The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 133): Panel Discussion: Book Spoilers – How Long is the Moratorium?

In episode 132 of the Hugo Nominated SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to weigh in on: Book Spoilers – How Long is Too Long?  Do some people take it too far?

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8 thoughts on “The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 133): Panel Discussion: Book Spoilers – How Long is the Moratorium?”

  1. I enjoyed this podcast. And it struck a chord with me enough that I’m even posting a comment.

    I think it’s always nice to give readers and/or listeners a short warning if you’re going to talk about anything major. Then it’s the reader’s/listener’s choice. If they keep going, it’s on their heads, not yours.

    I live in the far reaches of the world compared to the USA (aka New Zealand), which often puts me behind in getting hold of things, not to mention finding the time to read/watch/listen. Ebooks have helped, but geographic restrictions (a soapbox you do not want me to climb upon) often delay or outright prevent the purchase even of ebooks if you’re not in the US.

    So I guess, I’m just saying that even in the internet-connected world, some parts of it are slower to get stuff than others. As for old books, no-one has had time to read them all, so if someone mentions one I haven’t read, even if it is 20 or 50 years old, I like to get the chance to know if I want to know what the twists are or not. Your discussion might have me itching to read it by the time you reach the spoilers.

    All of which is why I always really appreciate a word of warning. Like I said, once you’ve warned me, it’s on my head if I decide to keep reading your review/listening to your podcast.

  2. I think it was Stina (sorry if I got that wrong!) that said she loves to re-read the collaboration by Wurts and Feist that starts with Daughter of the Empire, travels through Mistress of the Empire and concludes with Servant of the Empire.

    I second this suggestion for annual reading. I’m on my second copy of the trilogy because the first one just fell apart from too many years of consumption.

    I’ll also throw out there that I love reading The Long Run by Daniel Keys Moran every year. Excellent cyberpunk book!

    Lastly, I’ll get back on topic. :) As far as spoilers go, I hate them for movies because they are so accessible and easy to get to. If someone drops the ending to a movie on me, I tend to avoid it until it hits DVD. I hope that by then I’ll have flushed the conversation from my mind and can enjoy the flick. For books… I’m SO FAR BEHIND on my reading that a spoiler to a book won’t affect me one little bit. It’s going to take me forever to get to a book that I buy today. I’m probably 2-3 years behind on my reading list.

    Maybe I should do something about that, eh?

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