Cover to Cover #335B: Art Reflecting Life

Prince Valiant PageDiscussion: Mike and Mike talk about the potential impact of the 2008 US Presidential Elections on the non-fiction and fiction landscape of the next few years, based on some of the literature shifts in decades past. Without going into personal political opinions, let's speculate on how or if these results influence speculative fiction trends.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Tell us how you're doing!

Listener Review: Tim Low brings us a review of the coffee table compendium The Prince Valiant Page by Gary Gianni.

The Library: It's been a while! Fast Forward 2 edited by Lou Anders; Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show by Edmund R. Schubert and Orson Scott Card. The last one leads to a long chat about alternative publishing venues, and different ways to get more stories out to the readers at the same time more money comes back to the hands of the authors.

Submitting Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know!

Promo: How To Grow Your Geek


  1. The Intergalactic Medicine show is a paid subscription. You can preview each story (the first few paragraphs) and there are free stories per issue. I love this because you can see what you are getting into before you buy it -- AND it's only $2.50 an issue. I wish more magazines were available this way.

  2. I love the idea of established authours allowing new writers to work in their worlds. It represents a new opportunity for new writers to get into the market, but more importantly to gain exposure. Who was it who said that the worst thing for an aspiring writer is obscurity?

  3. COngrats, you managed to call anyone why didn't vote for the inexperienced liberal extreemist a dunce. Way to make the 59 million people who voted against Obama feel welcome on your show. Please keep the political content to a minimum.

  4. I take you do not know what the word extremist means. Either that or you just are repeating what you heard on the radio.

  5. well, if he cant spell it can he know what it means?

  6. Well, I was going to be generous and chalk it up to a typo.

  7. i dislike 'orders' to do anything that essentially a labor(long labor at that) of love. There are podcast shows i listen to that have portions that upset me; i either decided to keep listening or not. since they have no real sponsors(99% of the time) and do this out of their homes, i have little sympathy for people repeating faux news lines or making demands on the show.

    you were more generous then me...but sometimes being a bastard is needed.

    (besides, i could have been a lot more cruel and mention that someone claiming that they are not a 'dunce' should be very careful not appear like one in the same claim.)

  8. Good point.

    Either way, I think if Mathew (assuming that isn't a mis-spelling of Matthew, it is a humorous coincidence that his first name is the same, spelling and all, as the main bad guy in my NaNoWriMo project, who, again by coincidence, is a far right white supremacist. In fact he was so extreme the KKK kicked him out, that's how dangerous he is) really wants to hear what an extreme liberal sounds like, he should listen to my show. Then he'll see just how wrong he is. 🙂