TalkCast 495 – A Cat On The Cover Always Sells Books




Edward-Willett-New-Headshot-696x872In this Cast we get to again speak author Edward Willett about his latest “juvenile” SF thriller Star Song; the adventures of Kriss, a young orphan boy, his off-worlder girlfriend Tevera and his touchlyre. One might rightfully ask , just what is a touchlyre, what  does it do, where does it come from…. and these are all good questions, many of which may be answered in the course of Kriss’ adventures with a spacefaring nomadic group known as The Families as well as a number of nefarious characters in the backstreets of the spaceports as well as his “mysterious benefactor” Andru. It’s an interesting adventure set in the far future and as Edwaed tells it. Well over 30 years in the making from first inception to final draft for him to be comfortable with the outcome of it. The story of how it came to be is as interesting as the novel itself. Enjoys the stories within stories within stories as much as we did.

 

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TalkCast 494 – Not To Be Confused With Garfunkle and Oats




Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith

Never in the course of a Cast  have I ever said “can I say something about that ”

Scot Noel

Scot Noel

more times that in this episode and I’m not sure why other that I think Commander Cam and I adore these two folks very much. In this episode we are so pleased to welcome back Scot Noel from Dreamforge Anvil and introduce Angela Yuriko Smith from  Space & Time Magazine.

We get to talk to Scot about the metamorphosis of Dreamforge and how it is evolving into Anvil and what exactly that means to its online status as well as to its print incarnation. Then we talk with Angela about Space & Time  Magazine and how she came to become involved with it , what it has become for her and the wonderful re;ationship that has evolved between her and Scot that includes the publication of Worlds Of Light and Darkness.

As was stated during the ‘cast, there is a level of oddness that must be appreciated and not to be confused with Garfunkle and Oats. We all did  and hope you will too.
 

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TalkCast 493 – Vampires in Australia?




Anna J. Walner

Anna J. Walner

In this episode we get to meet author Anna J. Walner as she introduces her new series, Garkain, Book One of the Ulura Legacy. In this first book we meet Amelia, a woman of extraordinary gifts who is learning about herself in many ways. As she explores her lineage she begins to realize it is not in Texas but draws her back to the Australian Outback where she learns of her true past as part of a hidden Vampire enclave which goes back generations: who she is, what she is how she  got there and what is is about to become is slowly pealed back to heroes stunning detail as her heritage is revealed to her as well as the alternate history of this enchanted past which also explains her own past while revealing the paths of her  future. We also got more than a glimpse of the semi-autobiographical areas of this novel as Anna talked about all the areas in which she and Amelia were so very similar. The structure and narrative of the book is very free flowing and quick so the reader is never grind down and it is a very clever read. Its use of both vampires and werewolves existing within current society is jarringly effective.

Enjoy the conversation. Now join us for a snack of pickles and a game of Ognib!

 

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Garkain Book One of the Uluru Legacy

Garkain Book One of the Uluru Legacy

TalkCast 492 – Deus Ex Machina For Beginners




Garon Whited

Garon Whited

In this Cast we bring you the very funny and interesting author Garon Whited to talk about his very odd and interesting book, Dragonhunters. Garon not only proved to be an interesting conversationalist but was just fun to talk to. The Commander and I had the chance to delve into his past works for a bit as well as to talk with him about his style, where it comes from and why he has come to write the way he does. It turns out that Garon writes a lot like he thinks so  this conversation is very indicative of his books, fun and free wheeling.

Enjoy The chaos as much as we did!

 

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Dragonhunters

Dragonhunters

 

 

TalkCast 491 – Delta Variant Pez Dispensers for Jennifer Anne Gordon




Jennifer Anne Gordon Photo by Max Stark

Jennifer Anne Gordon
Photo by Max Stark

The key phrase in tonight’s show seems to be ‘My Banter is Bad” as we talk about Jennifer’s latest “horror”book Pretty/Ugly and peoples attempt to pigeonhole the genre. We also got the chance to talk about her style of writing which puts the reader between two railroad tracks and keeps the main characters  careening on both rails as you bounce from side to side. It makes for a chaotic ride as the reader learn about the broken lives of Sam and Nicole.If you believe you can’t care about a broken person, you may well be wrong.

We also got the chance to chat with Jennifer about  her first live book signing in July at Gibsons in Concord NH and what it felt like to have the world opening back up again as well as some of her upcoming appearances later on including The Goblin King Ball, The New England Crime Bake and The Upper Valley Comic Expo. Nothing but good things are happening for a wonderful writer and great friend of Sci Fi Saturday Night and we wish her well.

P.S. Don’t forget your Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

 

 

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Pretty/Ugly

Pretty/Ugly

TalkCast 490 – Smart Writing for Smart Readers




 

Kristi Charish

Kristi Charish

In this episode we talk about opening back up of conventions, Northeast Comicon, Gay Somers, Blind Boxes. The blind box analogy referred to Kristi Charish and her newest book, Owl and the Japanese Circus which is book four in the Owl series and really just dumped Commander Cam and I into this wonderful universe of hers. So….we spent the rest of the interview talking about her “Owl” universe, where it came from and where it is going. The universe is, in concept, both scientifically accurate with more than a tinge of supernatural intrigue. Kristi’s writing style is both intense and whimsical which makes for a very relaxed thrill ride (if that isn’t a bit oxymoronic).

The book was fun to read, the interview was very enjoyable for us.Hope it is for you as well.

 

 

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TalkCast 489 – An Exciting New Universe Begins… Section 4




Richard Paolinelli

Richard Paolinelli

Sound confusing? Sure it does! It wouldn’t be Richard Poalinelli if it wasn’t, but god it was great to have him back on the show for appearance number 5 which makes him the newest  official member of The Five Timers Club.  He brings to us Galen’s Way. A Starquest 4th Age Adventure. First and foremost it must be acknowledged that John C. Wright is the “owner” of the Starquest Universe and has a group of writers working within it to set a consistent universal timeline and history.  Richard has begun work in the Fourth Age so you might think one could be confused jumping in but no…this  book is Space Opera at its finest. From the first paragraph, the reader is propelled into a wonderful story with characters that fill and grow without misstep and drag you along until you are caught up in intrigue and double cross…and well…it’s just wonderful writing that doesn’t let up up, writing you should come to expect if you have ever read Richard before.

What’s even more fun is the conversation. Enjoy it, because we sure did! That’s what makes him a 5 Timer!

 

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Galen's Way

Galen’s Way

 

A 5 Timers Club Inductee

A 5 Timers Club Inductee

TalkCast 488 – Long Walk Into The Wasteland




Jenna Greene joins the Commander and I as we talk with her about book two in her Reborn Marks Series, Renew, to continue the tale of Lexil and Finn and the story of their plight. We get the chance to learn more about the many different stopovers in this world and how they interact and what it is  they have become over generations.

It is not something the reader can come into without context and history, so you really do have to have read the previous book in the series (and please do so!). Enjoy the walkabout.

 

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Renew

Renew

TalkCast 487 – Darling Family Values




Liz Butcher

Liz Butcher

It’s not often we get a second chance to talk with a wildly inventive author upon their sophomore outing and yet here we are with Liz Butcher as she offers up Never Never, one of the most inventive mystery horror novels to come into Area 51 in a very long time. Set loosely within the mythos (though not really) of a recognizable fairy tale it quite quickly goes off the rails into its own terrifying world which keeps you guessing until the very last word….. and beyond. This book is Liz at her finest and the Commander and I had a fine conversation with her, tip toeing around spoilers whilst truly enjoying the wonderful twists and turns that have become hallmarks  of plotwork.

Come and enjoy the wonderful world of Detective Wendy Darling as seen through the eyes of wonderful storyteller Liz Butcher.

 

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Never Never

Never Never

TalkCast 486 – NOT His Fist Attempt




Miles Cameron

Miles Cameron

Miles Cameron  is an enigma and that is a huge understatement. First of atl he writes under several names but Miles is the name he uses for his science fiction work, which we hope will be numerous, because his first book, Artifact Space, is a quite amazing start for an author who has well over 40 other books under his belt under  other names including Gordon Kant and Christian Cameron. What a wild ride it has been for Miles from his days in the US Navy to a historical reenactor, to co-writing with his father and learning about the world as he wrote about it and bringing his unique perspective to the page.

What a pleasure it was to sit and talk with him about his first sci fi novel and how it will be the springboard for his first series of books in a genre he has loved for so long. Enjoy the conversation as much as we all did.

 

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Artifact-Space

Artifact-Space

 

 

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