Sci Fi Saturday Night, the Podcast is the web version of the popular New Hampshire based radio show. Our hosts, The Dome, Kriana, and Zombrarian discuss science fiction, science fact, fantasy and whatever else we think is cool, in between celebrity interviews.
TalkCast 534 – Duatero’s Just Another Word For Nothin’ Left To Lose
Brad C. Anderson
In this show we get the chance to talk with world builder Brad C. Anderson and how he used the meta-concept of a “generation ship” to help propel a wonderful new novel about lost pasts and new futures, Duatero. We spoke with Brad about the many facets and wonderful gambits he used throughout the book to add context and background to the story as well as propel the narrative using the five main characters; Kredo, Talia, Esperanto, Jak and Mihaelo. Each one is sublimely different and holds up differing cornerstones of this society as the reader navigates through this bafflingly complex yet somehow very close to understandable environment. As a reader, you are sent on and intellectual treasure hunt to find the clues along with the Majestro to unlock the clues behind the mystery of The Great Founder Donna.
Brad on Amazon
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TalkCast 533 – The Gods Suck (Or So I Am Told)
Of all the things you can say about a book by Miles Cameron, it is NEVER boring and this is no exception. Against All Gods is a magnum opus encompassing continents and characters and events that is breathtaking in scope and you need a scorecard and map to keep track of. That being said, once you are acclimated to the settings, pace and characters , it is a wild ride into the imaginings of Miles interpretations of the interweaving of Gods and man and it’s never fails to confound and amaze in its tales.What kills me about this book is that as much as at times I want not to like it I really couldn’t because as confusingly complex, convoluted and interwoven as it can become,it is character driven, compelling and ultimately quite a beautiful study and kinda the way Miles writes.
Miles is now off to Plataea 2022 where a kid can be an ancient. Follow the links below to join him and he will be back when he returns to talk about it.
Previously on SFSN
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TalkCast 532 – Can I Offer You A Root Beer?
In the land of snarky comic science fiction there is a place where you go and someone yells out “NORM!!!!” or perhaps in this case “VANCE!!!”, as in this ‘Cast we are once again joined by C.T. Phipps and his sometimes partner in crime, the enigmatic Michael Suttkus to discuss book two of their space operatic extravaganza Space Academy Rejects. Some questions the reader might have in reading book two of a series, do I have to read the first book to have gainful understanding and enjoyment of this one? No and yes. I hope that clears it up. Secondly, is this book a stand alone? Maybe? Are there going to be more in the series? Why, of course there are! As always , the conversation meanders wherever it wants to and diverges as it should. The book is much like this interview, great fun. We all in Area 51 cannot wait for book three so we might have these gentlemen back to not explain everything yet again (they seem to do that very well) So, say hi to cousin Danny, if you happen to see him.
Actually C.T. Phipps
NOT Michael Suttkus
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TalkCast 531 – Just Like Jack Vance, Only Spicier?
Who are “The Paladins of Vance”? Well, this ‘Casts guest, Matthew Hughes most certainly is. So, what does it mean, what do they do? We talk with Matthew about this and his amazing book Barbarians of The Beyond. It turns out that Matthew has an affinity with the work of the late Mr. Vance (as it seems most writers can source their literary lineage back to the influences of how a writer affected them) and he talked with us about his wonderful relationship with him over the years and how the “Paladins Of Vance” came to be and why it was so important for him to work within this universe. Hughes’ book is an amazing work of “Vanc-ian” space opera, in a style not much seen any more. As we talked about why Vance and space opera isnt “the thing” these days Hughes also mentioned authors the world might take time to revisit:
Jack Vance (obviously)
Philip K Dick
And in the end, all we can really say is noxxifnoxxibohintafedand.
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TalkCast 530 – They Call it Plastic City, Bubba
In this ‘Cast, we speak with Keith Gleason, the guy with many hats. We talk about his podcast Indie Comics Relay with Johnny C (LOVE YOUR COFFEE, man) and we spend some time talking about his own personal comic Mighty Mascots on Alterna Comics. We also talk about sci fi on tv which we all just LOVe and dish about The Man Who Fell to Earth, Westworld, Harley Quinn and The Time Traveler’s Wife.
That would normally be enough for a show BUT, this ‘Cast is really all about the triumphant return of Plastic City Comic Con. Join Keith, The Capt. and I as we discuss what a grand time it will be.
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TalkCast 529 – Anthropodermic Bibliopegy for Beginers
In this “Cast we get to talk with old friend Mark Leslie and new friend Julie Strauss. Why are they on together? Well, they have collaborated on the newest book in the Canadian Werewolf series, “Lover’s Moon. This book is a skillful telling of how The two protagonists, Gail and Michael, meet and fall in love. It is a romance, paranormal urban horror tale woven between two very different people who probably shouldn’t be together and yet they are. Wonderfully told in a point/counterpoint style, the two writers complement each other ass the two characters interact in New York’s paranormal community finding commonality with each other as werewolf and occultist. The pairing of these characters is as interesting as the pairing of Mark and Julie, so it’s a lot of fun to talk with them about how and why this book came together and where this joint venture is heading in the future. Join us now as we learn why Buddy always still talks in riddles.
Lovers Moon Amazon Link
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Please reduce the cursing
Really enjoy the podcast - on the whole, it's professionally-done & provides a great service. I've wanted to send it to my son, but unfortunately, there is too much cursing. This does not make you sound hip, it just makes you sound dumb & drunk. That is the only thing you need to fix. Thanks!
Haven’t listened yet
I found a Sci-Fi Saturday Night sticker store the bottom of a dresser drawer in my parents summer home. I’ve held onto it for a while and give it a look from time to time. Was curious and am just starting to check you out. I guess I’m a loyal fan now!
More Sci-fi, less exposition on the way things ought to be.
This is my first review. I wish I could be more positive. I've listened about a year to this podcast due to the timeliness of the subject matter. The interviews are often interesting and enlightening. The guests are interesting and expressive. But aside from the Dome (who tends to be reasonable and rational) the podcast is dominated by one, possibly two, of the other hosts who rant endlessly about how unfair comic history is to women, the hot woman on woman kissing, the fact that she won't watch movies that don't feature women. The focus seems to slip from Scifi to social inequality. While I may agree with several points, I listen to podcasts for relevent information on the topics on which they post. The show has slowly degenerated to the "Bill O'Reilly" of podcast spots. Then again, Bill O'Reilly seems to do well. If this style of podcast appeals to you...............go for it!