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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TalkCast443 – The Wonderful World of Extraterrestrial Teenage Cats and Other Fun Stuff




Jeremy Whitley

Jeremy Whitley

The good news is, It’s a great day here in area 51 when we get to visit again with someone we really like and they have a new project to talk about. The better news is we are for some unknown reason STILL talking about aliens on earth and the agencies that support them. Our old friend Jeremy Whitley returns. You might, that is should remember him from his Princeless series and The Unstoppable Wasp. His newest graphic novel is something that John Cleese might call “completely different”, except that it isn’t.

 Along with artist Jamie Noguchi, Jeremy has created book one in his newest series, “School for Extraterrestrial Girls”  Without going into any details which might be considered spoilers this is the story of twins separated at birth, one a prince, the other a street beggar who decide to change roles and….no wait, that’s Dickens. This IS the story of a young teenage girl who spontaneously combusts (albeit only partially) and finds out in short order that not only is she not of this earth but there are literally hundreds like her.  From the point of view of Tara Smith, the aforementioned “fire girl”, we learn about an existing sub-culture of ET’s that for whatever reason are stranded here on Earth and cared for and taught how to survive by the “friendly” humans at Blacksite 513. With the use of ingenious tech, the aliens can alter their outer being to appear human to others as well as to themselves and this first book in the series gives us a wonderfully inventive  introduction to the setting, characters and events.

If the old saying you can’t judge a book by its cover holds true, well then welcome to the school for extraterrestrial girls where you can’t judge an alien by their skin…or something like that.

Keep social distancing while listening.

 

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School For Extraterrestrial Girls

School For Extraterrestrial Girls

 

Talkcast 442 – It’s All About The Reptiles




D. M. Kirtaime

D. M. Kirtaime

The fun thing about this podcast is that we never know where we are going to be introduced to our next guest.  This includes social media platforms we would not associate with science fiction or fantasy.  I am looking at you LinkedIn.  But that is where we met Dominik M Kirtaime and learned about his first book, The Perennial Migration.

The Perennial Migration is an interesting merging of fantasy and science fiction that might remind readers of the TV Series V, and Logan’s Run.  In this, we meet the New Breed that lives in the vast dome cities of the future, chipping their populace and tracking everything they do and the Old Breed who survive in the forests outside of the domes living off the refuse of the New Breed.  And the reptilians, tired of living beneath both of them and looking for their chance to rise and take over.

If you think this sounds like a boiling pot of conspiracy, oppression and mystery, you are right.  Dominik brings you into a world that keeps giving you twists and turns and plays with your expectations right to the very end.

Our interview with Dominik covered many points of his creative process including the natural evolution of one of the pivotal races, the forest folk.  We even found out that there is more to come in this series. We fought hard not to give too much away and had a great time as usual.  Unfortunately no jokes where made about Dome playing a pivotal role in he story…maybe next time.

Enjoy

 

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The Perennial Migration

The Perennial Migration

Talkcast 441 –  Just Like Watching Greg Louganis on the High Board




UnknownAnd, yes the podcast titles are becoming more obscure. In this case it is very appropriate. We get to talk with Kathrin Hutson about her new series of books set in a near dystopian future. The first book in her Blue Helix Series is called Sleepwater Beat. This book is killer in every sense of the word, from the characters to the plot and world building based on a perfectly plausible future Kathrin gives a solid performance at virtually every level. The “worst” part of the interview was her engaging nature and willingness to go anywhere the conversation took us.

A fun Book. A fun guest. A guest we cannot wait to have back for book two in the series.

Chaos? Hell yes!

 

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Talkcast 440- A little Handwavium with Richard Paolinelli




Richard Paolinelli

Richard Paolinelli

In this episode we get to, once again, touch base with multi-talented friend of the show  Richard  Paolinelli. As is usual when Richard comes on, whatever main topic we were planning to discuss becomes part of an auditory omelet, whereby we know where we want to end up but actually have no idea what’s inside until we’re done. Never one to disappoint, the topics ranged from the output from his new NEWSLETTER, his “1K Weekly Serial Series” and trust me when I tell you that the pre-show discussion was just fantastic (Kriana thinks we should do a show just sing snippets from the pre-show talk and it’s not a bad idea at all).

But really (yes, I know, Never ever ever start a sentence with but…) the reason Richard was coming on was to talks about a new amazing series of novellas he is currently working on with his grandson, Gibson Buffa called The Timeless. The first two books in the series are out and the plan is to have a six book arc to be finished this summer. So, what are these books about; Sci Fi, Fantasy, classic historical retelling, future history, young adult, not young adult, a new twist on the retelling of 1001 Arabian Nights? Yes and much more. And (I know, never start a sentence with and) if I forgot to mention fun, my bad. This is indeed a fun series to read.

Please enjoy this interview, however, one slight clarification. During the interview Richard did NOT say having shingles was “fun”.

 

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The Timeless

The Timeless

A 5 Timers Club Inductee

A 5 Timers Club Inductee

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