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.
We’ve watched all eight episodes of The Defenders and though there’s lots to love, we also had a few nitpicks about the series. For example, no one likes Iron Fist… so why is he the focal character of the story arc? It’s hard to be sympathetic for a character who whines so much.
We have lots to say about The Defenders. Check out the episode to find out which pivotal moment was darn-near impossible to see because it was filmed in the dark.
This week, we talk about how to be a great convention panelist. We start with basics, like “know why you’re on the panel” and drill down to how to moderate in a pinch.
Then we touch on how to be an enthusiastic but respectful audience member. Here’s a hint: leave the dogs and kids at home.
In this episode of the Warp Drives Podcast, we talk about Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. The logistics of the convention were challenging and made for a frustrating convention. It was a great trip, but we have some suggestions for future generations of nerds.
We come to you from Kiel, Germany this week where we’ve just disembarked from the Writing Excuses Retreat 2017. It was an incredible experience and during this episode we share our favorite parts of the workshops, ports, and activities. The cruise was full of incredible people and we love Tallinn!
Also this week, we both read HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, a slow building creepy horror story about being trapped in a small town in America. That’s frightening enough on its own, (believe us, we’ve lived in small towns), but add a silent witch to the mix and we get to see just how low people will go. *shiver* Both of us wish we could read HEX in the original Dutch to see a different take on the same situation.
Next week, we’ll be at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland. Come say hello if you’re a listener and you see us!
This week, we’re on the Writing Excuses cruise! We’re recording from the middle of the Baltic Sea, just off the coast of Sweden as we attend the fifth Writing Excuses retreat. We go into some of what to expect on the retreat and the fun things we’ve experienced so far in Europe–for example, a live taping of the Tea & Jeopardy podcast. But we’re really missing our Coke Zero. We also left an impromptu scavenger hunt prize for one of our lucky listeners in a Copenhagen bathroom!
We’re discussing Wendy Wagner’s book An Oath of Dogs. We really loved the world building and the sense of danger that we felt from the flora and fauna on Huginn. We’d definitely like to read a sequel.
Sadly, we also watched Kong: Skull Island, which was visually lovely, but lacked a cohesive story. Next week, we’ll be recording from Germany as we make our way to Worldcon!