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In episode 116 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester takes a moment to thank everyone involved with the podcast, and our listeners, for the 2012 Hugo Award Nomination.

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A few years back, I was hanging out with one of my friends and his kid did this kung-fu move and shouted something about bending air at me.  I had no idea what he was talking about.  Then my friend suddenly kicked the ground, did another kung-fuey move, and said something about bending earth.

I was completely lost.

It was explained to me that there was this ‘kick ass show’ called Avatar: The Last Airbender that all the kids were into and that it was also pretty entertaining for their parents.  Ok.  I didn’t check it out until Netflix started streaming the show and found that I was really impressed.  My only complaint came when I realized how few episodes there actually were of the series: 3 seasons, 61 episodes.  Still, given how poorly genre shows typically do with series endings, I had to admit that Avatar at least had a beginning, a middle and (most importantly) an end.  A pretty good one, too. The show had a rich world and great characters.  I think a sequel was inevitable.

Enter: The Legend of Korra.

WARNING:Spoilers for the original series from this point forward!

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Joss Whedon is bringing The Avengers to movie theaters everywhere on May 4th.  Not everyone knows who The Avengers are or what they’re all about, so I thought we might take a look at the team before that movie comes out.

The Avengers began in the pages of Marvel comics way back in 1963.  They followed in the footsteps of DC comics who re-launched their team, the Justice League of America, in 1960 (The Brave and the Bold #28). A lot of heroes have been part of the team throughout the years, but the original team had Iron Man, Ant-Man, Wasp, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye and the Black Panther.  Captain America joined a little later.  Similar to the JLA, the idea was the team would ‘assemble’ whenever there was a threat too big for any one superhero to handle.  Hence, they were ‘Earth’s Mightiest Heroes’.

For the film, they are looking at a team of: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow, all of whom have been part of the team at one point or another. 

Let’s take a look at each one…

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In episode 113 of the SF Signal Podcast, Andrew Liptak takes the helm to chat with Myke Cole, Jean Johnson and T.C. McCarthy about military science fiction.
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In episode 114 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author Robert Jackson Bennett!

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In episode 113 of the SF Signal Podcast, Andrew Liptak takes the helm to chat with authors about military science fiction.

This week’s panel:

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In episode 112 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates (continuing the discussion from Part 1 and Part 2) sit down with a mega panel of authors to discuss modern Sword and Sorcery with the authors who are currently writing it.

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This came to me by Jules Sherred of the Geeky Pleasures Radio show and I thought it was well worth sharing.

Do you want to help fund a piece of superb science-fiction? Do you want to help create a delicious audiodrama, dripping with sound so luscious it seeps from your ears, creating vibrant images within your brain? Do you want to be a part of and own a little piece of the Doctor Who universe? Of course you do!

Radio Static is currently raising funds to create The Minister of Chance Episode 3: Paludin Fields.

If you are not yet familiar with this brilliantly written and superbly produced audiodrama, The Minister Of Chance takes place in the Doctor Who universe. As described on The Minister’s website:

The Minister of Chance is an audio Science Fiction Fantasy series in the tradition of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop and the best in radiophonics. It’s free, and you get it by subscribing to the podcast.

The Minister, like The Doctor, is a Timelord, first introduced to audiences in the award-winning and record-breaking BBC Doctor Who mini-series Death Comes to Time. He was originally played by Stephen Fry but, as Timelords will, he has now regenerated into Julian Wadham’s more austere and urgent incarnation.

The Minister Of Chance stars a lot of Doctor Who Alumni, including:

  • Sylvester McCoy as The Witch Prime. (7th Doctor)
  • Paul McGann as Durian. (1996 Doctor Who movie/8th Doctor)

For more information or to help fund this SciFi Audio Drama, please visit the Geeky Pleasures website.

Friday YouTube: Space Cats

I offer this up to tickle your funny bone.

Many people are surprised to hear everything that goes into making the beautiful celestial images that have brought us so much awe and wonder. One of the most technically difficult parts of Brant Widgeon’s job as an Astronomical Image Enhancement Engineer, however, is dealing with space cats.

[Editors Note: Not to be confused with Kittens In Space.]

DVD REVIEW: Justice League – Doom

Loosely based on Mark Waid’s JLA comic book story arc, “JLA: Tower of Babel”, Justice League: Doom is the latest in the line of animated DC Movies from Warner Brothers. Adapted and written by Dwayne McDuffie, Justice League: Doom features Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash (Barry Allen), The Green Lantern (Hal Jordon) and Martian Manhunter battling Metallo, Bane, Cheetah, Mirror Master, Star Sapphire, Ma’alefa’ak and Vandal Savage for the fate of the world.

Plot

Let’s face it; Batman/Bruce Wayne is a dick.  He doesn’t trust anyone, he lurks in the dark, plays with bats, puts together comprehensive scenarios to take down his fellow Justice League members…that sort of thing…
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In episode 111 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with author Lavie Tidhar.

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In episode 110 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates (continuing the discussion from Part 1) sit down with a mega panel of authors, editors and artists to discuss Sword and Sorcery for the modern reader.

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In episode 109 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with author David D. Levine!
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In episode 108 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates sit down with a mega panel of authors and editors to discuss Sword and Sorcery for the modern reader.

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In episode 107 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the SF Signal Irregulars to chime in with their Favorite Characters from Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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In episode 106 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with author Jennifer Pelland!
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In episode 105 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the SFSignal.com Irregulars to chime in with the books or stories they’re looking forward to in 2012.
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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 104): An Interview with Charles Day

In episode 97 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with author and small press publisher Charles Day.

From Charles Day’s Website:

Charles Day Aka, The evil little Jester, is an Affiliate member and Mentor Program Committee Chairperson with the Horror Writers Association & a full member of the New England Horror Writers Assosciation. Charles Day has published 14 short stories with various small press publishers, including his novella “LOCKDOWN” (Hanibal’s Manor with Wicked East Press, 2011) which received an endorsement by multiple bram stoker winner, Lisa Morton. His biggest success to date is the sale of his first thriller/ suspense novel, DEEP WITHIN (Twisted Library Press, late 2011/early 2012) and his first YA Novel,”LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF” (Noble Young Adult Publishers LLC, Jan,2012). “THE PLAN, a Novelette has been accepted for publication with Naked Snake Press. Release date to be announced. He is currently editing “Tales of Terror and Mayhem from Deep Within The Box,” with Wicked East Press. Submissions are now closed! Release date TBA.

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In episode 103 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the SF Signal Irregulars to chime in with their Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies and TV Shows from 2011.

This week’s panel includes:

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In episode 102 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with John R. Fultz, author of the new book out from Orbit: Seven Princes.
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