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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 102): An Interview with John R. Fultz

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 101): Panel Round up of Our Favorite SF&F Books of 2011

In episode 101 of the SFSignal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our Irregulars to put together lists of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels of 2011!
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VIDEO: Aliens: Colonial Marines

Ever want to strap on some body armor, slide a clip into your machine gun, fly half-way across the universe and kick some Alien butt like Ripley did?

Well, in 2012 and thanks to SEGA, you’ll be able to…

Here’s the trailer for Aliens: Colonial Marines, a new video game set to debut in Spring 2012.

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 100): Sword & Sorcery Panel, Part 3

In episode 100 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester offers up part three in our special three-part podcast on Sword and Sorcery moderated by editor, author and publicist Jaym Gates.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 099): An Interview with Elizabeth Moon

In episode 99 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with author Elizabeth Moon.

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MUSIC VIDEO: The Legend of Zelda Medley by Lindsey Stirling

I came across this video in a recent YouTube binge…uh, I mean, during some research for a new story…or something…

Anyway, I was blown away. I love the violin, love the music (yeah, I’m a Zelda fan, but you don’t have to be to love this) and was impressed with the production value.

Take a listen below:

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 098): Sword & Sorcery Panel, Part 2

In episode 98 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester offers up part two of a special three-part podcast on Sword and Sorcery moderated by editor, author and publicist Jaym Gates. (See also: Part 1.)

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 097): An Interview with Maurice Broaddus

In episode 97 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with author and editor Maurice Broaddus.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 096): Sword & Sorcery Panel, Part 1

In episode 96 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester offers up part one in a special three-part podcast on Sword and Sorcery moderated by editor, author and publicist Jaym Gates.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 095): An Interview with John Joseph Adams

In episode 95 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with author, editor and now publisher John Joseph Adams!

From JohnJosephAdams.com:

John Joseph Adams – called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble.com – is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way of the Wizard. In 2011, he was a finalist for two Hugo Awards and two World Fantasy Awards. He is also the editor of Fantasy Magazine and Lightspeed Magazine, and is the co-host of io9’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Find him on Twitter @JohnJosephAdams.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 094): Panel Discussion of International Authors

In episode 92 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to weigh in on: International Authors!

Based on a recent Mind Meld post on SFSignal.com: Being a U.S. based blog (and podcast) we tend to focus on things American and/or British (basically – English language stuff). But there’s a whole wide world of SF out there that we don’t normally cover.

Who are your favorite International Authors and why?

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 093): An Interview with Howard Tayler

In episode 93 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and Fred Kiesche chat with author, artist and podcaster Howard Tayler, creator of the Schlock Mercenary webcomic.

From SchlockMercenary.com: Howard Tayler is the writer and illustrator behind Schlock Mercenary, the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip. Howard is also featured on the Parsec award-winning “Writing Excuses” podcast, a weekly ‘cast for genre-fiction writers. Howard’s artwork is featured in XDM X-Treme Dungeon Mastery, a role-playing supplement by Tracy and Curtis Hickman.

Howard’s most recently published work is Schlock Mercenary: Resident Mad Scientist.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 092): Panel Discussion of YA Fiction

In episode 92 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to weigh in on: Young Adult Fiction!

YA Fiction is taking the publishing world by storm but it’s not just for Young Adults – people of all ages are enjoying what YA has to offer. Are you one of them?

  • What are some examples of genre YA you’ve enjoyed reading?
  • Is YA getting too dark?
  • Is YA not dominated by dark stories?
  • Is YA a bubble waiting to burst as some new thing takes the publishing world by storm?

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 091): An Interview with Sam Sykes

In episode 91 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author Sam Sykes, whose Aeons’ Gate series includes (so far) Tome of the Undergates and Black Halo.

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‘Green Lantern: The Animated Series’ Premieres This Week

This Friday, Cartoon Network adds The Green Lantern to its Friday lineup, alongside Young Justice, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Thundercats.

Green Lantern: The Animated Series debuts on Friday, November 11th with a one hour series premiere. Check your local listings for the time. Based on the popular DC Comics superhero, Green Lantern: The Animated Series features Hal Jordan wearing the iconic ring. Looks like everybody’s favorite poozer, Kilowog, will also be a regular on the show.

I’ve been excited about this show since I first heard about it, but I have to say – I’m not loving the animation style they’re using. Maybe it will grow on me over time. As for the clips I’ve seen, including the 6 minutes I’ve embedded below, it looks like it could be an entertaining show.

Here’s a sneak peek…

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 090): Panel Discussion of Time Travel

In episode 90 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to weigh in on: Time Travel!

Time travel has been a popular part of Science Fiction for over a hundred years. H.G. Wells used it for The Time Machine in 1895. Mark Twain used it for his novel, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Heinlein, Lewis, Jones, Bradbury, Asimov, Ellison, Butler, Tutrtledove ad Willis have all written stories that involved time travel in some form. Star Trek did it, so did Quantum Leap and The Time Tunnel, and Voyagers!

  • As a trope/plot point – is time travel overused in scifi today?
  • Do you like time travel stories?
  • Do you have a favorite?
  • Who has done it well?
  • Who has not done it well?

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 089): Our Favorite Halloween-Themed Stories

In episode 89 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to call in and answer the question: What is your favorite Halloween themed story, novel, comic book, TV show (episode) or movie?

Did your answer make the list? Click through to find out!

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 088): An Interview with Erin Hoffman

In episode 88 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author Erin Hoffman, whose new book Sword of Fire and Sea: The Chaos Knight, Book One, is out from PYR.

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Watch Felicia Day in Dragon Age: Redemption, Episode 3 – ‘Josmael’

Okay – have you been keeping up with Felicia Day’s new webseries, Dragon Age: Redemption?

Episode one, Tallis, is here.

Episode two, Cairn, is here.

Now we have episode three – Josmael:

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 087): Do You Like To Be Scared?

In episode 87 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to call in and answer the question: Do you like to be scared?

  • From Goosebumps and Spooksville to Weaveworld and Pet Sematary, we love to be scared when we read – or do we?
  • Do you, personally, like to be scared?
  • If you know a book is characterized as horror – will you pick it up?
  • Have you ever picked up a book and enjoyed it without realizing it was a horror novel? If yes, which book(s)/author?
  • Have you ever put a book down (or hid it in the freezer) because you realized what it was (horror)?
  • If you are a fan of horror – who is your favorite author and what is your favorite book?

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