes (here’s a review) Blade, directed by Stephen Norrington (1998) Blade II, directed by Guillermo del Toro (2002) Blade: Trinity, directed by David S. Goyer (2004) Patton Oswalt interview, including Blade: Trinity

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 28, 2019, 10 a.m.

60.5: Backlist to the Future, Now With More Animals

This week, Sharifah discusses favorite animal characters. This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton Half World by Hiromi Goto Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu Monstress by Marjorie Liu

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 21, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

E60: Non-Human Narrators

Sharifah and Jenn discuss tabletop RPG and TV adaptations, a new Seanan McGuire series, nonhuman narrators, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang, and Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS DISCUSSED The Broken Earth by NK Jemisin is going to be a tabletop RPG! Lev Grossman is writing a Space Opera TV series with the Russo Bros. New Seanan McGuire series coming in 2020! Charlie Jane Anders will write for Y The Last Man TV Show. BOOKS Adulthood Rites by Octavia Butler (Xenogenesis #2) (tw: harm to children) The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (tw: self-harm, sexual assault, suicide, child death) Pet by Awkaeke Emezi All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 14, 2019, 1 p.m.

59.5: Backlist to the Future, With Vampires

This week, Jenn discusses unusual vampires. This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! BOOKS DISCUSSED: Sunshine by Robin McKinley My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due (tw: harm to children) The Vampire Tapestry by Suzy McKee Charnas (tw: victim blaming, racism) Fledgling by Octavia Butler (tw: pedophilia, coercion)

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 7, 2019, 10 a.m.

E59: Let The Games Begin

Sharifah and Jenn discuss awards shortlists, the Blade reboot, a Hitchhikers TV announcement, and books with games and tournaments. This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm and Book Riot Insiders. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS Awards Updates: 2019 World Fantasy Award Finalists; Tade Thompson wins Arthur C. Clarke Award; British Fantasy Awards shortlist How Japanese RPGs Inspired A New Generation Of Fantasy Authors Hitchhikers TV series in development Mahershala Ali will be the new Blade! BOOKS DISCUSSED An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe by Alex White Court of Fives by Kate Elliott The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Science Fiction
Published: July 31, 2019, 10 a.m.

58.5: Backlist to the Future

This week, Sharifah talks about music in SFF. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! DISCUSSED: Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno Garcia Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson Soul Music by Terry Pratchett The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

Science Fiction
Published: July 24, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

E58: Audio Dramas and Fiction Podcasts

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Sandman and Harry Potter TV show announcements, Locus Award winners, fiction podcasts and more. This episode is sponsored by Unassigned Reading and The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, Apple Podcasts here, Spotify here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! NEWS Sandman is getting a Netflix show. All hail the 2019 Locus Award Winners! Harry Potter TV Show In Development At Warner Bros. We’ve got some “facts” about the GoT prequel show. BOOKS DISCUSSED Mission to Zyxx Kalila Stormfire’s Economical Magick Services Night Vale Presents Adventures in New America The Drabblecast Podcastle

Science Fiction
Published: July 17, 2019, 10 a.m.

57.5: Backlist to the Future

In this first installment of Backlist to the Future, Jenn discusses books about non-gloomy futures. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! Discussed: Our *punk genres show The Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers Earth by David Brin “Non-Zero Probabilities” by NK Jemisin (How Long Til Black Future Month?) Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction, edited by Jetse de Vries A People’s Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

Science Fiction
Published: July 10, 2019, 10 a.m.

E57: Clones, Twins, and Doppelgangers

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the Hunger Games prequel, clones, twins, and doppelgangers, and more! This episode is sponsored by Unassigned Reading, Kingdom of Exiles by Maxym M. Martineau, and Protect the Prince by Jennifer Estep. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! News: Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is out! A Brave New World adaptation is in the works Hunger Games prequel coming! The queerness of D&D. Books Discussed Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty Temper by Nicky Drayden Murders of Molly Southborne by Tade Thompson Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire

Science Fiction
Published: July 3, 2019, 10 a.m.

Bonus: Game of Thrones Readalikes

Courtesy of the Get Booked podcast, Amanda and Jenn discuss comps for Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire! Please note: there are spoilers for GOT starting around the 30:00 mark. This episode is sponsored by Audible, Rebel by Beverly Jenkins, and We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher.   Books Discussed Dune by Frank Herbert (tw torture, child abuse) Jade City by Fonda Lee (tw: child abuse) The Acacia Series (The War With the Mein #1) by David Anthony Durham (tw: child slavery) The Machineries of Empire (Ninefox Gambit #1) by Yoon Ha Lee (tw: coercion, rape, body horror) Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey (tw: torture) The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons (tw: torture, slavery) SPOILERS FOR GOT 31:00-35:45 The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera (tw: torture, homophobia) The Poppy War by RF Kuang (tw: war crimes incl. rape, genocide, forced sterilization) A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna The Inheritance Trilogy by NK Jemisin Dandelion Dynasty by Ken Liu Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Science Fiction
Published: June 26, 2019, 10 a.m.

E56: #56: Feelin' Lucky, Punk?

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Vans’ new Harry Potter sneakers, Terry Pratchett and Orphan Black adaptations, and the punk subgenres of SF/F. This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm and Reentry by Peter Cawdron. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter! News: Episode 22: Steampunk Terry Pratchett’s ‘The Amazing Maurice’ to Be Turned Into Animated Film. Orphan Black returns as a serial, with Malka Older as showrunner! Vans revealed their HP sneaker line (and the designers are obv Slytherin). There will be a Dune TV series about the Bene Gesserit. Books Discussed: Solarpunk: Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers, edited by Sarena Ullibari Mythpunk: Unraveling by Karen Lord Elfpunk: Blanket recommendation for Holly Black (The Darkest Part of the Forest; Tithe) Post: What is it and 5 books to get started Silkpunk: “The Snow of Jinyang” by Zhang Ran, translated by Ken Liu and Carmen Yiling Yan (The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu) Post: Author Ken Liu Explains “Silkpunk” to Us

Science Fiction
Published: June 19, 2019, 10 a.m.

E55: #55: Military SF/F

Jenn and guest María Cristina García Lynch discuss the Nebula Award winners, the new Terminator and Star Trek installments, military sf/f, and more. This episode is sponsored by All the Books, Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey, and Gather the Fortunes by Bryan Camp. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!   News Let’s talk about the Star Trek: Picard trailer. Let’s also talk about Terminator: Dark Fate! Hooray for Nebula Award winners! Into the Spider-verse screenplay The Shirley Jackson Award Finalists have been announced.   Books Discussed Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) by Ann Leckie The Rage of Dragons (The Burning #1) by Evan Winter Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu The Cassandra by Sharma Shields Monstrous Regiment (Discworld) by Terry Pratchett

Science Fiction
Published: June 5, 2019, 10 a.m.

E54: #54: Kids Books in SF/F

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Avengers, Vans’ new Harry Potter Collection, some book announcements, and favorite kidlit from SF/F. This episode is sponsored by Audible, BookCon, and Exhalation by Ted Chiang. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!   News Here’s a sciencey look at The Snap from Avengers: Infinity War NK Jemisin is writing a comic for DC! Zen Cho is writing a new novella! Vans Is Launching a Harry Potter Collaboration   Books Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex (Home, Tip voiced by Rihanna!) The Storm Runner by JC Cervantes Binky Adventure Series by Ashley Spires Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1) by Roshani Chokshi Phoebe and Her Unicorn (Phoebe and Her Unicorn Series Book 1) by Dana Simpson

Science Fiction
Published: May 22, 2019, 10 a.m.

E53: #53: Pirates Ahoy!

Sharifah and Liberty discuss Game of Thrones, Western librarians, Peter Mayhew, and pirates in SF/F. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Stranger Things from Dark Horse Comics and Netflix, and Finale by Stephanie Garber. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!   News: New Sarah Gailey book! Peter Mayhew passes away Double Netflix News: Netflix’s first Arabic series will be a supernatural series!, and Netflix’s ‘Chambers’ is a New Gold Standard for Indigenous Representation in American Visual Media   Books: Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler Warchild by Karin Lowachee (tw: child abuse) A Darker Shade of Magic/Shades of Magic Series by VE Schwab The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

Science Fiction
Published: May 8, 2019, 10 a.m.

E52: #52: Naturey SF/F

Sharifah and Jenn discuss The Kitchies Awards, Nnedi Okorafor’s new production company, Saga, nature-filled SF/F, and more. This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm, Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker, and BookCon. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!   News: Nnedi Okorafor creating a production company Afrofuturist fashion The 2018 Kitchies Winners Madeline Miller’s Instagram New Horror imprint from Tor Saga has an official endpoint   Books Discussed: The Queens of Renthia series by Sarah Beth Durst Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri Southern Reach series by Jeff VanderMeer Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson

Science Fiction
Published: April 24, 2019, 10 a.m.

E51: #51: Thieves and Con-Artists

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Cowboy Bebop, an Octavia Butler adaptation, con-artists and thieves, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling, and Voices by David Elliott. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!   News: Hugo Nominees announced! John Cho and Three More Actors Cast in Netflix’s ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Nnedi Okorafor and Wanuri Kahiu to Adapt Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed for Amazon   Books Discussed The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty Want by Cindy Pon Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang

Science Fiction
Published: April 10, 2019, 10 a.m.

E50: #50: Dune Book Club with Ausma Zehanat Khan

Jenn and special guest Ausma Zehanat Khan dig into Dune by Frank Herbert, including fancasting the upcoming movie adaptation! Books & Links: Ausma Zehanat Khan on Recommended The Bloodprint and The Black Khan by Ausma Zehanat Khan Dune by Frank Herbert Post: Dune and white savior narratives Post: Arab representation in casting Post: Latest casting news

Science Fiction
Published: April 3, 2019, 3:18 p.m.

E49: #49: International SF/F

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Harry Potter AR game, the return of Bill & Ted, international SF/F, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders,  A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, and Enchantée by Gita Trelease. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!   News Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Announce BILL & TED 3 Release Date Time Bandits TV series with Taika Waititi Harry Potter AR game details! Full Stranger Things Trailer   Books Discussed Tentacle by Rita Indiana, translated by Achy Obejas (tw: rape, transphobia, racial slurs) Future Fiction, edited by Bill Campbell tw: Suicide, “Grey Noise” and “Proposition 23” Bestiality, “The International Studbook of the Giant Panda” Animal and human experimentation, “Creative Surgery” World of Fantasy Day on Book Riot Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko, transl. by Julia Meitov Hersey Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (Recommended episode)

Science Fiction
Published: March 27, 2019, 10 a.m.

E48: #48: YA SF/F With CB Lee

Jenn and special guest CB Lee discuss The Night Circus and Lord of the Rings adaptations, the Star Wars EU, and YA sci-fi and fantasy! This episode is sponsored by Libro.fm, The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson, and We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!   News: The Night Circus adaptation has a director The Lord of the Rings TV show will take place in the Second Age Here’s the Good Omens full trailer Even more new Star Wars: EU books coming out! Queen’s Shadow by EK Johnston A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Córdova Black Spire by Delilah S. Dawson   Books Discussed: Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee “The Case for YA Science Fiction” by Fonda Lee Dreadnought by April Daniels (tw: abusive parents, transphobia) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova The Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault Unsung Heroine (Heroine Complex) by Sarah Kuhn

Science Fiction
Published: March 13, 2019, 10 a.m.

E47: #47: Matriarchal Societies

Sharifah and Jenn discuss (not) surviving in the Game of Thrones world, Nebula Award finalists, questionable LOTR-writing bots, and more. This episode is sponsored by Audible, An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley, and Epic Reads. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!   News: Nebula Award Finalists Announced Researchers Actually Studied How To Survive On Game Of Thrones A Bot Wrote a "Believable" LORD OF THE RINGS Scene Y The Last Man Adaptation Premiering in 2020   Books Discussed: Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin Ammonite by Nicola Griffith Court of Fives by Kate Elliott Monstress by Marjorie Liu, Sana Takeda Tiger Eye by Marjorie Liu (shout-out)

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 27, 2019, 2:30 p.m.

E46: #46: In Spaaaaaaace

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the cover reveal for The Testaments, some new Merlin texts, fantasy and sci-fi set in space, and more. This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik, and Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!   News: Middle Ages Merlin manuscript found in Bristol University library Cover reveal for The Testaments, The Handmaid’s Tale sequel Winter Is Coming! HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Spinoff Sets Diverse Cast The Ghost Bride to be adapted into a Netflix series (Behind the scenesfootage)   Books Discussed: A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt Mirage by Somaiya Daud Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 13, 2019, 11 a.m.

E45: #45: Weird SFF

Sharifah and Jenn discuss adaptation news for Tasha Suri and Leigh Bardugo, voting in the Hugos, favorite weird SF/F, and more. This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, the Unusual Suspects Giveaway, and Golden State by Ben Winters. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!   News Netflix Orders ‘Shadow And Bone’ Series Based On Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse Novels Hugo nominations are open! Hugo site to become a voting member; Spreadsheet of Doom Empire of Sand has been optioned! Bandersnatch update: Netflix is getting sued by Chooseco   Books Discussed Shout-out: Jeff VanderMeer, China Mieville, and Lauren Beukes Lonesome Bodybuilder by Yukiko Motoya, transl. by Asa Yoneda (tw: bodyhorror) Long Division by Kiese Laymon (tw: family and racial violence, use of slurs) Swamplandia! by Karen Russell (tw: rape; child abuse; suicide) Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyan (tw: racial violence, gun violence, violence against children, self harm)

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 30, 2019, 11 a.m.

E44: #44: Most Anticipated Series of 2019

Sharifah and Jenn discuss wizardly puppies, Bandersnatch, their most anticipated sequels of 2019, and more. This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, Slayer by Kiersten White, and Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!   News  This Puppy Learned “Harry Potter” Spells And Hermione Is Screaming We May Never See All of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Disney Princesses Play ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ The dumb of the Bird Box Challenge   Books Discussed The True Queen (Sorcerer Royal #2) by Zen Cho, Mar 12 Cat Sebastian recommends Sorcerer to Crown on Recommended Mahimata by Rati Mehrotra, Mar 5 (Asiana #2) Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse, Apr 23 (Sixth World #2) – tw: gore and cannibalism Ruse by Cindy Pon, Mar 12 (Want #2) Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee, June 25 (Machineries of Empire) Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legend of Orisha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi (March 5) The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black (Jan 8) Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson (Mar 12) Binti Trilogy omnibus (Feb 5)

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 16, 2019, 11 a.m.

E43: #43: Most Anticipated SF/F of 2019

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Christmas dragons, exciting adaptation news, weird trends in pseudonyms, and their most anticipated reads of 2019. This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal, The Similars by Rebecca Hanover, and Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!   News Discussed ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Gets Order For 16 More Episodes From Netflix. Christmas dragons neighborhood fight! Stranger Things Season 3 Teaser Teases Episode Titles And An Air Date(and we learned nothing new) Runaways is back on Hulu! (And, correct, Season 2 has been released simultaneously, so marathon-watching is easy.) Books Discussed Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind by Jackson Ford (Jackson Ford is a pseudonym for a critically acclaimed science fiction author.) FKA USA by Reed King (Reed King is the pseudonym of a New York Times bestselling author and TV writer.) The Bird King by G Willow Wilson (March 12) Unraveling by Karen Lord (June 4) The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley (March 19) The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes (June 4); listen to the song here Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (Mar 5)The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad (May 14) The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders (Feb 12) Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation (Feb 19) by Various, translated by Ken Liu

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 2, 2019, 11 a.m.

E42: #42: LGBTQ+ SFF

Sharifah and Jenn discuss J.K. Rowling’s terrible assistant, adaptation news, the Best of 2018 lists, and recommend LGBTQ+ SFF. This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder Journal and our True Story Giveaway. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. For even more sci-fi/fantasy news and reviews, sign up for the Swords and Spaceships newsletter, delivered every Tuesday and Friday.   News The Best Of Spreadsheet Returns! JKR’s terrible assistant, wow. Ursula K. LeGuin’s novelette Nine Lives gets casting! GRRM’s Wild Cards show is going to Hulu.   Books Discussed So Lucky by Nicola Griffith The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee 50 must-read LGBT fantasy books post 8 Queer Sci-Fi books

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 19, 2018, 11 a.m.

E41: #41: Your SFF Holiday Gift Guide

Sharifah and Jenn give their picks for the best books to give this holiday season. This episode is sponsored by The Spectral City by Leanna Renee Hieber and the Book Riot Read Harder Journal. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. Books Discussed: The Broken Earth Trilogy by NK Jemisin The Machineries of Empire series by Yoon Ha Lee Rise of the Empress duology by Julie C Dao (tw: child abuse) The Traitor Baru Cormorant and The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson (tw: institutionalized homophobia, assault, etc) Witchmark by CL Polk The Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells Rosewater by Tade Thompson (here's our Book Club episode) How Long til Black Future Month by NK Jemisin Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (tw: child abuse) Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi Circe by Madeline Miller (tw: rape) Mem by Bethany C. Morrow The Completed Binti Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Freshwater by Awaeke Emezi (tw: rape; self-harm)

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 5, 2018, 11 a.m.

E40: #40: SF/F Romance

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the deaths of William Goldman and Stan Lee, the World Fantasy Award winners, sci-fi and fantasy romances, and more. This episode is sponsored by Enclave by Thomas Locke and Dragonshadow by by Elle Katharine White. News William Goldman has died. Stan Lee has also passed away. Congrats, World Fantasy Award Winners! New Erin Morgenstern book coming! Rolling in the Deep adaptation for Mira Grant   Books Discussed Silver Silence by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling Trinity #1) The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston (Call of Crows #1) Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole (Off the Grid #1) Tiger Eye by Marjorie M. Liu (Dirk & Steele #1)

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 21, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

E39: #39: Best Opening and Ending Lines

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Dracula marginalia, the Discworld adaptation, the NOMMO awards, and the best opening and closing lines of SFF. This episode is sponsored by Jade City by Fonda Lee; Lost Arrow, Book I of The Kalelah Series by Marshall Ross; and Fantastic Beasts: The Magizoologist’s Discovery Case. News Terry Pratchett’s The Watch lands at BBC NOMMO Award winners! London Library Discovers Bram Stoker's Dracula Notes Scribbled In Margins Of Its Books Naomi Watts cast for GoT prequel   Books Discussed A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris (tw: rape) The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin (tw: harm to children) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (TW: Rape; child abuse)

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 7, 2018, 11 a.m.

E38: #38: Book Club: Rosewater by Tade Thompson

In this first-ever book club episode, Sharifah and Jenn discuss Rosewater by Tade Thompson.

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 31, 2018, 1:12 p.m.

E37: #37: Novellas

Sharifah and Jenn discuss multi-platform media, Nnedi Okorafor's nonfiction, and The Twilight Zone, and recommend novellas. This episode is sponsored by TBR, On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden, and Putting the Science in Fiction.   News Discussed An ambitious multi-platform launch Liz Gorinsky, formerly of Tor, is starting her own publishing company. Nnedi Okorafor is doing a nonfiction book! Follow-up: The reboot trailer for Twilight Zone mostly just makes me want to rewatch original Twilight Zone.   Books Discussed On a Red Station, Drifting by Aliette de Bodard (Listen to her on Get Booked!) The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson (tw: homophobia, family abuse) (Read his piece on writing dialect in fiction)

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 24, 2018, 10 a.m.

E36: #36: Witch, Please

Sharifah and Jenn discuss TV shows for The Wheel of Time, Circe, and Narnia, and talk about their favorite witches. This episode is sponsored by The Devil's Thief, His Fair Assassins Trilogy, and In the Night Wood by Dale Bailey.   Book Club pick:Rosewater by Tade Thompson   News: Amazon has picked up the Wheel of Time TV show, and signed a big deal with Neil Gaiman. Circe by Madeline Miller has been optioned! Netflix is making new Narnia shows. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina trailer is great.   Books Discussed: Witches of New York by Ami McKay (tw: violence against women) Mama Day by Gloria Naylor Plus also this post: https://bookriot.com/2017/04/18/100-must-read-books-witches/ All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya   BONUS ROUND: Fav Witchy Movie Hocus Pocus (Hocus Pocus book!) Practical Magic (Practical Magic and The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman)

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 10, 2018, 10 a.m.

E35: #35: Time Travel

Sharifah and Jenn discuss The Twilight Zone reboot, a bunch of Avatar: The Last Airbender news, time travel favorites, and more. This episode is sponsored by TBR, The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli, and Upgrade Soul by Ezra Claytan Daniels.

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 26, 2018, 10 a.m.

E34: #34: Dead People

Sharifah and guests Brea Grant and Mallory O'Meara of the Reading Glasses podcast discuss SFF Chia pets, the series adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House, and recommend books about dead people. This episode is sponsored by Legendary by Stephanie Garber and Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.   News: The Haunting of Hill House Netflix adaptation Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, and Predator Chia Pets are headed our way   Books Discussed: Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson (YA urban fantasy) The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo (literary fantasy) Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon Zone One by Colson Whitehead Sabriel by Garth Nix

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 12, 2018, 1:30 p.m.

E33: Trilogies

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Hugo winners, a tabletop RPG for The Expanse, His Dark Materials casting, favorite trilogies, and more. This episode is sponsored by Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu, Mirage by Somaiya Daud, and Nightblood by Elly Blake.   News: A historic win for NK Jemisin at the Hugos The Expanse is getting a tabletop RPG Ursula K. Le Guin Sci-Fi ‘Nine Lives’ Gets Movie Adaptation BBC His Dark Materials adaptation casts witch queen Serafina Pekkala  New HARRY POTTER Books (Including a Hogwarts Pop-Up) Coming This October   Books Discussed: Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Lee (Ninefox Gambit, Raven Stratagem, Revenant Gun) (R)evolution series by Stephanie Saulter (Gemsigns, Binary, Regeneration) -- trigger warning: hate crimes The Broken Earth series by NK Jemisin (Fifth Season, Obelisk Gate, Stone Sky) Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore (Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue) Binti trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor (Binti, Home, The Night Masquerade) His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass)

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 29, 2018, 10 a.m.

E32: #32: Recent Debuts

Jenn and guest Swapna Krishna discuss Star Trek news, adaptations, the Arthur C. Clark Awards, and recent debuts. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Garrison Girl by Rachel Aaron, and Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley. News: MORE PICARD IS HAPPENING! WorldCon update: the programming looks better. Discovery of Witches finally has a US broadcaster and we’re still confused. Geneva Robertson-Dworet is adapting Andy Weir's novel ‘Artemis’. Arthur C Clarke Award winner announced.   Books Discussed An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim (July 10) (tw: sexual assault) Witchmark by CL Polk (June 19) Suicide Club by Rachel Heng (July 10) Markswoman by Rati Mehrotra (January 23)

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 15, 2018, 10 a.m.

E31: #31: School Stories

Sharifah and Jenn discuss new books from Becky Chambers and NK Jemisin, Worldcon, the World Fantasy Awards, school stories, and more. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Suicide Club by Rachel Heng, and Contagion by Erin Bowman.   News: New books are coming from Becky Chambers and NK Jemisin! What is going on at Worldcon? Update: Voting closed on July 31, 2018. Mary Robinette Kowal led a team updating the programming. Anne Rice’s ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ In The Works At Hulu World Fantasy Award finalists announced   Books Discussed Galaxy Game by Karen Lord (tw: domestic violence) The Poppy War by RF Kuang (tw: graphic violence including rape) Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 1, 2018, 10 a.m.

E30: #30: SFF Audiobooks

Sharifah and guest Nikki Vanry discuss Stranger Things books and more Star Trek, copyrighting, poorly planned merch, and SFF audiobooks. This episode is sponsored by Recommended and our Best of the Year YA Giveaway.   News Discussed: Stranger Things books and comics are coming! Star Trek: TNG to Possibly Return as Alex Kurtzman Oversees Expansion of Star Trek On TV Pulp novelist of harem fantasy novels wants to trademark “dragon slayer”, and then there was this #quantumgate thing. In terrible ideas--Handmaid’s Tale Wine, and Handmaid’s Tale lingerie.   Books Discussed: The Bees by Laline Paull, narrated by Orlagh Cassidy Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older, narrated by Anika Noni Rose Warcross by Marie Lu, narrated by Nancy Wu The Devourers by Indra Das, narrated by Shishir Kurup and Meera Simhan

Science Fiction
Published: July 18, 2018, 10 a.m.

E29: #29: Sci-Fi Bingo

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Harlan Ellison, A Discovery of Witches, the Locus Award winners, and recommend some sci-fi sub-genres. This episode is sponsored by our $500 YA Giveaway and Book Riot Insiders. News: Ron Howard might add to Willow. Harlan Ellison is Dead. Locus Awards Winners! A Discovery of Witches trailer is here but still doesn’t have a US air date or network. Question from Karen: "Over the past three years my friends and I have spent the month of July reading and talking about Science Fiction books - we call it Sci-Fi July. For the last two years I've made a BINGO card with 24 categories to help "guide" our reading a bit throughout the month (this was totally inspired by the Read Harder Challenge). I'm copy+pasting our big list of past categories and some of our ideas for 2018 at the end of this e-mail, but I'd LOVE to get some suggestions from you two for new sci-fi categories to help us stretch our reading this summer!" Books: Science Fantasy: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Alternate History: Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard YA Science Fiction/Video Games: Warcross by Marie Lu Sci-Fi Mystery: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams

Science Fiction
Published: July 4, 2018, 10 a.m.

E28: #28: Pick Your Character

Sharifah and Jenn discuss adaptations for Carmen Maria Machado and Victor LaValle, a cosplay ball, aspirational characters in SFF, and more! This episode is sponsored by The Robots of Gotham by Todd McAulty, Prisoner of the Crown by Jeffe Kennedy, and Becoming the Dragon by Alex Sapegin, translated by Elizabeth Kulikov. News Her Body & Other Parties is getting adapted for TV The Changeling is being adapted by FX Cosplay ball! There might be a GoT prequel series   Books Discussed Circe by Madeline Miller Lirael by Garth Nix Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee Sunshine by Robin McKinley Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

Science Fiction
Published: June 20, 2018, 10 a.m.

E27: #27: Cozy Reads

Jenn and guest Alex Acks, a.k.a. Alex Wells, discuss the Nebula winners, the upcoming Lord of the Rings series, and more, and recommend cozy reads. Wells is a Book Riot contributor and author of Hunger Makes the Wolf, Blood Binds the Pack, and Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures. This episode is sponsored by Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner and our $500 bookstore gift card giveaway. News Follow up: Amazon did save The Expanse The Nebula Award winners were announced Check out the Nommo Awards for African Speculative Fiction Zack Snyder wants to make The Fountainhead as a movie Aragorn might be the star of the LOTR series   Books Discussed The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers Provenance by Ann Leckie Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Science Fiction
Published: June 6, 2018, 10 a.m.

E26: #26: Books About the Arts

Sharifah and Jenn discuss books about the arts, SF/F TV news, the Ursula Le Guin documentary, and more. This episode is sponsored by Legendary by Stephanie Garber and our bookstore gift card giveaway.   News She-Ra Update! Ursula K. Le Guin Documentary Expanse cancelled Note: post-recording, The Expanse was indeed picked up by Amazon Netflix doubling down on SF/F   Books Discussed The Chimes by Anna Smaill Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (trigger warning: self harm/suicide)

Science Fiction
Published: May 23, 2018, 10 a.m.

E25: #25: Immortality, It's Not Just For Vampires

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Ursula Le Guin's electronica album, immortality in SF/F, and more. This episode is sponsored by Vicious by V.E. Schwab and Annotated.   News Star Wars takes a step forward with a black female director Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery gameplay discussion Ursula K Le Guin's electronica album 'Game of Thrones' Book 6 'The Winds of Winter' Won't Publish This Year   Books Discussed My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due (trigger warnings: racism, lynching, sexual assault, harm to children) Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty Circe by Madeline Miller The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor (trigger warning: self-harm)

Science Fiction
Published: May 9, 2018, 10 a.m.

E24: #24: Lady Vengeance

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Lost in Space reboot, Jacqueline Carey's latest book news, Mary Shelley, and lady vengeance. This episode is sponsored by Reborn by Lance Erlick and The City of Lost Fortunes by Bryan Camp. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. You can enter the mystery giveaway here.   News Discussed You can watch the new Mary Shelley Trailer. And there's a new edition of Frankenstein being published. Jacqueline Carey is retelling Kushiel’s Dart from Joscelin’s perspective. Follow-up: The HP game is coming April 25! There's a Lost In Space reboot   Books Discussed The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson (trigger warning: child abuse and sexual assault)

Science Fiction
Published: April 25, 2018, 10 a.m.

Bonus: Robin Sloan Recommends

Please enjoy this bonus excerpt, courtesy of the Recommended podcast, featuring Robin Sloan recommending Octavia Butler's Parable of The Sower.

Science Fiction
Published: April 18, 2018, 10 a.m.

E23: #23: Short Fiction

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Hugo Award nominees, zombie raccoons, a new Arthurian adaptation, and more. This episode is sponsored by Shattered Roads by Alice Henderson and Libby. You can enter the mystery giveaway here.   News The 2018 Hugo Nominees Neil Gaiman Is Bringing the Gormenghast Fantasy Series Back to Television Zombie raccoons?! Frank Miller taking on Arthurian legend in new illustrated YA novel and it already has a TV deal.   Books Discussed Rebecca Roanhorse, "Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™" (Nebula nominee) Her Body And Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado (Winner of the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize) trigger warnings: violence against women including sexual assault “Fandom for Robots” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Hugo/Nebula) “Carnival Nine” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Hugo & Nebula) The Merry Spinster by (Daniel) Mallory Ortberg

Science Fiction
Published: April 11, 2018, 10 a.m.

E22: #22: Steampunk!

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Serena Williams, geek extraordinaire; Pottermore lay-offs; the Nightflyers adaptation; steampunk; and more! This episode is sponsored by Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston and the Book Riot Store. News: Pottermore editorial staff firing Serena Williams loves Avatar: The Last Airbender and Korra GRRM's Nightflyers Trailer Three Body Problem possibly getting adapted by Amazon Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series reportedly to cost $500 million Books Discussed: Gail Carriger (Parasol Protectorate) Girl Genius by Phil and Kaja Coglio (online) Everfair by Nisi Shawl The Sea Is Ours anthology Monstress by Marjorie M. Liu, Sana Takeda Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Science Fiction
Published: March 28, 2018, 10 a.m.

E21: SFF In Translation

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Discworld and His Dark Materials adaptations, cover kerfuffles, and science fiction and fantasy in translation. This episode is sponsored by The Glass Blade by Ryan Wieser and Scribesby James Wolanyk.   News: Terry Goodkind’s hates his new cover… And then doubled down. Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ Set For TV Adaptation His Dark Materials’ Adaptation Casting   Books Discussed: Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, translated by Olena Bormashenko

Science Fiction
Published: March 14, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

E20: Favorite Series

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Nebula nominations, Black Panther, their favorite series, and more. This episode is sponsored by The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus, and The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller.   News Discussed: This year’s Nebula nominations have been announced Black Panther Is A Box Office Smash!!!! Bonus: great round-up of thread on the African cultures featured in and inspiring Black Panther Sam Raimi to direct Name of the Wind adaptation? Shape of Water review Books Discussed: Swordspoint/Tremontaine by Ellen Kushner and now lots of other folks (related: Serial Box got a round of funding) Pluto by Naoki Urasawa and Ozamu Tezuka Discworld by Terry Pratchett (but particularly the Tiffany Aching series) The Patternist series by Octavia Butler

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 28, 2018, 11:17 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #19: Very Long, Very Good Books

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Firefly books, Star Wars news, writing retreats, and long books that are worth the read. This episode is sponsored by The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and Your One and Only by Adrianne Finlay.   News: Firefly is getting books! Live-action Sword in the Stone might have a director Benioff & Weiss to write Star Wars films Star Wars Writers/Directors dominated by white men Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer George R.R. Martin starts 'Worldbuilder Scholarship' for aspiring fantasy, sci-fi writers   Books Discussed: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delaney Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (out March 6) Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

Science Fiction
Published: Feb. 14, 2018, 11 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #18: More Evil Than Crabbe and Goyle

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Ursula K. Le Guin and lots of adaptation news, and recommend weird westerns. This episode is sponsored by The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh.   News: Ursula K. Le Guin Has Died The Voldemort fan-made movie Hogwarts Mystery game trailer Bidding War for MaddAddam trilogy adaptation Bryan Fuller is working on an Anne Rice TV series   Books Discussed: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin The Earthsea Cycle River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi The Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 31, 2018, 11 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #17: Mental Notes Regarding Butterbeer

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Starbucks secret menus, Octavia Butler opera, a possible new Merlin series, and small press sci-fi and fantasy. This episode is sponsored by Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet and The Night Market by Jonathan Moore.   News Harry Potter Starbucks secret menu! Parable of the Sower becomes an opera Gritty Robin Hood movie coming Ridley Scott in talks to direct Merlin origin story for Disney   Books Discussed An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, Akashic Press Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett, Aqueduct Press Djinn City by Saad Hossain, Unnamed Press Small Beer Press, Sofia Samatar (A Stranger in Olondria, Winged Histories, Tender: Stories) Falling in Love With Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson, Tachyon MEM by Bethany C. Morrow, Unnamed Press, May 22, 2018 In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, Big Mouth House (Small Beer Press imprint)

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 17, 2018, 11 a.m.

SFF Yeah Episode 16: Down the Best-Of Rabbithole

Sharifah and Jenn discuss 2017 Best Of lists, Lord of the Rings wine, gateway reads for SF/F, and more. This episode is sponsored by Libby and Rebel Base Books.   News: LOTR Wine Collection Disney now has rights to X-Men and the Fantastic Four Paramount is doing a D&D film! Crunching the Best Of Lists   Books Discussed: Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho Lightless by CA Higgins The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Science Fiction
Published: Jan. 3, 2018, 11 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #15: Super Nerds Rejoice!

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the She-ra reboot, a new Harry Potter game, Annihilation movie news, and their favorite world-building. This episode is sponsored by The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo and Book Riot's Top 20 Giveaway. News Discussed: She-ra Is Coming BACCCCKKK OMG ANOTHER new Harry Potter game in development Weird stuff is going on with the Annihilation release Plus a comment on the whitewashing from Alex Garland New Buffy middle-grade novels NOTE: Apparently Buffy & Harry Potter started THE SAME YEAR, Jenn apologizes for her error and her mind is blown.   Books Discussed: The Kate Daniels books by Ilona Andrews (Magic Bites) The Machineries of Empire series by Yoon Ha Lee (Ninefox Gambit and Raven Stratagem) The Grishaverse of Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone / Six of Crows / Language of Thorns) The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Broken Earth trilogy)

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 20, 2017, 11 a.m.

SFF Yeah! Ep. #14: Judgey McJudgeypants Are Us

Sharifah and Jenn discuss reading studies, news from the Tolkien estate, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, rewritten fairytales, and more. This episode is sponsored by Penguin Random House Audio and Book Riot Insiders.   News: Science fiction triggers 'poorer reading', study finds (see also, Department of Incorrect Headlines) J.R.R. Tolkien's Son Resigns as Director of Tolkien Estate & New LOTR Prequel A New Harry Potter Augmented Reality Game Rag & Bone is doing a Star Wars collection Wonder Woman box-office SMASH The Black Panther trailer   Books Discussed: Angela Carter (The Bloody Chamber) Robin McKinley (Deerskin) Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell Boy Snow Bird by Helen Oyeyemi Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente Ash by Malinda Lo The Grimm Future by Various

Science Fiction
Published: Dec. 4, 2017, 7:44 p.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #13: Holiday Recommendations Round 2

Sharifah and Jenn answer your holiday SF/F questions! This episode is sponsored by City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne, and Renegades by Marissa Meyer. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.   Questions 1. Many years ago I read, and fell in love with, Ted Chiang's ”Stories of your life and others”. I loved the different types of stories spanning all kinds of subjects, from religion to language to philosophy. It blew my mind. Is there an author out there that can fill the Ted Chiang-sized hole in my heart? --Emily   2. Do you read differently during the holidays? I find that i reach for cozy mysteries, something i don’t read the rest of the year. I also tend to pick up Christmas-themed romances— again, this is NOT my usual reading material, as i usually read fantasy (my fave genre is what i call “literary fantasy with covers that don’t have pictures of people”). I also enjoy literary fiction, but fantasy is my usual jam. I’m really wondering if other people find themselves switching it up around the end of the year— for holidays, breaks, etc. Thanks, --Sara   3. a. Do you have any recommendations for Uprooted read-alikes? (particularly with the fairytale feeling, strong characters, and really cool magic!) b. In the spirit of new year’s resolutions, how are you going to keep track of your reading? And/or what is your system right now? --Marie from Poland   4. My mother recently discovered the genre of romantasy and the world of C. L. Wilson. Since this is the first book she has read in a while I would love to give her something along the lines of romantasy where the romance is part of the story but not the plot. --Victoria   5. Every year I try to get a sci-fi book for my uncle and I'm stumped this year. He is a retired scientist and the books I know he's previously enjoyed are *Dark Matter* and *The Martian*. He enjoys sci-fi but I think prefers things that have a basis in reality. I would like to get him something that he maybe hasn't heard of, but not too off the wall. --Sarah   Books Discussed Ken Liu’s Paper Menagerie and Other Stories Three Moments of an Explosion by China Mieville Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler Wintersong by S. Jae Jones The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey Infomocracy by Malka Older The Wanderers by Meg Howrey Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 22, 2017, 11 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. 12: Holiday Recommendations Round 1

Sharifah and Jenn discuss their picks for this holiday season. This episode is sponsored by Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi. Send us holiday recommendation questions!   Books Discussed Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis, Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman The Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Lee (Ninefox Gambit & Raven Stratagem) Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho Provenance by Ann Leckie The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (Wayfarers series) The Djinn Falls In Love edited by Jared Shurin and Mahvesh Murad Binti, Binti: Home, Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Science Fiction
Published: Nov. 8, 2017, 11 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #11: Accidental Spider Theme

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Philip Pullman's new novel, more sci-fi adaptations, what paranormal is anyway, and more. This episode is sponsored by The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman and Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust.   News The New Philip Pullman Book Is Out! Amazon announces three new sci-fi adaptations for its streaming service. That live robot battle? Not actually live. Adrian Tchaikovsky is getting an adaptation   Books Discussed Psy-Changeling series (Slave to Sensation #1) by Nalini Singh Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar Kate Daniels series (Magic Bites #1) by Ilona Andrews Contact by Carl Sagan

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 25, 2017, 12:55 p.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #10: Creepy Spooky Gross

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the British Fantasy Awards, Neil deGrasse Tyson on dragons, horror crossovers, and more. This episode is sponsored by The Bloodprint by Ausma Zehanat Khan and Provenance by Ann Leckie. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here. News Jenn's Medusa cosplay New Rin Chupeco book! British Fantasy Awards announced Neil deGrasse Tyson Signs Off on Game of Thrones' Super Scientific Dragons SyFy Wire picks top 25 biggest genre moments of the last decade First Annihilation Trailer   Books Victor LaValle (Devil in Silver/Lucretia and the Kroons) Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes Invasive Species by Joseph Wallace White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey The Good House by Tananarive Due

Science Fiction
Published: Oct. 11, 2017, 10 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #9: Baba Yaga Meets Monty Python

Sharifah and Jenn discuss Dracula prequels, the Terminator franchise, speculative short story collections, and more. This episode is sponsored by Retrograde by Peter Cawdron, The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo, and Lit Chat.   News: Bram Stoker's relative Dacre writes first authorised prequel to Dracula Peter Jackson to adapt Mortal Engines New Terminator movie with Linda Hamilton Showtime lands comedy series written by & starring Jessica Williams as a sci-fi writer in Brooklyn   Books: The Djinn Falls In Love & Other Stories, edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin The Wind’s Twelve Quarters by Ursula K Le Guin The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A.S. Byatt Falling in Love With Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 27, 2017, 10 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #8: Cat Assassins and Fan Feelings

Sharifah and Jenn discuss news including casting choices for Good Omens and Hellboy, mega-bucks book deals, and assassin stories. This episode is sponsored by Retrograde by Peter Cawdron and The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein.   News: Casting for Good Omens Voldemort prequel fan-movie got approved by Warner Bros Ed Skrein vacates the role of Major Ben Daimio in the upcoming Hellboy reboot VE Schwab book deal Scalzi’s deal from a couple years back 'Brown Girl Begins,' based on afrofuturist novel 'Brown Girl in the Ring' by Nalo Hopkinson, sets premiere Books Mort(e) by Robert Repino Young Elites by Marie Lu Graceling by Kristin Cashore River of Teeth by Sara Gailey (Taste of Marrow, River of Teeth #2 out Sept. 12) Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir Pyramids by Terry Pratchett

Science Fiction
Published: Sept. 13, 2017, 10 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. 7: The Seedy Underbelly of Royalty

Sharifah and Jenn discuss news including the 2017 Hugo Award Winners and Ava DuVernay adapting Octavia Butler, and recommend their favorite books about princesses. This episode is sponsored by Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller and All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis.   News: Our Badass Broads of SFF shirt 2017 Hugo Award Winners TNT is producing a Fifth Season adaptation Our Fifth Season dreamcast Ava DuVernay adapting Octavia Butler The Changeling is also getting an adaptation There Could Be More Hunger Games and Twilight Movies in the Future   Books: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza Bloodline by Claudia Gray Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 30, 2017, 10 a.m.

Romeo And Juliet With Dragons

Sharifah and Jenn discuss news including Annihilation's movie release and Matt Groening's new fantasy show, and recommend their favorite dragon books. This episode is sponsored by The Hawkweed Legacy by Irena Brignull and Orbit, publishers of The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, in bookstores now. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.   News: More Nnedi Okorafor news! She is writing a comic. A new GRRM book is coming (not Winds of Winter). How hard is it really to kill a dragon? Matt Groening is going to make an epic fantasy cartoon. The Annihilation film adaptation has a release date! Fandom is good for your mental health.   Books Discussed The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey The Memoirs of Lady Trent by Marie Brennan Cast in Shadow (Chronicles of Elantra) by Michelle Sagara The Pit Dragon Chronicles by Jane Yolen The Iron Dragon’s Daughter by Michael Swanwick Talon by Julie Kagawa Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 16, 2017, 10 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #5: Chocolate And Then Space Travel

Sharifah and Jenn discuss award news, female authors, and a new Kickstarter, and recommend middle-grade science fiction and fantasy. This episode is sponsored by Vanguard by Ann Aguirre and Genius: The Con by Leopoldo Gout.   News: 27 Female Authors Who Rule Science Fiction and Fantasy Right Now via EW Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Shirley Jackson Awards via Tor.com Colson Whitehead wins Arthur C Clarke Award via The Guardian World Fantasy Award nominees announced via Tor.com BACK THIS KICKSTARTER: Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction   Books Discussed: Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates by Caroline Carlson Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes Unidentified Suburban Object by Mike Jung The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

Science Fiction
Published: Aug. 2, 2017, 10 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #4: Like A Hungry Odin

Sharifah and Jenn discuss news including some exciting new adaptations and whether time travel is SF or F, and recommend graphic novels. This episode is sponsored by Hell Divers II: Ghosts by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.   News: Han Solo movie kerfuffles! No director and then Ron Howard steps in. New historical fantasy series coming from Zoraida Cordova! And Labyrinth Lost is getting an adaptation. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor has been optioned, and George R.R. Martin is a producer. Is Time Travel SF or F? That time a guy accidentally read fanfic (called "Harry Potter and the Psychic Serpent") instead of The Order of the Phoenix.   Books Discussed: Full Circle by Taneka Stotts, Christianne Goudreau (Note: Jenn did not realize this hadn't been updated since January, but it's still worth reading!) Trish Trash by Jessica Abel Serenity Rose by Aaron Alexovich Destroyer by Victor La Valle, Dietrich Smith

Science Fiction
Published: July 19, 2017, 2:09 p.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #3: You Can’t Really Lose With Dinosaurs

Sharifah and Jenn discuss news including Jurassic World 2, a diverse writers grant, and a Dracula mini-series, and recommend genre-benders. This episode is sponsored by Libby and Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant.     News Diverse Worlds & Diverse Writers Grants Dracula is getting a TV series Jurassic World 2 gets a name and tagline Independently produced SFF short fiction audiobook show How Hogwarts crushed all other Magical Schools   Books Discussed: Crossing The Streams All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales

Science Fiction
Published: July 5, 2017, 10 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #2: Genius Insane Ghost

Sharifah and Jenn discuss news including the 2017 Bailey's Prize winner and The Passage casting, and talk favorite villains. This episode is sponsored by Libby and Book Riot Insiders. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via iTunes here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.   News The 2017 Bailey’s Winner is a science fiction novel A critique of the book from a BR writer The Hunger Games inspires a real life hero The Passage TV series casting: Zack Morris is Brad Wolgast  Racebent casting of The Girl With All the Gifts   Books Discussed: Favorite Villains Shuos Jedao from Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee Lek from the Graceling series by Kristin Cashore The Beast from The Magicians by Lev Grossman Sydney from The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden Nimona from Nimona by Noelle Stevenson Commandant/Keris Veturia and The Nightbringer from the Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Science Fiction
Published: June 21, 2017, 10 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #1: Awards List Feelings

Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Arthur C. Clarke, Locus, and Nebula Awards, and recommend alternative history titles. This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders.

Science Fiction
Published: June 7, 2017, 10:30 a.m.

SFF Yeah Ep. #0: Nerd Origin Stories.

Jenn and Sharifah introduce SFF Yeah, a biweekly podcast exploring the worlds of science fiction and fantasy, and tell their nerd origin stories.

Science Fiction
Published: May 24, 2017, 5:35 p.m.

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