The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 162): Live Panel from MileHiCon 44 with Connie Willis, John E. Stith, Nathan Lowell and Cherie Priest
Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt sit down with Cherie Priest (Boneshaker, Dreadnought)…
The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 141): Cherie Priest, Jay Lake, Gail Carriger, Paul Di Fillipo, Phillipa Ballantine and Tee Morris Talk Steampunk
Zack Parsons is a Chicago-area writer known for his acerbic humor at Something Awful, his non-fiction books like My Tank is Fight! and his contributions to various compilations. His debut sci-fi novelLiminal States, described by author Cory Doctorow as “vivid, and relentless, masterfully plotted,” was released April of 2012.
When I set out to write my genre-spanning debut novel, Liminal States, I wanted to music to shape the outcome of my creative process. Ending with a free downloadable companion soundtrack from my friend, Conelrad, was something I hoped would excite readers and enhance their experience.
Listening to music while writing was vital for me. It allowed me to shut out what was going on, no matter where I was at the time, and depending on the music, it could serve as an inspiration for what I was writing. My obsession with scoring every moment made me curious about how more experienced authors of speculative fiction use music.
So I asked.
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- Interviews and Profiles:
- The October 2009 issue of The Internet Review of Science Fiction is up.
- S.M. Duke asks: Where are my capitalist fantasies?
- John Anealio has posted Sci-Fi Songs Podcast #17.
- Laughing Squid has the scoop on live stage productions of Bride of Frankenstein & Barbarella in San Francisco.
- I’d bet good money that Zombie George Lucas could have done a better job with the prequels. Just sayin’…
- Cool news! Scott Westerfeld‘s Midnighters is coming to NBC. The story “revolves around a group of people born at the stroke of midnight who have access to the 25th hour of each day, which they use to stop crime.” [via SFX]
- Interviews and Profiles:
- John Scalzi answers Stargate Universe questions.
- Innsmouth Free Press has a brief interview with Mary Robinette Kowal.
- 3 Questions with Mindy Klasky at SF Novelists.
- Jeremy Tolbert and Jeff VanderMeer join host Tony C. Smith in the latest Sofanauts podcast.
- @Only The Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy: David Gunn.
- @Sci-Fi Fan Letter: Gail Carriger.
- Frederik Pohl on Fandom. (Part 3)
- Octavia Butler’s Papers Bequeathed to Huntington Library. [via Locus Online]
- Guest-hosting at Tor.com: Cherie Priest, author of the the aesome recent release, Boneshaker.
- The Post-Modernity of Steampunk.
- The Directors of Spectrum announced that Richard Corben is the recipient of the 2009 Grand Master Award.
- The World SF News Blog is now hosted over on WordPress.
- Rare Gene Roddenberry Science Fiction TV Pilots are coming to DVD.
- Interviews & Profiles:
- Iain M. Banks is interviewed by Time, The Independent, and the Scotsman.
- Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf interviews Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker.
- The latest episode of Cult Pop features a video interview with Marcus Sakey.
- Harry Connolly is featured on John Scalzi’s latest Big Idea post.
- Joseph Mallozzi’s blog readers throw questions at actor Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe).
- Wanna interview John Scalzi? John Scalzi is fielding questions about his involvement in Stargate Universe.
- Authors reviewing authors:
- Norilana Books will be publishing 7 Tanith Lee titles, including two reprint trilogies (The Birthgrave Trilogy and The Wars of Vis sequence) an one original sequel.
- Here’s a nice Flickr gallery of vintage sf paperbacks.
- Adaptation of the Day: Stephen King’s “The Colorado Kid”. [via Bill Crider's Pop Culture Magazine]
- ABC’s FlashForward is making references to Lost. [via SciFi Scanner]
- AMC’s The Prisoner remake gets a start date: Sunday Nov. 15.
- 50 years later, Twilight Zone bridges time: “Rod Serling’s veiled commentary remains as soul-baring today as it did a half-century ago…”
- @SCI FI Wire: 7 years after Firefly: Where are they now?
- Speaking of Stephen King, Jigsaw’s Lair lists Part 1 of Best Stephen King Adaptations
- Neatorama reprints 10 Sci-Fi Books That Even Non-Geeks Would Love from Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges Into the Universe.
- @BestScienceFictionStories: 6 Science Fiction Stories Containing Altered Human Bodies
- There are several genre titles in Topless Robot’s list of The 5 Best and 5 Worst Book & Record Story Sets.
- Can You guess which classic science fiction novel made Bookstove’s list of 10 Dirty Books You Should Read?
- Tim Powers confirms earlier rumors: “I can now say that Disney optioned On Stranger Tides and will use elements of the book in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie.” On Stranger Tides is about a pirate named Jack who goes in search of the Fountain of Youth
- Interviews & Profiles:
- Forrest J. Ackerman’s Famous Monsters of Filmland has been revived as a website. Like the magazine, the new website, Famous Monsters of Filmland “pays tribute to the monsters of old while keeping up with all things current in the world of genre.”
- Paul Di Filippo reviews new volumes by Roger Zelazny. [via Locus Online]
- Articulate stumbles upon the cool illustration of The Librarian who is made out of books, drawn by DeviantArt use amartinsdebarros.
- Listen to Louisville, KY’s 89.3 WFPL radio broadcast of The Subversive Side of Science Fiction, which features Amy Sturgis and James Gunn. [via Geekend]
- EVENT: A reading of Poe: 19 New Tales, with Editor Ellen Datlow, Gregory Frost and John Langan – Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.in the Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Central Library in Baltimore, MD
- The Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf has a fascinating gallery that shows The Evolution of The Martian Chronicles Book Cover (1950-2009).
- Tron Guy will make an appearance in Comedy Central’s Tosh.0.
- SuperPunch points us to some cool photos of Johnny Lightning’s 1950′s Batmobile Diecast model, a post in the Batman collectors’ blog Under the Giant Penny. Cool name. Get the reference?
- Real Science: The Cassini takes really pretty pictures of Saturn. [via Stone Dead Parrot]
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Briar Wilkes tries to find her son, Zeke, who enters the walled up, zombie-ridden city of Seattle to clear his father’s name.
PROS: Riveting adventure story; great characters; perfectly captures the flavors of the steampunk and zombie subgenres.
CONS: Some story elements might seem clichéd, but that’s very small potatoes next to the entertainment value this book provides.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a wonderful setting that demands more stories. I can’t wait.
- Adventures in SciFi Publishing podcast-interviews Kay Kenyon (City Without End).
- Blogging the Muse interviews Patricia Bray.
- The Willamette Writers honored Phyllis Irene Radford with a lifetime achievement award.
- Jayme Lynn Blaschke has the scoop on SFWA’s statement regarding the proposed Google book settlement.
- Authors reviewing books: Paul Di Filippo reviews Karl Schroeder’s The Sunless Countries.
- Jason Heller is Fantasy Magazine‘s new Book Editor.
- Cherie Priest’s thoughts on steampunk.
- Bibliophile Stalker on The Difficulty of Pricing eBooks (Part II).
- io9 lists Top 10 Silliest Alien Prosthetics.
- Star Wars Tidbits: