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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 […]

AISFP 286 – S.E. Grove

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S.E. Grove joins us to discuss the story, magic, science and inspiration behind her stellar novel, The Glass Sentence.

AISFP 285 – Mike Resnick

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 49:10 — 34.2MB) Mike Resnick joins Shaun to discuss his latest novel, The Fortress in Orion, the beginning of the Birthright Universe, and much more. Also, we play first five five minutes of Islands, by Eric Flint. This episode is brought to you by Islands, an audio […]

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 […]

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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...]

Book Review: HALF-RESURRECTION BLUES by Daniel Jose Older

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In HALF-RESURRECTION BLUES, author Daniel José Older puts just the right amount of twist on familiar tropes, and brings a fresh voice to an exciting urban fantasy world. Older's concept is simple enough: Our hero, Carlos Delacruz, is in between life and death, the only one of his kind--so he thinks. Within the first five pages, Carlos learns he's not alone, and that his very nature may be integral to some next-level weirdness haunting Brooklyn. And simple works. The world of the dead and those in-between is easy and familiar. Older doesn't bog down his fictional Brookyln with too many new concepts or weird creatures; everything has a purpose and feels naturally unnatural. But if there's one element that shines above the others, it's voice. This is prime "thrillaminnut" urban fantasy, quick and easy to read, and the prose just … [Read More...]

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...]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

SF Book Releases This Week: Feburary 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. Half the World (Shattered Sea Book 2) by Joe Abercrombie New York Times bestselling author Joe Abercrombie’s thrilling new […]

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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?

Clarke

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 […]