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Exclusive Interview: “The Downloaded” Author Robert J. Sawyer

 

Don’t you hate it when you upload your consciousness to a quantum computer, only to find that you’re sharing hard drive space with some criminals, and that you all have to work together to save the Earth?

Yeah, me too. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like reading stories about it. Stories like Robert J. Sawyer’s science fiction novel The Downloaded (paperback, Kindle, audiobook).

In the following email interview, Sawyer discusses what inspired and influenced this sci-fi story.

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Exclusive Interview: “Rune Of Renewal” Author Bjorn Leesson

 

Usually, warrior women of the Norse variety are confined to fighting their battles in their native land, and their native times.

But sometimes, they get to travel. And not just to different places, either.

It’s what Myrgiol The Dokkrsdottir is getting to do in her second adventure, Rune Of Renewal (paperback, Kindle), a sword & sorcery fantasy novel by Bjorn Leesson, and the sequel to Runes Of The Dokkrsdottir.

In the following email interview, Leesson discusses what inspired and influenced both this series and this sequel, as well as his planes, sorry plans for more adventures.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Fireborne Blade” Author Charlotte Bond

 

Of all the interesting characters in the TV show Game Of Thrones, none captured my attention as much as Brienne Of Tarth, played by the lovely and kick ass Gwendoline Christie.

But clearly I’m not the only one. In the following email interview, author and fellow Gwen-head Charlotte Bond explains that the main character in her new dark fantasy novella The Fireborne Blade (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook) was inspired by Thrones‘ most iconic knight.

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Ivo Perelman, Matthew Shipp: “Magical Incantation” Review

 

You’ll have to forgive me, but free jazz adjacent sax master Ivo Perelman and his frequent partner in crime, pianist Matthew Shipp, have recorded so many albums together that I’ve lost track.

But while I may not know all their names, I can tell you that their newest collaboration, Magical Incantation (CD, digital) is impressive, even in their rather extensive collaborative career.

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Exclusive Interview: “In Our Stars” Author Jack Campbell

 

As anyone who was ever a kid on a playground can tell you, being able to call for a “do-over” would be as great in real life as it was in games of dodgeball.

Doubly so if the thing you’d get to do-over is the destruction of the Earth. Which is what happens, sort of, to Lieutenant Selene Genji of the Unified Fleet in Jack Campbell’s new time traveling science fiction space opera novel In Our Stars (hardcover, Kindle, audiobook), the first in a two-part series.

In the following email interview, Campbell discusses what inspired and influenced this sci-fi adventure story, as well as why it’s a two-parter.

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Exclusive Interview: “The Dead Spot” Author Angela Sylvaine

 

When you refer to yourself as a “cheerful Goth,” you probably like to keep people guessing.

Which seems to be what writer Angela Sylvaine is doing in her first collection of short stories, The Dead Spot: Stories Of Lost Girls (paperback, Kindle).

In the following email interview, Sylvaine discusses how this collection came together, as well as what inspired and influenced the stories in it.

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Exclusive Interview: “Hidden Fury” Author Bjorn Hasseler

 

Like many of the authors who’ve penned installments of eSpec Book’s Systema Paradoxa series, Bjorn Hasseler chose to tell the story of a cryptid near and dear to his heart…er, home.

Though as he explains in the following email interview about his contribution, Hidden Fury (paperback, Kindle), it was also strongly influenced by something else he sees at home…on his TV.

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Exclusive Interview: “SIN:THETICA” Author Keith Anthony Baird

 

While virtual reality doesn’t count as reality, yet, it someday might.

Which brings me to Keith Anthony Baird’s new dystopian / cyberpunk science fiction / urban fantasy novella SIN:THETICA (paperback, Kindle), in which a bounty hunter has to hunt his bounty in VR.

In the following email interview, Baird discusses what inspired and influenced this story.

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“Universal Pinball: TV Classics Pack” for “Pinball FX” Review

 

In 2017, the good people at Zen Studios celebrated the launch of Pinball FX3 by teaming up with Universal Studios to release Universal Classics Pinball, which boasted virtual pinball tables inspired by the movies Jaws, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and theBack To The Future films.

Now fans (and stockholders) of Universal have reason to celebrate again thanks to the Universal Pinball: TV Classics Pack for Pinball FX (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One, Switch, PC), which includes virtual pinball tables based on the TV shows Xena: Warrior Princess, Knight Rider (the original), and Battlestar Galactica (the second one from the 2000s).