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AISFP 284 – Chris Pourteau, Jennifer Ellis and Editor David Gatewood

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 47:45 — 33.2MB) Chris Pourteau, Jennifer Ellis and Editor David Gatewood join us to discuss their new anthology, Tales from Pennsylvania, which also features a story by our very own Timothy C. Ward! This episode is brought to you by Islands, an audio drama based on a […]

AISFP 283 – Jennifer Marie Brissett

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Jennifer Marie Brissett joins Brent Bowen to discuss her first novel, Elysium. Also, Shaun talks about some new books that just came out, including titles by George R. R. Martin and Frank Herbert.

AISFP 282 – Brad R. Torgersen and Jonathan Carroll Review

The Chaplains War

Brad Torgersen, author of The Chaplain’s War, joins us this episode to discuss a variety of topics, including: the cost of winning a war; confronting our concept of the “Other”; his favorite military SF novels; the evolution of language; much more.

AISFP 281 – Jeanne Cavelos of the Odyssey Writing Workshop

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Jean Cavelos, founder of the Odyssey Writers Workshop, joins us to to talk writing, workshops, making it as an author, what writers don’t know, what makes Odyssey different from Clarion, where publishing is going, concerns about piracy and an authors’s ability to make an income, HarperCollins competing with Amazon, and so much more.

AISFP 280 – Military Fantasy with Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 55:50 — 38.8MB) This episode is brought to you by The Grand Hotel, by Scott Kenemore. Welcome to the hotel where nobody checks out. When a desk clerk welcomes a group of tourists into his mysterious and crumbling hotel, the last thing he expects is that a […]

Reviews

The 2015 Sci-Fi Experience on AISFP

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Carl V. Anderson is running a community read of all things Sci-Fi, called The 2015 Sci-Fi Experience. Wait, that isn't just a month, that's 2015... oh boy, that's going to be huge. The reading marathon starts Dec. 1, 2014 and goes through Dec. 31, 2015. I'll update this post with links to book reviews or related topics, and maybe recent thoughts on progress. We'll see if I can get an image on the right side bar for easy clicking back to this post. If you'd like to add your blog to the community, head over HERE and sign up. If you'd like something to read, I have the first two pieces of my serialized epic, Scavenger, a Hugh Howey SAND fanfic thriller. I also have an anthology of Amish SciFi, Tales from Pennsylvania, set in Michael Bunker's world of PENNSYLVANIA. Email me at gotbooks at gmail dot com. … [Read More...]

Book Review: Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll

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Jonathan Carroll’s latest novel, Bathing the Lion, opens with a relationship breakup. The breakup is described so vividly that the pain and tension is tangible and convincingly real. But this, along with the ultra-realistic scenes that follow, do not prepare the reader for what comes next. Picture a domestic-scale apocalypse with your world splitting beneath your feet in a way that feels both matter of fact and utterly bizarre. So, what’s it about? Well, lots of things. The story centres around five people who live in the same New England town. Some of them know each other; some don’t. They go to sleep one night and all share the same hyper-realistic dream. When they wake the next day all of them know what has happened. All five were at one time “mechanics,” a type of cosmic repairman whose job is to keep order in the universe … [Read More...]

Book Review: Dodgeball High by Bradley Sands

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Despite the plot of Bradley Sand's Dodgeball High being pretty straightforward, I still find myself having a difficult time describing it. The best I can come up with is that it's like a high school sports movie parody as conceived by the writers at Adult Swim. Justin Lucas has just transferred to Lungville High. He fully expects to be the most popular kid in the school as he was at his old one (or at least that's what he thinks). What he doesn't expect, is that every class is dedicated to learning about dodgeball. Despite his (delusions of) superior athleticism, he finds himself to be the worst dodgeball player in the school. He's determined to prove himself and win the dodgeball championship, the respect of the other students and the affection of the hot goth chick Dodie Manson. Sands hits all the major points in a sports movie, … [Read More...]

Book Review: The Spectral Link by Thomas Ligotti

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When I heard that Thomas Ligotti was coming out with a new collection, I immediately ordered it without really thinking. That was kind of a mistake. Not because the book is bad, but because it turns out the collection only had two stories in it. Paying $20 for a hardcover that turned out to only contain two stories and was less than 100 pages made me feel a bit ripped off. That said though, both of these stories are excellent. Both of the stories follow the same themes of existentialist horror that Ligotti is well known for, though with different approaches. The first story is "Metaphysical Morum" and is basically a character study of a completely demoralized man. He's out of work, he has no friends or family, and the only person he has who even pretends to care about him is his sketchy therapist Dr. O. After he begins having a … [Read More...]

Book Review: DEAD OF NIGHT by Jonathan Maberry

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Jonathan Maberry is a very talented writer. In a genre full of similar stories with cliche descriptions, Dead of Night was refreshing and scary. The other book I've read of his, Patient Zero, had some of the best zombie action I've read. Where that book was more of a thriller with zombies, Dead of Night is a more traditional, zombie outbreak in a small town type of story, which is more to my preference. If you like that kind of book, I recommend reading Dead of Night. Dead of Night is about a troubled female cop characterized by her curves and the attitude that makes them almost unappealing; her ex-boyfriend who is a journalist drawn to her town through an investigation into a recent execution; and the person who should have been executed but somehow managed to kill everyone in the morgue of his former hometown. Mr. Maberry does a … [Read More...]

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Fantasy Writers – What Class Are You? by Rob J. Hayes

Heresy Within

Fantasy Writers – What Class Are You? by Rob J. Hayes By now we’ve all heard of pantsers and planners, architects and gardeners but in the realms of fantasy we authors can be classed into other categories. So today I am asking you all: Are you questers or world builders? By way of example I […]

SF Book Releases This Week: December 9, 2014

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Thanks for stopping by another SF Book Releases This Week. If you are an indie or small press author and would like your book included in this list, email us at adventuresinscifipublishing [at] gmail [dot] com. If you love free books, reviews and podcasts, sign up to our newsletter and be entered in our weekly […]

SF Book Releases This Week: December 2, 2014

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Thanks for stopping by another SF Book Releases This Week. If you are an indie or small press author and would like your book included in this list, email us at adventuresinscifipublishing [at] gmail [dot] com. Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction by Ben Bova and Eric Choi (ed.) Seventeen hard science […]

SF Book Releases This Week: November 25, 2014

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Thanks for stopping by another SF Book Releases This Week. If you are an indie or small press author and would like your book included in this list, email us at adventuresinscifipublishing [at] gmail [dot] com. Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson Stephen Leeds, AKA ”Legion,” is a man whose unique mental condition allows him […]

SF Book Releases This Week: November 18, 2014

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Thanks for stopping by another SF Book Releases This Week. If you are an indie or small press author and would like your book included in this list, email us at adventuresinscifipublishing [at] gmail [dot] com. If you love free books, reviews and podcasts, sign up to our newsletter and be entered in our weekly […]

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Attack of the Hollywood Remake Zombies: 2

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Spider-man, Superman, Batman, The Thing, Invasion of The Body Snatchers, War of the Worlds – I could name many more, but I haven’t the time, or the blog space. You probably glean from the headline that I have something to say about remakes of classic, and not-so-classic films. In particular the annoying superhero origins story sub-category. […]

Fantasy Writers – What Class Are You? by Rob J. Hayes

Heresy Within

Fantasy Writers – What Class Are You? by Rob J. Hayes By now we’ve all heard of pantsers and planners, architects and gardeners but in the realms of fantasy we authors can be classed into other categories. So today I am asking you all: Are you questers or world builders? By way of example I […]

Top Sci-Fi Characters to Cosplay – Other than Jedi

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Whether you’re an out and proud geek or a nerd in hiding, at some point you have probably donned a sci-fi costume. It’s almost as if cosplay (whether at a con or on Halloween) has become a rite of passage into geekdom. And it may surprise you to learn that some of the best cosplay […]

Last Contact in Bulgaria

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Last Contact is a short film portraying the despair of a researcher long after his last contact with the outside world. While the film is in the final stages of production, Michael Garrett, the man behind the camera, has turned to Kickstarter for much needed funds to finish and promote the film. We here at AISFP love […]

Surviving Publishing Series: Bloggers, Reviewers, and You

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After an article posted last Friday in the Guardian, apparently this needs to be said: Reviewers don’t review books for the author. Reviewers review books for readers. For those not aware of the article doing the viral set of rounds on social media, it details the stalking and confrontation of a blogger by YA author, […]