Dissecting Dragons: Episode 60: Comic Can’t - Conventions, Talks and Launches

March 31, 2017

Episode 60: Comic Can't - Conventions. Talks and Launches

 

This week the dragons draw on their own experiences, including their recent appearance at Winchester Comicon, and talk about conventions and book launches. From convention ettiquette and author event disasters to running a successful launch and things to look out for if you do a school visit or book signing, SFF authors J.A.Ironside and M.E.Vaughan take a light hearted look at the peaks and plateaus of appearing in public as an author. 

 

Title Music: Ecstasy-Smiling Cynic

 

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Dissecting Dragons: Episode 59: Room 101 - the Concept of Dystopian Hell

March 24, 2017

Episode 59: Room 101 - the Concept of Dystopian Hell

 

This week the dragons tackle the many kinds of dystopian fiction from the zombie apocalypse to false utopias. What is it that appeals - or repells - in dystopian fiction? Why do we want to end the world and create new societies - many of which are distinctly not an improvement on our own - in fiction? Drawing on classics such as Attwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Orwell's 1984 and Huxley's Brave New World and running the gammit through Logan's Run, Battle Royale, The Chrysalids, Divergent and the hunger games, intrepid SFF authors J.A.Ironside and M.E.Vaughan attempt to grapple with these questions as well as examine what would be in their own Room 101.

 

Title music: 'Ecstacy' by Smiling Cynic

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Dissecting Dragons: Episode 58: One Ring to Rule them All - Magical Artefacts that made the Hero

March 17, 2017

Episode 58: One Ring to Rule them All - Magical Artefacts that made the Hero

 

From the sword Excaliber to the One Ring which comes to Frodo Baggins, magical artefacts are often pitched into a story to throw the Hero of their current course and set them on there journey. This week the dragons will be looking at how this is done, when it works and when it doesn't. From Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials to Terry Goodkinds Sword of Truth, SFF authors M.E.Vaughan and J.A.Ironside will be examining the use of magical devices in the hero's journey.

 

Title Music: 'Ecstasy' by Smiling Cynic.

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Dissecting Dragons: Episode 57: Defying Gravity - the Incredible Unlikeliness of Musical Theatre

March 10, 2017

Episode 57: Defying Gravity - the Incredible Unlikeliness of Musical Theatre

 

The dragons have touched on musicals in passing in previous episodes but musical theatre tackles story in such a unique way that they thought the subject deserved a dedicated episode. (Plus they are both really big musical fans so bending the spec fic rule made total sense.) This week SFF authors J.A.Ironside and M.E.Vaughan will be looking at just how narrative structure differs between musicals and other kinds of narrative, what makes a musical work - or not, and where does our enduring love of adding music to some pretty gritty themes come from? On the slab this week the musicals of Rogers and Hammerstein, Sondheim, Andrew Lloyd Webber, as well as Wicked, The Book of Mormon and a breif whistle stop tour through opera.

 

Title Music: 'Ecstasy' by Smiling Cynic

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Dissecting Dragons: Episode 56: Symbiosis - Why we need Writing Buddies

March 3, 2017

Episode 56: Symbiosis - Why we need Writing Buddies

 

As writers, one of the most important relationships you'll form is with your writing buddy. But just how do you go about getting one? And what exactly is a writing buddy? SSF authors J.A.Ironside and M.E.Vaughan discuss what makes an ideal reader, how a writing buddy differs and what the different functions of alpha readers, beta readers, editors etc are. Drawing on their own experience, the dragons pack this episode with tips for finding your own set of writing buddies and becoming an effective writing buddy yourself.

 

Title music - Ecstacy by Smiling Cynic

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Dissecting Dragons: Episode 55: Break ‘em to Make ‘em - the Heroes who Rise from the Ashes

February 24, 2017

Episode 55: Break 'em to Make 'em - the Herose who Rise from the Ashes

 

This week the dragons examine the darkest part of the heroes journey - the point where suffering has reached a fever pitch and it appears as if nothing will ever go right again. The point where the character has been tortured by the writer to the point where you know as a reader that they will never be quite the same person you started rooting for when you began the book. Does adversity build character? Do you only truly meet and know a character when they are in extremis? Join us to find out. On the slab this week - Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harry Potter and of course, M.E.Vaughan herself as Jules quizzes her about her shocking treatment of her charcaters in book two of The Harmatia Cycle. (Sneak peeks at 'Blood of the Delphi included!)

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Dissecting Dragons: Episode 54: Frost Giants to Snow Queens - the Frozen Heart of Speculative Fiction

February 17, 2017

Episode 54: Frost Giants to Snow Queens - the Frozen Heart of Speculative Fiction

 

Extremes of cold, ice and snow all form the backdrop to many myths, legends and fairy tales. So much so that even in modern speculative fiction the archetype seems to have crept in. So what is it about ice and cold? What do they often unconsiciously represent in a narrative or in a character? This week SFF authors M.E.Vaughan and J.A.Ironside venture into the frozen north of the imagination to find out. Preserved in the permafrost awaiting dissection - classic fairy tales like Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen, East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Snow White, as well as depictions in myth ad legend such as the norse 'Fimblewinter', and modern interpretations in 'The Thing' and Fortitude'. Join us for a chilly trip into the human subconcious.

 

Title Music: 'Ecstasy' by Smiling Cynic

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Dissecting Dragons: Episode 53: The Wizard of Oz to Wicked - Adaptations and Reimagings in Speculative Fiction

February 10, 2017

Episode 53: The Wizard of Oz to Wicked - Adaptations and Reimaginings in Speculative Fiction

 

The dragons are delighted to welcome Hamish Steele back to the show this week, to talk about adapting and readapting speculative fiction for different media and audiences. Hamish is a freelance animation director and illustrator, who is currently working on several projects - annoyingly hush-hush - as well as the co-host of new podcast 'Box not Included'.  His graphic novel 'Pantheon' - about the humourous mythology of the Egyptian gods - is due for release soon. This week's episode focuses on what makes an adaptation or a reboot work? What's the difference? Why do some just not work? In the petri dish this week The Wizard of Oz (and many of it's adaptations), Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland, Phantom of the Opera, War of the Worlds, Howl's Moving Castle and many more

 

Title Music - Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic 

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Dissecting Dragons: Episode 52: Dragons, Wyverns and Wyrms - Happy Anniversary!

February 3, 2017

Episode 52: Dragons, Wyverns and Wyrms - Happy Anniversary

 

This week the dragons are celebrating their one year on air anniversary by actually talking about dragons. As well as dragon type beasties - including wyverns, sea serpents, wyrms and winged snakes. Looking at myths, legends and folklore as well as popular fims and books, the SFF authors J.A.Ironside and M.E.Vaughan, seek out the meaning behind one of the most enduring archetypes of all time. On the slab this week - How to Train your Dragon, Anne McCaffrey's Dragons of Pern, Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them and many more.

 

Title music - Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic

 

 

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Dissecting Dragons: Episode 51: Happily Ever After - the Evolution of the Disney Princess

January 27, 2017

Episode 51: Happily Ever After

 

This week SFF authors J.A.Ironside and M.E.Vaughan take a look at the tiny subsection of films that Disney Studios is best known and loved for - the Princess animated feature films. Comprising just a bear 24 (with a bit of license) of the 56 animated feature films produced by the studio, this is only a small slice of the total of all the films ever produced by the studio. So what is it that makes those films so enduring, appealing across divides of age, gender and generation? Find out as the dragons take a trip from 1937 to 2016, from Snow White to Moana.

 

Title Music - Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic

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