40: The Comforting Glow of the Vacuum Valve

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So Many Books, So Little Time

The old year departs, the new year arrives. John E.O. Stevens, Jeff Patterson and Fred Kiesche gather around the warm glows of their ham radio rigs and warm their hands over the vacuum tubes to discuss the best of 2016, what they are looking forward to in 2017 and culture consumed.

Also…why do so many Russian sites feature the works of Samuel R. Delany?

Newsflash: Past Fourth Hoarse Patrick Hester has a book! For reals!

A lot of this episode was inspired by John DeNardo’s two-part look at what is coming in 2017, we recommend a read (while hiding your wallet): Part 01. Part 02.

Host Fred Kiesche, John E.O. Stevens and Jeff Patterson with Fred Kiesche, Jeff Patterson and John E.O. Stevens

Show Notes & Links

Picks and Culture Consumed: John E.O. Stevens!

Larry Smith on File 770

Universal Harvester (John Darnielle)

Borne (Jeff VanderMeer) (also here)

New York: 2140 (Kim Stanley Robinson)

Agents of Dreamland (Caitlin R. Kiernan)

The Found and The Lost: The Collected Novellas of Ursula K. Le Guin (Ursula K. Le Guin)

Train to Busan (Yeon Sang-Ho, Director)

Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection: 1987-1991 (Scott McCloud)

The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain (Han Shan, Author; Red Pine, Translator)

Picks and Culture Consumed: Jeff Patterson!

Ninefox Gambit (Yoon Ha Lee)

Revenger (Alastair Reynolds)

Lucifer (Holly Black and Lee Garbett)

Clean Room (Gail Simone and John Davis-Hunt)

Monstress (Marjorie Li and Sana Takeda)

Seven to Eternity (Rick Remender, Jerome Opena and Matt Hollingsworth)

Heavy Metal

Picks and Culture Consumed: Fred Kiesche!

The Expanse

Stranger Things

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff

The Incomparable

The Coode Street Podcast

Galactic Suburbia

The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast

Hypnagogue Podcast

The Grognard

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe (Kij Johnson)

Deathbird Stories (Harlan Ellison)

The Chaunur Saga (The Pride of Chanur, Chanur’s Venture, The Kif Strike Back, Chaunur’s Homecoming), Merchanter’s Luck, Downbelow Station (C.J. Cherryh)

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (John Le Carre)

The Rediscovery of Man, Norstrilia (Cordwainer Smith)

Roger Zelazny: Doorways in the Sand, The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny, Volume 01—Threshold (Roger Zelazny)

Darth Vader (Kieron Gillen, Salvador Larroca)

Chewbacca (Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto)

Han Solo (Marjorie Liu and Mark Brooks)

Poe Dameron (Charle Soule & Alex Maleev)

Princess Leia (Mark Waid & Terry Dodson)

Kanan: The Last Padawan (Greg Weisman & Andrea Broccardo)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Chuck Wendig & Luke Ross)

Star Wars (2015) (Jason Aaron and Jorge Molina)

Transmetropolitan Volume 1, Transmetropolitan Volume 2 (Warren Ellis)

Watson & Holmes: A Study in Black (Karl Bollers, Rick Leonardi, Paul J. Mendoza, Taylor Esposito)

Injection, Volume 1 (Warren Ellis & Jordie Bellaire and Declan Shalvey)

The Black Monday Murders, Volume 1 (Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker)

The Fuse, Volume 1 (Antony Johnston, Shari Chankhamma, Justin Greenwood)

The Sheriff of Babylon (Tom King & Mitch Gerads)

The Courtyard, Neonomicon, Providence (Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows, etc.)

2016: The Year in Books (060)

2017: The Year in Books (003)

2016: The Year in Shorts (411)

2017: The Year in Shorts (003)

2016: The Year in Graphics (333)

Coming soon?

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