Rick Moody creates a sleazoid end-of-the-world saga, basing his story on a cheapo so-bad-it’s-good sci-fi classic. By the end of this Kurt Vonnegut-inspired festival of terror, he’s tricked us into asking serious questions. How did we turn our culture into a sleazoid end-of-the-world saga? What is to be done?
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Four stories about families and children by classic and contemporary writers. "Charles" is a surprisingly light-hearted tale by Shirley Jackson ("The Lottery") read by Lois Smith. Next, Israeli writer Etgar Keret’s "Pride and Joy," in which a childhood prodigy takes a toll on his parents. The reader is Tony Award- winner Robert Sean Leonard. In Jeanne Dixon’s "Blue Waltz with Coyotes," a brother and sister have an adventure in the wild—and get to know each other. The reader is Mia Dillon. Finally, Rick Moody’s poignant story, "Boys," poetically chronicles the life of two brothers from birth to adulthood. The reader is Broadway and television star B.D. Wong.
In episode 93 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester and Fred Kiesche chat with author, artist and podcaster Howard Tayler, creator of the Schlock Mercenary webcomic.
From SchlockMercenary.com: Howard Tayler is the writer and illustrator behind Schlock Mercenary, the Hugo-nominated science fiction comic strip. Howard is also featured on the Parsec award-winning "Writing Excuses" podcast, a weekly ‘cast for genre-fiction writers. Howard’s artwork is featured in XDM X-Treme Dungeon Mastery, a role-playing supplement by Tracy and Curtis Hickman.
Howard’s most recently published work is Schlock Mercenary: Resident Mad Scientist.
Russian/American scientist and author, Isaac Asimov, once wrote: Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today — but the core of science fiction, its essence, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.