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Alternate histories have been a staple of science fiction for a very long time. Some look so much like ours you can’t see the differences until they’re right up on you, while others feature drastic, sweeping changes – East of West is one of these. The American Civil War continued on far longer than it should have. The Indian Nations became one and threw their hats into the ring. By the end, the continent of North America was split into the Seven Nations of America. Fast forward hundreds of years and thee of the Four Horseman of the apocalypse, are working to bring about that end. The fourth, Death? Well, he’s on a more personal quest. And the other three want him dead.
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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 219): Panel Discussion of Which SF&F Books We Do, And Don’t, Want To See Made Into A Movie Or TV Show
In episode 219 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Sarah Chorn, Django Wexler and John Stevens discuss which SF&F book that you love would you like to see made into a movie? Which one do you really hope never gets made because you’re afraid they’ll ruin it?
Bonus this week – Books We Are Reading:
The folks behind How It Should’ve Ended and Superhero Cafe, bring us a special video for Doctor Who Week – Who’s A Hero – featuring Superman, Batman and the Doctor.
“What would a bat do with a screwdriver?”
“You could’ve saved Rory and Amy!”
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 215): Panel Discussion of Books That Deserved (But Never Got) A Sequel
In episode 215 of the SF Signal Podcast, despite technical difficulties and a slight headache, Patrick Hester wrangles a cornucopia of irregulars to discuss books that deserved a sequel – and why they deserved one. Plus: Highlander 2 and other silliness. Did I mention the technical difficulties?
The full trailer for Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary episode, The Day of the Doctor, is here!
Fresh off his run in the theaters, and just in time for the DVD release of Man of Steel on Tuesday, November 12th, Screen Junkies brings us a great new animated Man of Steel…
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 213): Live from MileHiCon with Carol Berg, Edward Bryant and Stephen Graham Jones
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I was more than a little skeptical of the first movie. Thor was never one of my favorite characters growing up. First, he talked funny. All ‘thou’, ‘thee’, ‘verily’, and whatnot. Second, well, he just wasn’t accessible to me as a reader. I couldn’t identify with him – he was a god, after all. Truth told, I enjoyed the alternate Thor versions Beta Ray Bill and Eric Masterson (Thunderstrike) in the comics more than I did Thor himself. But the movie converted me. They stripped away all the things about Thor I didn’t care for or identify with. They brought his humanity to the forefront and made the character likable, and accessible, without losing the core of who he is and what drives him. Yes, they changed up his backstory (Don Blake became a one-liner joke), but in this situation, I was actually for those changes. With that in mind, I offer up 5 graphic novels featuring Marvel’s God of Thunder, Thor to get you ready for The Dark World.
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In episode 210 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester sits down with Gail Carriger, author of The Parasol Protectorate Books, Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless & Timeless, and the new YA Finishing School Books, Curtsies & Conspiracies, and Etiquette & Espionage.
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 208): Panel of Irregulars – What Books Do We Want To Read Before The End Of The Year Part 1
In episode 208 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester welcomes two of our newest Irregulars, Sarah Chorn and Ria Bridges, along with a couple of long-term Irregulars, Larry Ketchersid and Lisa Paitz Spindler to discuss three books we want to read before the end of the year.
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 206): John Joseph Adams, Mary Robinette Kowal, Matt Forbeck and Tobias Buckell on Kickstarters and the new Anthology Project – HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY
In episode 206 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester welcomes Mary Robinette Kowal, John Joseph Adams, Matt Forbeck and Tobias Buckell to talk about kickstarters in general and the new Help Fund My Robot Army: an anthology of improbable, futuristic, magical & alternate-world crowdfunding projects.
Soulless, the first book in Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, turned four years old this week, so over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I thought I’d take a look at the Manga version of the book.
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Miss Alexia Tarabotti lives in Victorian England. She enjoys high tea, reading books, the company of her very best friend, Ivy Hisselpenny, and the vampire, Lord Akeldama. Alexia’s family sees her as a spinster, too old to marry, and a bit of an oddball for not caring one-whit about it. She lives with her mother, step-father, and two step-sisters. When a starving vampire attacks her at a social event, he is shocked to learn that Alexia is a preternatural, a ‘soulless’ being who has the power to render the supernatural mortal through touch. She is forced to kill the vampire, which only complicates matters. Lord Maccon, a werewolf, a member of the Bureau of Unnatural Registry, and the Earl of Woolsey, arrives to investigate. He and Alexia spar verbally, but she is sent home. The next day, she is invited to visit the Countess Nadasdy, Vampire Queen of the Westminster Hive…
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