This week, we talk about how to be a great convention panelist. We start with basics, like “know why you’re on the panel” and drill down to how to moderate in a pinch.
Then we touch on how to be an enthusiastic but respectful audience member. Here’s a hint: leave the dogs and kids at home.
Warp Drives #19: Turkeys are Bitches
In this episode of the Warp Drives Podcast, we talk about Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. The logistics of the convention were challenging and made for a frustrating convention. It was a great trip, but we have some suggestions for future generations of nerds.
Warp Drives #18: Royal Chute of Dropping
We come to you from Kiel, Germany this week where we’ve just disembarked from the Writing Excuses Retreat 2017. It was an incredible experience and during this episode we share our favorite parts of the workshops, ports, and activities. The cruise was full of incredible people and we love Tallinn!
Also this week, we both read HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, a slow building creepy horror story about being trapped in a small town in America. That’s frightening enough on its own, (believe us, we’ve lived in small towns), but add a silent witch to the mix and we get to see just how low people will go. *shiver* Both of us wish we could read HEX in the original Dutch to see a different take on the same situation.
Next week, we’ll be at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland. Come say hello if you’re a listener and you see us!
Warp Drives #17: Pirate Cankles
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?