Our Episodes

Onscreen representation of women with Kate Madison

Here on BtGS, we regularly discuss how female characters in SFF are depicted on-screen. From the infamous bikini armour to simply being absent from male-centric narratives – women have had their fair share of problematic portrayals. But is the tide turning? Joining us...

Rethinking the Badass with Alex Acks

https://twitter.com/katsudonburi/status/1218249179220172800?s=20 There needs to be a serious fucking cultural conversation about the storytelling desire to turn everyone into an edgy badass that thinks all problems are best solved with violence and what the...

Reinventing the Fairytale with Brigid Kemmerer

Beauty and the Beast is amongst our best-known fairytales, enduring and enchanting in equal measure. But beneath its romantic exterior lurks a darker story, one that various writers have explored over the years. For the first episode of 2020, we are joined by...

Bonus: RJ Barker and Micah Yongo (live)

A bonus Christmas episode for you all! Back in December 2018, Charlotte was asked to interview RJ Barker and Micah Yongo at perhaps one of the most beautiful bookshops in Britain – the Bradford Wool Exchange branch of Waterstones. In the interview, Micah talks...

Re-imaginings with Christina Henry

If you love a story, you love reading it over and over again. But you can also get joy out of reading someone’s reinterpretation of it. When authors decide to take old stories that we know and love and turn them into something else, it can breathe new life into...

Writing and adapting Orphan Black with Madeline Ashby

When our favourite television series come to an end on our screens, it doesn't always mean goodbye. Firefly was revived with Serenity and Buffy the Vampire Slayer found a second life in a celebrated comic series (and yes, this happens for more than just Joss Whedon...

Horror short stories with Marie O’Regan

Before you listen to this episode, you should be warned: your to be read pile will become unmanageable. If you're anything like us, you already have a huge to-read list, but we discuss so many epic horror short stories and novels that you won't be able to help...

FantasyCon 2019: Women vs. the world

This year has been an incredibly busy one for the BtGS girls, so when it came time to do our annual live episode at FantasyCon we decided to do something a little different. We threw caution to the wind and went for a fun and silly set-up. Let us assure you: major...

The moment of the novella with JY Yang

I have been thoroughly enjoying JY Yang’s Tensorate series of novellas so wanted to chat to them about blending science fiction and fantasy, non-binary representation in SFF, and using different structures and forms across a series!  Fair warning – there is a lot...