Cover to Cover #438A: Of Books and Bookstores

Mike and Mike recap some publishing news, the big one being that Borders has been delaying payments to creditors, including publishers, because of liquidity issues.

Will some of these issues, combined with the increase in ebook sales, mean that local and indie bookstores will have a chance to recover some of their lost marketshares?   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #437A: Listener Voicemail

Mike Mennega discovered that there's a backlog of voicemail that collected over the holidays, so Mike Stackpole and Summer help him navigate the extra commentary.

Listener Review: Web Genii brings us a review of Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #436A: Pamela Sargent

Interview: This week, Mike, Mike and Summer talk with Pamela Sargent about her latest YA novel, Seed Seeker, the concluding volume of her Seed Trilogy (Earthseed in 1983, Farseed in 2007).   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #435A: Holiday Library Edition

Mike Mennega and Mike Stackpole realize that they haven't done a Library segment in a long long time, so it's time to catch up. And Summer is back to help the guys slog through the dangerously tall stack of new reads   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #434A: A Conversation with Tracy Hickman

Mike and Mike welcome Tracy Hickman as a guest host, and delve into gaming and his latest game, "Santa's Sleigh Ride". You can read more about this game at Reindeer Gamers Holiday Games and Xtreme Dungeon Mastery.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #433A: Sam Sykes

Interview: Mike and Mike talk with Sam Sykes, about his debut novel, Tome of the Undergates from Pyr. It's the first book in the Aeons' Gate Trilogy, a fantasy adventure about preventing the gates of the underworld from being opened and destroying the world, full of eipc, gritty battles and dark, flawed characters.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #432A: John Joseph Adams

Interview: Mike and Mike talk with John Joseph Adams about his newest collections: The Way of the Wizard from Prime Books, and The Living Dead 2 from Night Shade Books.

John talks about why working on anthologies appeal to him, his love of working on magazines, searching for the stories that fit the theme while still trying to achieve a diverse enough selection for the volume, and more.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #431A: Larry Correia

Interview: Mike and Mike talk with Larry Correia about his newest book, Monster Hunter: Vendetta, and the world and monsters he's created.

Monster Hunters International introduces us to a corporation of specialty contractors who "take care of" supernatural monsters, collecting the bounties on them, and at the moment, there are two books out in the MHI series, with another 8 under contract.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #430A: Nancy Kilpatrick

Interview: Mike and Mike talk with Nancy Kilpatrick, editor of the recent Evolve: Vampire Stories of the New Undead anthology from EDGE SF.

Nancy talks about her long-running fascination with vampires, how they may evolve in future tales, and how the stories and this anthology came about.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #429A: David Weber

Interview: Mike and Mike talk with David Weber about his newest novel, Out of the Dark. It follows the consequences of an alien invasion gone wrong after Earth had been targeted for colonization, and is the first in a new military series. This story is an expansion of a novella that appeared in the recent Warriors anthology, edited by George R. R. Martin.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #428A: Naomi Novik

Interview: Mike and Mike talk with Naomi Novik about the Temeraire series, the latest volume of which is Tongues of Serpents. She talks about her research into the Napoleonic Wars and her travel to Australia, some of her work process, those 3am story ideas that get her out of bed to write, and more.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #427A: Listener Feedback

Voicemail: Tim enjoyed the Tracy Hickman interview, and comments on how busy the bookstores near him are; Ben in Tampa thanks the guys for introducing him to Brandon Sanderson and the art assignment he procured as a result, which you can see at   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #426A: Jesse Petersen

Interview: This week, Mike and Mike chat with Jesse Petersen, author of the "Living With the Dead" series, the first book of which is Married With Zombies.

Jesse talks about the inspiration for the first book and the series, balancing character voice, humor, marriages and relationships, and of course, methods of killing zombies.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #425A: Harry Harrison

Interview: This week, Mike and Mike chat with Harry Harrison! His iconic character, The Stainless Steel Rat, is back for a new adventure in The Stainless Steel Rat Returns. Harry talks about the history of The Rat and the popularity of this character around the world, poking fun at the military, and playing with Esperanto.

Harry also goes into how he got into writing and the steps he went through to make himself a better writer, the books, classes and the work he put into it, and more.   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #424A: Getting Back up to Speed

Mike M explains why we missed a week or so of "Cover to Cover"... when the magic smoke escapes from computer hardware, it's well beyond mostly dead. So thank you to everyone who's donated this year... your donations helped get the studio back online in record time.

In other news, Terry Pratchett is forging his own sword in preparation for his knighthood. How cool is that?   [Read more...]

Cover to Cover #423A: Larry Niven

Interview: This week, Mike and Mike chat with Larry Niven; his newest collection is Stars and Gods, but the conversation covers many topics, from portraying technological advances in fiction, space travel and exploration, Niven's Laws, merging tech and fashion, and more!

Stars and Gods is the latest in a series of collections, containing editorials, articles, short stories and excerpts from novels, and random writing that doesn't quite fit anywhere else.   [Read more...]