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AISFP 281 – Jeanne Cavelos of the Odyssey Writing Workshop

Odyssey Workshop

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 […]

AISFP 279 – Publishing Round Table with Kevin J. Anderson, David Farland, and Doug Dandridge

Million Dollar Productivity

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 57:15 — 39.7MB) This episode is brought to you by Mission: Flight to Mars, by V.A. Jeffrey. Bob Astor is a Quality Assurance agent working at Vartan Inc. Lately his days have been stressful, to say the least. Butting heads with upper management has put his career […]

AISFP 278 – Book Reviewer Sarah Chorn

World War Kaiju

Sarah Chorn of Bookworm Blues joins us to discuss book reviewing and some of her favorite books from 2014.

AISFP 277 – James Frey and a Book Giveaway

Endgame: The Calling

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 52:04 — 36.2MB) James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard, joins us to discuss his first science fiction novel that he co-wrote with Nils Johnson-Shelton, author of the Otherworld Chronicles. This episode is brought to you by the new middle grade novel […]

Reviews

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...]

Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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I believe it was the cover that first drew me to Vicious. Something about it screamed ‘Villain’. That the blurb spoke of a story about archnemeses, super powers, and  revenge, and I was pretty much sold. I’m drawn to stories of righting wrongs and heroes that aren’t clean and shiny. What I got … well, that was something different. And a whole lot of fun. Vicious is about Victor and Eli, two college roommates who are opposites of one another, but drawn to the brilliance and ambition of the other. This shared commonality leads them to research near-death experiences and supernatural experiences and a theory that under the right conditions, one could develop extraordinary abilities. But once they move beyond theory, things go wrong. Lives are lost and a friendship is torn apart. Vicious starts ten years later with Victor breaking … [Read More...]

Book Review: A NEW DAWN: STAR WARS by John Jackson Miller

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A New Dawn brings a new hope to a galaxy far, far away. Amidst all the hullabaloo about Disney purchasing Lucasarts, Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, one thing became clear – change was inevitable. The greatest change and the most contentious has been removal of all the Star Wars Expanded Universe as canon. With the upcoming new trilogy and new children’s TV show Star Wars: Rebels, Disney has also set about continuing the franchise through other mediums. Thus we have A New Dawn: Star Wars by John Jackson Miller. Miller previously wrote the well-received Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith – The Collected Stories, Star Wars: Knight Errant, and Star Wars: Kenobi along with 15 Star Wars graphic novels, so he’s got the chops to handle such a large franchise. A New Dawn: Star Wars reboots the Expanded Universe, though it’s no longer … [Read More...]

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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 […]

Cover Reveal – TALES FROM PENNSYLVANIA with Timothy C. Ward

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Hey everybody! Good news, my first story in a print book is coming out Friday, November 21. You may remember Michael Bunker from AISFP 249 talking about his novel, Pennsylvania, the trailblazing novel in an exciting new genre of Amish SciFi. While you can read this anthology or his novel first, there is still a […]

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, […]

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Top Sci-Fi Characters to Cosplay – Other than Jedi

Doctor Who - Series 7B

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

Poster02

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

Gremlins

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, […]

Q and A with Scott Kenemore, author of Zombie, Indiana (+Giveaway)

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Skyhorse is offering 3 copies of Zombie, Indiana by Scott Kenemore to AISFP Newsletter subscribers. Join our list by one week from today and you’ll be entered. (US only for this giveaway) *Zombie, Indiana is now available on Kindle Unlimited. Click book cover for link. What kind of zombie apocalypse are we dealing with in […]

5 Lessons to Write a Series with Tim Marquitz

Exit Wounds

Tim Marquitz, Editor and Chief of Ragnarok Publications, recently released Exit Wounds: Demon Squad #7. Not many people have written a series that long (and it’s not his only one – Dead West is sweet zombie action). It’s an honor to have him come on and share with us what he’s learned. He also has […]