John Walsh Chats about His New Escape From New York Book
Welcome to another great episode of SFP-NOW. For this episode, we catch up with award-winning filmmaker and writer John Walsh, who has been keeping himself very busy. We last spoke with John back in August of 2021 when he talked with us about his Ray Harryhausen and Flash Gordon books, which have both done incredibly well for him. This time out we chat about his latest book 'Escape From New York: The Official Story of The Film', which has been selling so well that Titan can't print them fast enough. Over the course of our conversation, John explains how the book came about and teases a few details about the book. Additionally, we even discuss our favorite elements from the film while discussing the casting, special effects, and everything else, which are all discussed in full in the book. Also, we discuss our mutual appreciation for the late Donald Pleasence who to many horror fans is best known for his role of Dr. Loomis. However, we talk about his role as the corrupt President and how he was initially reluctant to play the part. Added to this. We also discuss a few of John's films. Specially Toryboy, which has a few interesting parallels to the corruption that is depicted in Escape From New York. And to end with. We chat about some of the movies and TV Shows that John would love to work on if given the opportunity. To listen to all of what was discussed hit play on the audio player and enjoy as John and I totally geek out about what is regarded as John Carpenters best movie. You can learn more about John Walsh and his film and writing work at the following social media links. Website: www.johnwalshfilmmaker.comTwitter @walshbrosInstagram @johnwalsh_filmmakerFacebook: Escape From New York: The Official Story of The FilmYoutube Playlist: Escape From New York
SFP-NOW & GenreTainment Take a Look at the Best TV and Films of 2021
2021 was a great year for television and movies and gave us much to discuss. So much so that SFP-NOW and Genretainment once again decided to cross the streams and discuss some of our favorite TV and Movies of 2021. Hosts Ian Cullen, Marx & Julie Seaton Pyle are joined by Jeff Burns of Supergeeked Up and celebrated fantasy writer Katharine Dow to discuss many of the best Television shows and movies that we were all watching.The year that brought us Free Guy and Shang Chi also brought us a remake of Dune, which seemed to do fairly well with critics, but we also got Daniel Craig's final outing as 007. In regards to television. 2021 brought us a ton of content from Marvel, which kicked off at the start of the year with WandaVision and dramatically closed out the year with Hawkeye. Outside of Marvel, we also got the brilliant new Star Wars animated series 'Star Wars: The Bad Batch', which may or may not have a few plot threads that tie into The Mandalorian and Book of Boba Fett. All of these movies and TV shows get discussed. So tune in and feel free to drop us a comment with what your best picks of the year were.
SFP-NOW Talks to the writers of 'Dragons of a Different Tail'
For this episode, we literally chase after Dragons and learn about the brand new anthology book 'Dragons of a Different Tail', which was released earlier this week on most digital platforms and will soon be released as a physical book.Joining me to discuss this brand new book are its creators and writers Marx Pyle, Julie Seaton Pyle, J.C. Mastro, Katharine Dow, Jeff Burns, and Sean Gibson.Over the course of an hour, we discuss all things Dragons and unpack some of the inspirations behind the stories contained within the book. For example, Katherine Dow reveals that her Dragon story was inspired by the sport of Pigeon Racing, which is pretty big in the part of New York that she moved to. Whereas Sean Gibson talks about how his love of Victorian Literature informed his story.Added to that. The episode also includes a fair bit of Gallows Humor as the new Covid variant known as the Omicron Dragon was let loose during the recording of the show.If you are interested in checking out this new book you can get a hold of it at the following two links on Amazon.UK Readers can get the book hereUS Readers can get the book here
SFP-NOW Celebrates The James Bond Movies
"The names Bond... James Bond."Lines first uttered in 1962 in a small movie called "Dr No". Actor Sean Connery kicked off a movie franchise that would practically invent the action genre. So much so that it would take movie producers until the 1980s to figure out a formula that would force the producers behind Bond to re-invent the character for the modern age. Over nearly a 60 year period. The character of James Bond has been known for its action set pieces, boyish humor, fast cars, beautiful women, and brash attitude.Over the course of this special feature-length episode. Movie fans Ian Cullen and his good friend Ben Cassidy discuss the highs and lows of the Bond movies and even go into gaming territory with a discussion about how the game Goldeneye made the British Super Spy a success with gamers as well as with movie fans.So settle down. Have yourself a Vodka Martini and enjoy the ride as we go through every single Bond movie.
SFP-Now Chats to Ada Hoffman about her latest book The Fallen
After a month away. We're back and we get the ball rolling with an epic interview with Science Fiction novelist Ada Hoffman.During this chat. The writer gives us the lowdown on how she got into writing and her personal journey to becoming a published Science Fiction writer. Her debut novel 'The Outside' wowed readers when it was released back in 2018 and it looks very much like that book's sequel The Fallen is going to do very much the same. Ada talks us through some of the characters and storylines of the book to give those that haven't checked the books out yet a small taste of what they can expect. She also talks about how her decision to make her main character an Autistic scientist surprised her in a few ways and chats a little bit about her creative process as a writer saying that she usually has the beginning, middle, and end of her books figured out in advance of writing the story. Being that a few of us here at SciFiPulse Radio is on the Autism Spectrum we also asked Ada her thoughts on representation in the publishing industry as well as representation in film and television. And Ada also talked about some of the ways in which she tries to encourage writers with autism by reviewing their stories on her website. So to hear all of what was said. Tune in for this epic new episode of SciFiPulse Radio. You can check out Ada Hoffmans Website at: www.ada-hoffman.comYou can follow Ada on Twitter At: @xasymptote
SFP-NOW: Ben and Ian Chat with David Hartley
For this episode, we do something a little different and host a discussion with up-and-coming UK-based writer Dave Hartley. Based in Manchester, England. Dave Hartley is a writer of science fiction and fantasy stories and fairly recently published his latest story called 'Pigskin', which is somewhat of a modern take on George Orwell's 'Animal Farm'.Dave's Works and InterestsAs well as discussing his Phd, Dave Hartley also discussed some of his works of fiction. Some of the focus was on one of his most recent releases, "Pigskin", a dark, twisted fable about the horrors of industrial farming. It's available from the wonderful Fly on the Wall Press, which has published many other science fiction works, and other speculative fiction. Dave's very much a writer who draws on what he believes in. For example, he's an enthusiastic and dedicated animal rights activist. But we chose to stick with what we know most about, and further explore depictions of autism within the world of science fiction, within books and also in film and TV, too.Autism Within Science FictionDave's favourite film is the fantastic Blade Runner (1982), from the wonderful Ridley Scott. His theses focuses on how it may well be a narrative concerning autism. Consequently, we considered other characters that might also be codified representations of autism. The obvious ones included Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Data (Brent Spiner), from the Star Trek franchise. But there were other interesting characters too, that emerged during the conversation. But we don't want to tell you everything we discussed, you can listen for yourself. If you've some of your own favourite representations, then by all means leave us a comment and let us know what you think.You can keep up with up and coming releases by Dave Hartley on his website and blog. His latest collection, "Incorcisms" is out now. If you're interested in autistic representation, Dave runs Autism Through Cinema, his ongoing podcast series freely accessible on his site.
SFP-NOW Chats Harryhausen, Flash Gordon & Escape From New York with Writer John Walsh
Welcome to a very special edition of SFP-NOW on SciFi-Pulse Radio. In this episode, we are joined by special guest John Walsh who is a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy. An acclaimed filmmaker and writer as well as a Trustee of the Ray Harryhausen Foundation, which preserves and displays the work of the legendary special effects artist and filmmaker. In the episode. John takes us through his early career and how he found friendship with the late filmmaker who created memorable monsters such as Medusa and the Kraken from the original 'Clash of The Titans' and many more. He also talks in-depth about many of the things that can be found in his book 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies', which I highly recommend to fans of genre film and television. As it gives insight into the many things that Ray Harryhausen would have liked to do. But never got to due to budgetary reasons. John also discusses the incredible journey that he went on. When putting together his Flash Gordon book 'Flash Gordon: The Official Story of the Film'. Which is an incredible story to listen to and well worth the time in the telling. In short. When John wrote the book and it came time to look for images from the film. He learned at the last minute that the studio didn't save anything. So he had to source images and production stills from the fan community and some of the people that worked behind the scenes on the film. Added to all of this great stuff. John also previews his new book, which is due out in September, which is called 'Escape From New York: The Official Story of the Film'. So if you enjoy retro movies and appreciate classic genre entertainment. Tune into this episode because we cover a hell of a lot of stuff.You learn more about John Walsh and his work at johnwalshfilmmaker.com
SFP-NOW Chat Marvel Shows, Pennyworth and Much More
We're back and this month Ian and Ben have a proper chat about the Marvel shows as well as DC and Pennyworth. We start the show by discussing our excitement about 'Falcon and Winter Soldier and how it explores the post 'Avengers Endgame' world by introducing a new villain who put us in mind of a psycho orphan Annie. But is she really all that bad?We also discuss the release of a new Graphic Novel called Adler. Which is the League of Extraordinary Women and kind of explores what happens in turn of the century England when someone from one of the English Colonies begins to fight back for her people. And finally for fun. We discuss the new Disney + Mighty Ducks series and try to figure out a way to justify talking about it on a podcast, which is supposed to be about sci-fi and comics. So please tune in. Chill out and laugh along with us as we shoot from the hip. Also you can now follow us on Spotify. Look for SciFiPulseRadio
SFP-NOW talks to James Hereth & Kev Hopgood about Superheroes, Pirates & their new book 'Blowback'
Welcome to another exciting episode of SFP-NOW here on SciFiPulseRadio. For this episode and our first interview of 2021. We welcome James Hereth and Kev Hopgood to the show and party down as we discuss our favorite comic book heroes. The WandaVision Finale and many other things as we build toward chatting about their new book 'Blowback'.For those who have been living on another planet. 'Blowback' is a new science fiction and fantasy story about a team of US Marines that find themselves transported to the past. Where they find themselves thrown into events that build-up to the American War of Independence. Over the course of this chat. Benjamin Cassidy and Ian Cullen find out about the origins of 'Blowback' and learn about how much research and effort went into producing the book. So why not get your ears on and tune in. As we explore the bold new world of 'Blowback' with insights from two of the creators behind it. You can order your own copy of 'Blowback' here on Amazon. Or get a digital copy through Comixology here.