Tag Archives: Science Fiction

Book Review: Windhome by Kristin Landon

6 Dec

 

An expedition to an alien planet goes horribly wrong, and the survivors try and find their way amongst a most alien culture in Windhome, by Kristin Landon. Forced quickly to survive with reduced numbers and a fear of what has occurred, the expedition’s goal to make contact with the locals and find evidence of aliens who have ravaged worlds, including the very world they have landed on, is the core of the plot. Continue reading

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Signal Boost #28: Claudie Arseneault (City of Spires Trilogy) and Brandon O’Brien

5 Dec

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Claudie Arseneault about her work, including the recently released second book of the City of Spires trilogy, City of Betrayal. They discuss the mosaic narrative of City of Spires, found families, the solar punk genre and her first book, Viral Airwaves, and what inspired Claudie to create the Aromantic and Asexual Speculative Fiction Database.

Then Brandon O’Brien, speculative poet and poetry editor, joins Shaun to talk about what draws him to poetry as a medium, his classical and local influences, how he explores the African diaspora from a Caribbean perspective in his work, and about FIYAH Magazine and what he looks for in a good speculative fiction poem.

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342. Cowboys vs Dinosaurs (2015) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure”

30 Nov

Dino Olympics, Jurassic Park, and bikinis, oh my! For this episode of Torture Cinema, Shaun and Julia are joined by our intern, Becca, and special guest, Adam Callaway, to drunkenly review Cowboys vs Dinosaurs, an absolutely terrible movie about rampant sexism, one totally awesome guy (not the main character), and, you guessed it, cowboys fighting dinosaurs. Sadly, even Quaid couldn’t save this movie despite his massive arsenal of weapons. We have to say, Patreon supporters, you picked a truly torturous movie this time. Continue reading

Book Review: Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

29 Nov

Artificial Intelligences, Gods and Goddesses, tailored viruses gone wrong, mind-expanding drugs, political and social turmoil and more, all in a near-future South Africa, is the matrix where Nicky Drayden embeds an assortment of disparate and diverse characters in her debut novel Prey of Gods. The author’s penchant for mixing a variety of characters and a variety of genre elements that do not seem to match together or work together at first makes the novel one of the most intriguing and unpredictably diverse novels I have read in 2017. Continue reading

Reading Rangers #4: The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold

27 Nov Vor Game Cover

Hello, Rangers! In this installment of Reading Rangers, Paul, Trish, Kate and special guest, Anne Lyle, tackle the fourth book (internal chronology) of the Vorkosigan Saga — The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold. Kate’s the only new one this time, so the old hats do their best not to spoil anything for her! They discuss Gregor’s responsibilities and the concept of noblesse oblige, the disappointment of the two dimensional femme fatale character, and why the original novella, Weatherman (otherwise known as the first six chapters of The Vor Game), is so good compared to the novel as a whole. They also ponder the very real possibility that George R.R. Martin found quite a bit of inspiration in Miles.

Next time, we’ll be discussing Cetaganda. Miles has defeated them once, but will he be able to navigate their world? Find out next time!

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