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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.
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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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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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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Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog today, I take a look at an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness.
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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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Today on the Kirkus blog, I take a look at The Lovecraft Anthology, Volume 1.
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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 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!
Over on the Kirkus Reviews Blog today, I have a new post up on Boom Studio’s Higher Earth, written by Sam Humphries.
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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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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.
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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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