Talkcast462 – Reality Is Subjective, Subjectivly Speaking




JM Landels

JM Landels

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Is the pen truly mightier than the sword?

Questions like these and many others have troubled mankind (the species, not the wrestler) for millennia.  For an answer to the first question I might ask Neil deGrasse Tyson. On this show we perhaps have  someone uniquely qualified to take a “stab” at the second conundrum.

Please join us in welcoming JM Landels, writer, illustrator, publisher, editor, equestrian, sword-fighter, musician and many more skills than can be listed here or mentioned in our far too short interview with her.  As a writer, editor and sword-fighter she enlightens and informs us upon the second conundrum with wit, intelligence and a wry sense of fun.

Jen talks with us about her beginnings of sword-fighting, her time as a singer and  musician, before we move on to the first books in her trilogy of novels, Allaigna’s Song: Aria and  Overture. We finish by talking about Pulp Literature, a quarterly digest filled with a little bit of something for almost everyone, which she is the managing editor for.

Multitalented is a word thrown around alot these days but in our opinion JM Landels has rightfully earned this word attached to her name.  It was a fun interview.

Enjoy the punnery. 

 

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Allaigna's Song: Overture

Allaigna’s Song: Aria

Allaigna's Song: Overture

Allaigna’s Song: Overture

 

 

TalkCast 461 – Welcome to Lockdown Theatre




Welcome to Tough Trip Through Hell. Every so often we at Sci Fi Saturday Night find something so very different and wonderfully interesting that even if it doesn’t fit into our usual fair we want others to learn about.  This show is one of those.   During this pandemic, when any entertainment is limited, it is fascinating when we get to see something new streamed into our eye and ear holes in an innovative and creative way.  On this show we talk to return guest Bruce Olav Solheim along with the cast and crew of a fascinating offering.  First off it is a western set post Civil War.  Not our usual fare, but then you look at how they did it.  Live streamed theater where the actors are currently “locked down” in their separate homes with green screen backdrops created using the Unreal Engine,  the same engine that powers video games.  That is what Lockdown Theatre brings us.  Theatre meets film meets video games. Welcome to the pandemic.

As we all hope to get back to “normalcy” some day, what the team at Lockdown Theatre has done gives us some interesting frontiers for future entertainment with possibilities of actors and creators around the world being able to work on and act in projects without having to be co-located.  An interesting prospect to say the least.

 

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Tough Trip Through Hell 2

 

Rico E Anderson as Ezekiel Pompeii

Rick Walters as Samuel Wilson

Rachelle Henry as Calamity Jane

Tommy Hestmark as Sheriff Henry Plummer

Nicole Lockett as Madame Dumont

Rose Ellis as Ma Plummer

Jaki Harada as Lisa Little Bear

Jeff Harada as Hao Fan

The Innocents

Toby Guebert as Red

Staggerlee Cole as White

Ryan J Lyle as Blue

Kelsey Nixon as Sluice Box Sally

Produced by Rick Walters

Assistant EP – Ginger Marie de Villa Rose

Streamplay written by Bruce Olav Solheim PhD

Technical Director Jordan Martin

Musical Director Emma Frost Rostykus

Stage Manager  Ryan J Lyle

Voodoo Puppet by Ginger Marie de Villa Rose

Storyboard artist  Sean Swaby

2D Artist  Race Walters

Credits and Titles Design  TJ Walker

Based on story by David A Wilson

TalkCast 460 – Busking As Seen Through a Prism





6b4ef9af-cbe7-4a1c-96d7-038da9b3d1a1If you’re old enough to remember Simon and Garfunkle AND you remember their early work AND you remember it fondly, you might remember one of their very early classics Old Friends/Bookends and if you mull over the lyrics of that wonderful classic song it was very much like this show. In this episode we get to spend time with an old friend in every sense of the word and it felt like a moment frozen in amber to speak once again with creator/writer/musician George O’Connor about his latest jewel in the sky,  Charlie’s Spot with art by Meredith Laxton, colors by Allie Pipitone, and letters by Taylor Esposito

We wanted to speak with George about this project for a multitude of reasons, not the least of which were:

  • This is unlike anything he has ever done before
  • This is a Kickstarter which needs everyone’s support at a time when creators have very few outlets
  • He actually has a PRE KICKSTARTER announcement page.

If you know George as we all do and have missed him, you are going to enjoy the next hour. If this is your first “George” experience, sit back and take the time to allow yourself the pleasure of listening to a man who truly enjoys the art of creation and the art of sharing it.

People like George are why we do this.

 

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Charlie's Spot

Charlie’s Spot

A 5 Timers Club Inductee

A Proud Member of the 5 Timers Club

TalkCast 459 – The Problem With Memory Marks




Jenna Greene

Jenna Greene

The concept of “Young Adult” fiction within the science fiction/fantasy genre  has evolved significantly over the years. What was once a very restrictive genre has become open to very modern interpretations as society evolves. In this episode we talk with Jenna Greene about her new book, titled Reborn. It is the first in a series about a young girl that due to a quirk of birth that shows up in her teens marks her to be sold into slavery.  This story follows her time as a slave, her escape, and her journey to find the Unclaimed Land where Reborn like herself can live free.  We meet friends, allies, and betrayers along the way and learn about the world that all of this takes place in.  

 

So sit back and listen, as we learn about Reborn and how Jenna created this book.  Enjo

 

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Reborn

Reborn

TalkCast 458 – PKD During The Pandemic In Paris




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If you’re going to put  a film festival on in this god forsaken year and it’s going to be a Philip K Dick Film Festival, AND it’s  going to be in Paris , well then, here’s the guy who’s going to do it and pull it off with some amazing films. Our guest tonight is Dan Abella, the man behind the PKD Film Festival, this year originating in Paris. And in true Abella style (and under rigid international pandemic protocols) he is running the entire operation from his New York offices.

And like every Dan Abella interview, we ran the gamut of topics from remote viewing for military purposes, to critical thinking and multiple analysis of evidence in current society, and how Philip K Dick was doing that 50 years ago. Of course we also spent  some time talking about the incredible international lineup of films for this years event, which then branched off into another discussion into the razor thin future some of these movies portray.; closer today than tomorrow’s sunrise. And that is the beauty of this festival, those futures may not be hundreds of years or months or days….

They may be tomorrow morning.

Enjoy the paranoia.

 

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Hashtag

Hashtag

TalkCast 457 – I’ve Seen Smoke and I’ve seen Rain




V.S. Holmes

V.S. Holmes

 

 

Eat your heart out James Taylor because in tonight’s episode we  interview V. S. Holmes and it doesn’t involve Nel Bently.  With the Nel Bentley series we see a wonderful series of sci fi stories with great characters. In this episode, we see V’s other side with Smoke and Rain and transition to see her fantasy world. Oddly enough, this is the first world she ever created and helped in no small way become the amazing  writer she is today..

Her current fantasy series consists of two duologies:

Reforged

  • Smoke and Rain
  • Lightning and rain

Restored

  • Madness and Gods
  • Blood and Mercy

Tonight we set the Wayback Machine to talk about those golden days of yesteryear and her very first

book in the very first series of her very first fantasy adventure. It was an interesting look back in time for everyone into how the series first developed and how it has evolved over the years AND how it will continue. Having V on the cast is proof, once again, that when you have a brilliant inventive mind, everything is possible.

 

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Smoke and Rain

Smoke and Rain

 

TalkCast 456 – The Definition of Insanity




Emily Lawrence

Emily Lawrence

For four years we have waited with patience to talk to the woman behind the Kickstarter  “Lilith In The Garden” which began in July 2016 and was successfully funded. Over the course for time the name changed, the personas changed but the driving force behind the project  remained and we and she persisted, wondering where the project was heading.

As it turns out, the title changed to Being Val (which is hopefully heading twards the festival circuit) and some of the inner working personnel shifted but the driving force remained and so tonight we FINALLY got the chance to speak with the multi-talented  Emily Lawrence.  We got to learn the difference between producing a book and a movie….the most obvious one is TIME. Beyond that, it is truly hard to quantify what it is about her that brought this wonderfully original bit of storytelling to the screen aside from the fact that she is ….a wonderful storyteller. It is truly rare to find an original like Emily; diverse, eclectic and truly happy with what she is doing.

Not as happy , however, as we were to be able to spend this time with her. Enjoy.

 

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Becoming Val

Becoming Val

TalkCast 455 – Mama, Where Do Baby Vampires Come From?




Edward Willett

Edward Willett

“If God created the universe with the appearance of being billions of years old, how was that any different from it actually being billions of years ago and aging through all that time?”  This is the worlds of the Shapers. The worlds from the mind of our guest Ed Willett. In this episode we converse with Ed about book three in his Worldshapers Series, aptly entitled The Moonlit World. One may well ask why is that an apt title? To divine the answer, you must listen to the podcast. Along the way you might also gleen such knowledge as might pertain  to performance in the Regina Light Lyric Opera Company, narration for the Regina Symphony Orchestra, and heaven forfend ,both  non-fiction  and fiction writing. The word eclectic came to mind many times during this episode but was never once uttered.

In all honesty, our conversation with Ed wass enlightening and enjoyable. He was a fun guest to talk with and his work is both complex and engaging. We could have just said he does a lot of stuff but he says it so much better. Enjoy.

 

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The Moonlit World

The Moonlit World

 

 

TalkCast 454 – Turnip Out Is Always Fair Play




Christie Stratos

Christie Stratos

(For those of you who are Mothers of Inventions fans, the title makes perfect sense) Podcasting, in many ways, is a lot like cooking stew. You throw a bunch of stuff in a pot and see what happens. When a friend of the show brought us to the attention of another podcast, we were invited to be a part of The Writers Showcase and met Christie Stratos. It turns out Christie is not only an incredibly competent and charming host, but also an editor and author, so we here at party central thought it only fair to bring her onto the area 51 podcast and give her the chance to talk about her work as well. And so we did. And here it is. 

We got the opportunity to talk about her experiences in podcasting and how our paths have intersected and then delved into her gothic thriller The Brotherhood of Secrets. The unfortunate aspect of the discussions is that her podcast is going on hiatus until the new year…..the good news is so she can finish her newest novel.

Enjoy the chaos.

 

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Brotherhood Of Secrets

Brotherhood Of Secrets

 

 

 

TalkCast 453 – Warning! Time Travel May Cause Cramps




James Morrow

James Morrow

According to the great 20th Century philosopher Linus van Pelt

Cat Rambo

Cat Rambo

there are three things you should never discuss with people: Religion, Politics and the Great Pumpkin.  On this show we break two of the three rules. In this episode we discuss an alternate future anthology of a near future America, And The Last Trump Shall Sound. Joining us are  James Morrow and Cat Rambo ,both of whom  under other circumstances would have been more than enough for one episode but to have them both here to talk about their contributions to this anthology was more than amazing on a multitude of levels

Three  sequential stories of how things might be “in the not too distant future” resonates as few books have recently, in part due to the superb craftsmanship of the writing of all three scribes as well as their unique understanding of past and present  socioeconomic events and the impact on our shared future as a country and as people.

As much fun as they were to talk with, and let’s make no mistake about it, they were, this is also a wonderful read with some very “interesting conclusions about politics, economics, mass media and the future. 

In the book, like now, no one really lives happy ever after, but in no way does that mean this is not worth reading. In point of fact, quite the opposite, regardless of your persuasion or belief, this is an eye opening anthology.  I can truly say, enjoy the chaos.

 

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