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Shahid Mahmud On the ‘Cast is one of the more interesting people we have had on in a very long while. So interesting, in fact, that we began talking in the pre-show and quite frankly, once the show began, I forgot to introduce him. Shahid Mahmud is the creator of the SF/Fantasy imprint Phoenix Pick. The catalog now includes reprints by Heinlein, Ni…
 
Ariel Diaz In this episode, the Commander and I get the chance to speak with an up and coming artist from Texas who is about to burst on the national convention scene. Ariel Diaz had her opening cut short by the pandemic and was forced to sit patiently for a year, honing her craft and working (as we all did) doing sketching, drawings and covers and…
 
To Kill A King In this episode Commander Cam and I get the chance to speak with W.L.Hawkin about her Hollystone Mystery series. I have to admit speaking with Wendy was a quite unique experience and was one of one of the few times I was truly tongue tied. a situation which amused the hell out of Cam as well as myself. We got the chance to explore wi…
 
In the Lovcraftian universe there are very few rules. When I learned a friend of one of my very good Sci Fi writer friends, CT Phipps, (see Talkcasts 380, 425 and 475 ) had written a number of stories in this universe I became intrigued and we talked about it. He then suggested I read the works of Matthew Davenport and so I did and he joins us on t…
 
Sebastien de Castell A remarkable interview begins and ends in the most unexpected places. This begins with Sebastien de Castell, musician, author and our guest on the ‘Cast. Ostensibly here to talk about his latest book, Way Of The Argosi, The Commander and I has way too much fun on a number of other topics before we ever got there, some of which …
 
Edward M. Lerner Smart, original and snappy science fiction is a rare commodity today. Rarer still is the author who can converse about it. Meet Edward M, Lerner and get the chance to know a bit about him, who he is and his work as we explore him, his background and his latest novel, Deja Doomed. It’s fun to be able to have a conversation not just …
 
When we first spoke with the writing team known as OE Tearman in January oof 2020 it was to introduce book one of their Aces High, Jokers Wild Dystopian Science Fiction Series. In this episode , we welcome back Olivia and Nonier to talk about book 2 in the series, Call The Bluff as well as the poignant similarities between what we might see in the …
 
Mark Leslie Once upon a time there was a werewolf, who sometimes wasn’t a very good one. It really wasn’t his fault, because as most of his ilk, he was a victim of circumstance. Meet Michael Andrews, protagonist of The Canadian Werewolf Series written by tonight’s guest the very smart and funny Mark Leslie. We got the chance to pick his brain and t…
 
How does one get lost in their own interview? I have to admit, it was easy in this one. Marie Powell came by to take with us about her personal journey of discovery which began with an ancestral inquiry into her own Welsh background and culminated into this marvelous duology, Watersight (Last Of The Gifted); a project a monumental journey which too…
 
What is a sequel? Is book two in a series a continuation of the story or an expansion of the characters? In this episode we get the chance to talk again with Trevor Fernandes-Lenkiewicz as he brings us book two of his Kickstarter funded series, Area 51: The Helix Project. The fledgling writer has come a long way from his first project and this book…
 
There are times when you find yourself in the deep end of the swimming pool without your water wings. Welcome to TalkCast 475, in which Dome finds himself uncomfortable ensconsconsed between two friends, co-host Commander Cam and guest C.T. Phipps, far more knowledgeable than he is upon this evening’s subject, i.e., Yog-Sothoth. And… a good time wa…
 
In this Talkcast, we once again meet up with part-time paranormal instigator and full time interesting guy Bruce Olav Soldheim to talk about his latest work Snarc, the Graphic Novel, not to be confused with Snarc , The Comic, which we talked about in TalkCast 439. This is a whole new and different Snarc…. Well not entirely new and different, instea…
 
On this edition, it’s all about evolution. About two years ago we got to meet Scot and Jane Noel as they began their process of building the passion project of a magazine of science fiction that they had alway wanted; Dreamforge a magazine of hope and positivism able to balance out the current wave of dystopian futurism (excuse the editorial slant …
 
Jennifer Anne Gordon In this episode we get to once again talk again with Jennifer Anne Gordon about more of her art. First and foremost we talk about her gothic novel Beautiful, Frightening and Silent, a multi layered, multi-set novel which is unique both in scope and style. We got to spend time discussing characters and development and how the pa…
 
Marc Watson Why not welcome back Marc Watson, as we talk about the first book he ever wrote? OK, we do that in tonight’s episode for a number of reasons. First, Death Dresses Poorly is a damn good read, fresh, funny and very original. Second, Marc wanted to come on to tale about it for another reason. Third, it’s always fun to talk to Marc and four…
 
In this episode we get to ask the question, “So, what have you been doing during the pandemic?”. If your name happens to be Brian Menard, it would seem as if your plate has been full. Between the crime fighting comic, Siamese, feline based superheroes, and converting a trilogy of young adult novels called The Healing Wars by Janice Hardy to graphic…
 
Marie Powell Raise your hand if you thought that Welsh history would have been a topic for this podcast, OK, hands down, Now, raise your hands if you thought fantasy welsh novels would ever be a topic on this podcast, Well, see how wrong you were because you are about to be fascinated, as we all were in talking with Marie Powell about her new serie…
 
Trevor Fernandes-Lenkiewicz On tonight’s show we talk with comic creator Trevor Fernandes-Lenkiewicz, someone who by his own admission came into comic books late in life. This did not deter him from developing a deep love and respect for the craft of comics. He has created two websites, Dark Knight Nation and Pocket Watch Press. While in his role a…
 
Jennifer Anne Gordon As residents of New England we can tell you that the coast of Maine is equally beautiful and haunting. There are many ghost stories to be found about the desolate seacoast of Maine, it’s haunted lighthouses and islands. During the isolation of the winter months the deep loneliness has resulted in tragic outcomes that loom over …
 
Why do bad things always happen to good people? Why does the perfect point on your pencil always snap off? What do you trip on your own shoe laces? Why have all the conventions been cancelled? Damned if we know but we talked about them anyway with one of our best convention buddies Keith Gleason, even though we have never actually seen him trip on …
 
The Psychedelic Film And Music Festival What happiness when you bring Flaming Chicken, Psychedelicatessen, Uberfrog, The Funhouse Waltz, Nina of The Woods and a veritable plethora of films from around the globe hosted by the inimitable Dan Abella. Why, once again my friends, it’s time for The 3rd Annual Psychedelic Film and Music Festival, and what…
 
Jeffrey A, Carver 2020 has been a long year like no other, but through the ridiculous circumstance and hardship there have been ………. moments…….. During this “Year of The Pandemic” we have been forced by means of social distancing to not be able to see in person the people we usually do and as a result have gotten to meet many new and amazingly tale…
 
Kathrin Hutson Here at Sci Fi Saturday Night, we read a lot of books. In fact, that may be an understatement this year more than most due to the understandable peculiarities that pandemics do to us. In reading as many books as we have over this “pandenterious” time we have discovered many many things. One thing we have kind of come to agreement on …
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
If 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 s…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 wa…
 
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 Wor…
 
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 C…
 
James Morrow According to the great 20th Century philosopher Linus van Pelt 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. …
 
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 mean…
 
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 reachi…
 
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 t…
 
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 w…
 
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 communi…
 
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 whe…
 
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 b…
 
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. Be…
 
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 y…
 
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…
 
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.…
 
And, 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 buil…
 
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…
 
Dr. Bruce Olav Solheim Some interviews just happen all by themselves. No matter how much you plan and research, the conversation does what the hell it pleases and meanders wherever it wants. Thus was this episode with Bruce Olav Solheim; Radio Talk Show Host, Playwright, History Professor, member of MUFON, author of 8+ books on a wide range of subj…
 
Curtis M Lawson Can music be evil, in and of itself? We explore this concept using a piece of fictional classical music called The Madrigal of the World’s End. In this episode, we get to once again talk with horror novelist Curtis M. Lawson (and yes, I do goof his name, but this time in an entirely unexpected way). He came on to talk about his newe…
 
Kristina Rienzi Hey and hi, everyone. Welcome to the new normal of the pared down interview where, because of the current “world wide crisis”, bandwidth is limited 24/7 which makes using the internet a problem for us to work in. That being said, we will continue on as best we can with whatever limited resources are available. Our first attempt at n…
 
Ryan Lessard Welcome, my friends to this edition where we get to talk with fellow broadcaster, journalist and comic creator Ryan Lessard about his 20 year old new project. What does he mean by that? We spend a good portion of the discussion talking about just how long this went from seed of a concept in a notebook and how he kept returning to it ov…
 
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