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AISFP 294 — Cary Elwes, Hugo Hangover

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:02:28 — 86.2MB) Cary Elwes of The Princess Bride gives a behind-the-scenes look at the movie as well as other movies in his career during this Planet Comicon special. We also chat about the week that was certainly Hugo Awards nomination bar fight and hangover. This episode is brought to you by the Stone […]

AISFP 293 – Hugo Awards finalist, remembering Terry Pratchett

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 50:05 — 69.2MB) Brent Bowen and Kristi Charish discuss being named a Hugo Awards finalist as well as the political clash of clans before the finalists were announced. They also remember Terry Pratchett and share their thoughts on his work and life. This episode is brought to you by Edge […]

AISFP 292 — Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker at Planet Comicon

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 35:43 — 49.5MB) Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker of Guardians of the Galaxy give a behind-the-scenes look of the movie as well as their careers in this Planet Comicon special. This episode is brought to you by Edge of Dark from Brenda Cooper, and published by Pyr. What if a society banished its worst […]

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, […]

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Budget? What Budget?

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Recently, British horror writer Ramsay Campbell drew the attention of a horror Facebook group to some low-budget horror films he appreciates. His suggestions were in reponse to the question that some people in the group posted, suggesting there had been few actually scary horror films in recent years. Similar questions arise for me in respect of science fiction films – in both genres, I’d be hard pressed to think of many films I would actually describe as great, even though there have been some pretty good ones. The films Mr Campbell cited were Absentia, Occulus (both directed by Mike Flannagan, who wrote Absentia and co-wrote Occulus) and the British film, The Borderlands – US title Final Prayer), written and directed by Elliot Gouldner. So far I’ve watched and enjoyed Absentia and The Borderlands. In Absentia, a woman and her … [Read More...]

Kristi’s Read, Play List and Norwescon 38

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Hi Folks! As some of you know, I was at Norwescon 38 this weekend as a panelist. It was awesome. This was my first time out at a conference as a debut author and GRR Martin was GoH. I repeat -- it was awesome. Thanks so much to Norwescon for inviting me, and Philip K. Dick award nominee, Rod Duncan, and 2015 Hugo nominee, Jennifer Brozek, for being my Periscope interview test bunnies. In short -- PERISCOPE -- Twitter's new live video and audio feed is awesome ... now, if they could only get the Twitter and linking functions sorted out, it'd be that much more awesome.... In the meantime, for those interested, download Periscope from the app store and go follow me and Brent to see the videos (or wait until they get the twitter function sorted). If you like what you see, we'll be using it at WorldCon. What else happened at Norwescon? Oh … [Read More...]

Book Review: The Bizarro Starter Kit (Purple)

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I've reviewed a couple books here that are billed under the subgenre of Bizarro, such as Dodgeball High and Technicolor Terrorists. Bizarro, however, is a relatively new subgenre of speculative fiction and many are still unfamiliar with it. To introduce people to the genre, Eraserhead Press has released three collections of various authors. The original Orange edition was published in 2006, followed by a Blue edition in 2007. We'll be looking at the newest Purple edition published in 2010. The Bizarro Starter Kit (Purple) defines Bizarro as "the genre of weird" and "the literary equivalent to the cult section at the video store." Okay, maybe Bizzaro isn't that new considering that dated reference to video stores. Man, remember those? Even in the presentation of the first author, we see that the roots of Bizarro have been around … [Read More...]

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...]

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SF Book Releases – April 14, 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 AISFP Wormhole newsletter. Window Wall (Glass Thorns) […]

Ragnarok Publications goes SciFi with Per Aspera Press

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Ragnarok Publications, one of the premier small press publishers, has just acquired Per Aspera Press. Ragnarok has become known for stand-out dark fantasy novels and anthologies, having just released BLACKGUARDS: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues. Having only started in 2013, Ragnarok has put out a phenomenal catalog of books. In 2014, they acquired Horror […]

Guest Post: Antiheroes … or Not by Betsy Dornbusch

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Antiheroes … or Not by Betsy Dornbusch Betsy is the author of a dozen short stories, three novellas, and three novels. She also is an editor with the speculative fiction magazine Electric Spec and the longtime proprietress of Sex Scenes at Starbucks. You also can follow Betsy on Twitter. Her most recent novel in the Books of the […]

SF Book Releases – April 7, 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 AISFP Wormhole newsletter. The End of the […]

Kristi’s Read, Play List and Norwescon 38

The Bullet Catchers Daughter

Hi Folks! As some of you know, I was at Norwescon 38 this weekend as a panelist. It was awesome. This was my first time out at a conference as a debut author and GRR Martin was GoH. I repeat — it was awesome. Thanks so much to Norwescon for inviting me, and Philip K. […]

AISFP Blog

Budget? What Budget?

Moon_(2008)_film_poster

Recently, British horror writer Ramsay Campbell drew the attention of a horror Facebook group to some low-budget horror films he appreciates. His suggestions were in reponse to the question that some people in the group posted, suggesting there had been few actually scary horror films in recent years. Similar questions arise for me in respect of […]

Guest Post: Antiheroes … or Not by Betsy Dornbusch

Red rocks cropped

Antiheroes … or Not by Betsy Dornbusch Betsy is the author of a dozen short stories, three novellas, and three novels. She also is an editor with the speculative fiction magazine Electric Spec and the longtime proprietress of Sex Scenes at Starbucks. You also can follow Betsy on Twitter. Her most recent novel in the Books of the […]

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. […]