The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 167): 2012 Year in Review – What We Did and Didn’t Like

In episode 167 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and his rag-tag band of panelists, discuss:

2012 YEAR IN REVIEW

  • Which 2012 Debut work (movie/short story/book) most impressed you?
  • Which 2012 book that you were really looking forward to, delivered on your expectations and why?
  • Which 2012 book that you were really looking forward to failed miserably and why?
  • Which 2012 movies disappointed and why?
  • Which 2012 movies most impressed you and why?

This week’s panel:

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8 thoughts on “The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 167): 2012 Year in Review – What We Did and Didn’t Like”

  1. I agree with Paul on Chris Roberson’s Threshold book. I actually thought the world was interesting, but it seemed like a long travelogue, and I stopped around page 100.

  2. Finally got around to listening – disagree entirely with the takes on Scalzi’s “Redshirts.” It is not my favorite Scalzi novel, but I think people who were wanting it to be something other than it is haven’t liked the book as much. I would argue that the second half of the novel is far-and-away better than the first half. Precisely -because- Scalzi gets away from the funny and tackles some bigger issues. Indeed – I felt the 3 “codas” at the end were possibly the three best things Scalzi has written because they forced him to get away from the “snarky protagonist” that almost all his novels feature.

    If you wanted this to be a funny send up of Star Trek, you’re kind of missing the point of the novel. It’s much more about writing and science fiction and tropes in the way Fred talks about with “Cabin in the Woods” – indeed, I think both “Redshirts” and “Cabin in the Woods” share a lot in common. It shocked me that Fred actually said he wanted a scifi “Cabin in the Woods” after having earlier panned “Redshirts,” which is essentially -that-.

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