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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 072): Panel Discussion of Under-Explored Themes in Science Fiction and Fantasy

In episode 72 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks our irregulars: What themes are under-explored in Science Fiction and Fantasy?

This week’s panel:

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6 Comments on The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 072): Panel Discussion of Under-Explored Themes in Science Fiction and Fantasy

  1. I’m listening to this one right now and as is the case for most of these podcasts, I’m enjoying and nodding my head.


    The thing that stood out to me, and I apologize for not remembering who said it, was the comment about the Farscape comic.  I tried reading it, but the art is hideous, some of the worst I’ve seen on a fairly large sized brand name comic.

  2. I thought Guy Adams’ The World House (Angry Robot / 2010) was great surrealist fantasy. Highly recommended. 

  3. Great podcast!  So, if I’m interested in deep time based science fiction, are there any other must-read novels beyond what’s mentioned in the podcast?

  4. I hear A. Lee Martinez is humorous.  And sometimes John Scalzi, especially in The Android’s Dream.


  5. Re: the Farscape comic.

    O’Bannon and DeCandito have penned possibly the best Farscape saga to date, bringing in just about every character from the show to go up against a galaxy spanning threat. I suspect they had to do the book on the extreme end of the cheap scale, and given the number of ships and aliens required, and I think that is why the art suffers so much. Massive ships in the background are inked with thicker lines that foreground objects and so on. Still, it is one of the few purely science fiction comics currently running (that is, not tied by continuity to a superhero-laden universe). It’s ending in a few issues, so in a couple years the trades will be cheap.

    As for deep-time, there are a few time-travel stories that touch on it. The Radix Tetrad by Attanasio is a good start, but you have to get to the later books. Vortex by Robert Charles Wilson looks promising.

  6. Thanks for the response!  I will put those on my list.

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