Shabcast 1


The long-threatened Shabogan Graffiti podcast - or Shabcast - is finally here.  Nobody asked for this, but you're getting it anyway.

Episode One is available to download here, bandwidth kindly provided by the very nice Pex Lives podcast fellas.  In a classic example of arrogant Trot entryism, I've infiltrated Pex Lives with two guest appearances on their podcast and am now barging to the front and taking over their bandwidth.

This first episode is basically a gargantuan, rambling chat between me and Phil Sandifer of TARDIS Eruditorum (which apparently I've been saying wrong as well as periodically spelling wrong) and other insanely long projects, with all the boring bits edited out (mostly the bits when I talk, or a couple of rubbish questions that didn't lead anywhere... this being the first 'interview' I've conducted since I was a journalism student about 712 years ago).

If you want, for some perverse and unfathomable reason, to listen to two men you don't know talking about television for pushing three hours, then today is your lucky day my friend.


Elizabeth Sandifer 6 years ago

Which questions was I too boring over to include? lol

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Jack Graham 6 years ago

I took out some of the more explicit death threats, that's all.

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5tephe 6 years ago

Finally managed to get around to reading this (it's been a busy month, with my wife's video blog) and loved it.

Very interesting to hear you both talk about Material Social Progress, Game of Thrones, and the other wide ranging topics: Phil, I look forward to your Solarpunk novella. Seriously, I'll buy that right up.

On GoT, I have this view of fantasy fiction that it divides neatly down the middle of the Atlantic, and would like both your thoughts, considering your two perspectives. Here's the divide that I see:

English fantasy tends to be about the rise of a Reluctant Prince into a Great King - Harry to Henry V, Strider to Aragorn. Because this reinforces and placates the insecurities of a nation that is comfortable with its hereditary power structure.

USAan fantasy is almost inevitably about the rise of a Disenfranchised Prince into a Worthy King - a bastard, or orphan, or farm boy, or lowly frontier noble, tends to Earn his way above his mostly nobly born counterparts. Can't think off the top of my head of anyone other than Garion becoming Belgarion in David Eddings' ridiculous series. And Jon Snow, of course. This is of course prevalent because it reinforces and placates the USA's own great myth of the self-made man, wresting the frontier under his own control because he was better than other men (or worked harder, or whatever).

Thoughts? Comments? Dismissive ridicule? All more or less welcome. Just wanted to chat to someone smarter than me about this for a while.

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Jarl 3 years, 7 months ago

2 years out of date, so it's super timely, and there's no reply notifications so you may very well never know that I posted this (indeed, this comment is aimed solely at ghosts) but I think your mention of farm boys pretty solidly hangs a lightsaber on another example of this phenomenon, even if his birthright is less royal than monastic. Though, amusingly, the twin takes up the royal (and, later, the martial) heritage of their parents instead, and does so in much more the British tradition of this model.

Also, to the ghost of Phil Sandifer, there's always the doctor who general wikia if the tardis data core isn't grabbing your attention the same way.

To the ghost of the Solarpunk discussion, the only thing coming to mind is I remember a lot of discussion on this topic coming up around the first Black Panther trailer. With the thought in mind that Afrofuturism is primarily an African American movement, would it be fair to speculate that Wakanda, especially the more utopian vision of Wakanda, is therefore an attempt at constructing an "African America" homeland? A society in which all the dispossessed diaspora can project the views, hopes, and anxieties encompassed in the phrases "the Old Country" or "the Old World"?

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