TalkCast 252 – Things That It Isn’t, Not Things That It Is




HM Gooden

When you discuss literature, inevitably one wonders what things are missing and in doing so , was it in error or purposeful. Welcome to the incomplete world of Heather M. Gooden, an author who dangles more threads than a blind seamstress and does so knowinging and with gleeful malice. If every picture tells a story, then every clue MUST have a meaning. The delicious problem here is that some do…some might and some…well…we may never actually know. And THAT is the beauty of her writing. 

Having read nothing else by the prolific Mags, we were both perplexed by her writing attributes: candor, style, economy of words which in this case leads to a story that tells so very much in such a short time and leaves you wanting so much more. The last few weeks of the senior year of high school for anyone is filled with landmines in a perfect word, but the world of Robin is far from perfect. I could tell you all the mundane disasters that proliferate her life and the one or two rather outstanding  crises ( the death of her mother early on, for one). I could tell you about how months before her birthday a present arrives for her from her mother’s birthplace, the Isle of Skye, but I’m not sure of it’s meaning or significance other than it has meaning and significance (another thread).

This is a novel novel written by a woman with a special skill for words and a unique style of storytelling. We should stop writing and you should start listening . THEN you should start reading The Cursed Heart.

 

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The Cursed Heart

The Cursed Heart

 

 

TalkCast 451 – Finishing Jigsaw Puzzles with Marc Watson




Marc Watson

Marc Watson

If there is one thing on this show that we have come to learn, and sometimes we question learning anything, it is that authors can come from anywhere and no single path leads to becoming an author.  Marc Watson is a good example of coming at it from an oblique angle.  He refers to himself as an Anti-author due to his unique path of reaching this point in his career, a point which we discuss at length as his road to this point affects each word on the page.

We discuss his newest work of short stories Between Conversations which may have something to do with his larger universe of the Catching Hell duology.  Each of the 9 stories in this volume are a different time and space in the universe of man. Some are epic in scale while others are very intimate, showing an amazing versatility of style. Each however, is very different, which makes this such a unique volume to read and enjoy. Kind of a “Whitman’s Sampler” of his twisted universes.

This compilation is like a bag of Bertie Botts, there is a taste there for virtually everyone, tho, the guarantee is that you will bite into one or two that may cause an unpleasant reaction….to which I will snigger and say…”too bad, that was the price of admission.”. Between Conversations becomes available in mid September.

This was great fun to read and greater fun to talk with Marc…..and we will waste no time making fun of his next work of Paranormal Mystery/Romance….so for now …let the chaos ensue.

 

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Between Conversations

Between Conversations

 

TalktCast450 – It’s Rusty




The Man, The Myth

Rusty Gilligan

One of the things we love best about attending Comic Book Conventions are the people we get to meet.  We get to sit down with them in person and have fun conversations that never make it on to the podcast.  But these conversations never seem to do more than scratch the surface of who the person is that we were talking to.  Such is not the case with this podcast.

We have on the podcast Rusty Gilligan, a face we see frequently at many cons and we get plenty of opportunities to talk to. Once the conversation began, we truly had no idea where it was going to begin. Not in our wildest dreams did we think we would start with Rusty as a child actor in Broadway musicals and movies and television in the 60’s and 70’s and how that led to his first real art assignment of the 1981 movie Heavy Metal. What a long strange trip it was from them to now. Oh, and did we happen to mention his 2 cat buddies, Mack and Trouble and how they rescued his life from professional wrestling? Of course we didn’t, but he did. So, there was that, and then there was also what he has been doing recently, so we got to talk about a few of his current Indiegogo projects and how Indiegogo has become the goto sales vehicle for artists and artisans during the pandemic.

In a way, we learned a ton of stuff about Rusty, but our guess is we have just scratched the surface. Check out his work and enjoy the chaos.

 

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TalkCast 449 – Embrace the Weirdness That is Jackiem Joyner




Jackiem Joyner

Jackiem Joyner

Well it was bound to happen.  After 448 episodes we have become a music podcast.  Okay, not really.  But when you have a talented jazz performer who has moved into the realm of science fiction writing, you have to talk about the elephant in the room.  Especially when the “elephant” is having the opportunity to play with George Duke.  So we may have strayed from the path as if this is not a normal occurance for us.  We hope you will forgive us. If not, you haven’t been listening much.

Welcome to the world of Jackiem Joyner. He came to talk to us about his first book, Zarya, a novel novel set in an alien universe. The main protagonist is a young girl with a peculiar set of tech skills which are seemingly inherited by osmosis by a father she has not really ever known. What sets this apart from most first novels is its style. As mentioned, Jackiem makes his living as a jazz musician, so in a peculiar way he writes hs prose in much the same way her writes his music. As hard as it is to describe what in fact that means, we spent a good portion of the interview talking about that process and how it makes the feel and texture of the prose “different”. I will be the first to admit that it takes a bit of getting used to , however once you recognize the tempo and beat, the characters and story flow in sometimes expected and many times unexpected ways; almost musically.

It was fun to read and Jackiem was fun to talk with and hey, check out his (believe it or not) Book Club.

 

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Zyria

Zyria

 

 

Why We Have Faces For Radio, or…Why interviewers should never be interviewed.




Christie Stratos (NOT FROM NANTUCKET)

Christie Stratos (NOT FROM NANTUCKET)

There once was a girl from Nantucket..

……… and because I won’t finish this is why we should never be the subject of an interview. The folks here at SFSN are known for speaking their mind. While some podcasts are known for being “Stream of Consciousness” we are more “Puddle of Consciousness” and had the opportunity to prove that point on a world wide video podcast called The Writers Showcase, which frankly made no sense at all. First of all neither Cam nor I are writers and have nothing writer-wise to showcase. Secondly the moderator and host, Christie Stratos has to be one of the most patient and possibly medicated hosts we have ever seen, to put up with our antics and outlandish stories of real world malfeasance, convention wonderfulness and Kiss cover bands. It was interesting being on the other side of the  questions for a change and Christie is a simply wonderful interviewer. It was a joy to be on her show.

Sooooooo,,,,,,,,,,,,,, here’s us.

CLICK ON THIS IMAGE. GO AHEAD. IT WILL TAKE YOU TO THE FACEBOOK PODCAST VIDEO!

CLICK ON THIS IMAGE. GO AHEAD. IT WILL TAKE YOU TO THE FACEBOOK PODCAST VIDEO!

 

TalkCast 448 – Is That Fry’s Head In a Jar? No, but, it could be….




 

Gisella Bustillos

Gisella Bustillos

From time to time here on Sci Fi Saturday Night, we take a jump to the left.  We put aside science fiction for the world of science fact.  Every time we do we realize that the lines between the two blurs, which is as it should be.  Good science fiction should be predicated in, and predictive of the future.  Much like Star Trek communicators and tricorders foreshadowed into the age of tablets and smartphones or robots who are getting closer and closer R. Daneel Olivaw, Siri and Watson.  And now we have time travel…sort of

In this episode we meet Gisella Bustillos, a filmmaker with an early passion for science fiction who has created a documentary, A Brief History of Time Travel.  Starting with some of the earliest fables and stories written about time travel, many far earlier than most would guess, she moves the viewer  with ease on a journey from the past ,to pop culture and current scientific theory.  After that she expands the scope of concepts of time travel, to such far reaching areas as computer science, transcendental meditation, cryogenics and communication through time.  With all of this she still manages to capture the human element of what drives some people to study time travel. This documentary covers a broad scope of topics, much like our interview with her.

We look forward to what her next creation will be.  Enjoy this podcast and take the time to enjoy her documentary.

 

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BHoTT

 

TalkCast 447 – What If Schrodingers Cat Had Kittens




Photo Credit: Carolyn Clink (2008)

Photo Credit: Carolyn Clink (2008)

THE OPPENHEIMER ALTERNATIVE is an Alternate history novel by Robert J. Sawyer. The best part of an alternate history novel is when it is firmly founded in hard fact. one in which the historical accuracy of its roots is inviolate. The second best part is the moment at which it deviates and you’re not quite sure where it is. Welcome to the wonderful biography of Robert Oppenheimer written by Robert J. Sawyer which becomes one of the most amazing alternate histories ever written. Four years between research and publication this tome is a serious masterwork within the genre.

And, man, is Rob fun to talk to. As specific and descriptive as his prose is, so is his discussion and narrative. We could and SHOULD have talked for hours, and as it was much more was left unsaid. There are so many more things I wanted to ask and I hope so many more he wanted to say.  Our hope is to have him back. As for you, Check out this book and then check out all the rest of his books as well because once you open the box…well….you know what happens to the cat, right?

 

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The Oppenheimer Alternative

The Oppenheimer Alternative

What if….. Heisenberg knew how fast his car was going AND where he was?

TalkCast446 – The Song of Bernadette




Kathrin Hutson

Kathrin Hutson

In 2020 we thought the world was strangely similar to the first book in the Blue Helix saga, Sleepwater Beat, like we had seen this before? Well welcome to 2031 where everything old is old yet again but not. It is a confusing dystopian future, which we were left off in at the end of book one (see Talkcast 441) . Unfortunately, when book 2 , Sweetwater Static begins, the reader is not where they think they should be.They are left with the feeling they have been tossed around in time and space.  Welcome back, my friends, to the twistedly wonderful, frightening future of Kathrin Hutson.

When book two begins, our protagonist Leo Tieffler is nowhere to be seen, what remains of the Sleepwater group has exchanged the mountains of the west for the heat and humidity of the southeast and Bernadette becomes our new storyteller.  With honeyed words and nails to bite on she takes us through the past/current/future lives of our ragtag  Sleepwater coven and the dangers they face while bringing a new member into this world.  At the same time we learn more about her checkered past in the same three-beat style we have  begun to appreciate and grown to love from Kathrin Hutson.

Soooooooo,

“So, if the words sound queer and funny to your ear, a little bit jumbled and jivey,

Say mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy.”

Enjoy the chaos!

 

 

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Sleepwater Static

Sleepwater Static

TalkCast445 – Peace In the Face of Chaos




V.S. Holmes

V.S. Holmes

So. here’s what happens when you assume……99.99999995% of the time, you’re wrong. Welcome to the continuing saga of Nel Bently as told by the incomparable VS Holmes as we explore the third novel in the Nel Bently series Strangers, a series that takes place simultaneously on Earth, in space and on some other places yet to be explained.  Because of the complexity of the universes we need the guide that V/Nel provides us in her own inimitable fashion. V’s writing style , along with Nerls character traits makes for a run and gun suspense filled story with moments of beauty, grace, intelligence and wonder. I have no idea how it all melds together so smoothly but the fact of the matter is, it does, with the jarring exception of her endings. 

Allow me to explain. Over the course of the first three books I have come to have a relationship with Nel Bently. I have come to admire and care for her and wish for her to gain the insight and inner peace she has been striving for throughout the entire series. And yet, at the end of each book, V dangles out the next tidbit, the “One More Thing”….. And if you’re invested in Nel, you know you’re hooked.

Book #4, Heretics, comes out soon….. Not soon enough

 

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Strangers

Strangers

 

 

TalkCast 444 – The Many Worlds of Jay Mooers




Autumn Grey

Autumn Grey

In 2014 the comic world was introduced to The Twisted World of Jay Mooers’ Autumn Grey. At that point it was the beginnings of an interesting story about a place, kinda like here but kinda not…an in-between world that existed somewhere in the periphery of your vision…just when you think you see it, it blinks away. Over the intervening years, as the story grew the glimpses became more solid, the characters more real, the stories more substantive, as did Jay’s work in general. 

In this episode we talk about issue 8, Collusion.  In this ABSOLUTELY NO SPOILERS SHOW, we do spend a good amount of time talking about the evolution of the story line from its inception to today, as well as where the final 2 episodes will carry the reader to. We also discuss the ways in which Jays has changed stylistically over the course of this story as well as in his other works.

Art in the time of Covid 19 is a particularly difficult subject for a myriad of reasons and as much as  from an interviewer’s p.o.v. I tend not to bring it up. In this case I thought it was appropriate to do so…so I did. We  like Jay and his work a lot. Enjoy the chaos.

 

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Autumn Grey Ingiegogo

 

 

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