Podcast (5): Women Make SF Across the Media Universe!

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Episode Five: Fan Grrling (feat. Katie Heffner)

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We’re taking a break from focussing on #WomenMakeSF and taking an episode to think about women in SF fandoms and talk about our fan experiences. We are joined by OUR FIRST GUEST on the podcast, science fiction scholar and historian of science Katie Heffner who is an expert on fanzines and the history and position of these artefacts in US/UK fan practice. Katie tells us about women’s use of self-publishing to engage with fans, SF, and science. Sharing with joy not with judgement.

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Podcast (4): Women Make SF Across the Media Universe!

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Episode Four: Ladies of the Lakes (water, waves, and women)

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The sea merges myth and science – both a source of deep fear (and thus myth) and massive rewards (and thus science). In SF the oceans can be a space of imagined futures, a frontier, and a dangerous yet bountiful environment. We noticed a trend in the women directed movies we have been watching that focus around the theme of the sea and water, so this episode explores the sea in women made SF and the mythic connection between science, the sea, and female experiences.

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Podcast (3): Women Make SF Across the Media Universe!

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Episode Three: Women Make SF TV (aka stop cancelling my shows)

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We take a break from film to gab about our favourite women-created SF TV (which, given how short the list is, is all of them): Emergence, Vagrant Queen, Sense8, Killjoys!, Westworld, Altered Carbon, Roswell New Mexico, iZombie, Russian Doll, Jessica Jones, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Podcast (2): Women Make SF Across the Media Universe!

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Episode Two: Defining SF is hard


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What is SF? Why “SF” and not “scifi”? In this episode we follow up on the ideas from the opening episode as we debate what really qualifies as science fiction. We also discuss our first three watch party movies: Welcome II the Terrordome (dir. Ngozi Onwurah, 1993), Tank Girl (dir. Rachel Talalay, 1995), and Évolution (dir. Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2015).

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Podcast (1): Women Make SF Across the Media Universe!

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Episode One: Launching Women Make SF


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In our inaugural episode, we introduce you to us as your hosts, and the project itself: where it came from, what it is, and where we expect it to go.

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PODCAST: Comma Press Podcast The History of the Future (S2:E1)

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A long time ago in a place far far away called Before the Lockdown (aka Manchester, January 2020), I was invited to be a guest on the award-winning Comma Press Podcast for the opening episode of series two to help introduce the central theme for this series: FUTURES.

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PODCAST: The Anthill Podcast: Science by the seaside (British Science Festival 2017)

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At the end of summer 2017 I was in Brighton for the annual British Science Festival having organised an event for the History of Science Section of the British Science Festival. I sang at the science festival, because of course I did, and The Conversation featured us on their podcast. They described our contribution like this: Continue reading “PODCAST: The Anthill Podcast: Science by the seaside (British Science Festival 2017)”

Why science fiction set in the near future is so terrifying

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From Humans to Westworld, from Her to Ex Machina, and from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D to Black Mirror – near future science fiction in recent years has given audiences some seriously unsettling and prophetic visions of the future. According to these alternative or imagined futures, we are facing a post-human reality where humans are either rebelled against or replaced by their own creations. These stories propose a future where our lives will be transformed by science and technology, redefining what it is to be human. Continue reading “Why science fiction set in the near future is so terrifying”