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You are invited to join me for a special Live SF Signal Podcast recording on Saturday, October 25th at 4 PM at MileHiCon 46 in the Denver Tech Center.

Guests include:

Stop by, say hello and be part of the podcast!

In episode 265 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester gathers Carol Berg, Betsy Dornbusch, Travis Heermann and Josh Vogt to discuss:

MileHiCon 46 past and present. Specifically:

  • About their MileHiCon experiences
  • What’s their favorite part of the con?
  • What’s their favorite MileHiCon memory/moment?
  • What they will be doing / what panels they’ll be on?
  • What they’re looking forward to?
  • Why they think our listeners should attend?

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Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I’m taking a look at a new graphic novel adaptation of Brent Weeks’ The Way of Shadows.

From the post:

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks is the first book in The Night Angel Trilogy. Yen Press, an imprint of Hachette Book Group has just released a graphic novel adaptation by Ivan Brandon and Andy MacDonald. I first learned about the graphic novel when Weeks visited Denver as part of his book tour for The Broken Eye, book three in his Lightbringer series. Having enjoyed the Yen Pres adaptations of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate books, I was excited to see how Shadows transferred to the comics medium. For the most part, I wasn’t disappointed.

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In episode 264 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester sits down with author and MileHiCon #46 Author Guest of Honor, Michael Swanwick.

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In episode 263 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester sits down with author and MileHiCon #46 Toastmaster, Jeanne C. Stein.

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In episode 262 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates gather Greg van Eekhout, Rose Bailey, and Michael R. Underwood to discuss Urban Fantasy!

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Hellblazer: Original Sin

This week on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at the character of John Constantine in Hellblazer: Original Sins.

From the post:

Created by Alan Moore and Stephen R. Bissette, John Constantine, who first appeared in the pages of The Saga of The Swamp Thing, became the featured character in Hellblazer. A Liverpool native, Constantine is a working-class magician in Thatcher’s Great Britain when the series starts. Hellblazer: Original Sins (978-1401230067) contains issues 1-9 of the original series, plus two stories from the pages of Swamp Thing. In the first story, a childhood friend of Constantine, who dabbles in magic and illegal drugs, accidentally lets loose a demon, Mnemoth, who infects humans with an insatiable hunger. And it’s spreading, growing stronger. To stop it, Constantine will have to travel from Liverpool to Africa, and then to America. He’ll have to enlist the help of a Voodoo Doctor, and avoid the ghosts of his past who literally haunt him to this day.

Click over to Kirkus to read the rest of the post on John Constantine.

In episode 261 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester sits down with author Brent Weeks.

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In episode 260 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester invites Rachel S. Cordasco, Fred Kiesche, and Kristin Centorcelli to discuss Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer, the first book of the Southern Reach Trilogy.

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Now at Kirkus: Gotham Central

This week over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at two books which may have inspired the new Fox TV Show: Gotham.

From the post:

With Gotham premiering September 22nd on Fox – and with all the positive buzz about the show – I couldn’t pass up on the chance to talk about Batman here at Kirkus. Especially considering my love for the character and the mythos. But Gotham isn’t really about Batman. It’s about the city which gave birth to him, and to so many other characters we’ve come to know so well. A city that breathes all on its own, and is, for all intents and purposes, a character in its own right. How do I tackle that one?

Want to read more?  Of course you do! So click over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog and check out the rest of the post…

In episode 259 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates discuss Social Science Fiction with Collin Kelly, Jeremy Bernstein, Jackson Lanzing, Jack Graham, and Dave Maass.

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In episode 257 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester sits down with author/editor James L. Sutter.

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In episode 257 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester invites Josh Vogt, Jeff Patterson, Andrea Johnson, Paul Weimer, Larry Ketcherseid, and Jamie Todd Rubin to discuss:

A science fiction, fantasy or horror author whose work you can’t get enough of – and why.

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In episode 256 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester invites Delilah S. Dawson, Jeff Patterson, and Jay Garmon to discuss:

Rebooting Star Wars

In comics, television and movies, ‘reboots’ are fairly common place. But what about in books? Can you think of a beloved book or series of books that was rebooted either by the original author or a new author? And was it successful?

Of course, this is leading into a discussion of the Star Wars reboot within books to bring it inline with the new movies. Have we ever seen a mass dumping of books the way the folks behind Star Wars are dumping the expanded universe?

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In episode 255 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates bring together Kate Elliott, Tad Williams, Laura Resnick, Felix Gilmanand Sarah Chorn to discuss Epic Fantasy!

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In episode 254 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester brings together Gail Carriger, Jay Garmon, Derek Austin Johnson, and Michael R. Underwood to discuss:

Does the average book buyer/reader care about the Hachette v Amazon battle? SHOULD they care and why?

The average book buyer probably doesn’t know there’s a battle going on, so WHY should they care? WHY should they not? Is this whole thing contained within the SF&F community and, therefore, a non-issue for most people? Hachette is a multi-billion dollar company being portrayed as the innocent underdog – why? Is that accurate? Is there anyone beyond authors who will truly be hurt by all of this? What does all of this mean for the average reader going forward? What does all of this mean for authors going forward? What about independent publishing? Will people be people an buy their books wherever they want no matter what happens here?

This is also only the first of several battles to come. The publishers have to renegotiate with Amazon one by one… so will we be seeing this every couple months/years forever?

Lastly – what about the new Kindle Unlimited? Do we care? Is it good, bad, indifferent?

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In episode 253 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester brings together Lista Paitz Spindler, Delilah S. Dawson, Fred Kiesche, and John DeNardo to discuss:

  • Your favorite Summer Movie So Far (and Yet To Come)
  • A Book You Read that you swore you would NEVER READ (…and did you enjoy it?)
  • Doctor Who Returns in August – DOES ANYONE CARE ANY MORE? (it’s been soooo long)
  • What comic books should Fred read next?
  • Why are bear claws superior to bagels in every possible way?

FYI - We are going to read a book to discuss on air in August. The name of that book? Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer.

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In episode 252 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates, welcome Jason Batt, Tansy Raynor Roberts, Daniel Abraham, Stephen Hood and Derek Kunsken to discuss:

Hollywood gold or disaster, Space Opera has inspired millions with a love of adventure, the wide open spaces between the stars, and impossible civilizations. But it also has a lot to say about human resilience, and the social and political ramifications of other species.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 251): An Interview with Aaron Michael Ritchey

In episode 251 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author, Aaron Michael Ritchey live from the 2014 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

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In episode 250 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Gail Carriger, and Chuck Wendig discuss writing, conventions, the genre fiction bubble and more.

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