Cover to Cover #165: Matthew Stover

A whole show dedicated to the upcoming Star Wars Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. It is a fun time, and fan or not, you will not want to miss this one.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #164: Kage Baker / Wil Radcliffe

Interviews with Kage Baker (The Life of the World to Come) and later, Wil Radcliffe (Noggle Stones)   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #163: Jacqueline Carey / K. Allen Cross

Interviews with Jacqueline Carey (Banewreaker), and later K. Allen Cross (Flight of the Hellcat)   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #162: Michael A. Stackpole / Dennis L. McKiernan

Interviews with Michael A. Stackpole (A Secret Atlas), and Dennis L. McKiernan (Once Upon A Summer Day)

Also Scott Sigler tells us about his podiobook that we are digging called EarthCore   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #161: William Sleator / Michelle Paver

The Last Universe by William Sleator
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #160: Robert Newcomb / Vivi Anna

The Scrolls of the Ancients by Robert Newcomb
E-book author Vivi Anna talks about her book Hell Kat   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #159: Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer talks about Mindscan   [Read more...]

NASA podcast debuts

How. Frigging. Cool.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #158: Lucius Shepard / Richard K. Morgan

Interviews with Lucius Shepard (Weapons of Mass Seduction) and Richard K Morgan (Market Forces)   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #157: R. Scott Bakker

Interview with R. Scott Bakker about The Darkness That Comes Before (The Prince of Nothing, Book 1) and The Warrior-Prophet (The Prince of Nothing, Book 2)   [Read more...]

Spirit gets 'Dusted' on Mars.

This is a cool story in any measure of science or sci-fi. Over the past several months of cruising around the dusty Martian surface, the solar panels on the rover Spirit have become increasing obscured by red dust. In a chance encounter, a dust-devil has given our rover a new lease on life.

"Mars scientists and engineers are elated about a dust-busting blast that has struck the Spirit rover at its Gusev crater exploration site.

Turns out that a martian whirlwind ? dubbed a dust devil ? likely zoomed over the robot high up in the Columbia Hills. That fleeting flyby effectively cleaned Spirit's solar arrays, giving the robot a new lease on life.

Engineers report that the rover's power reading quickly shot up to almost as high as when the rover landed on Mars over a year ago."

Just goes to show that science can be just as much fun as science fiction. The Mars rovers have already lived far beyond the time they were expected to survive the harsh environment, but this new event has got everyone wondering just how long the rovers will continue to operate. With the solar panels clear, and the rover again at full power, it may yet be possible that we see the evidence of live uncovered. I'll be watching with great interest.   [Read more...]

Government terrorism works!

In a story from YaHoo News, the government in India has employed terrorizing tactics to force homeowners to pay up their property taxes.

"After many residents ignored repeated demands to settle overdue property taxes. authorities in a city in Andhra Pradesh state have sent 20 groups of drummers to play outside offenders' houses for the past week.

"They don't stop until people agree to clear the dues."

The new method seems to be working, though. One week of incessant drumming has cleared 18 percent of the backlog."

Great idea, but it would never fly over here. I can see the line of lawyers forming already to file suit and wage war in the name of human rights.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #156: Ellen Datlow / Craig Spector

Interviews with Ellen Datlow (Faery Reel) and Craig Spector (Underground)   [Read more...]

Michael - The Sick Bastard.

Hey kids, let me tell you about my screwed up and unproductive week. It was spent in bed, on the couch, and sometimes on the floor. That's right, I was sick last week. Not just a, I feel bad and have a runny nose kind of sick, but an OMG please let me die so I don't have to be sick anymore kind of sick. However, after two trips to the doctor's office for two different antibiotic scripts, and three trips into Walgreen's, I have pulled myself from the edge of death and now, overall, I just feel like shit, which is a big improvement from the last few days.

Anyway, just wanted to thank everyone that sent me get well wishes, and let everyone know that I'm on the road to Wellsville now. We should have our regular line up of shows next week, meaning that we will do a Wednesday podcast next week for those of you that noticed it was missing from its normal time. Once I catch up on all the work I lost this week, I should also have an update on our show situation. Stay tuned while I sort it out but rest assured, I'm still kicking.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #155: Minister Faust

Minister Faust has written the definitive novel for all fan boys, The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad. Poor SF/F geeks battle rich used-to-be SF/F geeks, with some SF-ish drug dealers and some sort of Ethiopian demi-god thrown in to boot. Minister describes the book as "The Catcher in the Rye meets Repo Man, or Harry Potter on Heroin". Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. Read it. Evo said so.   [Read more...]

Where the hell is Live Fire?

(Apologies to those who have heard this rant before. But for the local Phoenix listeners who don't check the website through out the week, they are freaking out right about now.)

It's 6:08 PM on Sunday night. You are probably wondering what the hell happened if you're tuning in to KFYI right about now.   [Read more...]