We're back!!! Welcome back to the space castle, everybody! HUGE thanks to our Kickstarter supporters for making this possible. In our first episode of Season 2, we talk to Wool Omnibus author Hugh Howey. Find out how not to get shoved outside, how George R. R. Martin motivated Hugh's career, and his number one editing tip.
Hugh Howey caused quite a stir with his findings about independent authors, but what does it mean for us readers? We also talk about the Wizard of Earthsea feminism implications and have an exciting election for the March book pick! There is a gavel involved.
WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
Veronica: Vina Robles Red Blend
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES
BARE YOUR SWORD
Hi Tom & Veronica,
Listening to Gregory A Wilson talk about his daughter's name made me think of my own family. I was named after Jessica Atreides (Dune), putting me in the odd position of being named for a sci-fi character AND having one of the most common girls names of my generation.
I passed the nerd legacy onto my own children as well - my son's middle name is Zaphod (as in Beeblebrox) and my daughter is named Aeryn (after Aeryn Sun from Farscape). Hopefully she won't resent me for it the millionth time she has to spell it out loud for someone.
Love the show,
It's awards season! We have nominees for the Campbell, Sturgeon, and Locus awards and Veronica's heading over to the Nebula Awards. Who is she wearing? Probably whoever got in her way. She's a Demon Hunter, after all.
WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?
Neil Gaiman to publish a new NEVERWHERE story (with some help from George R.R. Martin)
R. Scott Bakker update
WORLD OF ICE AND FIRE delayed by a year
FINALISTS: 2013 Campbell and Sturgeon Awards (with Free Fiction Links)
FINALISTS: 2013 Locus Awards (+ Free Fiction Links!)
Watch the intense first trailer for Ender's Game right now!
Tor Books says cutting DRM out of its e-books hasn’t hurt business
The Real Reason Readers Might Love a Book that You Find Fatally Flawed
TV, MOVIES AND VIDEO GAMES
Starz moving forwards with adaptation of OUTLANDER
Veronica will be at the Nebula Awards this weekend with Josh to interview Kim Stanley Robinson, Gene Wolfe and Joe Haldeman. Got questions? Post them in the Goodreads forum!
Tomorrow ends submissions for the Anthology. NO submissions received after midnight Pacific tomorrow will be considered. We need time to read through everything, so please be patient. We expect to make our final selections by August 15, 2013. And HUGE thanks to everybody who submitted.
Congratulations to PanamaJack and Misti, winners of our Adam Christopher limited edition books!
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Controversy swirls around the Sword and Laser book picks both old and new. It makes being George R. R. Martin look downright easy. And then he goes and buys a movie theater. For real. You must listen.
George R.R. Martin buys a movie theatre
China Mieville's turn-it-to-11 high weirdness reboot of "Dial H"
Petition to get Isaac Asimov a commemorative plaque
Too much violence in fantasy?
In a future with one last bookstore, a boy falls in love with reading
If you remember the main trip to get back 400 years to bring the other weyr's forward, show used the tapestry from Ruatha Hold.
The dragons of Pern need an image in the riders mind to travel between to that place. They also use an image to travel between times.
This is why the riders don't go back in time to battle thread when necessary, they need that image to get there. It also drain's both dragon and rider.
I don't know how far you are into all the other books, but Lessa wasn't the first to time travel (chronologically speaking), In ""Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern"", Moreta did some if my memory serves me.
If you haven't read the series before, you must read Dragonsdawn! It's the ""laser"" Dragonriders book. Basically, the first book (chronologically) of the series. I really love that book. If I had to rank the books, I would go Harper Hall trilogy, Dragonsdawn, Dragonflight, Dragonquest then The White Dragon. The others are really good, but those 7 are my absolute favorite books.
Looking forward to Sword & Laser having video shows again (really missing them!),
Limited edition Empire State and Limited Edition Age Atomic Hardcover, signed, numbered only 100 copies each. Empire State has a variant cover. Enter at this Goodreads thread.
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