Tuesday, September 24, 2019

MIAMI HEIST: Special Preview

Special preview chapter from MIAMI HEIST, the upcoming sequel to VEGAS HEIST, by Van Allen Plexico:

“I think I went into the wrong line of work,” Salsa said as he repositioned the little captain’s hat on his head. “I should’ve been a Navy man.”

Lois snorted at this. She fanned herself with a paper plate as Salsa slowly brought the houseboat around. The south Florida sun beat down on them mercilessly. At last a breeze cut across the deck, offering some small relief from the oppressive Miami heat.

“It’s important for Mr. and Mrs. Gold to be seen cruising around out here,” Salsa pointed out. In addition to the hat, he wore a natty, bright blue blazer and white slacks.

“And you needed the practice steering this thing, too,” Lois added.

“Ehh. I’m a natural.” He grinned. “Maybe I should call myself Commodore Salzman.”

Lois rolled her eyes at that.

Salsa ignored her and focused on his steering. The houseboat was big and sluggish and, while clearly capable of supporting the great deal of weight they planned to be adding to it soon, he didn’t relish the idea of trying to outrun or outmaneuver anyone in it.

They had taken a slow cruise around Ruby Island earlier in their excursion, looking the place over from every direction while never approaching close enough to draw any unwanted attention. Once Salsa had been satisfied with what he’d seen, he’d brought the boat back around facing west. Yet still they lingered in the midst of Biscayne Bay.

“Don’t you think it’s about time to head in?” Lois asked after another fifteen minutes or so of lumbering about, waves insistently rocking them, powerboats and water skiers darting around them and even sailboats leaving them in their wake.

Salsa pursed his lips, considering, as he worked the boat’s wheel and the throttle. He was feeling increasingly confident in his ability to maneuver the vehicle and to understand the currents in which it was operating. And he was having more fun than he’d expected.

“Saul?” Lois said, more insistently now. She was tapping her watch impatiently.

Reluctantly, he nodded and angled the boat around to where it was facing northwest. The low rise of tiny little Lummus Island slid past to port. This was the area he needed to know best, and he was giving it his full attention now.

“Our berth is that way,” Lois called after a minute, sounding annoyed. She was pointing to the southwest, toward Miami proper.

“I just need to get us a bit closer to the east end of Dodge Island for a minute,” he said.

“Dodge Island?” Lois raised an eyebrow at this. “Any particular reason you want to go there?“

Salsa raised his own eyebrow back at her. “Maybe because there’s a bridge on the west end of it, connecting to Miami?”

“Ah.” Lois nodded slowly. Then she returned her attention to picnic basket resting on the counter in front of her. “Well, I’m having lunch.” She reached in and pulled out the sandwich wrapped in wax paper.

“Hey— could you hand me a tuna?”

They cleared Lummus Island and the larger shape of Dodge Island came into view ahead. Salsa grabbed the binoculars off the dash and held them up, adjusting the dials. He pursed his lips as he looked the shoreline over. Yeah, it was like Harper had said. There were a couple of spots where they could land the big houseboat there. Excellent.

Seeing his obvious concentration on what he was doing, Lois kept quiet for the duration, but at last she tapped her watch again. “Saul? I have an appointment in a little while, and…”

“Right, right,” he said, putting the binoculars down and grinning back at her. “Of course, dear. Off we go.”

One hand on the wheel and one holding his sandwich, and now entirely pleased with things, Salsa steered the big green houseboat the rest of the way across the bay towards Miami.

What are Salsa and Lois up to here? Find out soon, in MIAMI HEIST!
Meanwhile, read their first adventure (with Harper and company)--the award-winning VEGAS HEIST-- in paperback, on Kindle or in audiobook from Audible (read by Pete Milan)!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

CRUSADE: 20th Anniversary panel at DragonCon 2019 (my notes)




CRUSADE: 20th Anniversary panel at DragonCon 2019, with Peter David, John Hudgens and Van Allen Plexico

WHO DO YOU SERVE, AND WHO DO YOU TRUST?

I took these notes during my most recent re-watch of CRUSADE, last month prior to DragonCon. On the panel I didn't get to go into most of what is here, so I thought I'd present it for folks to read on their own. I also audio recorded the panel and will post it on the White Rocket Podcast in the days to come.

We have to state up front that poor ratings did not kill this series. It was canceled before a single episode had aired.

My newly revised list of the 5 best episodes of Crusade, having just rewatched the entire series:

Racing the Night
The Needs of Earth
The Memory of War
Appearances and Other Deceits
The Well of Forever

My notes on all 13 episodes plus unproduced scripts and the "A Call to Arms" introductory TV-movie:

A CALL TO ARMS

The music is especially terrible here. In theory it might’ve been a good idea to bring in Evan Chen in place of Christopher Franke, but here he put together nothing catchy at all. The score here is worse than what he does for the series later. It actively distracts from what we’re seeing on the screen.

I like the mixture of a few members of the cast of each show. And, as would be the case with the entire series, Peter Woodward is riveting. You can’t look away from him. He’s better than everything else about this.

The Technomages are one of the best things about Babylon 5 and it’s great to have a show that tries to use them more fully.


Casting Crusade:

JMS wanted Michael York for Gideon. TNT wanted Gary Cole. I think TNT was right.

I chose this order to rewatch because it’s the order they originally aired. And it makes no sense in terms of the uniforms to watch the order of production.

The music is better in the series proper. Less seemingly random noises and at least a hint of a tune in there somewhere.

I’ve always gotten the feeling TNT told JMS to make this show like the X-Files. Thus the “Who do you trust?” stuff and the outright X-Files episode later. It comes across as him being obsessed with that show, but now I wonder if it was more of him sticking it to the network executives. “You want the X-Files? I’ll give you the X-Files!” Ha

The series is at its best when each (or most) of the main cast have something interesting to do/to contribute to the storyline. It is at its worst when just 2-3 characters go down to a planet to engage in what I think of as “Stargate activities.”

WAR ZONE

JMS bags on this episode and its reputation is pretty low. He didn’t want to make it; it was forced on him by TNT. But I don’t care what the circumstances were, because in my opinion it’s one of the better episodes once you get past the stupid fistfight at the beginning to satisfy the TNT wrestling fans. And in fact it’s the only episode where we really see the Drakh up close. It also has some good character bits for most of the cast. Maybe if the show had continued for multiple seasons, we would’ve gotten all this backstory organically over time. But because we only got 13 episodes, I’m glad one of them actually introduced everyone and explained their relationships and how they came to be on the team and on the Excalibur.

THE LONG ROAD 

This episode and the next two come along way too soon in this episode ordering.

And it’s extremely slow and remarkably dull—it adds up to much less than the sum of its parts.

Peter Woodward ‘s dad, Edward, the Equalizer, chews the scenery and upstages his son, which is quite a feat.

The term “the long road” pops up a lot in Technomage lore, but JMS never made it very clear what it meant, beyond the journey a Technomage takes in his or her lifetime.

The EA is back to being shady again.

We really only see Gideon and Galen in this episode. 

The golden dragon in CGI has not aged well.

I think this may be my least-favorite episode now.

THE WELL OF FOREVER 

Fairly slow overall but some powerful parts. The idea of the Well is excellent.

An important episode if you love the Technomages and Galen and his backstory (Isabelle). Good stuff with Matheson and the telepath situation.

Fiona Avery wrote it.

Another episode probably should have come later, after we had gotten to know the characters a little better. Several of them speak to each other as if they are very well acquainted now, and yet this was only the third episode aired. 

Where did Galen get the magic rock that showed the way there?

THE PATH OF SORROWS

The framing device (alien in a bubble) is interesting in some ways and bad in others. But it mainly serves to give us lots of good flashbacks about the main characters, similar to the Firefly episode “Out of Gas.”

We see the Cerberus and the Shadow ship.

And how Gideon got the Apocalypse Box—even though this is the first time we see it at all. (In the Crusade bible it says if Galen knew Gideon had it, he’d chuck it out the nearest airlock immediately.)

Galen crumpling up the paper with GALEN LOVE and throwing it down as he walks away at the end is heart breaking.

To this point we have hardly seen anything of Dr Chambers, Max Eilerson, Captain Lochley, Trace… and just a little bit of Dureena.

It’s Gideon, Galen, and Matheson so far. The weird order of airing the episodes is taking its toll.

PATTERNS OF THE SOUL

At last, Dr Chambers has something to do.

But not a very exciting episode.

Dureena finds a lost tribe of her people from Xander Prime.

EarthForce is up to more shady business. You can definitely tell where JMS is going with some of that.

They use an anti-virus shield that they don’t develop until a later-airing episode.

No Galen this episode, and it suffers without him.

RULING FROM THE TOMB

Captain Elizabeth Lochley finally appears on a series that has her in the main titles credits.

Conference on Mars.

Peter David wrote it and at least it has some snappy dialogue and funny moments, including with Lochley/Gideon and Dureena/Max.

Hilarious conversation over dinner (Lochley/Gideon).

The Joan of Arc business, tho…..

THE RULES OF THE GAME

And now we turn right around and have the crew aboard Babylon 5. Just one episode after Lochley invites Gideon to come by sometime.

Still no Galen….

Still no Apocalypse Box, other than in Path of Sorrows.

In one scene we see the boom microphone. Whoops!

If Max’s ex doesn’t have 100,000 credits to pay her debt, how can she afford a first class big suite on B5?

Gideon and Lochley defeat two aliens and then take a shower together. Well okay then.

Mr. Kitty.

G & L go off together to get a bite to eat before G leaves. (All they do together in this series, with the exception of gun battles and showering together, is eating!)

In the next shot, we see the Excalibur flying away. I’m shocked it wasn’t shown going into a jump gate, metaphorically.

APPEARANCES AND OTHER DECEITS

Production number 113. So the last one, numerically, produced.

Thought of as a gimmick episode, but actually one of the better stories.

One of the things that annoys me about this episode is that the show did originally start out with the bad gray uniforms and bridge interior color schemes, and it *was* a good idea to change to the black uniforms and spruce up the interiors— but this episode makes it seem like it was the other way around. And that’s a “deceit!”

Good stuff here of Max actually working to understand a new alien language, rather than the usual (in SF) magical translators.

John Vickery’s accent is American when he’s Mr Welles and British/Neroon when he’s possessed. (He appeared in this same role in "The Fall of Night" at the end of Babylon 5 season 2, as a leader of the Night's Watch.)

RACING THE NIGHT

Originally meant to be the first episode we would see.

Arguably these early-produced episodes make best use of most of the ensemble cast. 

Dureena wants Galen to teach her.

More talk about the “Road.” Galen tells Dureena she can’t properly choose fire or water until she reaches the end of the road.

This plot elements of this episode feel very Larry Niven, with the automated systems and relics of ships captured from past visitors.

After the EA finally cure the Drahk plague on Earth, did they ever take the cure back to Kulan’s world? (They had suffered from the same fate.) 

We finally see the Apocalypse Box hidden in Gideon’s quarters aboard the ship. Originally therefore we would have seen it at the very start. (It’s like a Vorlon-in-the-Box.)

THE MEMORY OF WAR

Two great episodes in a row.

The ensemble mostly all got a few good things to do again. 

The Apocalypse Box again. And it doesn’t like Galen.

Genius Loci. Also the name of one of JMS's short stories in the B5 magazine.

Dureena retrieves Galen’s staff—and do we see a hint of romance there when she gives it to him?

Dr Chambers creates the temporary virus shield inhaler. (For those who don’t mind breathing liquid Teflon. Um. Agh.)

THE NEEDS OF EARTH

Production number 101. The first episode produced. Aired nearly at the end.

Another sneaky good episode.

This is the one with the alien Nachok Var and the high-compression data crystals of his world’s arts. JMS is often at his best when he's not-so-subtly criticizing the kind of behavior the alien world is up to, destroying art in the name of religion.

Who’s your little Pak’ma’ra?

Very good moments for Dureena, Dr Chambers and Matheson (& a little from Max) as well as Gideon. 

I especially liked the part at the end where Matheson argues with himself about knowing what the aliens were really going to do and not saying anything. I didn't fully appreciate that twist before now.

Again, the best episodes involve multiple cast members getting to do stuff.

VISITORS FROM DOWN THE STREET

Production number 103! This was going to be one of the very first episodes aired? Far out.

X-Files. JMS’s obsession or sticking it to TNT?

I have a hard time getting excited about this one, but I never really watched X-Files, so a lot of it is lost on me.

Only Gideon and Matheson appear, from the main cast.

Nice twist at the end: "The truth is out.... of fashion."

I love Gideon’s attitude throughout. And at the end. “Screw em.”

EACH NIGHT I DREAM OF HOME 

Senator Redway is Lance Legalt, the main BorellianNomen from original Battlestar Galactica.

Lochley makes her 3rd appearance out of 13 in a show she has main billing for.

Where is Galen??

Dr Stephen Franklin makes a surprise appearance! Oh, how we miss you, Rick Biggs.

I can’t tell if this is supposed to be the first time Lochley meets Gideon or not. He says “first date” but they act very familiar. In another episode they are formally introduced.

The Drakh again!

The chemistry between Gideon and Matheson is so good.

They describe the conflict here as “Our first major battle with the Drakh.” Because War Zone was filmed later. The reordering and reordering of episodes causes yet another conflict.

It’s fitting that the last scene of the series in this order takes place outside Babylon 5, and the last words are, “Life goes on.“ “Indeed it does."


Unproduced Episodes:

114 TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH

The Excalibur encounters the Shadow vessel that destroyed the Cerberus.

115 VALUE JUDGMENTS
The Bester episode written by JMS's assistant, Fiona Avery.

119 WAR STORY

120 THE WALLS OF HELL

121 UNTITLED DUREENA TRILOGY PT 3

122 END OF THE LINE 
Oh man, if only we could have seen this one. Gideon is shot by the Earth Alliance before he can reveal secret information about their connections to Shadow tech. Would Gideon have died, or been saved by Technomage technology, or....??

----Van Allen Plexico is the only 3-time Pulp Novel of the Year winner (Pulp Factory Awards in Chicago). He's been a B5 super-fan since the first airing of The Gathering in 1993. Find his books, podcasts, comics and more here: www.plexico.net

Saturday, August 03, 2019

My DragonCon 2019 Panels and Events

MY DRAGONCON 2019 PANELS
Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, Georgia.  www.dragoncon.org
The two special panels focusing on my work are highlighted below.

Van Allen Plexico

THURSDAY
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Title: Avengers Journey from Comics to Movies
Description: Avengers movies have set a new standard with fans at the box office. But they wouldn't be possible without the trail that was blazed in the comics first. We look at how Brian Bendis' Avengers Disassembled & New Avengers as well as Mark Millar's Ultimates comics led to Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Time: Thu 08:30 pm Location: Regency V - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Michael R Bailey, Van Allen Plexico)

FRIDAY
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Title: The Legacy of Space: 1999
Description: Over forty years later, and with a recent North American Blu-Ray release, Space: 1999 still lives in the hearts of fans. This cross-track panel between BritTrack, American Sci-Fi Classics, & Military SciFi Media discusses this and all the goings-on at Moonbase Alpha.
Time: Fri 01:00 pm Location: Chastain DE - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel 
(Tentative Panelists: Moderator: Van Allen Plexico, James Palmer)

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Title: Babylon 5 Anniversary: 25 Years 
Description: It's been 25 years since Babylon 5 the series premiered, and 20 since Crusade came along. What has this world meant to you? Share your experiences with us as we celebrate!
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Chastain DE - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico, John Hudgens)

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Title: Military Sci-Fi Writers & Creators - Media Edition
Description: A roundtable of Military Science Fiction writers & artists--whether in tie-ins or independent worlds--discuss the genre, trends, real-world accuracy, & working within the complex worlds of Military Sci-Fi.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Chastain DE - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: David Weber, Van Allen Plexico, Marc Alan Edelheit, Amy J. Murphy, Chris Kennedy)

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Title: Battlestar Galactica Anniversary Panel: The End...?
Description: It's the 15th anniversary of the start, and the 10th anniversary of the end of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica...are we ready to talk about it? What is the verdict? Where might a future reboot of BSG take us?
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Chastain DE - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Andrew E.C. Gaska, Kevin R. Grazier, Van Allen Plexico, Michael Falkner)

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Title: MCU: Phase 1 - 3 Review of the Infinty Saga
Description: A look back over the 10+ years of the MCU. What films worked and what ones didn't? This film 'series' created a new perspective and the box office of End Game, proved just successful long term planning can be.
Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: M302-M303 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico, Julie Kenner, Marx Pyle)

SATURDAY
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Title: Reading Session: Van Allen Plexico 
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Marietta - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico)

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Title: Sci Fi Jeopardy
Description: Jovial host Van Allen Plexico presents the game of answers & questions. There will be prizes!
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel 
(Tentative Panelists: Moderator: Van Allen Plexico)

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Title: Game of Thrones: The Final Season
Description: After ten years, eight seasons and several spectacular weddings, HBO's hit fantasy series has ended. Let's review the final episodes and what thrilled us or killed us.
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: L401-L403 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Moderator: Tara Lynne, Van Allen Plexico)

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Title: Van Allen Plexico, the Fan, the Man, the Work
Description: Van Allen Plexico has made a name for himself in the new pulp movement & in the world of superhero novels. We discuss with him how he got there & express appreciation of all he's done.
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Embassy AB - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico, Bobby Nash, James Palmer)

SUNDAY
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Title: Tolkien: The Man, the Myths and his Legends
Description: With the biopic released this summer, there is renewed interest in the man who founded the genre of High Fantasy. This panel will explore his life and influences and the way he impacted future storytellers.
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: L401-L403 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico, Constance G.J. Wagner, greendragon)

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Title: The Crow: 25th Anniversary
Description: It can't rain all the time, especially when we salute 1994's avenging hero epic.
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: M103-M105 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Melinda R. Mock, Van Allen Plexico, Jonathan Williams)

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Title: Special Topics in Babylon 5: Crusade
Description: Crusade was a short view into what could have been a new lease on life for Babylon 5. How does it hold up 20 years later? Where would it have gone, had it more time? Is it all Galen's fault? We'll look back on the show, its potential, and its legacy.
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Chastain DE - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: John Hudgens, Van Allen Plexico, Peter David)

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Title: Fire & Blood: The History of the Targaryens
Description: 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones a family of dragonlords conquered Westeros. This book chronicles their lives, loves and frequently violent deaths.
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: L401-L403 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Moderator: Tara Lynne, Van Allen Plexico)

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Title: Marvel vs. DC Trivia
Description: Pit your knowledge of the Fantastic Four against someone's knowledge of the Justice League! Join us for our longstanding tradition of Marvel vs. DC Trivia, hosted as always by Van Allen Plexico.
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: International South - Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel 
(Tentative Panelists: Moderator: Van Allen Plexico)

MONDAY
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Title: Nailed it or Failed it: Characters Arcs in Game of Thrones
Description: The final season of Game of Thrones saw the end of many characters' journeys. Which ones did the showrunners get right? Which ones did they not?
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: L401-L403 - Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Van Allen Plexico, Moderator: Tara Lynne)

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Title: The Nature of Evil: Ethics in MSFM 
Description: What is evil? We'll look at case studies in Stargate, Babylon 5, and Firefly.
Time: Mon 01:00 pm Location: Chastain DE - Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Keith R.A. DeCandido, Van Allen Plexico)

Friday, March 08, 2019

The White Rocket Podcast: Episode Listings 2012-2019

UPDATED MARCH 8, 2019:A chronological list of all the topics we have covered on the White Rocket Podcast so far.
My eternal thanks to all of my guests and co-hosts on these episodes.
(Co-hosts in parentheses).

(Note that mixed into the feed for this series you will also find many episodes of the Avengers Assemble Podcast, the Open Wheel racing show (with Alan J Porter), Comics with Normies (with Jarrod Alberich), and early episodes of On Her Majesty's Secret Podcast  (with Van, Jarrod, Alan, John Ringer, and others).

All episodes are available at:
http://whiterocket.podbean.com 
www.plexico.net 
http://www.whiterocketbooks.com 
and the most recent episodes are on iTunes.

001 Prometheus (movie review) (Mark Bousquet)
002 Stephen King's The Dark Tower (David Wright)
003 Bobby Politte on Superhero Novels
004 James Bond in all media (David Medinnus)
005 Jeff Deischer on Superhero Novels
006 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Jim Yelton)
007 Marvel Cinematic Universe (Jim Yelton)
008 Richard Stark's Parker novels & films (Mark Finn)
009 Movies of 2012 (Bobby Politte)
010 Movies of 2012 (Bobby Politte)
011 A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones (John Ringer)
012 Patrick O'Brian's Master and Commander novels & film (Bryan Crowson)
013 10 Favorite Movies Countdown (John Ringer)
014 James Clavell's Asian Saga (Shogun, etc) novels & films (Rick Lai)
015 Steig Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo novels & films (James Hickson)
016 Legion I: Lords of Fire (audiobook sample)
017 Awards Season (Bobby Politte)
018 Babylon 5: 20th Anniversary (Bobby Politte)
019 War/Action Films of Alistair MacLean (Navarone/Ice Station Zebra etc) (Mark Bousquet)
020 Ian Healy Interview on Superhero Novels
021 Justified (tv series) (Bobby Nash)
022 The Book Cave team interviews Van
023 DragonCon Memories with Keith RA DeCandido
024 Lucian: Dark God's Homecoming (audiobook sample)
025 Alabama Phoenix Festival
026 Star Trek & Star Trek Into Darkness (Jim Yelton)
027 Warhammer 40,000 & Horus Heresy (Josh Reynolds) 
028 Warhammer 40,000 & Horus Heresy (Josh Reynolds)
029 Creating Audiobooks (Chris Barnes)
030 Jack "King" Kirby (John Quiring)
031 Jim Beard interview
032 Space: 1999 (Anthony Taylor)
033 Barry Reese interview
034 Hawk: Hand of the Machine (audiobook sample)
035 Larry Niven interview
036 Movies of 2013 review (Bobby Politte)
037 Star Trek Original Movies (Jim Yelton)
038 Star Trek Original Movies (Jim Yelton)
039 Ready Player One (John Ringer)
040 Downton Abbey (Mike Gordon)
041 Windy City Pulp Con Interviews
042 Novel Writing
043 Novel Writing
044 The Cosmic Marvel Universe (Jim Yelton)
045 Animated Superhero Shows (Ethan Ringer)
046 Guardians of the Galaxy movie review (Ralph Angelo and James Hickson)
047 Battlestar Galactica (original series) (Jim Yelton)
048 Andrew Gaska interview (Space: 1999 graphic novels)
049 The X-Men Movies (Percival Constantine)
050 Anniversary Show
051 Marvel Cinematic Universe  - Phase 3 (Jim Yelton)
052 David Wright interview
053 Frank Herbert's Dune novels & films  (John Ringer)
054 Avengers Assemble! (David Wright and Kell Carpenter)
055 Sean Connery & George Lazenby Bond Films  (John Ringer)
056 Sean Connery & George Lazenby Bond Films  (John Ringer)
057 Legion II: Sons of Terra (audiobook sample)
058 Roger Moore & Timothy Dalton Bond Films  (John Ringer)
059 Roger Moore & Timothy Dalton Bond Films  (John Ringer)
060 Graham McNeill interview
061 Conan the Barbarian films (Jim Yelton)
062 Krull & The 13th Warrior (Jim Yelton)
063 Pierce Brosnan Bond Films (John Ringer)
064 Daniel Craig Bond Films  (John Ringer)
065 Hugo Awards Controversy (James Palmer)
066 Bond Villains  (John Ringer)
067 Avengers: Age of Ultron (movie review)
068 Roger Zelazny's Amber Novels, pt 1 (Shawn Michael Vogt)
069 Bruce Boxleitner & Mira Furlan interview at DragonCon
070 Superhero Smackdown
071 Parsec Awards Submission Show
072 Sci Fi Literature Jeopardy
073 Game of Thrones Season 5 review  (John Ringer)
074 Legion III: Kings of Oblivion (audiobook sample)
075 DragonCon Classic SF Track (Gary Mitchel)
076 Roger Zelazny's Amber Novels, pt 2 (Shawn Michael Vogt)
077 Roger Zelazny's Amber Novels, pt 3 (Shawn Michael Vogt)
078 Peter F Hamilton interview at DragonCon 2015
079 Conventions
080 Thundarr the Barbarian Panel at DragonCon 2015
081 Roger Zelazny Memorial Panel
082 Harlan Ellison at Archon 2015
083 SPECTRE (movie review)
084 The Star Wars Phenomenon (John Ringer)
085 Star Wars: The Force Awakens (movie review)  (John Ringer)
086 Daredevil (DragonCon panel)
087 & 088 Questions for Van About Everything
089 What are we Reading (John Ringer)
090 James Bond Opening Action Sequences Ranked, Part 1 (John Ringer)
091 James Bond Opening Action Sequences Ranked, Part 2 (John Ringer)
092 Where Do We Get Our Inspirations and Ideas? (Windy City Con)
093 Captain America: Civil War Instant Reaction
094 Captain America: Civil War Full Discussion (David Wright)
095 Civil War and Beyond (Bobby Politte)
096 Game of Thrones Season 6 So Far (John Ringer)
097 Game of Thrones Season 6 Part 2 (John Ringer)
098 Bond, Batman, Superman and More with Bruce Scivally
099 Game of Thrones Season 6 Final Discussion (John Ringer)
100 Anniversary Show
101 Amber Coming to TV? Special Episode
102 Ranking the James Bond Theme Songs, Part 1 (John Ringer)
103 Ranking the James Bond Theme Songs, Part 2 (John Ringer)
104 Led Zeppelin, Part 1 (Kell Carpenter, Michael Gordon and Aaron Smith)

105 Led Zeppelin, Part 2 (Kell Carpenter, Michael Gordon and Aaron Smith)
106 The Gadgets of Bond (John Ringer and Jarrod Alberich)
107 2001: A Space Odyssey & 2010 (Mark Bousquet)
108 Superheroes in Movies and Comics (Archon 40 panel)
109 The Hugo Awards Minus 50 panel from DragonCon
110 Baranak Audiobook Special
111 The Ready Player One Panel at DragonCon 2016
112 Shadow Legion (Thomas Deja)
113 Babylon 5 Re/Watch of The Gathering & S1, Episodes 1-2 (Jarrod Alberich)
114 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (John Ringer)
115 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (John Ringer)
116 Quantum Leap Re/Watch 001 (Jarrod Alberich)
117 Babylon 5 Re/Watch Season 1 Eps 3-6 (Jarrod Alberich)
118 Michael Connelly’s Bosch & Lincoln Lawyer (John Ringer and Bobby Nash)
119 Space: 1999 Breakaway
120 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (John Ringer)
121 The Brother Bones Movie (Ron Fortier and Erik Franklin)
122 Quantum Leap Re/Watch 002 (Jarrod Alberich)
123 Game of Thrones Season 7 Begins! (John Ringer)
124 Game of Thrones Season 7 ep 2 Stormborn (John Ringer)
125 The Dark Tower Movie - Instant Reaction
126 Game of Thrones Season 7 Episodes 3 4 5 (John Ringer)
127 Game of Thrones Season 7 Finale (John Ringer)
128 Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at DragonCon 2017
129 The Game of Thrones S7 Lookback Panel at DragonCon 2017
130 The Roger Zelazny Panel at DragonCon 2017
131 The Vikings Panel at DragonCon 2017
132 LIVE AID (Michael Gordon and Kell Carpenter)
133 Jack of All Trades and Cleopatra 2525 at DragonCon 2016
134 Babylon 5 Re/Watch Season 1 Eps 7-10 (Jarrod Alberich)
135 Thor: Ragnarok (John Ringer)
136 Kingdom of Heaven (Mark Bousquet and Jarrod Alberich)
137 Star Wars: The Last Jedi Instant Reaction
138 Lord of the Rings Trivia Holiday Bonanza 2017
138 Levi Stahl on Parker, Donald Westlake and More
140 The Parker Novels Reviewed, Pt 1
141 Ready Player One Movie Review (John Ringer)
142 Charles Soule Interview: Marvel and the Oracle Year
143 Mike Baron Interview
144 Noble House (Jarrod Alberich)
145 Beowulf Adaptations panel from DragonCon 2018
146 Battlestar Galactica 40th/15th Anniversary Panel from DragonCon 2018
147 Larry Niven and Steven Barnes at DragonCon 2018
148 Lord of the Rings Trivia Extravaganza 2018 (John Ringer)
149 Stargate (1994) and Stargate SG:1 (Jim Yelton and Bobby Nash)
150 The Merlin Novels of Roger Zelazny's Amber
151 Stargate Continuum, Atlantis & Universe (Jim Yelton and Bobby Nash)
152 Game of Thrones Season 8 Preview (John Ringer)
153 James Clavell's Tai-Pan


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