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Astounding Space Thrills: Argosy Smith and the Codex Reckoning

Over on the Kirkus Blog, I’m taking a look at Astounding Space Thrills: Argosy Smith and the Codex Reckoning.  From the post:

Astounding Space Thrills: Argosy Smith and the Codex Reckoning begins with an explanation: “A few short years into the 21st century, the laws governing the universe change – time flows at a different angle, space folds against the grain and positive particles aren’t so sure.” This lays out what can only be described as a wild ride. Aliens. Space monkeys. Robots. Little Green Mercenaries who love to kill humans. A man with three brains (didn’t Steve Martin make a movie like that?). Rayguns. Adventure. Astounding Space thrills has it all, plus more.

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VIDEO: Thanos Crashes Comic-Con

This is what happens when Thanos, the Mad Titan, decides to invade Comic-Con.

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Fables: Legends in Exile

Over on the Kirkus Reviews blog this week, I take a look at the first three volumes of the Fables graphic novels from DC/Vertigo.

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Before Emma showed up in Storybrooke to shake things up on Once Upon A Time (ABC), or Nick found out his family had a certain, special heritage on Grimm (NBC), fairy tale characters were making a come back in a comic book series called Fables, written by Bill Willingham and published by DC Vertigo. Quickly growing in popularity with comic book readers, the book has kept going for over a decade, and has spawned several spin-offs. Up until now, I’ve avoided reviewing Fables simply due to the sheer volume of material available. I mean – where do you start? Turns out, you just have to start at the beginning.

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In episode 197 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our group of stalwart panelists their thoughts on this summer’s movies.

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The Manhattan Projects: Science Bad

Science is bad, m’kay?Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog today, i have a piece on The Manhattan Projects Vol 1: Science Bad.

Here’s an excerpt from the post:

You know the names; Oppenheimer -’father of the atomic bomb’, Einstein – the most influential physicist of the 20th century, Roosevelt – President of the United States during both the Great Depression and World War II, Truman – Roosevelt’s Vice President and successor, who dropped the bomb on Japan to end the war, von Braun – former Nazi and ‘father of Rocket Science’, Feynman, genius and theoretical physicist. You should also remember The Manhattan Project; America’s top-secret research and development project located in Los Alamos, NM. They produced the first atomic bomb. Now, add in flying saucers, aliens, wormholes, Japanese kamikaze robots, artificial intelligences, alternate realities, evil twins and galactic war.

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In episode 196 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester invites Daniel Haight and Stephen Haffner to talk about Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

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In episode 195 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester re-assembles a panel (Karen Burnham, Gail Carriger and Fred Kiesche) to discuss a ton of stuff including:
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Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist

On the Kirkus Blog this week, I take a look at Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist, a graphic novel from Dynamite that captures the heyday of pulp in 200 pages.

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One of the most enduring pulp characters from the 1930′s, Flash Gordon has stayed in the public consciousness through daily strips – translated into many different languages – radio and film serials, multiple cartoons and live-action television shows, novels, comics, and a cult-classic movie.  Alex Raymond’s original Sunday comic strip ran from 1934-1943, with other artists taking the reins all the way through 2003.  For most people, the 1980′s movie, starring Sam J. Jones as the title character, Melody Anderson as Dale Arden, Topol as Doctor Hans Zarkov, Max von Sydow as Ming, Timothy Dalton as Prince Barin, Brian Blessed as Vultan, and Ornella Muti as Princess Aura, comes to mind when you mention Flash Gordon.  But a lot of comic books starring the character have been produced from publishers small and large, including King Comics, Gold Key, Charlton, Marvel, Dark Horse, Ardden Entertainment, and DC – who produced one of my favorite incarnations in the late 80′s.  Now, Dynamite has brought the character full circle with Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist (978-1606903339), a throwback to the heady days when pulp was king, and characters were large than life.

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In episode 194 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Author Michael J. Martinez, author of The Daedalus Incident.

About Michael:

Michael is a husband, father and writer living the dream in the Garden State. He has spent nearly 20 years as a professional writer and journalist, including stints at The Associated Press and ABCNEWS.com. After telling other people’s stories for the bulk of his career, he is happy that he can now be telling a few of his own creations. He is also a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. When not being a husband, parent or writer, Michael enjoys beer and homebrewing, cooking and eating, the outdoors and travel. If you’re curious about their travels, his wife does a far better job of describing their adventures, so check out her blog at katrinawoznicki.com.

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Today over on the Kirkus blog, I talk about The Legend of Drizzt: A Neverwinter Tale by R.A. Salvatore.

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It’s difficult to imagine Dungeons & Dragons without The Forgotten Realms, a campaign/expansion setting created by Ed Greenwood in 1967, and brought into the D&D canon fully in 1987.  The setting has proven a fruitful one for players and authors alike.  At least twenty-four books have included R.A. Salvatore’s Dark Elf hero, Drizzt.  Few authors have contributed as much to the Dungeons & Dragons canon as Ed Greenwood and R.A. Salvatore.  I actually had the opportunity to chat with Salvatore for the SFSignal.com podcast, and we talked extensively about his Neverwinter Saga and Drizzt himself.  The history and world building in that series is carried over and expanded in the comics which make up the new graphic novel.

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In episode 192 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Author Michaelbrent Collings.

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Terry Pratchett’s The Discworld Graphic Novels

Today over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I take a look at a graphic novel that comprises the adaptations of Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic.

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The Colour of Magic.  Rincewind is a wizard.  Unfortunately, he is not a very good wizard.  He never got high marks during his time attending the Unseen University.  As such, he doesn’t have many prospects.  He does have a penchant for running away and escaping danger.  Enter Twoflower, the Discworld’s first ever tourist, who has travelled from the Counterweight Continent all the way to the city of Ankh-Morpork to ‘look at things’.  This odd behavior attracts a lot of attention, as does the fact that Twoflower carries a lot of gold and doesn’t seem to understand how much that gold is worth in Ankh-Morpork versus his homeland.  Rincewind is tasked with showing Twoflower around, and seeing him safely back to his home with a pleasant story that will bring more of these ‘tourists’ to Ankh-Morpork to spend their gold.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 191): Interview with Author Aaron Sikes

In episode 190 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Author Aaron Sikes.

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Today At Kirkus: At The Mountains of Madness, A Lovecraft Graphic Novel

Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog today, I take a look at an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness.

From the article:

Published by Sterling, this volume adapts Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness in a classic style reminiscent of Hergé’s Tintin.  In the story, Professor Dyer leads an expedition to Antarctica in September of 1930.  With a biologist, engineer, physicist and meteorologist, and a geologist on board, their mission is to take core soil and rock samples from areas of unexplored Antarctica, run tests, and report their findings back home.  By November, they enter McMurdo Sound, and the adventure begins.

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In episode 189 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Author David Annandale.

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In episode 188 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with Hugo Award winning Editor, Author and Podcaster, Lynne M. Thomas.

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Today on the Kirkus blog, I take a look at The Lovecraft Anthology, Volume 1.

From the post:

You can’t be a speculative fiction fan without coming into contact with something inspired by Lovecraft.  From the Dungeon Dimensions of Pratchett’s Discworld series, to Ridley Scott’s Aliens, to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, pop culture is full of nods to Lovecraft’s Old Ones, so it doesn’t surprise me at all that someone would choose to mine this material to build a comic series/anthology. Published by Self Made Hero, The Lovecraft Anthology certainly struck a chord with me.

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In episode 187 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with APEX Editor/Publisher Jason Sizemore.

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In episode 186 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author Douglas Warrick.
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