Episode 17: Be Bloody, Bold, and Resolute

Welcome to the October Episode of the Hugo Award-winning SF Squeecast! Episode 17 is called “Be Bloody, Bold, and Resolute.” This episode features the SF Squeecast regulars Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, and Very Special Guest Ellen Kushner! In this episode we squeed about:

Ellen also answered our silly questions.

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Additional credits: Special thanks to our webmaster, Dmitri Zagidulin, our technical producer David McHone-Chase, Jeff Bohnhoff at Mystic Fig Studios for the instrumentals of music by Seanan McGuire, Katy Shuttleworth, who made our ROCKING logo, and Michael Damian Thomas for general administrative support.

8 Responses to “Episode 17: Be Bloody, Bold, and Resolute”

  1. tam Says:

    John Scalzi’s The God Engines is the gender mysterious novel of which you speak.

  2. lynnethomas Says:


  3. Paul (@princejvstin) Says:

    Fun episode.

    As I mentioned on Twitter, “The Tell Tale Heart” by Poe also has a non-gender specified protagonist.

  4. lynnethomas Says:

    Thank you!

  5. Julia (@mizzelle) Says:

    The non-gender specified mystery series mentioned by Ellen Kushner was the Hilary Tamar series by the late Sarah Caudwell. Four books are in the series: Thus Was Adonis Murdered, The Shortest Way to Hades, The Sirens Sang of Murder, and The Sibyl in Her Grave.

  6. lynnethomas Says:

    Great! Thank you!

  7. Not that Frank Says:

    Actually, the Scalzi stunt writing genderless character is Sam, Archie the hacker’s romantic partner in The Android’s Dream. No pronouns anywhere in the book, and no indication whether they were a same-sex couple or mixed. I assumed same (probably ‘cuz I have LGBT siblings). Rereading it after John let out the secret, I like it much less with the possibility that Sam is female.

    Someone who does this even better is Melissa Scott. In The Kindly Ones, the central/viewpoint character, Trey, is never pronouned, never gendered, even though Trey has sexual relationships with members of both genders.

    Trey’s profession?


  8. tam Says:

    We are known as ‘the smart internet people’.