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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 258): An Interview with James L. Sutter

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

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 257): Authors We Can’t Get Enough Of and Why

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 256): Let’s Reboot Star Wars (OR Not)

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 255): An Epic-Epic Fantasy Panel with Sarah Chorn, Kate Elliott, Jaym Gates, Felix Gilman, Laura Resnick & Tad Williams

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 254): Amazon vs. Hachette

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 253): Summer Movies, Books, Doctor Who and Comics, Oh My!

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 252): Let’s Talk About Space Opera

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 250): A Conversation With Chuck Wendig and Gail Carriger Live From The Pikes Peak Writers Conference

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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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 249): An Interview with Carol Berg

In episode 249 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author, Carol Berg live from the 2014 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 248): Comics, Games, Bad Book Habits, Historical Accuracy in Fantasy and A Book That Turned Out To Be Unexpected

In episode 248 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Sarah Chorn, Paul Weimer, Fred Kiesche, Django Wexler, and Jeff Patterson, discuss a grab-bag of topics.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 247): Diversity in Genre Panel Live from PPWC2014 With Carol Berg, Jim C. Hines, Chuck Wendig and Amy Boggs

In episode 247 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Carol Berg, Jim C. Hines, Chuck Wendig, and Amy Boggs, discuss Diversity in Genre Fiction.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 246): Interview with Jim C. Hines

In episode 246 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author, Jim C. Hines live from the 2014 Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

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REVIEW: Pathfinder Volume 1: Dark Waters Rising

Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog today, I take a look at Paizo and Dynamite’s Comic Collection: Pathfinder Volume 1: Dark Waters Rising.

From the post:

With an introduction by Paizo Publisher Erik Mona, Pathfinder Volume 1: Dark Waters Rising, launches the legendary heroes of Paizo’s role playing game system, Pathfinder Tales, into the comic book format with a bang. Utilizing the classic group of adventurers trope, Dark Waters Rising brings together the warrior, Valeros, sorceress Seoni, wizard Ezren, elven rogue Merisiel, dwarven ranger Harsk and cleric Kyra, to protect the town of Sandpoint from a growing Goblin infestation.  Set in the world of Golarion, the book captures the Pathfinder setting quite nicely, painting a diverse and rich world full of mysteries to be solved and gold to be earned – if you’re brave of heart. All the things you would expect are here, including Goblins, evil sorcerers, quests, taverns (and tavern brawls), underground labyrinths, giant spiders, magic, and adventure. Lots of adventure.

Interested? You should be! But to read the rest of the review, you’re gonna have to click on over to the Kirkus Blog and send me cookies.  Lots and lots of cookies… (no bagels!)

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 245): Interview with Matt Rotundo

In episode 245 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with science fiction and fantasy author Matthew S. Rotundo.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 244): Interview with Delilah S. Dawson

In episode 244 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author, Delilah S. Dawson.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 243): Interview with Daniel Price

In episode 243 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Daniel Price, author of Flight of The Silvers.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 242): Military SciFi Part 3 – The Irregulars Weigh In

In episode 242 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Fred Kiesche, Gail Carriger, AJ Sikes, Django Wexler, and Jeff Patterson, discuss Military Science Fiction.

Questions asked include:

  • What makes up a good story for you?
  • What are some examples of your favorite books and authors?
  • What clicks with you as a reader?
  • What doesn’t click with you?
  • What would you like to see more of from the genre?
  • What would you like to see less of?
  • Bonus: Have you served and if so, do you read Military SciFi more critically because of your personal knowledge?

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 241): Interview with Michael J. Sullivan

In episode 241 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Michael J. Sullivan, author of The Riyria Revelations, The Riyria Chronicles, and his latest novel, Hollow World.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 240): The Most Accessible SciFi Novel For A New Genre Reader

In episode 240 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Sarah Chorn, Paul Weimer, Kristin Centorcelli, and Jeff Patterson, discuss the most accessible Science Fiction Novels they know for someone just coming into genre fiction.

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