Book Review: Heirs of Grace by Tim Pratt

10 Apr heirs of grace

Rebekah Lull, a Chicago art student, has gotten an offer she can’t refuse. Not without traveling to North Carolina and seeing what its all about anyway. A foundling at birth, Rebekah discovers she’s been named the heir to the estate of Archibald Grace, her biological father. This estate comprises a rambling mansion in the hills of Appalachia and some money that could make life easy for a couple of years. The money’s the easy part. The cute local lawyer? Rebekah’s got him figured. The House, even if it seems to be full of secrets, locked doors and bona fide magical objects, is a little harder to manage, but Rebekah’s game. The relatives, the other would-be Heirs of Grace? Now they are going to be the tricky part. Continue reading

197. Mannequin (1987): A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

9 Apr

Artistic tomfoolery, Mannequin breasts, and 80s glory, oh my!  Shaun, Julia, and Jen join forces to tackle a listener-selected movie from hell:  Mannequin.  You asked for it, and we delivered!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Mannequin (1987)

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On Recent South(east) Asian SF/F by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Guest Post)

4 Apr The Apex Book of World SF

When I first started publishing in 2012, I felt I’d come into an already established community, one thriving with international writers. It’s an environment that I’ve always found welcoming, and doubly so once I started discovering and meeting (online) other writers from my region, wherever in the world they are based. So I’d like to give an overview of what I’ve been seeing in this regard — any excuse would do to talk about these wonderful writers! — and talk a little about my publishing experiences these last couple years, though only a little; it’s not too charming to harp on about myself! I’m covering Southeast Asian and South Asian writers, though (as everyone who follows the state of short genre fiction would be) I closely follow mainland Chinese ones as well, most of whom we’re now seeing in Lightspeed and Clarkesworld through the diligent translations by Ken Liu. Some of the most recent are the lyrical Invisible Planets by Hao Jingfang and the fairy tale-like Grave of the Fireflies by Cheng Jingbo. Continue reading

Book Review: The Burning Dark by Adam Christopher

3 Apr BurningDark_Fcvr

Captain Abraham Idaho Cleveland is a hero, but he certainly doesn’t feel like one. His gambit at Tau Retore to defeat an immense Spider ship was, charitably, a pyrrhic victory. Worse, he has a bum mechanical knee from the experience. Also, in keeping with tradition, instead of being immediately cashiered out of the Fleet, he has been given one final mission. There’s a space station around a mysterious star that radiates an almost evil, alien sort of light. It’s being decommissioned, and ‘Ida’ has been given the task, the privilege of overseeing that decommission.  But why does no one on the station know that he is a hero? And why are people disappearing or just acting strangely?  And most importantly, who and what is that signal Ida is getting in a forbidden radio band on his homemade radio set? Continue reading

My Superpower: Kip Manley

2 Apr City of Roses vol 2 -- The Dazzle of Day by Kip Manley

My Superpower is a regular guest column on the Skiffy and Fanty blog where authors and creators tell us about one weird skill, neat trick, highly specialized cybernetic upgrade, or other superpower they have, and how it helped (or hindered!) their creative process as they built their project. Today we welcome Kip Manley to talk about how knowing he doesn’t know a damn thing relates to City of Roses.

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There’s this proverb, and you have to imagine I’m opening a drawer as I say this, in the cheap pressboard desk between us, and I’m pulling out a bottle with a little green label, and a plain white paper cup, and where are my manners? Would you like some, too? Rye whiskey, but you know what they say:  makes the band sound better. I don’t know how it got such a reputation as rot-gut. Is it really such an acquired taste? Maybe it’s just that it’s hard to make well, and bad rye’s just that much worse than bad scotch, or bad bourbon. Anyway. Ice is in the bucket there, if you like, and would you look at that:  there’s a second paper cup, just for you. Continue reading

196. Fran Wilde (a.k.a. Chadwick’s Prodigy) — An Interview at ICFA

1 Apr

Towering cities, the history of death, and waste, oh my!  Fran Wilde, author of the upcoming Bone Arrow from Tor (coming in 2015, which is far too long to wait), joins us to talk about such mundane things as waste management in cities built to the heavens, proper disposal of the dead, plagues, and writing words on websites.  Needless to say, we had a blast!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):


Episode 196 — Download (MP3)

Asimov's Science Fiction -- April and May 2014 Issue

Show Notes:

You can also support this podcast by signing up for a one month free trial at Audible.  Doing so helps us, gives you a change to try out Audible’s service, and brings joy to everyone.

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.

Top 10 Episodes and Blog Posts for March 2014

1 Apr

No introductions needed.  Here goes.

Top Episodes:

  1. #17 — Babylon 5 Re-Watch (S1D4: Eps. 13-16) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast w/ Jamie Wyman & Erika Ensign
  2. 195. Sons of Steel (1988): A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ Danny Oz
  3. 116. Season of the Witch — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
  4. Episode 96 — An Interview w/ Sherwood Smith (a.k.a. Scribbles and Cream)
  5. Episode 4.2 — Torture Cinema Meets The Wicker Man
  6. 190. Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen (2009): A Torture Cinema “Adventure”
  7. #16 — Godzilla (1954) — A Shoot the WISB Discussion
  8. 193. New Zealander Speculative Fiction w/ Helen Lowe, Norman Cates, & Stephen Minchin
  9. #15 — Babylon 5 Re-Watch (S1D3: Eps. 9-12) — A Shoot the WISB Discussion
  10. #10 — Babylon 5 Re-Watch (S1D1: Eps. 1-4) — A Shoot the WISB Discussion

Top Blog Posts:

  1. Mining the Genre Asteroid: The Saga of Pliocene Exile by Julian May (by Paul Weimer)
  2. My Superpower: Marianne de Pierres
  3. The Disquieting Guest — The Sublime Terror of Kaiju by David Annandale
  4. My Superpower: Steve McHugh
  5. Business Time: Self-publishing vendors and ‘royalties’ by Mike Underwood
  6. For Your Hugo Award Consideration: A Very Big, Non-Endorsement List of Things to Love by Shaun Duke
  7. Book Review: Debris by Jo Anderton (by Paul Weimer)
  8. A (World) SFF Film Odyssey: Mutant Girls Squad (2010) and Anime’s Excesses by Shaun Duke
  9. Cultural Tourists (Part 1): Publishing and Representation by Charles A. Tan
  10. The Masks the Monsters Left Behind by Romeo Kennedy (Guest Post)
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