Interview episodes

Power and agency in dystopian YA with Melissa Welliver

Coming of age stories have long been a staple within speculative fiction genres, but in the last decade, we have seen an explosion of popularity in what publishers and booksellers refer to as YA – young adult – literature. And within that bracket, nothing is more...

The mash-up: science fiction and cosmic horror with Ada Hoffmann

The history of humanity is arguably the history of us trying to explain everything around us. Both science and religion have developed as divergent threads of this goal, inextricably linked but often at odds with one another. Science fiction and cosmic horror also...

Political fantasy with Katherine Addison

We talk about unequal societies a lot on this show, about privilege and power and who is in a position to use it. We wanted to take a critical look at a subgenre that maybe best reflects the democratic, bureaucratic society that many of us experience every day. Some...

Technology and the fear of change with Sarah Pinsker

Technological advances are incredible. Just think, the phone in your pocket is infinitely more powerful than the computers that sent the first spaceships to the moon! Technology has given us basic things we take for granted like running water and electricity, to more...

The power of love with Tasha Suri

Love can raise us up. Love can tear us down. It can be our strength, our weakness, and everything in between. And inevitably, love makes fools of us all. While we all enjoy reading a good romance, a love story is rarely just a love story. It has so many other uses...

Tackling the classics – with Nghi Vo

95 years after it was first published, the copyright on The Great Gatsby has expired. This great American novel has sold over 25 million copies since it was first published, despite initially disappointing sales. It is hard to believe now, with its cultural...

Revenge with Marjorie Liu

We actually recorded this episode WAY back in January, just after Biden's inauguration in the US. So, naturally, there is a bit of politics in this one given how wrapped up we all were in what was going on... you've been warned! An eye for an eye. You hurt me, I’ll...

Moving the frontier – with Stark Holborn

The frontier. The edge of civilisation. So far from the central government that laws are more like 'guidelines'. Where the sheriffs are crooked and the criminals ruthless; trains rarely go un-sacked and the cattle drive never goes to plan. Oh, and don't forget the...

Chosen Identities – with Charlie Jane Anders

Our identity is who we are. But for such a seemingly simple concept, our identities are extremely complex. We aren't the only ones who decide our identities. Society places labels on us that we often don’t feel represents who we are, or worse, forces us into very...