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AISFP 300 – Tina Connolly, YA Bookclub – Seriously Wicked

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:13:38 — 67.9MB) Brent and special 13-year-old guest host Riley kick off the inaugural YA Book Club by chatting with Nebula-nominated Tina Connolly about her hilarious new young adult novel, Seriously Wicked (interview begins at about 41:32): Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just […]

AISFP 299 – JA Pitts, Black Blade Blues

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 47:26 — 43.9MB) This week’s episode features an interview with John A Pitts (JA Pitts), author of BLACK BLADE BLUES, an urban fantasy series featuring master blacksmith and budding dragon slayer Sarah Beauhall.  John and Kristi discuss what’s going on with the series and delve into writing […]

AISFP 298 – David Wellington, Positive

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:09:43 — 64.3MB) This week’s episode features an interview with David Wellington, author of the new zombie epic from HarperVoyager, POSITIVE. He and Timothy C. Ward discuss why this dystopian adventure appeals to readers who may or may not like zombies. This episode is brought to you […]

AISFP 297 – Fonda Lee, Zeroboxer

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 42:42 — 39.5MB) Sports and speculative fiction: Why don’t we see more of it? Sports play such an integral role in our society so its perceived absence is particularly noted when a novel the likes of Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee hits the shelves: A rising star in the […]

AISFP 296 – Jodi McIsaac and Jen Foehner Wells (Part 2)

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 55:06 — 50.5MB) Advice about whether to go the self publishing or traditional publishing route is often provided from those who started their careers five to ten years ago. We wanted to chat with a few individuals who were recently in the midst of the quagmire. Jennifer Foehner Wells, […]

Reviews

Reviews: The Beauty and The Bridge

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This time I am reviewing two works: a novella, The Beauty by Aliya Whitely; and a short story, The Bridge by Angela D. Mitchell. Both are distinguished by highly original, unusual storytelling and beautiful prose. In The Beauty by Aliya Whitely, a group of men and boys who have escaped their failing city gather around the fire each night to listen to their stories in the Valley of the Rocks. The women who came with them have one by one died. Nate, the storyteller, brings secrets back from the woods. His tales are a force for good in the community and help sustain the group emotionally and spiritually. William rules the group with youth and strength, but how long can that last? And what about Uncle Ted, who spends so much time out in the woods? The women’s graves have been overtaken by fungal growths, fields of mushrooms that take … [Read More...]

Audiobook Review: ROUGH MAGICK by Kenny Soward (Narr. Scott Aiello)

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My life was changed when, at the age of thirteen, a friend showed me Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. My first adventure into living dragons, half-elven heroes, knights, princesses, and more captivated my imagination with the joy of discovery and wonder. Some of the characters, like the mage, Raistlin, had dark pasts, but the overall feeling was hopeful. Sad things happened, but you never gave up hope. Somewhere along the years my love of Fantasy has been usurped for that of high-tech battles or survival tales against monsters. I’ve also become more busy than I seem able to handle. And then I won a book giveaway for Rough Magick (GnomeSaga #1) by Kenny Soward. I was immediately impressed by the care with which he’d wrapped his book, followed by the exquisite cover art and even some goodies in a poster … [Read More...]

Book Review: what if i got down on my knees? by Tony Rauch

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I really enjoyed Tony Rauch's previous collection of short stories, eyeballs growing all over me ...again. It was a strong collection of whimsical and strange stories with a science fiction thread running through it. When I saw that Rauch had released a new collection, I asked for a review copy of what if i got down on my knees? Unlike eyeballs growing all over me ...again, the connections between the stories aren't by style. In fact, the variety of types of stories is one of the strong points of this collection. There are instances of the whimsical science fiction stories like from Rauch's previous collection, but there are also outright absurd comic tales, magic-realist stories, experimental prose poems and even some Raymond Carver-esque realism. The connection between the stories is that they all deal with love, longing and … [Read More...]

Book Review: Gorel and The Pot-Bellied God by Lavie Tidhar

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Reading Gorel and the Pot Bellied God by Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing) felt like discovering Michael Moorcock for the first time. That sense that something has shifted in my world and I’ve been transported to a strange yet weirdly familiar place with an antihero who is strange, complex and … someone you want to be with as long as you possibly can. Though I've read some of Lavie's shorter work, this novella-length work is something quite different and really took my by surprize. There is only one truth Gorel of Goliris is interested in and that’s finding a way back home, to the great empire from which he had been stolen as a child and from which he had been flung, by sorcery, far across the world. On his journey to Falang-Et to find the mirror, he forms  an uneasy alliance—and ménage à trois—with an Avian spy and a half-Merlangai thief. … [Read More...]

Kristi’s Read, Play List

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Hi Folks! Man, oh man was I sick after Norwescon. 'Con crud' I believe is the popular term...Any who, I'm back and ready to post what I've been playing and reading the last two weeks. Reading As some of you know I've been reading UNSEEMLY SCIENCE by Rod Duncan and managed to finish that this past week. This one to try if you are looking for a more realistic take on steampunk. Not only was it a great change of pace from my usual reads, but there was just enough of the fantastical to keep me interested. A steampunk style mystery that is subtle in it's use of steampunk aesthetics and trappings, it instead favours plot and storytelling. Slower paced and less of the no-holds-barred adventure than I usually favour, this is none the less absolutely worth picking up and giving a try. The lead protagonist, Elizabeth Barnabus, a women who lives a … [Read More...]

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SF Book Releases – May 19, 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. Seveneves: A Novel by […]

SF Book Releases – May 12, 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 Best Science Fiction […]

Interview with Michael J. Martinez

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Michael J. Martinez is the author of the three novels in the Daedalus trilogy. You can follow Mr. Martinez on Twitter @mikemartinez72. His most recent book, The Venusian Gambit will be released on May 5, 2015. Robert – Starting with the struggles you had with publishing your first book until now, what advice do you […]

SF Book Releases – May 5, 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 Venusian Gambit: Book […]

SF Book Releases – April 28, 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. Of Noble Family (Glamourist […]

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Interview with Michael J. Martinez

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Michael J. Martinez is the author of the three novels in the Daedalus trilogy. You can follow Mr. Martinez on Twitter @mikemartinez72. His most recent book, The Venusian Gambit will be released on May 5, 2015. Robert – Starting with the struggles you had with publishing your first book until now, what advice do you […]

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 […]

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. […]