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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.


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Patrick Hester is a writer, blogger, podcasting dude, Denver transplant and all around Functional Nerd. Don't hate him cuz he has a cool hat.

7 Comments on The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 008): The Future of Science Fiction + Interview with Maurice Broaddus & Jerry Gordon

  1. Frank J Nagy // September 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm //

    Podcast 008 is not downloadable.  The file resulting from the

    download link is only 1.5 Kbytes.

  2. Hmmm…seems to work for me.  If I left-click the download link, it plays it in the browser.  Or I can right-click on the link and select “Save Link As…” and get a 66MB mp3 file.

  3. Strange – I’m not having any issues with it either.

    Maybe restart your browser?  Or you can DL from iTunes?


  4. This was the first time I’ve listened to your program, and I have to say it’s damned entertaining as well as thought-provoking.  Smart, funny, and well-articulated.  Bravo to all involved!

  5. keith teklits // September 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm //

    I miss the old completely positive naive space opera’s that used to be around. The ones where the good guys had no facial hair and the bad guys did so you could tell who was who. They aren’t around much anymore. Although the new BSG was entertaining and Firefly/Serenity was one of the best I’ve ever seen, I miss the heros that don’t lose. My favorite 40k novels are the Ciaphas Cain ones. Armor might have everyone die, but the hero not only lives, he comes back and inspires hope in everyone. Space Vulture is written by two guys like me, who miss the classic days of Flash vs. Ming and Good Spock vs. Evil Spock. Maybe the recession and down times right now will bring back the hope for the future that I crave. At least I have one thing to look forward to.


    Love the podcast.

    I need more Mango though.

  6. Gary – thanks so much! We appreciate the kind words! Tell your friends!

    Keith – I think you just gave me a new topic for a future show… You’ll have to tune in to know what it is, though 🙂 

    Glad you love the podcast – Talk to Smith about the Mango… you know, he keeps it in his pocket…


  7. keith teklits // September 24, 2010 at 5:29 am //

    Glad I could help. I can’t wait to see what I suggested.

    Would you dig into Smith’s pockets for anything? You never know what you could find.

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