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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 271): Our 2014 Gift Giving Guide!

In episode 271 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester gathers Gail Carriger, Jeff Patterson and Andrea Johnson, Derek Austin Johnson and Ria Bridges to talk about things you could give to the SF&F / geeky / nerdy person on your holiday gift giving list this year.

NOTE: I had some issues and some of the audio may sound choppy. Sorry about that. I also don’t have a massive list of all the suggested gifts – again, sorry. The audio edited took far longer than normal on this one and ate up all my time :(

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Captain Marvel – Higher, Further, Faster, More

Today at the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I talk about Captain Marvel.

Way back in the 40’s, Fawcett introduced a character named Captain Marvel in the pages of Whiz Comics to cash in on the popularity of Superman and Batman with a superhero of their own. Marvel comics registered a trademark for ‘Captain Marvel’ in the 60’s, forcing DC, who had the character now, to call their book Shazam! Marvel launched their character, Captain Mar-Vell, who was an alien with the Kree Imperium, soon therafter. Since then, there have been a LOT of characters at Marvel given the name ‘Captain Marvel’ (due to their need to keep up the trademark). Carol Danvers is the latest, and perhaps the greatest, of those characters; intelligent, capable and a damned lot of fun.

To read the rest of the story, please click over to my piece about Captain Marvel on Kirkus Reviews.

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 270): A Podcast Triptych with Anton Strout, Brad Beaulieu and Gregory Wilson!

In episode 270 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester joins forces with The Once and Future Podcast‘s Anton Strout and Speculate‘s Brad Beaulieu and Gregory Wilson for a special Triptych podcast released on all three podcasts at the same time. In this special episode, we talk about podcasting, interviewing and how these things and our writerly guests have influenced us as writers and podcasters.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 269): Talking about Audio Books with Rachel Cordasco, Paul Weimer, Sarah Chorn and Fred Kiesche

In episode 269 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester talks audio books with Rachel Cordasco, Paul Weimer, Sarah Chorn and Fred Kiesche.

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A Long Time Ago, In A Comic Book Store Far, Far Away…

This week on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I dive into Star Wars comics. From the post:

Since Star Wars is on everyone’s mind, including mine, I thought I’d take a moment here on the Kirkus Blog to look at Star Wars comics, and specifically, some of my favorites. There’s a vast span of time after Return of the Jedi in 1983, and the publication of Timothy Zahn’s Heir to the Empire in 1991. A lot of people like to call this ‘the wasteland’ as far as Star Wars is concerned. During that time period, you basically had some (good, some bad) arcade games, a pair of family-friendly Ewok Movies (Caravan of Courage and The Battle for Endor), and the Marvel line of comics, which ended in 1986, to sate your Star Wars cravings.

To read the rest of the article, click over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog.

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 268): Live from MileHiCon 46 – The Doctor Who Panel (Part 2) with Jason Batt, Karen Bjorn, Eytan Kollin and Ian Brazee Cannon

In episode 268 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester is LIVE from MileHiCon 46 in the Denver Tech Center in part 2 of our Doctor Who panel with Jason Batt, Karen Bjorn, Eytan Kollin and Ian Brazee Cannon.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 267): Live from MileHiCon 46 – The Doctor Who Panel Part 1 with Jason Batt, Karen Bjorn, Eytan Kollin and Ian Brazee Cannon

In episode 267 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester is LIVE from MileHiCon 46 in the Denver Tech Center talking about Doctor Who with Jason Batt, Karen Bjorn, Eytan Kollin and Ian Brazee Cannon.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 266): Live from MileHiCon 46 with Ed Bryant, Riley Carbaugh, Chaz Kemp and Mike Brotherton

In episode 266 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester is LIVE from MileHiCon 46 in the Denver Tech Center with SF&F/H author Ed Bryant, Riley Carbaugh of Canine Hybrid, artist Chaz Kemp and Hard SF writer Mike Brotherton.

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Skullkickers Treasure Trove V1

Over on the Kirkus blog this week, I take a look at Skullkickers Treasure Trove: Volume 1.  From the post:

I’m gonna be honest. I picked up SkullKickers Treasure Trove: Volume 1 before Pathfinder: Dark Waters Rising. But I read and reviewed the Pathfinder book first. I bring this up because the two books share a writer – Jim Zub. SkullKickers is almost a resume for Zub to be able to write the Pathfinder comic. As a stand alone, SkullKickers is a fun homage to that dark corner of genre where sword and sorcery meets fantasy and gaming to become something irreverent and well worth your time, and mine. In fact, once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down.  The book follows the adventures of two mercenaries. As near as I can tell, we never know their real names. We have a Dwarf (Shorty?) and a Human (Baldy?) working for hire. The story begins in the town of Mudwich where our heroes are dealing with an overweight werewolf and his cult of followers.

Click over to the Kirkus Blog to read the rest of the review.

Join us for a Live SF Signal Podcast Recording at MileHiCon!

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!

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 265): A Pre-MileHiCon 46 Panel with Carol Berg, Betsy Dornbusch, Travis Heermann and Josh Vogt

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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Brent Weeks’ THE WAY OF SHADOWS Graphic Novel

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.

Click over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog to read the rest of the review.

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 264): An Interview with Author Michael Swanwick

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 263): An Interview With Jeanne C Stein

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 262): A Special Panel Discussing Urban Fantasy

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.

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 261): An Interview With Brent Weeks

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

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 260): An In-Depth Discussion of Jeff VanderMeer’s ANNIHILATION

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…

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 259): A Discussion of Social Science Fiction

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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