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Book Review: Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja

15 Sep 51VfTha7AvL

 

Sergeant R Wilson Rogers, having given up a cushy berth in the make-work peacetime military fleet to try his hand at the profitable world of smuggling, finds himself dragged back into the military when it turns out that interstellar smuggling isn’t as easy as it seems. Fortunately, he can even get back into his old unit, the 331st. The bad news is that, even in the relatively short time since he has been gone, the military has gone even more around the bend. And only Sergeant Rogers seems capable or aware enough to try and stop an interstellar war and a robot uprising at the same time, despite his tendency toward indolent laziness. Like it or not, Rogers is going to have to do some real work for a change. The Two Hundred Years Peace is riding on it.

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#51. Suicide Squad (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

12 Sep suicide-squad

Will Smith, mallets, and boomerang weirdos, oh my!  Shaun, Rachael, and Paul join forces to discuss the latest addition to the DC Cinematic Universe, Suicide Squad.  We offer our thoughts about the film’s plot, Jared Leto’s Joker, the new characters in the cinematic universe, and even the kinds of music we think each character would listen to!

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#50. Ghostbusters (2016) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

9 Sep ghosbusters

Dancing Hemsworths, ghostly manbabies, and science-y ladies, oh my!  It’s finally here!  Our Ghostbusters special!  We discuss the film’s major themes, the new characters, WOMEN, ghosts, just who this Rowan North character is, and so much more!

(As mentioned in the episode, we re-recorded our review due to a software failure.  That also explains the reason it took so long to get to you!)

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#49. Babylon 5 (Season 2; Disc 3) — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

31 Aug Babylon 5 Logo

Stubborn military dads, dying emperors, and galactic mistakes, oh my! The Babylon 5 (Season 2) re-watch sessions really heat up with episodes 9 through 12. Mike, Paul, and Shaun discuss Centauri politics, Babylon 5 worldbuilding, the secrets of the coming shadows (thus far), SINCLAIR, and much more!  As always, feel free to email us or leave a comment if you want to contribute to the conversation!

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Book Review: Spear of Light by Brenda Cooper

25 Aug Spear-of-Light_cover-1-681x1024

 

Transhumanity, ecological engineering, cultural clashes and strong characterization mark Spear of Light, the second novel in The Glittering Edge sequence from from Brenda Cooper, sequel to Edge of Night (previously reviewed here at S&F). Shaun and I also talked to Brenda on episode 262 of the podcast.

If the first novel in the Glittering Edge sequence was fish-out-of-water stories, as humans learn to deal with transhumanity, and environments alien to them, the second novel is a story of full-on cultural collision. In the wake of the events of the first novel, the transhuman colony of Nexity on the planet Lym, an uncomfortable but necessary compromise created at the end of the first novel, is a source of constant tension. Under that tension between humanity and transhumanity, on Lym, is the dramatic engine that drives Spear of Light. Transhumans, humans and an ecologically fragile planet make for a potent environment for that dramatic engine to flourish and run in. And that doesn’t even mention the offworld events. While the first novel was relatively balanced between offworld and onworld events, and this novel is much more Lym focused, the events in space are crucial to the unfolding of the plot. Continue reading

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