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Writing comics with Leah Moore

Conspiracy of Ravens

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSI had the undeniable pleasure of chatting to UK comics writer Leah Moore. From growing up with comics royalty to a career spanning two decades, Leah has written for existing franchises, adapted novels to comics, and created original new properties. And …

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Layers and landscapes with Aliya Whiteley

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWhat is speculative fiction and what can it offer the world? Aliya Whiteley’s work has been described as “stark, poetic and forthright”, and certainly not easily classified. We talk to her about how established ideas of gender can be challenged, the …

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Unravelling mysteries (Live from FantasyCon 2018)

Woman in shadows

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSAlternate episode title: Magic goat sword (it will make sense if you listen!) If you’re planning a murder, always have a koala with you! Works of fiction are rarely confined to a single genre, especially when it comes to speculative fiction. …

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John Gwynne on traditional fantasy tropes

John Gwynne Malice

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWe spend a lot of time on this podcast talking about how authors are subverting or downright overturning classic SFF tropes. But there are still merits of entrenched tropes, after all, tropes became such because they were enjoyable and worked, so …

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Writing (female) characters

Jyn Erso in Rogue One

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWriting better female characters is covered in a lot of writing advice. Many of these pieces will preface their comments with sarcastic comments like ‘Women are people too, duh’. This sort of statement, I think, should make the topic a moot …

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Disposable characters

Redshirts ready to die

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSRedshirts. No sooner are they introduced than they are killed. The tension rises, there are beads of sweat on Kirk’s brow… now the audience knows the peril is real. These stock, disposable characters exist in a story solely for the purpose …

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Revisiting The Dark Crystal

A Lucy and Charlotte Special! After the success of our Labyrinth episode, we thought we’d have a bit of fun and take another look at one of our favourite films: The Dark Crystal. If you haven’t seen this cult Henson classic, The Dark Crystal tells the story of Jen, the …

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Magic, Wealth and Power with Vic James

Today, the blunt reality of inequality and unequal distribution of wealth is more prevalent than ever. Our society is split into the haves and the have nots – the 1% and the 99%. A few individuals tend whole orchards of magic money trees; their extreme wealth is itself a form …

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Women’s jobs in fantasy

Rat Queens: The ultimate female questing party

While Charlotte and Megan geeked out about Star Trek (sparing poor Lucy who puts up with enough of that) when discussing women’s jobs in science fiction, in this episode, all three of us shine a light on female careers in fantasy. We have found that few women in fantasy novels have professions …

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