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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.

    SF/F Worlds We Would and Would Not Visit

    SF/F Worlds We Would and Would Not Visit

    Jenn and guest Erica Ezeifedi discuss a handful of good news stories including the winners of the Shirley Jackson Awards, and talk about fictional worlds.
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    NEWS DISCUSSED
    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever smashes box office records [The Mary Sue]
    Shirley Jackson Award Winners 2021 [Locus]
    Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur Teaser [Twitter]

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    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    Valerie Valdes’s world of the Chilling Effect series
    Nghi Vo’s Singing Hills Cycle world
    The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova
    Premee Mohamad’s The Rising world
    Micaiah Johnson’s The Space Between Worlds
    Charlie Jane Anders’ City in the Middle of the Night
    Murderbot Universe by Martha Wells
    Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark
    Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
    The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
    Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings
    The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
    Alice by Christina Henry (many content warnings)
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Backlist to the Future, with Wintery Reads

    Backlist to the Future, with Wintery Reads

    This week, Sharifah discusses two of her favorite SF/F reads with wintery vibes.
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    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (cw: antisemitism, domestic abuse, child abuse, mention of rape & sexual assault, death of a child, animal death)
    Radio Silence by Alyssa Cole (cw: racism, attempted rape)
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    • 14 min
    Our SF/F Picks For Holiday Gifting

    Our SF/F Picks For Holiday Gifting

    Sharifah and Jenn answer listener requests and give their favorites for gifting this holiday season in an extra-long episode!
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    LISTENER QUESTIONS
    1. Hi there,
    I heard you were looking for holiday recommendation requests. I would like to ask for readalikes for books like Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell or A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland. (I’ve been really enjoying the “Red White & Royal Blue but make it fantasy/scifi” trend lately.)
    Thank you,
    Morgan
    2. Hi Sharifah and Jenn,
    I’m looking for SF/F gifting advice for my dad. He used to be a big fantasy reader when he was younger (some of his favorite authors were Ursula K. Le Guin and Terry Pratchett) but doesn’t read as much now. The last SF/F he read and loved was the Murderbot series. Do you have any SF/F recommendations that are fast-paced, on the shorter side, and possibly reminiscent of classic fantasy?
    I love the podcast and particularly love that you recommend excellent new and backlist titles.
    Thank you,
    Emma

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    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (cw: racism, misogyny)
    The Tensorate Series by Neon Yang (cw: harm to children including medical experimentation and death)
    Spear by Nicola Griffith (cw: mention of rape)
    Light Years from Home by Mike Chen (cw: dementia, loss of a parent) 
    The Dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach (cw: so many, espec homo/trans phobia and body horror)
    The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna (cw: child neglect)
    The Way Spring Arrives And Other Stories, edited by Yu Chen and Regina Kanyu Wang (cw: many, depending on story)
    The Cartographers by Peng Shepherd

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Backlist To The Future, With Airships

    Backlist To The Future, With Airships

    This week, Jenn discusses airships in SF/F, courtesy of a listener request!
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    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    Ann Sei Lin’s Rebel Skies
    Nisi Shawl’s Everfair
    P. Djeli Clark’s Black God’s Drums
    Ken Liu’s Dandelion Dynasty series
    See Also:

    Alexis Hall’s Prosperity series

    Maria Dahvana Headley’s Magonia series

    Gail Carriger, Cherie Priest, Katherin Addison’s Goblin Emperor series


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    • 13 min
    SF/F Pop Culture Highlights

    SF/F Pop Culture Highlights

    Sharifah and guest, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, author of The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred, discuss exciting news from Wakanda, the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction winner and finalists, shout out some of their SF/F pop culture highlights of the year, so far, and more.
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    Get your SF/F gifting questions in to sffyeah@bookriot.com by November 10!

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    NEWS
    Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Tracking for $175M Opening [Variety]
    The 2022 Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction Winner and Finalists
    Never Let Me Go Drama Series [Hollywood Reporter]
    MEDIA DISCUSSED
    The Midnight Club (based on the Christopher Pike books) [Netflix]
    Alien Series marathon (Prometheus)
    Everything Everywhere All at Once
    Prey and Predator series marathon
    The DragonCon Costume Recap [New York Times]
    Pantheon [AMC+]
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Backlist To The Future, With Gifting Ideas

    Backlist To The Future, With Gifting Ideas

    This week, Sharifah discusses two backlist SF/F titles that are great for gifting.
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    Check out our Reading the Stars giveaway!

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    BOOKS DISCUSSED
    The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo
    Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfař
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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
161 Ratings

161 Ratings

847buckykatt ,

Great Content for the Genre's I'm most interested in

Just started listening, and I profess to skipping over conversation that isn't about the books sometimes. But the book discussion/ reviews are wonderful depcitions of the narrative and details about how the book reads that is compelling. I think the content warnings are great because it prepares people for what elements of the books that may be hard, or even if its just something they have to not buy because they can't handle those elements. I'd much rather get that piece from the reviewer than for an author to have to "smooth the edges" of their work to gain acceptance for their piece.

malfoxley ,

Great show!

The hosts of the SFF Yeah! podcast highlight all aspects of science fiction, fantasy and more in this can’t miss podcast! The hosts and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

Sydyrae ,

Sprouted love of SFF!

I have always enjoyed YA and middle grade Fantasy books. I didn’t realize how much I also loved adult options. This podcast has really illuminated all the wondrous places you can go through SFF! Sharifa and Jenn are the best hosts!

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