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SFF Yeah!

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SFF Yeah! is a biweekly show dedicated to the latest happenings and our favorite recommendations from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy.

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SFF Yeah! is a biweekly show dedicated to the latest happenings and our favorite recommendations from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy.

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By Mamacita329 - Apr 04 2019
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I love every episode! Even when the main topic isn’t my jam, I love listening to the news discussions. I nearly always end up with books added to my tbr. I started listening because I enjoy Jenn’s recs on Get Booked. She’s enough to listen on her own, but Sharifa is wonderful, too and they often have very different books to talk about.

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By Yarn and Cats - Aug 06 2017
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These women are basically me, so I love this. If you love fantasy / SFF it is great!

iTunes Ratings

97 Ratings
Average Ratings
77
14
3
2
1

Don’t miss an episode

By Mamacita329 - Apr 04 2019
Read more
I love every episode! Even when the main topic isn’t my jam, I love listening to the news discussions. I nearly always end up with books added to my tbr. I started listening because I enjoy Jenn’s recs on Get Booked. She’s enough to listen on her own, but Sharifa is wonderful, too and they often have very different books to talk about.

Great!

By Yarn and Cats - Aug 06 2017
Read more
These women are basically me, so I love this. If you love fantasy / SFF it is great!
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SFF Yeah!

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SFF Yeah! is a biweekly show dedicated to the latest happenings and our favorite recommendations from the worlds of science fiction and fantasy.

Rank #1: SFF Yeah Ep. #19: Very Long, Very Good Books

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss Firefly books, Star Wars news, writing retreats, and long books that are worth the read. This episode is sponsored by The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and Your One and Only by Adrianne Finlay.   News: Firefly is getting books! Live-action Sword in the Stone might have a director Benioff & Weiss to write Star Wars films Star Wars Writers/Directors dominated by white men Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer George R.R. Martin starts 'Worldbuilder Scholarship' for aspiring fantasy, sci-fi writers   Books Discussed: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delaney Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (out March 6) Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
Feb 14 2018
50 mins
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Rank #2: 25: #25: Immortality, It's Not Just For Vampires

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Ursula Le Guin's electronica album, immortality in SF/F, and more.

This episode is sponsored by Vicious by V.E. Schwab and Annotated.

News

Star Wars takes a step forward with a black female director

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery gameplay discussion

Ursula K Le Guin's electronica album

'Game of Thrones' Book 6 'The Winds of Winter' Won't Publish This Year

Books Discussed

My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due (trigger warnings: racism, lynching, sexual assault, harm to children)

Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor (trigger warning: self-harm)

May 09 2018
50 mins
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Rank #3: 50: #50: Dune Book Club with Ausma Zehanat Khan

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Jenn and special guest Ausma Zehanat Khan dig into Dune by Frank Herbert, including fancasting the upcoming movie adaptation!

Books & Links:

Ausma Zehanat Khan on Recommended

The Bloodprint and The Black Khan by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Dune by Frank Herbert

Post: Dune and white savior narratives

Post: Arab representation in casting

Post: Latest casting news

Apr 03 2019
30 mins
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Rank #4: 31: #31: School Stories

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss new books from Becky Chambers and NK Jemisin, Worldcon, the World Fantasy Awards, school stories, and more.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders, Suicide Club by Rachel Heng, and Contagion by Erin Bowman.


News:

New books are coming from Becky Chambers and NK Jemisin!

What is going on at Worldcon?

Update: Voting closed on July 31, 2018. Mary Robinette Kowal led a team updating the programming.

Anne Rice’s ‘The Vampire Chronicles’ In The Works At Hulu

World Fantasy Award finalists announced

Books Discussed

Galaxy Game by Karen Lord (tw: domestic violence)

The Poppy War by RF Kuang (tw: graphic violence including rape)

Never Let Me Go by Kazou Ishiguro

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Aug 01 2018
51 mins
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Rank #5: 27: #27: Cozy Reads

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Jenn and guest Alex Acks, a.k.a. Alex Wells, discuss the Nebula winners, the upcoming Lord of the Rings series, and more, and recommend cozy reads.

Wells is a Book Riot contributor and author of Hunger Makes the Wolf, Blood Binds the Pack, and Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures.

This episode is sponsored by Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner and our $500 bookstore gift card giveaway.


News

Follow up: Amazon did save The Expanse

The Nebula Award winners were announced

Check out the Nommo Awards for African Speculative Fiction

Zack Snyder wants to make The Fountainhead as a movie

Aragorn might be the star of the LOTR series

Books Discussed

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Provenance by Ann Leckie

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Jun 06 2018
45 mins
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Rank #6: 20: Favorite Series

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Nebula nominations, Black Panther, their favorite series, and more.

This episode is sponsored by The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus, and The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller.

News Discussed:

This year’s Nebula nominations have been announced

Black Panther Is A Box Office Smash!!!!

Bonus: great round-up of thread on the African cultures featured in and inspiring Black Panther

Sam Raimi to direct Name of the Wind adaptation?

Shape of Water review

Books Discussed:

Swordspoint/Tremontaine by Ellen Kushner and now lots of other folks (related: Serial Box got a round of funding)

Pluto by Naoki Urasawa and Ozamu Tezuka

Discworld by Terry Pratchett (but particularly the Tiffany Aching series)

The Patternist series by Octavia Butler

Feb 28 2018
50 mins
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Rank #7: 21: SFF In Translation

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss Discworld and His Dark Materials adaptations, cover kerfuffles, and science fiction and fantasy in translation.

This episode is sponsored by The Glass Blade by Ryan Wieser and Scribesby James Wolanyk.

News:

Terry Goodkind’s hates his new cover

And then doubled down.

Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ Set For TV Adaptation

His Dark Materials’ Adaptation Casting

Books Discussed:

Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck

The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu

Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright

Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, translated by Olena Bormashenko

Mar 14 2018
50 mins
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Rank #8: 39: #39: Best Opening and Ending Lines

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss Dracula marginalia, the Discworld adaptation, the NOMMO awards, and the best opening and closing lines of SFF.

This episode is sponsored by Jade City by Fonda Lee; Lost Arrow, Book I of The Kalelah Series by Marshall Ross; and Fantastic Beasts: The Magizoologist’s Discovery Case.


News

Terry Pratchett’s The Watch lands at BBC

NOMMO Award winners!

London Library Discovers Bram Stoker's Dracula Notes Scribbled In Margins Of Its Books

Naomi Watts cast for GoT prequel

Books Discussed

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris (tw: rape)

The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin (tw: harm to children)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (TW: Rape; child abuse)

Nov 07 2018
49 mins
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Rank #9: 33: Trilogies

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Hugo winners, a tabletop RPG for The Expanse, His Dark Materials casting, favorite trilogies, and more.

This episode is sponsored by Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu, Mirage by Somaiya Daud, and Nightblood by Elly Blake.

News:

A historic win for NK Jemisin at the Hugos

The Expanse is getting a tabletop RPG

Ursula K. Le Guin Sci-Fi ‘Nine Lives’ Gets Movie Adaptation

BBC His Dark Materials adaptation casts witch queen Serafina Pekkala 

New HARRY POTTER Books (Including a Hogwarts Pop-Up) Coming This October

Books Discussed:

Machineries of Empire by Yoon Ha Lee (Ninefox Gambit, Raven Stratagem, Revenant Gun)

(R)evolution series by Stephanie Saulter (Gemsigns, Binary, Regeneration) -- trigger warning: hate crimes

The Broken Earth series by NK Jemisin (Fifth Season, Obelisk Gate, Stone Sky)

Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore (Graceling, Fire, Bitterblue)

Binti trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor (Binti, Home, The Night Masquerade)

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass)

Aug 29 2018
47 mins
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Rank #10: 49: #49: International SF/F

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss the Harry Potter AR game, the return of Bill & Ted, international SF/F, and more.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders,  A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, and Enchantée by Gita Trelease.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here.

The show can also be found on Stitcher here.

To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!

News

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter Announce BILL & TED 3 Release Date

Time Bandits TV series with Taika Waititi

Harry Potter AR game details!

Full Stranger Things Trailer

Books Discussed

Tentacle by Rita Indiana, translated by Achy Obejas (tw: rape, transphobia, racial slurs)

Future Fiction, edited by Bill Campbell

tw: Suicide, “Grey Noise” and “Proposition 23”

Bestiality, “The International Studbook of the Giant Panda”

Animal and human experimentation, “Creative Surgery”

World of Fantasy Day on Book Riot

Vita Nostra by Marina and Sergey Dyachenko, transl. by Julia Meitov Hersey

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice (Recommended episode)

Mar 27 2019
43 mins
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Rank #11: 29: #29: Sci-Fi Bingo

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss Harlan Ellison, A Discovery of Witches, the Locus Award winners, and recommend some sci-fi sub-genres.

This episode is sponsored by our $500 YA Giveaway and Book Riot Insiders.

News:

Ron Howard might add to Willow.

Harlan Ellison is Dead.

Locus Awards Winners!

A Discovery of Witches trailer is here but still doesn’t have a US air date or network.

Question from Karen:

"Over the past three years my friends and I have spent the month of July reading and talking about Science Fiction books - we call it Sci-Fi July. For the last two years I've made a BINGO card with 24 categories to help "guide" our reading a bit throughout the month (this was totally inspired by the Read Harder Challenge). I'm copy+pasting our big list of past categories and some of our ideas for 2018 at the end of this e-mail, but I'd LOVE to get some suggestions from you two for new sci-fi categories to help us stretch our reading this summer!"

Books:

Science Fantasy: All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Alternate History: Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard

YA Science Fiction/Video Games: Warcross by Marie Lu

Sci-Fi Mystery: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams

Jul 04 2018
47 mins
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Rank #12: SFF Yeah Ep. #18: More Evil Than Crabbe and Goyle

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss Ursula K. Le Guin and lots of adaptation news, and recommend weird westerns. This episode is sponsored by The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert and Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh.   News: Ursula K. Le Guin Has Died The Voldemort fan-made movie Hogwarts Mystery game trailer Bidding War for MaddAddam trilogy adaptation Bryan Fuller is working on an Anne Rice TV series   Books Discussed: The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin The Earthsea Cycle River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee Daisy Kutter: The Last Train by Kazu Kibuishi The Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente
Jan 31 2018
43 mins
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Rank #13: 44: #44: Most Anticipated Series of 2019

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss wizardly puppies, Bandersnatch, their most anticipated sequels of 2019, and more.

This episode is sponsored by the Read Harder JournalSlayer by Kiersten White, and Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via Apple Podcasts here.

The show can also be found on Stitcher here.

To get even more SF/F news and recs, sign up for our Swords and Spaceships newsletter!

News 

This Puppy Learned “Harry Potter” Spells And Hermione Is Screaming

We May Never See All of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Disney Princesses Play ‘Dungeons & Dragons’

The dumb of the Bird Box Challenge

Books Discussed

The True Queen (Sorcerer Royal #2) by Zen Cho, Mar 12

Cat Sebastian recommends Sorcerer to Crown on Recommended

Mahimata by Rati Mehrotra, Mar 5 (Asiana #2)

Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse, Apr 23 (Sixth World #2) – tw: gore and cannibalism

Ruse by Cindy Pon, Mar 12 (Want #2)

Hexarchate Stories by Yoon Ha Lee, June 25 (Machineries of Empire)

Children of Virtue and Vengeance (Legend of Orisha #2) by Tomi Adeyemi (March 5)

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black (Jan 8)

Rosewater Insurrection by Tade Thompson (Mar 12)

Binti Trilogy omnibus (Feb 5)

Jan 16 2019
49 mins
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Rank #14: 26: #26: Books About the Arts

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss books about the arts, SF/F TV news, the Ursula Le Guin documentary, and more.

This episode is sponsored by Legendary by Stephanie Garber and our bookstore gift card giveaway.

News

She-Ra Update!

Ursula K. Le Guin Documentary

Expanse cancelled

Note: post-recording, The Expanse was indeed picked up by Amazon

Netflix doubling down on SF/F

Books Discussed

The Chimes by Anna Smaill

Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (trigger warning: self harm/suicide)

May 23 2018
48 mins
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Rank #15: SFF Yeah Ep. #2: Genius Insane Ghost

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Sharifah and Jenn discuss news including the 2017 Bailey's Prize winner and The Passage casting, and talk favorite villains. This episode is sponsored by Libby and Book Riot Insiders. Subscribe to the podcast via RSS here, or via iTunes here. The show can also be found on Stitcher here.   News The 2017 Bailey’s Winner is a science fiction novel A critique of the book from a BR writer The Hunger Games inspires a real life hero The Passage TV series casting: Zack Morris is Brad Wolgast  Racebent casting of The Girl With All the Gifts   Books Discussed: Favorite Villains Shuos Jedao from Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee Lek from the Graceling series by Kristin Cashore The Beast from The Magicians by Lev Grossman Sydney from The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden Nimona from Nimona by Noelle Stevenson Commandant/Keris Veturia and The Nightbringer from the Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir The Darkling from the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Jun 21 2017
44 mins
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