In episode 248 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Sarah Chorn, Paul Weimer, Fred Kiesche, Django Wexler, and Jeff Patterson, discuss a grab-bag of topics.

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In episode 247 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Carol Berg, Jim C. Hines, Chuck Wendig, and Amy Boggs, discuss Diversity in Genre Fiction.

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In episode 228 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Jeff Patterson, Derek Johnson, Carl V. Anderson and Rob H. Bedford discuss books coming out in 2014 that we absolutely must read, and why.

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In episode 222 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Ria Bridges, Jeff Patterson, Django Wexler, and Fred Kiesche suggest the perfect gifts for the genre fan in your family.

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In episode 217 of the SF Signal Podcast Patrick Hester, Sarah Chorn, Django Wexler and Jeff Patterson discuss characters in science fiction and fantasy we want to be, and why.

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In episode 215 of the SF Signal Podcast, despite technical difficulties and a slight headache, Patrick Hester wrangles a cornucopia of irregulars to discuss books that deserved a sequel – and why they deserved one. Plus: Highlander 2 and other silliness. Did I mention the technical difficulties?

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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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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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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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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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In episode 162 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester recorded a live panel at MileHiCon 44 in Denver Colorado on Saturday, October 20th, 2012. Panelists were: Connie Willis, John E. Stith, Nathan Lowell and Cherie Priest, who was also the Guest of Honor for MHC 44.

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In episode 156 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester gathers a group of SFSignal folks to discuss: Hard SF books for the beginner.

Hard SF has a reputation for being inaccessible to the beginning or casual reader. What Hard SF Book(s) have you read that you would recommend to someone trying to jump in with both feet?

We also digress into how The 13th Warrior is THE GREATEST MOVIE YOU HAVE PROBABLY NEVER SEEN – SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, WATCH THIS MOVIE! DON’T LISTEN TO JAY GARMON!

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In episode 154 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester gathers a group of SFSignal folks to discuss: History That Never Happened, Our Favorite Alternate History Stories.

Alternate histories play a big part in SF&F – what are some of your favorites?

Why? What made them stand out to you?

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In episode 147 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester gathers a panel to discuss: The Best Debut Novel You Have Ever Read, Part 2:

Everyone has to start somewhere, even authors. With so many debut books being published every year, they can’t all be spectacular, although they’re entertaining. But there’s always a few that stand out from the pack and make you go, “Whoa!” after you finish.

Q: What’s the best debut novel you’ve ever read?

Why? What made it stand out to you?

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In episode 145 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester gathers a panel to discuss: The Best Debut Novel You Have Ever Read:

Everyone has to start somewhere, even authors. With so many debut books being published every year, they can’t all be spectacular, although they’re entertaining. But there’s always a few that stand out from the pack and make you go, “Whoa!” after you finish.

What’s the best debut novel you’ve ever read?

Why? What made it stand out to you?
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In episode 143 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester gathers a panel to discuss Readercon, Harassment and Making Positive Changes,

Links:

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In episode 139 of the Hugo Nominated SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to bring their own topics to the table.

Subjects covered (partial list):

  • Kevin Smith: Fatman on the Batman
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • HBO’s Newsroom
  • Near Future SF
  • The Man of Steel movie trailer
  • 2001 Recut Trailer
  • Mark Hamill
  • Star Trek
  • Girls in Animation: The Teen Titans & Clone Wars
  • Total Recall Total Remake (or is it?)
  • PulpCon
  • Tarzan
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold
  • Covert Affairs

Chime in with your thoughts in the comments!

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VIDEO: Anthropology for Writers [Readercon Panel]

At last weekend’s Readercon 23 I led a panel on the subject of writing culture in fantastic fiction. This is the description from the program:

 In a 2011 blog post, Farah Mendlesohn wrote, “‘Worldbuilding’ as we understand it, has its roots in traditions that described the world in monolithic ways: folklore studies, anthropology, archeology, all began with an interest in describing discrete groups of people and for that they needed people to be discrete.” This panel will discuss the historical and present-day merging and mingling of real-world cultures, and advise writers on building less monolithic and more plausible fictional ones.”

We had a lively conversation that ranged from historical fiction to John Norman’s Gor series. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and I want to thank my fellow panelists for making the discussion informative and fun. The panelists are (from left to right):

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In episode 138 of the Hugo Nominated SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to weigh in on: Book Reviews. Are they still relevant? Do they shape your purchases?

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In episode 135 of the Hugo Nominated SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars to weigh in on: Books that Changed Our Lives.

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