What is the role of sex in science fiction?
Authors Philip José Farmer, Robert Heinlein and Ursula K. Le Guin, to name just a few, have all had sex and sexuality in their stories in one way or another. Science fiction and fantasy is full of examples of blurred gender roles, cross-species sex, virtual sex – are these legitimate points to move the story forward or are they simply there to sensationalize the prose? What are some examples of sex in science fiction that, good or bad, still stick in your mind? What are some examples where you felt it was completely out of place?
Later, Patrick Hester sits down to chat with New York Times bestselling author Brent Weeks. His Night Angel Trilogy consists of The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge and Beyond the Shadows. His new series, Lightbringer, has launched with the new novel: The Black Prism.
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 008): The Future of Science Fiction + Interview with Maurice Broaddus & Jerry Gordon
In the eighth episode of the Sf Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester is joined by Lisa Paitz Spindler, Matthew Sanborn Smith and John DeNardo to discuss the future of science fiction: Are the epic space operas waning in favor of the condensed, character driven heroes story? Has our future, as author William Gibson recently commented in a recent interview, “lost the capital F” of our childhood? Is what we think of as “traditional science fiction”, a thing of the past rather than the future?
Later, Patrick Hester & John DeNardo sit down to chat with Maurice Broaddus, author of King Maker (October 2010 from Angry Robot Books) & Jerry Gordon, author of City of Refuge. Maurice and Jerry are co-editors of Dark Faith from Apex Books.
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 007): The Lack of Space-Themed Novels on the Recent Hugo Ballot + Interview with Brenda Cooper
In the seventh episode of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester is joined by John Anealio, John DeNardo, Jeff Patterson, Matthew Sanborn Smith and Andrew Liptak to discuss the lack of space-themed novels in the Hugo best novel category, despite the release of such novels as C.J. Cherryh’s Regenesis (sequel to a best novel winner, no less), Alastair Reynolds’ House of Suns, and Peter F. Hamilton’s Temporal Void:
- Does it mean anything that space seemed to play no role in this years Hugo Best Novel category?
- Does it mean anything in the long term?
- Do Hugo votes actually gauge the state of the genre?
- Or do they just indicate which books were marketed best? Have daily exoplanet discoveries jaded fandom?
- Is it the space programs questionable future? Or is it changes in the readers themselves?
Later, Patrick, John D. and Tim Zinsky sit down to chat with futurist, novelist and technology professional Brenda Cooper to talk about science fiction, technology, collaborative writing, writing groups and the rise of Skynet…
In the sixth episode of the SF Signal podcast, Patrick Hester is joined by birthday boy Jeff Patterson, John Anealio, and Andrew Liptak to discuss genres in science fiction and fantasy; how is a genre defined, where does a book fit in – what makes The Wind Up Girl science fiction? Our panel gives us their answers and we want yours as well – leave comments!
Later, Patrick Hester sits down with Amelia Beamer, editor, reviewer, and photographer for Locus: The Magazine of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Field and author of The Loving Dead to discuss zombies, conventions, photography, Clarion, writing & the publishing industry.
In the fifth episode of the SF Signal podcast, Patrick Hester is joined by John Anealio, Jay Garmon, Karen Burnham, JP Frantz and Matt Sanborn Smith to discuss the science fiction equivalent of Sword & Sorcery.
Later, Patrick Hester sits down with Karen Burnham who talks about blogging at SF Signal and writing reviews. She also reveals her upcoming, previously-unannounced, super-secret project.
In the fourth episode of the SF Signal podcast, Patrick Hester is joined by John Anealio, Scott Shaffer, John DeNardo, Jeff Patterson, and Andrew Liptak to discuss the announcement that Star Wars is coming to Blu-Ray.
In the third episode of the SF Signal podcast, John Anealio fills in for an ill Patrick Hester, taking over moderation duties. He is joined by Jay Garmon, Lisa Paitz Spindler & John DeNardo to discuss media tie-in novels.
Later, John Anealio & John DeNardo sit down with PYR author Jon Sprunk to discuss his latest novel, Shadow’s Son.
In the second episode of the SF Signal podcast, Patrick Hester, John DeNardo, John Anealio, Andrew Liptak and Jeff Patterson discuss the new slate of genre shows being offered up by the SyFy channel and the controversy one show has created.
Later, Patrick Hester, John DeNardo and Tim Zinsky, sit down with Alex award winning science fiction and fantasy author, A. Lee Martinez.
This episode also introduces the original music SF Signal podcast theme written and performed by John Anealio.
In this inaugural episode of The SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester, John DeNardo, JP Frantz, John Anealio and Karen Burnham discuss the new exclusivity deal between Kindle and a host of authors represented by Literary Agent Andrew Wylie and how this could affect eBook sales and purchases of genre titles if similar deals become the norm.
Enjoy! (And thanks to Trent Ditto for the logo work. Thanks, Trent!)