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Exclusive Interview: “The Runes Of Engagement” Authors Tobias S. Buckell & Dave Klecha

 

We’ve all had “you got chocolate in my peanut butter” thoughts, where you wonder what would happen if two seemingly disparate things came together. Like if Prince jammed with Black Sabbath. Or if someone made tacos with falafel.

Or, in the case of The Runes Of Engagement (paperback, Kindle), the new military sci-fi / fantasy novel by Tobias S. Buckell and Dave Klecha, what if marines went to Middle-earth.

In the following email interview, Buckell and Klecha discuss how this mash-up came together, and why they took is so seriously…and not seriously.

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Exclusive Interview: “We Speak Through The Mountain” Author Premee Mohamed

 

When writer Premee Mohamed released her climate science fiction novella The Annual Migration Of Clouds in 2021, she thought it was a one and done kind of thing.

But let this be a lesson to you, kids: Sometimes, if you ask nicely, good things will happen. Which is why fans of Mohamed’s Clouds are getting not one but two sequels to that story.

In the following email interview, Mohamed talks about the first one, We Speak Through The Mountain (paperback, Kindle), as well as the other, and the two other new books she’s recently released.

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Exclusive Interview: “Rakesfall” Author Vajra Chandrasekera

 

Some writers embrace the genre in which their story fits. Others deny genre like it’s a prison from which they cannot escape.

But in the following email interview with author Vajra Chandrasekera about his science fiction novel Rakesfall (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook) — in which we also discuss the new paperback edition of his urban fantasy novel, The Saint Of Bright Doors — he says the latter, “…wears the skin of an epic fantasy story in much the same way that Rakesfall wears the skin of a science fiction story.”

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Exclusive Interview: “The Honeymoon Homicides” Author Jeannette de Beauvoir

 

As someone whose friends vacation annually in Provincetown, Massachusetts, my impressions of this Cape Cod town are that it’s a rather festive and delightful place.

Which is not the impression someone would have if their friends instead read author (and Provincetown resident) Jeannette de Beauvoir’s Provincetown Mysteries novels. Not entirely, anyway.

In the following email interview, de Beauvoir talks about the tenth installment, The Honeymoon Homicides (paperback, Kindle).

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“Monster Jam Showdown” SGF: Play Days 2024 Preview

 

This past weekend, at Summer Game Fest: Play Days in Los Angeles, the good people at Milestone S.r.L. and Plaion Games gave me an opportunity to play the monster truck game Monster Jam Showdown, which will be released August 29th for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

What follows are my impressions of this vehicular game.

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“Akimbot” SGF: Play Days 2024 Preview

 

This past weekend, at Summer Game Fest: Play Days in Los Angeles, the good people at Evil Raptor and Plaion Games gave me some time to play the third-person sci-fi action game Akimbot, which will be released August 29th for PlayStation 5, Xbox X|S, and PC.

What follows are my impressions of my brief time with the game.

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Exclusive Interview: “Rogue Sequence” Author Zac Topping

 

In the following email interview about his military science fiction novel Rogue Sequence (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook), author Zac Topping talks about the military and sci-fi stories that inspired and influenced this story…before adding that, “it’s probably about as ‘military’ as the Mission: Impossible franchise.”

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“Fear The Spotlight” SGF: Play Days 2024 Preview

 

This past weekend, at this year’s Summer Game Fest: Play Days event in Los Angeles, the good people at Cozy Game Pals and Blumhouse Games gave me an opportunity to play their old school, third-person survival horror game Fear The Spotlight, which is coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox X|S, Xbox One, Switch, and PC later this year.

What follows are my impressions of this game.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Knife And The Serpent” Author Tim Pratt

 

Author Tim Pratt is not the first to cite Ian M. Banks’ Culture series as an influence on his science fiction space opera stories, and he won’t be the last.

Pratt’s also not the first to incorporate elements of multiversal theory into his work, and, again, he won’t be the last.

But he may be the first (as far as I know) to explain how he’s combining by paraphrasing a candy commercial from the 1970s.

Which is what he does in the following email interview about his new multiversal sci-fi space opera adventure, The Knife And The Serpent (paperback, Kindle, audiobook).