Because you can never have too many mashups…
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Because you can never have too many mashups…
In episode 163 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and his rag-tag band of panelists, discuss:
Star Wars, Disney, Marvel, Timothy Zahn, The Thrawn Trilogy, Star Wars: Episode 7, the Star Wars Extended Universe, Star Trek, Pathfinder Tales, Tie-In novels, George Lucas, Stargate, The X-Men, the 501st Legion, Lucasfilm, Disneyland, Family Guy, Robot Chicken, Pixar, Disney Princesses, Disneyland’s overhaul / rebranding of the iconic Submarine Ride as the new “Gungan Undersea Extravaganza’, Marvel Comics, Joe Quesada, Terry Brooks, The Sword of Shannara, Triumph over Tragedy, Attack of the Show, Newsroom, Pirates 101, Baldurs Gate, The Jar-Jar Binks Live Action Generic Non-Traditional Holiday Special with guests Tinkerbell, Wolverine and The Incredibles, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Ship Breaker, The City’s Son, and Reboots…
My name is JP and I’m a science fiction fanatic. Sure I’ve tried other genres, fantasy, horror and mainstream come to mind, but science fiction is always my primary interest and the genre that I read almost exclusively when it comes to fiction. The reasons are numerous, and in future installments I’ll go over other reasons why I like science fiction over all other genres, but today I’m going to focus on science fiction’s arch nemesis, at least in the minds of many fans: mainstream fiction.
A look at the New York Times Bestseller List shows an all too common site for fiction, namely it’s populated by thrillers, crime/mystery stories and other assorted dramas. Most of them don’t venture outside the realm of the mundane, focusing on the “real”, albeit fictionally. There are the exceptions, but those are usually in the fantasy/supernatural department. Rarely does a science fiction book hit the list, and rarer still does one stay on for an extended period of time. A glance at the summaries of most of these books does absolutely nothing for me. They are mundane, slightly boring and most definitely not interesting to me. That’s why I love science fiction. It’s not afraid to explore those ideas that mainstream won’t, or can’t.
- Adam Roberts reviews Sam Merwin, Jr.’s sexy time travel classic, The Time Shifters. Ack! That painful prose reminds me of Pel Torro!
- Interviews & Profiles:[some via Bibliophile Stalker]
- Rick Kleffel podcast-interviews Kage Baker.
- Darryl Whetter interviews Margaret Atwood.
- Mur Lafferty podcast-interviews Jay Lake, Felix Gilman, Jim Kelly, John Kessel, and Pat Cadigan.
- Suvudu interviews Chris Evans.
- Jeff VanderMeer interviews Caitlin R. Kiernan.
- Stargate Producer John G. Lenic answers reader questions at Joseph Mallozzi’s blog.
- Suite101.com interviews Linnea Sinclair
- If You’re Just Joining Us podcast-interviews SciFi Literary Agent Ginger Clark
- Pyr Books announces a handful of intriguing new forthcoming titles:
- The Buntline Special: A Weird West Tale by Mike Resnick. “Picture a fractured America, steampunk technology, cowboys, rayguns, Native American shamans, and, drum roll please, zombies!”
- The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith, the first book in the new Vampire Empire series. Elevator pitch: Alternate-History Steampunk Vampire.
- Shadow’s Son by Jon Sprunk, the first in a trilogy that continues with Shadow’s Lure and Shadow’s Master. A swordplay story of “an assassin thrust into the middle of a political and religious upheaval that threatens to topple the last bastion of civilization.”
- Website Facelift of the week: Manybooks.net. [via MobileRead]
- The Daily P.O.P. looks at Michael Moorcock’s Jerry Cornelius and the Final Programme.
- Walter H. Hunt lists his 5 favorite Webcomics.
- SCI FI Wire lists 5 new things you don’t know about Tron Legacy.
- Here’s a fun SF Novel Crossword. [via Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily]
- Words that need no further explanation: Indiana Jones Giant R/C Ant.
- 1 Thing you can’t watch: Defying Gravity. Canceled! [UPDATE: Or not.]
- 2 Things you Should Watch Right Now:
- Interviews & Profiles:
- @CNet: Why does this e-book cost $14? “Dear e-book publishers: stop gouging us.”
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch continues her Freelancer’s Survival Guide series talking about time.
- Heather Massey’s been busy. First she Defines Science Fiction Romance, then she asks: Does Science Fiction Romance Need More Alpha Heroes?
- There are some nice, fantastical art pieces from Patri Balanovsky at Gorilla Artfare.
- Orbit Publisher Tim Holman offers up an illuminating Chart of Fantasy Art Cover Elements.
- Holy Copyright Caper, Batman! Warner Brothers and DC Lose Certain Superman Rights.
- Superhero Nation explains How to Avoid Info-Dumping.
- Here’s a Star Wars collectible that, at first glance, looks dirty, but really isn’t.
- These Star Wars Lightsaber Chopsticks work great with the General Grievous’ Chicken! http://bit.ly/15foNZ [via Derryl Murphy]
- Jen at Multi-Genre fan will not be watching Stargate Universe.
- Den of Geek looks at The Costumes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- Real Science: “Two recent scientific discoveries mark the latest steps toward the ultimate medical-diagnosis technology: the tricorder.” [via Duderina]
- 100 Best Comic Book Covers
- Geek Dad lists 10 Sci-Fi Movies We’d Like to Throw Into a Black Hole.
- @VideoHound: The Ten All-Time Best Years for Sci-Fi Movies