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.
SFP-NOW Talks Superman & WandaVision
Welcome to this March edition of SFP-NOW. In this episode Ian, Ben and Raissa further explore the worlds of comic books as they discuss the penultimate episode of WandaVision and chat about the new Superman series, which has begun on CW.Ian also gives a small plug for Disney + which has finally brought the series 'Helstrom' over to the UK. Which is a show that will likely get discussed in future episodes. So while not sit back. Have yourself a beer or wine and chill as we scrape through the endless frontiers of science fiction and fantasy in this latest episode.
SFP-NOW Reviews Star Trek: Discovery, Doctor Who and our first impressions of WandaVision
Welcome to another episode of SFP-NOW. Recorded toward the end of January of 2021. This episode sees the gang discuss Star Trek: Discovery, The Mandalorian, Doctor Who and we also give our first impressions of WandaVision. We also give our thoughts on Wonder Woman 1984.So why not check this episode out and agree or disagree with us in the comments.
SFP-NOW & GenreTainment: The Best & Worst TV & Movies of 2020
With 2020 in its dying days. It is time once more for SFP-NOW and GenreTainment to come together and wade through the best and worst television and movies of the past year. Join Ian Cullen, Marx Pyle, and Benjamin Cassidy as they boldly go where most TV and Movie types have been and discuss the high and low lights of 2020. Among our picks are obvious choices such as The Mandalorian as well as not so obvious ones such as Pennyworth. So why not listen in and share in some fun as we look at what a Covid 19 year gave us in terms of science fiction and fantasy entertainment. Feel free to comment or even add something to our list, which didn't get discussed.
SFP-NOW Christmas Special 2020
Tis the season and we here at SciFiPulse Radio and SFP-NOW wish you a merry one. In this special episode, which we recorded in early December. Ian, Ben, and Raissa discuss episodes of Star Trek: Discovery, The Mandalorian, and more. Ian was very excited about the inclusion of Bo-Katan in Mandalorian and was thrilled with Katee Sackhoff's interpretation of a role that she has only done as animated. We also discussed Ahsoka Tano and speculate a little about how she may be used in future Star Wars projects. Additionally. Given the time of year. We also discuss a few of our favorite Christmas Movies and TV shows. So ho ho ho and all of that. Apologies for Ben's sound in this episode. We were having a few problems with his microphone and have done our best to clean it up. But unfortunately, we just were not able to fix all of it.