FridayFix • Dystopic Super Bowl 50

This morning io9 published this quiz: Fictional Dystopia or the Super Bowl?, by Katharine Trendacosta. Scott and I recorded ourselves taking the quiz, because a) scifi and b) football.  We had not seen the questions beforehand, so you get our first hand reactions.

I also did not realize until halfway through the quiz that Scott and I were competing, so I demand that his one point lead be recorded with an asterisk.

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WPeter Cline's Ex-Heroes seriesIN PETER CLINE‘S “EX-HEROES” SERIES:
You have to listen in to find out how. It’s not complicated. Which means it’s not like politics. Or math.

SHOW NOTES:

  • CREATURE by John Saul
  • Don’t forget to send any Q&A questions about THE REPORTER (or anything else) to info@emptyset.com
  • Key & Peele – McCringleberry’s Excessive Celebration:

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FridayFix • Wanna Be A Writer Q&A

We’re about halfway through the “So You Wanna Be A Writer” series. Scott gives his own advice about writing in short videos hosted on YouTube. It is fun, and give us a place to direct most questions that come in from new writers looking for advice.

Today we talk about some of the questions we’ve received after someone’s seen the videos.

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Check out all these cool folks we talked about:

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FridayFix • THE RIDER preview!

At SiglerFest 2K15, Scott busted out a sneak peek of THE RIDER, the GFL novella co-written with podcasting author Paul E. Cooley.

I know lots of you have been waiting a very long time for this one, so I’m happy to say it’s in production!  You’ll see it by this summer! Woo hoo!

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FridayFix • SiglerFest 2K16 Registration is Now Open!

SiglerFest 2K16 • October 7 & 8, 2016 The Orleans Hotel & Casino 4500 West Tropicana Avenue Las Vegas, NV 89103

The 6th Annual SiglerFest is now open for registration!

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FridayFix • 2015 Year In Review

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2016 Junkies! We are pretty excited for all the fun stuff we’ve got planned in the year ahead, but today we’re taking our annual look back at what’s transpired over the last twelve months!

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A selfies with Commander Hadfield! A’s selfie with Commander Hadfield! ——>

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Scott met astronaut Jeanette Epps during his visit to Stennis Space Center. So cool.Scott met astronaut Jeanette Epps during his visit to Stennis Space Center. So cool.

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FridayFix • The Force Awakens Spoilercast!

SW-THE-FORCE-AWAKENSWe saw The Force Awakens once together, then again separately and now we discuss it! The first 15 minutes or so of this ‘cast is spoiler-free if you want our general take. Then we get into the nitty gritty details! You’ll find lots and lots of warnings before the spoilers, not to worry!

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FridayFix • Hollywood, Suckas!

On this week’s FridayFix Scott and I recount our recent trip to Los Angeles to make the rounds with all the media-making folks we know, love or would love to work with soon.  We’ve been at this while, and I think we’re still learning with every trip.

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Scott talks about the great and useful site that Javier Grillo-Marxuach runs. Be sure to check it out if you’re an aspiring screenwriter!

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FridayFix • Sneak peek of
Syfy’s CHILDHOOD’S END

ARealGirl here. Scott and I were lucky enough to get an early viewing of SyFy’s new miniseries CHILDHOOD’S END, based on the novel by science fiction legend Arthur C Clarke. I read the book ages ago. Scott has not read it, giving you a “read it / haven’t read it” reaction to the miniseries. We sat down for this FridayFix™ to discuss our thoughts on this show, which premiers Dec. 14 on SyFy as a three-night TV event.

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And here’s a cool vid of the cast introducing the core concepts behind the show.

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SHOW NOTES:
• O’Neill cylinder is a thing maybe you’d like to check out!
• Morgan Freeman discussing why he wants to make RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA

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GFL Holiday Bundle Sale!

$20 snags four GFL paperbacks, gift-wrapped, delivered by Christmas!

Awwwwwww, snap! We’re pimping out the first four GFL paperbacks for just $20 + shipping, and that price includes gift-wrap. What a great present for the readers in your life (or the scifi fans, or the sports fans, or all them peeps). Sale ends December 20, 2015so that we can make sure orders are delivered in time for Christmas morning.

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FridayFix • Kids These Days and also the Hulk

ARealGirl here. Last Friday, Scott and I sat down to rant about the state of superheroes back when we were kids. Sigler was quite upset at how good the “kids these days” have things, because back when he was a boy, superheros were everywhere — but not so much supervillains

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Oh, and I was afraid of the Hulk when I was a kid.

SHOW NOTES:
I’m still looking for the promised pic of me as a kid. If I find it (no luck at Thanksgiving at my Mom’s house) I’ll post it.

Here’s a little internet proof (for what that’s worth) of the Bruce/David Banner changes.

SPIDEY FIGHTING A BANK ROBBER IN A GHOST TOWN – HEY, 1970s, WTF?

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FridayFix • THE EXPANSE

Non-spoilery review of the first four episodes

We were lucky enough to get an advance screener of SyFy’s new show THE EXPANSE. Click the play button below to hear our take.

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THE EXPANSE TV series reviewed by New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler

THE EXPANSE Episode #1 premieres on streaming services on Monday, Nov. 23, and on Syfy on on Monday, Dec. 14 at 10/9c

How did we get these episodes early? Because we’re horribly important and terribly busy. You know, my wallet’s to small for mah $100s and my diamond shoes are too tight. But with great benefit comes great responsibility — we get to tell you what we think of this new series, which is based on the novels of James S.A. Corey. Warning: this podcast contains some serious squee-ing.

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FridayFix • Top 5 Books

Another in our continuing series of Top Fives! This time it’s our Top Five Books.

Top5As a reminder, we do this ambush style, where Scott only has about ten minutes before we record to think of his list. So this isn’t meant to be a ‘master class’ on what Sigler thinks you should read, or anything like that.

It’s just books we love, ordered how we thought to order them on this very day. You can trust that these books are truly favorites of ours.

Our Top 5 Movies

Our Top 5 Plays on iTunes

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FridayFix • BLUE BALLS live

This has to be one of the most-fun things ARealGirl and I have ever done on this podcast.

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For SiglerFest2k15, we wrote a script for Pookie Chang’s BLUE BALLS cop series. Those of you who know the name “Pookie Chang” have read my novel NOCTURNAL (and if you haven’t read that, you’re only hurting yourself, so get on that). We drafted readers from the Junkies in attendance, then went at it for a live reading. Listen in, my friends, to 15 minutes of hilarity and general stumbly confusion.

From left: Julie Press, Stephen King, Scott Sigler, Paul Cowen and Steve Bickel.From left: Julie Press, Stephen King, Scott Sigler, Paul Cowen and Steve Bickel.

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FridayFix • Dogs in Costumes

Friends, I’ll be honest: this FridayFix™ serves mostly as a vehicle for me to post all these adorable photos of the Dog of Døøm, Reesie the Piece, and her best pal Stella.

No great insights into running a small business, no tips on how to get more writing in your day. But a goodly amount of pics of these adorable pups. And a grousing Future Dark Overlord who can’t help but smile at his tiny Princess Leia.

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FridayFix • Top-5 iTunes Plays

A few weeks ago on the FridayFix, Scott and I talked about one song (each) that transported us to another time in our lives. On that ‘cast, we decided we’d sit down and talk about the Top-5 most listened to songs in each of our iTunes. In this ‘cast, we have that conversation.

I won’t lie: This might be the most fun we’ve had recording in a loooong while.

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iTunes Top-5Without total spoilers for this ‘cast, here are some artists Empty Set recommends listening to: Nina Simone, Man o’ War, the Neville Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, the Donnas, Jay-Z, Kenny Wayne Shepard, the Offspring, All That Remains, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Tim Minchin, AC/DC, the Dropkick Murphys, Natasha Bedingfield … and even more.

No other show notes today, but we’re at SiglerFest 2k15 in Las Vegas and we wish you were too!

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FridayFix • An Update About Nothing (Vandelay, Jerry!)

Kinky Pink and Kinky BlueScott and A have a short, Seinfeldian update where they talk about … nothing. Some general banter, a bit of what it’s like to have no deadline. Mostly nothing.

There are no show notes, mostly because we’re talking about nothing, but here’s a recipe for a Madras Plaid if you’d like to try it for yourself! (And to the right is a pic of “Kinky Pink” which my nephew advised me not to try, and you probably should not either.)

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