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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 239): Interview with SFWA Grand Master Joe Haldeman

In episode 239 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Multi-Award winning author, and SFWA Grand Master, Joe Haldeman.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 238): SuperStar Military Scifi Panel with Jack Campbell, Karen Lord, Jay Posey, Kameron Hurley, Charles E. Gannon and Jaym Gates

In episode 238 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Jack Campbell, Karen Lord, Jay Posey, Kameron Hurley, Charles E. Gannon, and Jaym Gates, discuss Military Science Fiction.

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Ghosted: Haunted Heist

Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I have a new post up on Ghosted Volume One: Haunted Heist from Image comics.

From the post:

Imagine Ocean’s Eleven if the heist was all about the supernatural, specifically, stealing a ghost.  In Ghosted: Haunted Heist (978-1607068365) by Joshua Williamson and Goran Sudzuka, Jackson T. Winters is tasked with that very mission: steal a ghost.   Continuing the Ocean’s Eleven comparison, imagine if during the middle of that movie, everyone except Clooney’s character was killed, and he ended up in prison.  Then someone broke him out of prison, dragged him to a rich, possibly insane, multi-millionaire collector of the supernatural, who offers him his freedom in exchange for the one thing that will make his collection the envy of his peers: a ghost.

Click over to the Kirkus Reviews Blog to read the rest of the post.

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 237): An Interview with Jeff VanderMeer, Author of the THE SOUTHERN REACH TRILOGY

In episode 237 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Jeff VanderMeer, author of The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 236): SuperStar Military Scifi Panel Discussion with Karin Lowachee, Richard Dansky, Jaym Gates and Myke Cole

In episode 236 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Karin Lowachee, Richard Dansky, Jaym Gates, and Myke Cole discuss Military Science Fiction.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 235): Characters Who Died, And We Want Them Back Again

In episode 235 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Django Wexler, Lisa Paitz Spindler, and Jeff Patterson discuss characters from books, movies and television, who died – and why we’d like to see them come back again.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 234): Django Wexler, Cat Rambo, Jason Hough and Kevin Hearne Discuss The Popularity of Science Fiction and Fantasy

In episode 234 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Django Wexler, Cat Rambo, Jason Hough, and Kevin Hearne discuss how the popularity of science fiction and fantasy, varies based on the medium – and how they’ve flipped over time.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 233): Live From WorldCon with Rebecca Roland

In episode 233 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Rebecca Roland Author of Shards of History, and The King of Ash and Bones, and Other Stories.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 232): SF/F Tropes We Like and Tropes That Should Be Retired Forever

In episode 232 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Stina Leicht, Gail Carriger, John Stevens, and Josh Vogtdiscuss tropes! Which tropes would we like to see retired forever? Which tropes would we like to see more of? And why?

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 231): Live From Worldcon with Scott Lynch

In episode 231 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Scott Lynch Author of The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies, and Republic of Thieves.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 230): When the Sequel Book Is Better Than The Original

In episode 230 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Jeff Patterson, Sarah Chorn, Larry Ketchersid, Django Wexler, and Paul Weimer discuss sequels to books that were better than their predecessors.

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Alan Moore’s Nemo: Heart of Ice

This week on the Kirkus Reviews blog, I take a look at Alan Moore’s Nemo: Heart of Ice.

From the post:

Moore revisits the world he created in The League of Extraordinary Gentleman in a new book, Nemo: Heart of Ice, which focuses on Janni Dakkar, daughter of Captain Nemo, and her trek across Antarctica to prove herself by recreating Nemo’s own Antarctic expedition. Moore draws from several sources, including H.P. Lovercraft, to create a dark and mysterious continent full of dangers and madness. As a character, Janni feels the weight of the Nemo name and legacy set squarely on her shoulders, and struggles throughout the book to come to terms with that.

Click on over to the Kirkus Blog to read the rest of the review.

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 229): Live From Worldcon with ML Brennan

In episode 229 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with ML Brennan Author of Generation V and Iron Night.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 228): Upcoming 2014 Books We Need To Read And Why

In episode 228 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Jeff Patterson, Derek Johnson, Carl V. Anderson and Rob H. Bedford discuss books coming out in 2014 that we absolutely must read, and why.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 227): Live From Worldcon with Janet Harriett

In episode 227 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Janet Harriett Senior Editor of Apex Publications and author of “Dawn of the Living Machines” featuring Ravenwood Stepson of Mystery.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 226): Winter Is Here! SF/F Books with a Winter Setting & Why You Should Read Them

In episode 226 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Sarah Chorn, Paul Weimer, Kristin Centorcelli and AJ Sikes name 3 books with a winter setting we should read.

The Panel:

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Today at Kirkus: A Review of Lazarus One

This week on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at Lazarus One from Image Comics.

From the post:

In the future, the world is split not into countries, but fiefdoms controlled by the Families.  The human population is divided into three segments: Family, who control everything, Serfs who have the skills and intelligence necessary to serve and be useful to the Family, and the Waste, who serve no purpose at all.  Each Family has one member who is trained to be something more.  Warrior, messenger, protector, envoy – whatever the situation calls for, the Family Lazarus is there to further the Family’s ends, and protect them from all threats, internal and external.  The Lazarus can be shot, cut, beaten, blown up, take an enormous about of damage, and walk away – eventually.  Their bodies can heal themselves, bones can reset and nit, cuts close, bruises fade.  A Lazarus is nearly indestructible.

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Planetoid by Ken Garing

This week over at the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at Planetoid by Ken Garing.  Holy crap.

From the post:

In my constant search to find new and cool things for this column, I came across a cover that made me pause and stare for a bit.  I know, I know – you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover.  But still, we do it all the time.  In this case, the cover had this vibe about it, harkening back to the pulpish covers without the usual exploitation – there was no scantily clad vixen clinging to the over-muscled hero type.  As much as the cover invoked the pulps of the past, there was also this starkness to it.  All of these things resonated with me.  I couldn’t help but pick it up.  And now, having read the book cover to cover in one sitting, I have to say – I’m certainly glad that I did.

Sounds cool, right?  Well, read the rest of the review over at the Kirkus Blog.

The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 225): 2013 in Review – Our Highs and Lows in SF and F

In episode 225 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Gail Carriger, Jeff Patterson, and Jay Garmon talk about 2013in Genre. What were the highs and lows for us?

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 224): Our Favorite Books of 2013 – And What’s Wrong With Epic Fantasies These Days?

In episode 224 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Sarah Chorn, Paul Weimer, Aaron Sikes, and Carl V. Anderson talk about their favorite book of 2013, what they’re reading right now, and then we digress into a conversation about what’s wrong with Epic Fantasies these days. What is and isn’t working for us.

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