Warp Drives #36: Black Panther

Black Panther was one of the best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date. This week, we talk about the costumes, music, story, and characters in this amazing movie.

Here’s an interesting featurette on the music from the movie from io9.

Warp Drives #36: Black Panther

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Warp Drives #35: Space Unicorn Blues

TJ wrote a book! Space Unicorn Blues will be out from Angry Robot Books on July 3, 2018. We talk about how an offhand comment from Dave inspired TJ to spite-write the weirdest space opera she could come up with… and then she sold it!

We talk about upcoming conventions we’re attending, the editing process, and the role of sensitivity readers.

Warp Drives #35: Space Unicorn Blues

Warp Drives #34: Eliza’s pH Balance

The Shape of Water wasn’t our favorite film of the year, but there were a few things we enjoyed about this modern-day fairy tale. We’re also quite concerned about Eliza’s pH balance, because she was being intimate with a fish man in a bathtub full of what looked like potpourri.

We also say that we’re going to talk about Star Trek: Discovery, but don’t get your hopes up. We ran long on The Shape of Water, so we didn’t, but that discussion is in the previous episode!

Warp Drives #34: Eliza’s pH Balance

All the Birds…

I just (finally) finished reading “All the Birds in the Sky” by Charlie Jane Anders. I realize I’m like 2 years behind everyone on this one, but it’s been on my TBR pile for some time now. I really enjoyed this story. Charlie Jane has a wonderful grasp on creating both beautiful and quirky prose that’s really fun to read. The way the story was crafted, her writing reminded me a bit of Lemony Snicket with the tiny edge of sass in almost every page.

The story overall reminded me of a combination between Romeo and Juliet, meets Harry Potter, meets a Quentin Tarantino movie (shuffling the story a bit to reveal details that happen in the past at later points forward). It was a great read, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes both Fantasy OR Science Fiction. Lots of fun.

As always, I listen to most of my books, therefore, the narration is a key part of my experience. This one was narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan who did a lovely job. It was really professionally done, and she handled the numerous characters with a lot of class. If you haven’t read this already, then you’re under a rock! Go read it now!

 

Warp Drives #33: The Astromycologists

We return to the mirror universe in episode 11 of Star Trek: Discovery and were exasperated to find that even more main characters are kicking the bucket. But some are returning to life… and there were some incredibly satisfying moments as well. And what about Tilly’s amazing angular haircut?

We also talk about the SFWA Recommended Reading List and how we plan to use it to get a jump on award season reading this year.

Warp Drives #33: The Astromycologists

Warp Drives #32: Interdimensional Queers

The midseason premiere of Star Trek: Discovery was so fraught with emotion that we spend an entire episode reeling from it. We are shook. There were reveals, transformations, and a sudden death that had us scream-crying in our chairs. Strap in for some Discovery spoilers, because we’re talking about every tiny detail.

Note that because emotions were running high, this episode is very sweary right out of the gate and does not let up.

Warp Drives #32: Interdimensional Queers

Getting ‘Haunted’

The last couple of weeks have been a bit of a mixed bag for TJ and I around the house. I took a couple of well deserved weeks off from work, to rest and recharge. Got to play with the boys, build some models and do lots of baking. With that comes the annual flock of relatives descending into our little pocket of quiet, with their different ways of doing things, mannerisms and general squishy people-ness.

As I headed back to work this week and had the first quiet moments in the car commuting in a couple of weeks I eagerly went back to my happy place; listening to podcasts particularly those from the Escape Artists team.

One of my faves is Pseudopod, particularly because they have the ability to bring both a strong speculative element into each horror story that they select, but also don’t rely on the easy tropes of torture porn, and guts to get your emotions rolling but instead use shadows, anticipation and fear of the unknown to pull my triggers.

The story this week was no dissapointment, and as with all other work by this brilliant author; Sarah Gailey had me nearly in tears in support of an inanimate object, and a riveting story about domestic abuse. Haunted, is a dark story that explores the ideas around codependency between people and perhaps some of the things around us. I loved this one, and can’t wait to hear what’s next!

Warp Drives #31: Dirty One

We kick off the new year and Season Two with episode dirty… uh thirty-one. Who thought we would ever make it this far?

Dave and TJ to way deep into The Last Jedi. Spoiling everything and generally ruining the movie for everyone.

Why do the Porgs kill Mon Mothma? How can Anakin Skywalker be back from the dead? Why does Han Solo feel the need to speak only in Esperanto? We answer these questions and more.

Warp Drives #31: Dirty One