FridayFix™ • #1 NY Times bestseller V.E. Schwab

Author Victoria Schwab came to San Diego for ComicCon, and we had her into the Empty Set Studios for a kick-ass interview. We talk about her books, why good fantasy has as many rules as science fiction, how she writes intuitive magic systems, what authors really talk about with each other at cons, and much more.

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V.E. Schwab

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ALIGHT Episode #18

The lumpy ship landed in Uchmal, with Bello aboard, but three people sent to examine the shuttle — Coyotl, Beckett and Muller — have gone missing. Bello and Aramovsky banded together to oust Em from leadership, with Aramovsky taking her place. He tricked Em into venturing out into the jungle to try and make contact with the Springers. O’Malley went after her. After discovering a massive Springer army marching toward Uchmal, Em and O’Malley hid in the water-filled basement of the ruined church. Barkah found them there — now Em and O’Malley will find out if he is truly friend or foe.

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FridayFix • ALIVE is a #1 New York Times Bestseller!

This week marks the one year anniversary of ALIVE’s release in hardcover. And on Wednesday we got word that ALIVE hit the New York Times Bestsellers List at number one for Young Adult eBooks!

Do you hear those angels singing?  That’s because that makes Scott an unadulterated NYT #1 Bestseller for all time.  It’s glorious!

Scott Sigler #1 New York Times best-sellerIn all seriousness, it’s a huge accomplishment and I’m so happy for Scott to achieve this lifelong goal. And, as a Junkie, I’m really proud to have been a part of the road to success.

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ALIGHT Episode #17

The Birthday Children were hit with the huge revelation as to what their forehead symbols mean. Em, the leader, was meant to be a slave, a realization that sends shockwaves through the community. The strange ship that landed in Uchmal held one passenger — Bello, thought missing for so long. Bello is back at the shuttle, but Em doesn’t trust that her friend is all she appears to be. Becket, Muller and Coyotl rode Coyotl’s spider to that ship to see if Beckett, a gear, could fly it, but they are long overdue. Did Barkah’s people take them? Bishop and Bawden have gone looking for the missing Birthday Children.

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Scotty Doesn’t Know Episode #1

We make with the funny and try a new bit — the Director of Doom asks me five random questions and I give answers (whether I know what the hell is going on or not).

Also in this video, please help me pick out my new Warby Parker frames by picking 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 in the comments!

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ALIGHT Episode #16

Em has just learned that Spingate is pregnant with Gaston’s child — how will this affect the group? The Xolotl had only one shuttle, which the Birthday Children took to reach the surface, but in the last episode an unknown ship descended to the planet and landed somewhere within the walls of Uchmal. Who or what is on that ship?

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Friday Fix • 66 Best Movie Taglines

A few weeks back we ran a Friday Fix where Scott quizzed me on the Top 50 worst tag lines. It was fun, but I can’t say I did all that well.

This week we’re back with the Top 66 best tag lines, and I won’t lie — I don’t fare much better.

If you want to play along with us, here’s the link Scott was using.

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Scott mentions a sweet Key & Peele skit about Gremlins 2. You can check that out here.

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The death of the Goreline

Death of the Goreline

Back in 2005, a devilishly handsome young podcaster was looking for a way to get more fan involvement on his show. He found this crazy site called K7.net, which gave a free 206-area-code number that worked not only as a free fax-to-JPEG service, but also a free call-to-MP3 service. You called the number, left a message, […]

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ALIGHT Episode #15

Em and Spingate were beaten by “Springers” and might have died if not for the attack of a snake-wolf, the dominant predator of Omeyocan. The beast killed two of the Springers and wounded a third. Em and the Springer she knows of only as “Purple” killed the beast. As the jungle rains poured down, Em, Spingate, Purple and the wounded springer took refuge in the ruins of what appears to be an ancient, mostly collapsed church. And now, Episode 15 of, ALIGHT.

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FridayFix • So You Wanna Be A Writer #6

Why writers and creators need a website

Hey, writer-person (and/or any creative person who wants to sell stuff) … you need a website. This video tells you why you need one right now, even if you don’t have your book out yet. Yes, it’s important. Yes, social media alone isn’t enough for your long-term career. Watch! Learn! Act!

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ALIGHT Episode #14

Visca was killed by Springers, and the Birthday Children want revenge With Aramovsky calling for all-out war, Em and Spingate offer an alternative — the two of them will hike into the jungle and try to make contact with the species. If Em and Spingate succeed, there might be peace and food for all. If they fail, there will be slaughter.

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FridayFix • PHXCC Panel
“Trope Talk: Comedic Relief”

A quick fun Friday Fix for your ear holes! Scott was on the panel “Trope Talk: Comedic Relief” at this year’s Phoenix Comic Con a few weeks back.  And you Junkies know that Scott’s work includes some great comedic tropes, include the sublimely sassy sidekick we all know and love, Detective Pookie Chang.

This is a live recording of the panel, so there’s a little room noise, but I think you’ll enjoy it, so take a listen!

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Join EFF’s Day of Action against Rule 41

EFF Rule 41

Click here to email your congressperson on or before June 21, 2016.

I’m a supporter of the Electronic Frontiers Foundation (EFF),  the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. EFF works to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

The Department of Justice is using an obscure procedure to push through a rule change that will greatly increase law enforcement’s ability to hack into computers located around the world. It’s an update to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. If Congress does nothing, this massive change will automatically go into effect on December 1.

Why you should care about changes to “Rule 41”
It will result in a dramatic increase in government hacking. Here’s an overview of some of the main reasons to be concerned:

  • Government agents hacking into computers more frequently is a recipe for disaster. Law enforcement will increase their exploitation of security vulnerabilities in common software products, meaning vulnerabilities that could affect millions will be left open instead of patched.
  • Law enforcement will forum shop, finding government-friendly magistrate judges to sign off on warrants with a loose connection to the judicial district.
  • Law enforcement will pressure judges to sign off on remote searches of thousands of computers with a single warrant—a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment and a pattern we’re already seeing.

This rule change especially impacts people using privacy protective technologies like Tor or VPNs.

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ALIGHT Episode #13

Em, Bishop, Coyotl, Borjigin and Kalle survived the Springer attack, and now find themselves atop three huge “spiders,” mechanical war machines that respond to their commands. They’ve found a possible solution to the problem of the toxic osejawld and need to get it back to the other Birthday Children. Meanwhile, Aramovsky is back at the shuttle, doing his best to undermine Em’s authority. In this episode, he and Em clash yet again.

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ALIGHT Episode #12

Em, Kalle, Bishop, Visca, Borjigin and Coyotl set out to find those they call “the fire-builders,” people who knew how to defeat the toxic mold and make Omeyocan’s food safe to eat. The Birthday Children found those people — and also discovered they aren’t people at all.

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