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155. Justin Landon & Jared Shurin (a.k.a. the Criticabal) — Speculative Fiction ’12 and SF Criticism (A Discussion)

23 Jul

SF criticism, fan culture, and books, oh my!  This week, editors Justin Landon and Jared Shurin join me to talk about their new book, Speculative Fiction 2012:  The Best Online Reviews, Essays, and Commentary, fan culture, some favorite books (*coughSLGREYcough*), blogging, and much more.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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

Episode 155 — Download (MP3)

Speculative Fiction 2012 edited by Justin Landon and Jared Shurin

Intro and Discussion (0:00 – 53:40)

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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.

? of the Week: What was your favorite novel in 2012 and why?

21 Feb

No need for introductions.  You’ve got the question and fingers for typing.  So do some thinking and offer your responses in the comments below.

To get things started, here are our answers:

Shaun

Who would have thought that I’d pick another “literary” SF novel, replete with intense character development, an extraordinarily rich near future world with a slice of the weird, and an unconventional narrative style?  Oh, right.  That’s normal for me.  And that’s why I’ve picked Lost Everything.  Brian Francis Slattery’s novel blew me away last year.  You could call it a “river novel” set in a near-apocalyptic future and get away with loose comparisons to Mark Twain and Cormac McCarthy — comparisons even I’ve made.  But I think there’s something more to Lost Everything.  The characters are complex and beautiful, the world terrifying and yet strangely enticing, and the narrative just slightly off kilter enough to make this more than just another “dystopia.”  The deeper I got into the book, the more intrigued I was by the characters and their way of viewing the world.  From houseboat scenes, savage war with no apparent end goal, and a mysterious super storm set on destroying everything, Lost Everything never ceased to amaze me.   It’s the kind of book only Slattery can write, but also the kind of book that SF desperately needs because it has a depth of “reality” that so many SF novels lack (perhaps because they are too focused on plot and action).  We’ll see if it makes any awards lists this year… Continue reading

The 2012 Nebula Awards Nominees

20 Feb

You’ve probably already seen the announcement, but in case you haven’t, here are the nominees for the Nebulas:

Novel
Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor)
The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Novella
On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
“The Stars Do Not Lie,” Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)
“All the Flavors,” Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus 2/1/12)
“Katabasis,” Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/12)
“Barry’s Tale,” Lawrence M. Schoen (Buffalito Buffet)

Novelette Continue reading

Episode 85 — An Interview w/ Myke Cole (a.k.a. Sergeant Tibbs)

31 Jan

If we had known that the military would play such a prominent role in our recent episodes, we probably would have made January “Military Month.”  But sometimes things are hard to predict.

In any case, this week’s episode involves a little fellow named Myke Cole, who joins us to talk about Shadow Ops:  Control Point, the military and genre fiction, and so much more.  There’s a lot of tasty in this episode!

Listen away!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):
Episode 85 — Download (MP3)

Intro and Discussion (0:00 – 1:19:24)

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.

Episode 81 (Season Three) — Anticipating 2012 in Our Rockets of Doom

9 Jan

We’re back after a very brief, but well-deserved vacation!  Our first episode for Season Three is all about what SF/F/H movies, TV shows, and books we’re looking forward to this year.  And boy is there a lot of stuff to look forward to…

Feel free to leave a comment with your 2012 anticipations!

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below):
Episode 81 — Download (MP3)

Intro and Our Lists (0:00 – 28:17)

  • You’ll have to wait for our lists…because reading it would ruin listening to the awesomeness that is Episode 1!

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.

Episode 68 — Torture Cinema Meets 2012

26 Sep

You voted for it…and we unhappily obliged your fascination with terrible movies.  This week we take on 2012, that terrible John Cusack and Amanda Peet flick about the end of the world.  After this, I’m pretty sure Jen and I will start reviewing films while drunk…maybe we’ll let you select the alcohol.

In any case, check out the new episode and let us know what you think!  If you chuckled a little, then our job is complete…

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


Episode 68 — Download (MP3)

Intro and Torture Cinema Meets 2012 (0:00 – 42:39)

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.

Torture Cinema #5 Poll Results

24 Sep

You voted for it, and on Monday, we’ll deliver our bitter, slightly humorous review.

And what did you vote for? This piece of crap:

Thanks again, guys. We love you all like we love an undiscovered brain tumor…

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