Tag: speculative fiction

Podcast Announcement – SFM Presents: Consumption

SFM Presents: Consumption is a new podcast/Google Hangout/YouTube show we’re starting this week.

specficmedia_logoSpecFicMedia.com Presents: Consumption

Some of us are media content creators; others are creators of a different type, make, or model… but all of us are media consumers. SFM Presents: Consumption will be a show where the hosts and a guest will talk about what media they are consuming (with a focus on speculative fiction media, of course). Movies, television, games, books, comic books… they’re all on the table.

As with BTW, the bulk of the show will be spoiler-free (as some of our discussions will be about things that some of the hosts may not have played, read, seen, or heard). But unlike BTW, we will have a spoiler section at the end of each podcast where all topics are fair game.

Our first episode/live show will be Wednesday, July 31st at 9 pm Eastern time. Viewer Q&A will be done through YouTube. I will post the link here when the time comes, but the best place to find our content is our YouTube channel.

Hosts:

P.G. Holyfield (author of Murder at Avedon Hill and SFM Founder
Christiana Ellis (too many podcasts to list here, but you can check out all things Christiana at her site).
Chooch (Into the Blender Podcast Co-Host, and bassist of Ditched By Kate)
Vivid Muse (Into the Blender Podcast Co-Host, Girls\\™ Rules Podcast Host)

Our first guest will be Matthew Wayne Selznick, author of Brave Men Run and the recently released sequel, Pilgrimage.

NBC’s “The Blacklist”

Not necessarily “Speculative” fiction, but this looks awesome to me. Plus I love me some James Spader.

Part Hannibal, part The Following… well, better than The Following, one would hope.

Spoiler Warning: This promotional trailer pretty much goes through the entire plot of the pilot. You’ve been warned.

TuacaCon 2011

Good morning, P.G. Holyfield here. TuacaCon is a virtual convention that I started last year. Tuaca became one of the “liquors of choice” at the conventions I attend (most notably Balticon and Dragon*Con), and became the ‘unofficial’ mascot of the convention (The company that makes this wonderful liquer is not associated with the convention or with SpecFicMedia.com in any way, other than we like the stuff!).

So what is TuacaCon? Last year in November, we had a 9 hour live “show” online, with author readings, interviews, live music, and live and recorded comedic skits from several podcasters across the U.S. We used UStream.tv for the broadcast, and had a lot of fun with the event (even though I might have imbibed a little too much and fell asleep at the wheel near the end of the night).

This year I plan on doing things right (or at least a little better), with more contributors, the addition of panels on pertinent speculative fiction topics, and more interaction with our audience (well, some of our audience, not the ones that post “Show my your boobs!” in the chat… oh yeah, that was me.).

If you are a writer, musician, or comedian that has the ability to do webcam work (or prerecorded video, in certain cases), please comment here or send me an email at pgholyfield at specficmedia.com. TuacaCon 2011 will be Saturday, November 12th, starting time and duration of the event yet to be determined at this time. I will start organizing this ‘convention’ in earnest starting October 1st.

TuacaCon 2011 – Virtual Convention… Real Debauchery.

Feature – The Eye of Newb – HBO’s GoT Ep.1

Editor’s Note: Matt Lynch is one of my closest friends and I’ve been trying to get him to write more since we’ve met. I think you’ll see why after you read this. This will be a weekly report posted after each episode of Game of Thrones. It will contain spoilers from the episode, obviously, but from the perspective of someone that has not read the books.

 

Episode 1 Review of Game of Thrones – by Matt Lynch

BenJen Stark to his brother, Lord Stark: \\You at a feast; it\\™s like a bear in a trap.\\

So, Good People, P.G. (hereinafter lovingly referred to as \\˜The Landlord\\™) and I were having a chat of late. Both being lovers of speculative fiction, we determined that I should consider contributing to the general upkeep and pleasantness of the site by setting some words to paper on a topic or two related to such. Finding myself at a loss for subject matter, I cast about blindly in the pitch for a bit. Then, lo it came to pass that HBO released upon the world the new series, Game of Thrones, based upon the much-beloved Song of Fire and Ice novels, authored by George R.R. Martin. Having never considered reading these books, their re-imagining and broadcast seemed a natural place to kick a running feature into existence: the whimsical notion that a newb such as myself (with regards to Martin’s epic series) might offer a unique and worthwhile perspective to the mix.

Now, a word or two about myself before we begin. I\\™m Irish and fatalistic, which in small doses can be terminal, but in large ones, exceptionally liberating. My people were the wards, the serfs and the fisherfolk of history. They mended the nets, hauled the cod and hacked the sod of destiny, never casting more than a scornful eye castle-ward. Thus, it seems, I am fated to care not one whit about political intrigue, fantastical or otherwise. I am much more drawn to blood, sex, earth and wave – with a wistful, nay Quixotic, passion for those who are destined to simply go down swingin\\™. Much more David Drake than Frank Herbert. Thus it was with more than a wee spot of trepidation, upon the urgings and exhortations of The Landlord, I affixed my eyes to the titular episode of this column.

Fortunately, my fears were quickly assuaged and interest piqued. Who, or what, are the White Walkers, fer\\™instance? I need an answer to this question, and the pursuit of such will likely force me to tune in again next week. That and the intense desire to see Viserys Targaryen disemboweled by honey badgers or other some such fitting punishment for his inhuman cruelty towards his doe-eyed sister.

Other wonderful table-setters, sure to drag me, the shotgun-and-cudgel type, enamored with combat and tortured souls in pursuit of holy vengeance, back to the intrigues of Westeros, include:

  • Exactly how twisted an incestuous pair are twins Jaime and Cersei Lannister, that half of them considers the menstrual cycle of a thirteen-year old dinner conversation?
  • What of Jon Snow?  I smell a coming of age story in the making.
  • Did the Dothraki wedding have at least three deaths or was it a \\˜dull affair\\™?
  • Will poor, sweet Daenerys find love or death with her savage new husband?
  • Is Bran Stark alive or dead?
  • Where\\™s Robert Carlyle?
  • And most importantly, why can\\™t more annoying, prissy schemers meet horrific and brutal ends, and why can\\™t this happen more quickly?

Yep, I\\™m going back \\“ despite my past inclinations.  The Landlord prevails, yet again.  And you, Good People, get to ride along with me.  Root for my conversion or wish my damnation.  Be amused or appalled.  Either way, I offer you the spectacle of a newb abroad in strange realms.  Cheers!

 

Movie Trailer – The Adjustment Bureau

On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas — a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself — the men of The Adjustment Bureau — who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path… or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.

Personally I call this “The Hat Movie.” … or Fringe meets Minority Report. Or I have no idea what I’m talking about. But it looks promising to me.