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AISFP 291 — Anti-Sad Puppies with Paul Weimer

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:01:59 — 85.6MB) Paul Weimer of The Skiffy and Fanty Show and SF Signal joins us on the day of the Hugo nomination deadline to provide the Anti-Sad Puppies point of view about the Sad Puppies effort and the Hugo Awards. This episode is brought to you by Edge of Dark from Brenda […]

AISFP 290 — Ferrett Steinmetz, Flex

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:12:28 — 99.9MB) Ferrett Steinmetz joins us to discuss his debut novel Flex from Angry Robot Books. It’s pitched as a novel where Breaking Bad meets Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files. Ken Liu offers the following advance praise: “Featuring one of the most original magic systems ever devised and a pair of likable, […]

AISFP 289 — Sad Puppies with Larry Correia, Brad R. Torgersen

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:12:33 — 99.6MB) Larry Correia and Brad R. Torgersen join us to discuss the Sad Puppies effort. The campaign questions the notion of inclusion in genre, particularly with the Hugo Awards. In the interview, we discuss the perceived exclusion of popular fiction. We also chat about the controversial decision to […]

AISFP 288 – Kristi Charish and Timothy C. Ward

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:01:50 — 42.9MB) Kristi Charish and Timothy C. Ward join us to discuss their new books! Also, this is Shaun’s last show. Brent and Kristi will be continuing the podcast in a bold, new direction with exciting new segments and more great author interviews. Thank you to […]

AISFP 287 – Janet Morris and Chris Morris

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:29:37 — 62.0MB) Janet and Chris Morris join us to discuss how to write in the ancient world, among many other topics.   This episode is brought to you by Islands, an audio drama based on a novella from Eric Flint, adapted by Tony Daniels, and published […]

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Upcoming Reviews: Kristi’s Read, Play list

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One of the fantastic things about being part of Adventures in Scifi Publishing is access to books, often well before they are slated for publication. One of the things I've been reticent in doing is talking about what I'm reading and what's coming out. So, from now on, every Friday I'll be posting what I'm reading and playing with a couple of short thoughts pre-review. Make sure to let me know what you're reading and playing, as well, in the comments below! Reading A couple things actually. I recently finished THE PROPHECY CON (paid for in Audible), by Patrick Weekes out of 47North. For those in the video game know, Patrick is one of the lead writers on Dragon Age Inquisition, a game now famous for sinking hundreds of hours of gamers lives into digital fantasy land. Review to come on both but THE PROPHECY CON is for those of you who … [Read More...]

Book Review: Blackwater Lights by Michael M. Hughes

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A mysterious phone call from an old friend prompts Ray Simon to return to the town of Blackwater, where he had spent part of his childhood. The visit isn’t something he is too keen on, however, since something happened to him back then, something of which he has no memory. But Kevin’s evident distress overrides his own concerns so he takes a vacation from the school at which he teaches to find out what’s amiss. The dead deer at the town’s roadsign, the strange reverend he meets, and the balls of light in the sky suggest that there are other matters not right besides Kevin’s troubles alone. To say that Ray gets more than he bargained for would be an understatement. Supernatural occurrences, a dangerous cult, a rich drug dealer and a phenomenally dangerous femme fatal are just a few of the elements that conspire against our hero. … [Read More...]

Book Review: Apocalypse Weird: Texocalypse Now by Michael Bunker and Nick Cole

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In Apocalypse Weird: Texocalypse Now (Digger #1), Michael Bunker and Nick Cole show improvement in what has already been great storytelling and prose in their earlier works. For those who are unaware of Apocalypse Weird, Shaun just posted a nice summary of this groundbreaking endeavor to change face of indie publishing. They call it Marvel Universe meets books. The Red King by Nick Cole was a great first book to introduce us to this collective world of apocalypses, and best of all, it's free! Nick's sequel, The Dark Knight, just released along with four other books in this world. The story of Texocalypse Now is described as A band of children, led by a boy barely a man, will stand against a rising tide of humans gone feral, greedy precious metal pirates and psychotic roving biker gangs to make a home for themselves atop a hidden … [Read More...]

Book Review: The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq

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The French author Michel Houellebecq has had an interesting year so far. On the same day of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices, his caricature was featured on the front cover of that magazine. This was also the day his new novel Submission was published, which takes place in the year 2022 where the French populace elects a Muslim political party that brings the country under Islamic law. It seems like as good a time as any to take a look at the 2002 novel that brought Houellebecq to international attention, The Elementary Particles. The Elementary Particles is a novel about ideas, and is especially concerned with how scientific progress intertwines with the human condition. Much like JG Ballard's later works, or Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. In fact, Huxley's work is discussed at length by the characters. "His writing is … [Read More...]

Review: Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell

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Imagine if you will a World War II fighter pilot…who also happens to be a monkey. The eponymous Ack-Ack Macaque isn’t all he seems, however, as Powell’s seriously entertaining alternate history novel proves. Based on Powell's Interzone reader's poll-winning story in 2007 (included in the book), which is more metaphorical and focuses on a failing relationship, the novel is something quite different. In this version of reality the United Kingdom and France merged in the 1950s to form the nation of Brittany. Macaque is the star of a mass audience virtual reality computer game set in an alternate reality World War II. The main character in the story, Victoria Valois, is attempting to track down the man who murdered her husband and stole her neural implant. Meanwhile the heir to the throne of Brittany becomes a fugitive after breaking … [Read More...]

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Upcoming Reviews: Kristi’s Read, Play list

Bloodborne

One of the fantastic things about being part of Adventures in Scifi Publishing is access to books, often well before they are slated for publication. One of the things I’ve been reticent in doing is talking about what I’m reading and what’s coming out. So, from now on, every Friday I’ll be posting what I’m […]

SF Book Releases – March 24, 2015

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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. Icefall (Rebel Angel Series) by Gillian […]

SF Book Releases – March 17, 2015

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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. A Blink of the Screen: Collected […]

Book Review: Blackwater Lights by Michael M. Hughes

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A mysterious phone call from an old friend prompts Ray Simon to return to the town of Blackwater, where he had spent part of his childhood. The visit isn’t something he is too keen on, however, since something happened to him back then, something of which he has no memory. But Kevin’s evident distress overrides […]

SF Book Releases This Week: March 10, 2015

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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. The Doll Collection by Ellen Datlow […]

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The Next Wave: A New Kind of Publishing

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Michael Bunker takes us into Apocalypse Weird and a new wave of publishing!

How Accurate Are Arthur C. Clarke’s Predictions in 2015?

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Famed writer Arthur C. Clarke is best remembered today as the author of the science-fiction classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Though he certainly deserves acknowledgement for his writing and contribution to Kubrick’s classic sci-fi film, Clarke’s uncanny ability to predict the future is also worth remembering. As we enter a new year, it is an […]

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

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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 […]