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One of the coolest aspects of the whole digital revolution, is the fact that you can jump on Netflix and for less than $10 a month (I pay $7.99 for unlimited streaming), instantly stream all sorts of new and classic scifi television to your computer or TV.

I check every once in a while to see what new shows might be available and I was pleasantly surprised to see several favorites in the queue for instant streaming.

Check out these cool shows available to stream right now

Jericho was the little show with the big bang! The show centered on the small town of Jericho, Kansas, and the people there trying to pick up the pieces after a series of nuclear detonations take out the American government. The Green family are the central figures in the stories, from Mayor Johnston Green (played by Major Dad himself Gerald McRaney), his wife Gail (played by Pamela Reed) and their two sons Eric (Kenneth Mitchell) and Jake (Skeet Ulrich).

Over the course of two seasons (29 total episodes), the town of Jericho found themselves in all sorts of trouble including being at war with their sister-town New-Bern.

Although Jericho lasted only 2 seasons, it was a great ride.

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Trailer: Troll Hunter

What can I say except that I want to see this. Oh, and, of course:

TRRROOOOLLLLL!!!!

In episode 46 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester talks books, pen-names, red or green chile and Babylon 5 with author Daniel Abraham.

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Trailer: Immortals

Wow. This looks awesome, so I wanted to share!

Brought to you by the folks who made 300: Immortals

Trailer: Green Lantern (TV Spot)

So.

If you, like me, saw the Green Lantern Trailer and went – Bwuh? I have news for you – the new trailer (and the extended Wondercon footage over on Apple’s trailer site) is WORLDS BETTER than that first trailer.

Check it out and be ready to be excited about this movie again:

“Your name?”

“Hal Jordan.”

“The ring chose you. Speak the oath!”

“…in brightest day, in blackest night…”

…welcome to OA.

Doctor Who Recap: ‘The Impossible Astronaut’

I am so confused. Whenever Steven Moffat gets cute and clever with his writing, I usually end up scratching my head wondering what the hell is going on – not really a good thing.

This post is ripe with spoilers so if you haven’t seen “The Impossible Astronaut”, go watch it, then come back. I’ll wait…

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In episode 45 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and the of SF Signal Irregulars discuss HBO’s new show, Game of Thrones.

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In episode 44 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and John DeNardo talk with Mikio Kaku, theoretical physicist, best-selling author, co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), and popularizer of science.

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In episode 43 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and SF Signal contributors discuss Doctor Who.

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In episode 42 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester interviews award-winning author E.E. Knight.

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In episode 41 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the panel about: The $0.99 eBook.

The Interwebz are abuzz with talk of the $0.99 eBook. Indie Author Amanda Hocking is making a splash selling her books for $0.99.

Author/Editor Cat Valente has weighed in. Kevin Kelly did some math on it.

Zoe Winters talked to AllIndiePublishing.com about it. Neil Clarke asked people to weigh in on what they’re willing to pay. and our friend Tobias Buckell did an experiment about it.

So the questions to the panel were:

  • Is the $0.99 price point for eBooks too low?
  • Should there be tiered pricing for short stories, novellas and full length novels?
  • Is the prediction that the $0.99 eBook will become the norm in less than 5 years way off the mark?
  • What’s the sweet spot price for eBooks?

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In episode 40 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester & John Ottinger sit down to chat with science fiction & fantasy author Paul S. Kemp!

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In episode 39 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the SF Signal panel:

Q: Do you read comic books?

Listen in and see what they had to say…

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In episode 38 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester & Karen Burnham sit down to chat with science fiction & fantasy author Tim Pratt!

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REVIEW: Batman, The Return of Bruce Wayne

Fans of epic fantasy are used to long series – The Wheel of Time & The Sword of Truth come to mind. But I don’t know that even the most hard core fantasy fan would read 51 books in a series without some complaint.

I bring this up because Final Crisis is the series that set the stage for several stories that came after, including Battle for the Cowl and Blackest Knight and, eventually, The Return of Bruce Wayne.

Final Crisis was horrible. Absolutely freaking horrible. It’s one of those rare times when I wanted to track down those responsible and extract from their lives the time stolen from my own while reading it. That’s how bad it was. Superman battles Space Vampires – how’s that for bad?

It culminated with Batman shooting Darkseid, who uses his Omega Beams in retaliation. Think of Omega Beams like Balefire (keeping the whole Fantasy/Wheel of Time thing going here) – Since he is a god, Darkseid can use his Omega Beams to essentially erase you from existence. There is no coming back from that.

Unless, of course, you’re a major character in a comic book universe and worth, all on your own, billions of $$$’s in future book sales. Then you ‘return’…

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In episode 37 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the panel:

Q: Which 3 female authors had the same impact on science fiction as the “big three”: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark and Robert A. Heinlein?

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Doctor Who: ‘Space’ & ‘Time’ Minisodes

If, like me, you await the upcoming 6th series of the new Doctor Who with much anticipation, there is a little something you can do to help you make it through until April 23rd (when the new series starts).

Each year (or just about), the folks who bring us Doctor Who make a special for Comic Relief UK (also known as ‘Red Nose Day’) – a charity event / fundraiser to help poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.

This year, they’ve produced TWO minisodes of Doctor Who called “Space” and “Time”.

I’ve embedded the videos below – but don’t forget what it’s all really about – helping people. So if you have the means, click the link to donate and help someone less fortunate than yourself. Donate to Comic Relief and help change lives at http://www.rednoseday.com/donate

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In episode 36 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester & John DeNardo sit down to chat with prolific science fiction & fantasy author Paul Di Filippo!

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In episode 35 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the panel of irregulars:

Q: Are the works of Robert Heinlein relevant for science fiction fans and authors today? Are his works dated? Is he simply a relic from a bygone era best left on the shelf collecting dust?

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Sucker Punch: Animated Short

If you’re like me, you are looking forward to Zach Snyder’s Sucker Punch.

Well, someone was so excited by the trailer, they created a new animated short inspired by the world Snyder has built for the movie.

It’s a creepy/cool bit of animation and I wanted to share:

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