This week, Dave travels to Singapore to talk with J.Y. Yang about their twin novellas The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune released in September. In the episode, Dave and J. talk about several aspects of the books, like the mix of Asian cultures, the unique handling of gender within that society, and of course… those stunning covers.
This week, we travel to northern Washington to meet with Spencer Ellsworth, author of the new tor novella Starfire: A Red Peace. This space opera is fast and fun, but also deals with weighty topics like addiction and the rights of sentient vat-grown hybrid humans. We go into some of the work that went into the book, Spencer’s writing process, and eventually Dave and Spencer geek out about Transformers.
This week, TJ and Dave talk all about The Orville. You can guess from the episode title how that went. With a little less cringe-worthy bathroom humor and a lighter touch with the pop culture references, this could pass as a mediocre creature of the week copy of Next Generation. But is that the best we can do thirty years later?
We also come up with our celebrity couple name and our superhero names.
Neuschwanstein is indisputably gorgeous. The best views were at Queen Mary’s Bridge about fifteen minutes down the hill from the castle itself. But it’s a long walk up a steep hill for a 20-minute tour of the interior. I didn’t expect to fall in love with Bavaria, but now I find myself enrolled in German classes and hoping to go back and linger over spaetzle.
Dave read Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay and talks about the havoc created by humans rather than the supernatural.
Dave wraps up this season of Game of Thrones and talks about some of the shows that are being bumped off of SyFy channel that he’s going to miss.
Finally, TJ talks about how a YA author gamed the NYT Bestseller List and how the sleuthing skills of YA twitter exposed the fraud.