This week, we’re on the Writing Excuses cruise! We’re recording from the middle of the Baltic Sea, just off the coast of Sweden as we attend the fifth Writing Excuses retreat. We go into some of what to expect on the retreat and the fun things we’ve experienced so far in Europe–for example, a live taping of the Tea & Jeopardy podcast. But we’re really missing our Coke Zero. We also left an impromptu scavenger hunt prize for one of our lucky listeners in a Copenhagen bathroom!
We’re discussing Wendy Wagner’s book An Oath of Dogs. We really loved the world building and the sense of danger that we felt from the flora and fauna on Huginn. We’d definitely like to read a sequel.
Sadly, we also watched Kong: Skull Island, which was visually lovely, but lacked a cohesive story. Next week, we’ll be recording from Germany as we make our way to Worldcon!
Warp Drives #16: Toilet Licorice
This week, we talk about most of the trailers that were showcased at San Diego Comic-Con. We watched Stranger Things, Ready Player One, Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, The Defenders, Westworld Season 2, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Stargate: Origins, Inhumans, The Gifted, The Orville, and our favorite… Star Trek: Discovery.
If all the logistics go right, we’ll be coming to you from the Writing Excuses cruise next week. If you’re going to be at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki and you’d like to talk about your upcoming publication, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to interview you for the podcast!
Warp Drives #15: The Meatsuit Jaeger
We’re super excited about the new Doctor Who. If you can envision a 900-year-old time lord with a soft spot for humans, but can’t picture them as a woman, GTFO. We also loved the A Wrinkle in Time trailer. Ava Duvernay and Storm Reid are two of our favorite creators! Then, we heard the D23 announcement about dedicated Star Wars and Marvel lands, plus the immersive Star Wars resort hotel. How will the muggles LARP?!
We loved Wendy Wagner’s reading and trivia game for An Oath of Dogs, but we didn’t love the movie Passengers. Spider-Man was earnest and too good for this world. Why on earth was an AI encouraging Peter Parker to kiss a girl during a dangerous moment?
We confess that we didn’t finish the entire Hugo voting packet, but we did come close, and we got our voting finished. We talk about China Mieville’s This Census-Taker, Kai Ashante Wilson’s A Taste of Honey and Lois McMaster Bujold’s Penric and the Shaman.
And finally, even though it’s not speculative, we love the Ear Hustle podcast; created by two inmates in San Quentin prison.
Next week, we’re talking about Wendy Wagner’s new book An Oath of Dogs and hopefully seeing at least one more summer release film. And if you’re in the Seattle area, don’t miss Daniel Jose Older (with guest DJ and Clarion West ’16 alum Gabriel Teodros) at the Seattle Public Library on Tuesday, July 18th.
Warp Drives #14: The Demon You Can’t Unsee
We recorded late this week because of the holiday weekend. Hope all our US listeners had a great July 4th. (And the rest of you had a good Tuesday.) In this week’s episode, we talk about Curtis Chen and Jason Hough’s not-a-reading for their new books Kangaroo Too and Escape Velocity.
Then, we watched the movie Okja, which we thought was going to be cute, but instead scarred us deeply. It’s a little heavy-handed with the message and not super fun to watch.
We completed the Novelette Hugo finalist category with Carolyn Ives Gilman’s “Touring with the Alien” and Nina Allan’s “The Art of Space Travel” and read two of the Novellas: Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire and The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson. We loved both stories for vastly different reasons, but the one thing they had in common was that we wanted more of each.
We saw the new Transformers film, which was a hot mess, and Despicable Me 3, which was better and hit all the right notes with the ’80s crowd. Dave is watching the summer scifi shows like Preacher and the finale of Doctor Who.
Next week: More novellas, more readings, and Spiderman: Homecoming.
Warp Drives #13: What direction is your V?
We had a week full of SFF events. First, we saw Daryl Gregory reading at University Bookstore. He had a fun way of conducting his Q & A, plus he also read from his newly-released novel Spoonbenders. We also attended the Locus Awards, including the Friday evening readings from Carrie Vaughn and Connie Willis.
We both read two more Hugo finalists for Best Novelette: “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay,” by Alyssa Wong and “The Jewel and Her Lapidary,” by Fran Wilde. We loved the complex magical rules and intricate politics of Fran’s story and the western desert magic of Alyssa’s tale.
Dave watched The Girl With All the Gifts and compares it to the novel. (Remember, we talk details of everything, so spoilers in this and every episode!)
And hey, Moana is free on Netflix. You’re welcome!
(By the way, here’s a link to the video that was cracking us both up: Forever Spinning Kid On Go Cart)
Warp Drives #12: The Salacious Fluffernutter
This week, we went to see Seanan McGuire at Third Place Books. Instead of doing a reading, Seanan answered questions for the entire time–a brilliant idea because she has such incredible stories, especially including wildlife. Her new book, Down Among the Sticks and Bones (book two of the Wayward Children), is out now.
We give the finale of American Gods a solid B+. Shadow finally understands and accepts the new reality around him, but we pass through that moment too quickly for our liking.
We talk about the Hugo Finalists for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (the movies). We also read two finalists for Best Novelette: “The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon and Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex, by Stix Hiscock. Yep, we actually read it.
Warp Drives #11: Dinosaur Erotica Remix
This week, we’re again spoiling everything that we talk about, so don’t listen until you’re ready! We talk about “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney” from American Gods. This episode had a lot more movement than the last few. We enjoyed Essie’s story, though there were a few moments that gave us pause.
We both absolutely loved the Black Panther trailer. I’m excited about seeing the Dora Milaje and Dave is interested in T’Challa’s sister Shuri and her vibranium weapons.
Then, we discuss all six of the Hugo finalists in the Short Story category:
“The City Born Great”, by N. K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016)
“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com, March 2016)
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine, November 2016)
“Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
“That Game We Played During the War”, by Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com, March 2016)
“An Unimaginable Light”, by John C. Wright (God, Robot, Castalia House)
Next week, we’re attempting to finish and discuss the Hugo nominees for Best Novelette.
Episode #10: A Can of Worms