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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 021): Interview with Bud Sparhawk + The Best Book Debuts of 2010

In episode 21 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester asks:

Q: Which new author published in 2010 stands out in your mind?

Everyone has to start somewhere – which genre author published this year stands out as a bright and shining star destined to go on to great things?

Later, Patrick Hester & John DeNardo sit down to talk with prolific science fiction and fantasy author Bud Sparhawk.


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1 Comment on The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 021): Interview with Bud Sparhawk + The Best Book Debuts of 2010

  1. This is much later than the podcast but I was listening to it for recommendations and since I was writing them down anyway, I decided to transcribe the list for anyone else who stumbles on the podcast and wants to remember who they recommended! I’ve listened to this at least 3 or 4 times and I keep forgetting all of the books

    Scott Cupp

    The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi Released in Sept in the UK by Gollancz, will be released May 10, 2011 by Tor in the US. Multiple printings, first printings already in triple digits.

    How to Live in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu Hadn’t personally read but had heard great things about it.

    Lisa Paitz Spindler

    The Midnight Guardian by Sarah-Jane Stratford Alternate history vampires during World War II from a tarantino (?)-character’s pov.

    Darkborn by Alison Sinclair Fantasy novel about creatures that can only live in the dark and creatures that can only live in the light and how they coexist in a city together.

    Jessica Strider

    State of Decay by James Knapp Cop finds Revivors (technologically reanimated corpses) and returns them to their proper place in society, doing whatever menial jobs they are supposed to be doing.

    Veracity by Laura Bynum 1984 style repressive society, mc joins the resistance when her daughter’s name is redlisted.

    Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal A world where illusion magic is one of the womany arts, similar to Jane Austen.

    The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin Fantasy with great mythology, intrigue and very interesting characters.

    Mr. Shivers by Robert Jackson Bennett If you like horror, the novel is about a man who chases death in depression-era America.

    Fred Kiesche

    Installing Linux on a Dead Badger by Lucy Snyder Series of vignettes as if you have zombies working for you or you need a manual on installing linux on a dead Badger, etc.

    Grand Central Arena by Ryk E. Spoor One of the best homage’s to Doc Smith that he’s seen in years.

    Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia A surprise paperback bestseller. It’s about a secret organization that kills monsters.

    Clifton Hill

    Spellwright by Blake Charlton Classic fantasy in many ways, leaps off the page from the beginning with the character and a vivid world. It has a unique take on magic and the author’s personal inclusion of dyslexia as a major and person element of conflict in the book made it shine. It wasn’t perfect but aptly showed he could write.

    Patrick Rothfuss, Dan Wells, Peter V. Brett, he is itching to read.

    John DeNardo

    The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer A literary steampunk novel of quite high calibre, it’s more literary than romantic and seems to have something to say about technology and how we rely on it which gave it an extra weight.

    The Breach by Patrick Lee An ex-cop becomes entangled with a secret organization that is tasked with studying mysterious alien artifacts that come through another dimension. It’s a lot of fun, non-stop action, very engrossing. First half reads like mainstream thriller.





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