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In episode 186 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author Douglas Warrick.
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In episode 185 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester assembles a panel to discuss how they came to be fans of speculative fiction.

Topic: Why you became a fan of speculative fiction.

What was the defining moment for you? What sparked that passion for you? Do you still feel it as strongly today? What keeps the passion going?

Listeners: tell us your answers in the comments!

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Higher Earth: An Epic SciFi Comic

Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog today, I have a new post up on Boom Studio’s Higher Earth, written by Sam Humphries.

From the post:

Heidi lives on a trash planet. Bright circles in the sky open up and dump trash everywhere. People fight over the scraps dumped on them. Heidi lives alone and fights hard to keep what little she has. Rex is a soldier. He travels from Earth to Earth. Is he running from something or to it? When he finds Heidi, everything changes for them both. Rex convinces Hedi she needs to come with him, and drags her first to a Sunshine Earth full of refugees, then to an Earth that never had an extinction level event and is full of dinosaurs. Everywhere they go, they are pursued and attacked by the agents of Higher Earth. When Rex is badly wounded, Heidi learns the truth about who she is, why she was living on that trash planet, and has to make a choice to either trust Rex and embrace her destiny, or run for her life. Forever.

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In episode 183 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author David Brin.

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At Kirkus Reviews: Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword Volume One

On the Kirkus Reviews Blog today, I take a look at a Comic Anthology from Dark Horse called, Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword Volume One.

From the post:

When you think of Robert E. Howard, you probably go straight to Conan, arguably his most famous character.  But Howard, like most authors, had many more characters and stories beyond Conan.  Dark Horse Comics brings many of those characters together in their new Graphic Novel, Savage Sword Volume One.

Not too long ago here at the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I talked about Once Upon A Time Machine, an anthology of short stories in comic form.  Savage Sword is in that same vein.  It collects original stories featuring Howard’s characters, many of whom you may not be familiar with.  Yes, Conan is there, but so are John Silent, Dark Agnes and The Sonara Kid, to name just a few.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 183): Interview with Author Piper Maitland

In episode 183 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author Piper Maitland.

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Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog today, I have a post taking a look at Marvel’s recent adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz.

From the post:

Whimsical. That’s the word that came to mind as I made my way through this adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz, a 184 page trade paperback available from Marvel Comics.

Everyone knows the film version of Baum’s Oz starring Judy Garland, but I’ve come across few who are familiar with the original 14 books, plus all the other books that came after (something like forty at last count). I haven’t even read all of them, but when I saw that Marvel had started to adapt these works, I wanted to take a look – especially with the new movie, Oz: The Great and Powerful, coming to movie theaters here shortly.

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Edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen, Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond brings together leading fantasy writers such as Jane Yolen, Tad Williams and Seanan McGuire to create the ultimate anthology for Oz fans—and, really, any reader with an appetite for richly imagined worlds.

Here is the book’s description:

When L. Frank Baum introduced Dorothy and friends to the American public in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became an instant, bestselling hit. Today the whimsical tale remains a cultural phenomenon that continues to spawn wildly popular books, movies, and musicals.

We asked a few of the authors a couple of questions…

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Edited by John Joseph Adams and Douglas Cohen, Oz Reimagined: New Tales from the Emerald City and Beyond brings together leading fantasy writers such as Jane Yolen, Tad Williams and Seanan McGuire to create the ultimate anthology for Oz fans—and, really, any reader with an appetite for richly imagined worlds.

Here is the book’s description:

When L. Frank Baum introduced Dorothy and friends to the American public in 1900, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz became an instant, bestselling hit. Today the whimsical tale remains a cultural phenomenon that continues to spawn wildly popular books, movies, and musicals.

We asked a few of the authors a couple of questions…

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Edited by John Joseph Adams and published by TOR, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination features all original, all nefarious, all conquering tales from the megalomaniacal pens of Diana Gabaldon, Austin Grossman, Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, Daniel H. Wilson and 17 OTHER EVIL GENIUSES.

The book description is this:

Mad scientists have never had it so tough. In super-hero comics, graphic novels, films, TV series, video games and even works of what may be fiction, they are besieged by those who stand against them, devoid of sympathy for their irrational, megalomaniacal impulses to rule, destroy or otherwise dominate the world as we know it.

We asked a few of the authors a couple of questions…

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In episode 180 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author Emma Newman about Worldcon, her new book Between Two Thorns, a slew of short stories and an ingenious bit of marketing.
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Edited by John Joseph Adams and published by TOR, The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination features all original, all nefarious, all conquering tales from the megalomaniacal pens of Diana Gabaldon, Austin Grossman, Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, Daniel H. Wilson and 17 OTHER EVIL GENIUSES.

The book description is this:

Mad scientists have never had it so tough. In super-hero comics, graphic novels, films, TV series, video games and even works of what may be fiction, they are besieged by those who stand against them, devoid of sympathy for their irrational, megalomaniacal impulses to rule, destroy or otherwise dominate the world as we know it.

We asked a few of the authors a couple of questions…

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In episode 179 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester assembles a panel to discuss something that came up in a recent critique group meeting.

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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 180): Interview with Author David Boop

In episode 180 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author David Boop live from MileHiCon in Denver.

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In episode 179 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates gather a second group of panelists to talk about the past, present and future of Cyberpunk.

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Now at Kirkus Reviews: Once Upon A Time Machine

Today on the Kirkus Reviews Blog, I talk about Once Upon A Time Machine – a collection of comics based on fairy tales and other classic stories, all with a unique twist.

From the post:

This massive book caught my eye for a couple of reasons. First, I know Dark Horse puts out great books.  Second the cover was a fascinating mix of fairy tale creatures and science fiction elements like rocket ships and wormholes.  Who wouldn’t want to pick that up and thumb through?  It’s essentially an attempt to reimagine classic fairy tales (a trend these days) in a science fiction setting.  Editors Andrew Carl and Chris Stevens, sought out a plethora of indie and up and coming writers and artists like Farel Dalrymple (Pop Gun War), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Khoi Pham (Daredevil), and Brandon Graham (King City) to put a wholly new and different spin on these familiar stories.  And I have to admit, they have done a damned fine job of it.

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In episode 178 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author Chuck Wendig.

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In episode 177 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and Jaym Gates gather panelists to talk about the past, present and future of Cyberpunk.

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In episode 176 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester chats with author Mary Robinette Kowal.

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In episode 175 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks his motley crew of mis-fit panelists to discuss: Which conventions are you looking forward to this year?

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