Cover to Cover #237: Scott Sigler

The Rookie The Rookie by Scott Sigler

Podcast novelist Scott Sigler joins Michael and Evo to push, er, discuss his latest audio drama addiction.

THE ROOKIE is set amongst a lethal pro football league 700 years in the future. Aliens play positions based on physiology, creating receivers that jump 25 feet into the air, linemen that bench-press 1,200 pounds, and linebackers that - literally - want to eat you. Organized crime runs every franchise, games are fixed and rival players are assasinated.

Follow the story of Quentin Barnes, a 19-year-old quarterback prodigy that has been raised all his life to hate, and kill, those aliens. Quentin must deal with his racism and learn to lead, or he'll wind up just another stat in the column marked "killed on the field".

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  1. I don't generally like listening to stuff, as it takes far longer than reading it, but this is funky enough to tempt me. Great idea.

  2. I'm sorry, but when I heard the promo for this on Farpoint Media productions, I thought it was a piece of comedy. The plot just really doesn't sound good at all. "He was trained as an assassin. But he just wants to be a quarterback." The rest of the promo did nothing to change my initial opinion. I was rather disappointed when I learned that it was Scott's new story.

    Well, I'm sure I'll learn a lot more details once I get around to listening to this episode. Maybe it was just a bad promo for the story and doesn't really reflect the plot.

  3. Well, for those of us that don't like listening to audio books: I really, really hope that Scott gets a book deal so I can read the dead-tree versions of his stories.

  4. Well ditto you are in luck. Ancestor will be available April 2007 Dragon Moon Press.

  5. Mike & Evo & Summer - thanks again for giving me this juicy promo. You all rule.

    Barry, all I can say is try the first episode and see what you think. It's a different concept, that's true - some writers want to do more than re-hash vampires, vampire hunters and quests for magic chalices and what-not. I'm trying to make something original and push the boundaries. Won't work for everyone, but hopefully you'll give it a chance.



  6. Actually, after listening to the interview, I have to say that the story was not what I thought.

    Scott, as you can tell from my comment above, I had thought the story was a mash up of assassin/sports story. That's what I got from the promo that I heard. The way you described it in the episode made a lot more sense and sounded more interesting.

    Now that I think about it, a funny assassin-turned-sports-star story might be good. I wish I had the talent to write it.

    "Avigo eyed his opponent across the court. He could identify fifteen different ways to kill him where he stood. Suddenly the ball dropped down in front of Avigo and catlike reflexes took over. Avigo's hand shot out and thrust through the ball, exploding it. Doh! He'd lost another penalty point."

    See, now that's bad writing! 🙂

  7. You mentioned that eventualy some big names will get into podcasting. I'm not sure how big you think him but Dean Koontz did a podcast this past summer. Stephen King is doing something along the lines of a podcasted novel with ITUNES ofcourse he wants money for it. Penn Jillette of Penn and Teller podcasts his radio show. Even Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and now Van Helsings Curse is doing a weekly podcast called Dee Speaks.