When tragedy brings together old friends

The Boys 2014The father of one of my lifelong friend recently passed away. On 48 hours notice, I jumped on a plane from San Diego to Detroit, then drove four hours from Detroit to Cheboygan, MI, for the funeral. Several of my friends did the same: drop everything, one of our own has lost a parent. Not all of us made it — life gets in the way — but enough of us did for me to stop and think about how amazing it is that our friendships have lasted our entire lives.

I live a rather fortunate existence. Hard work has made me what I am, don’t get me wrong, but there’s been more than a fair share of circumstances beyond my control that have given me a leg up in the world. Along with parents who are like something out of an 80s Disney flick, a business partner that solves more problems than Winston Wolfe, and …

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THE CHAMPION Episode #18

Becca Montagne is pushing to take the third spot on the quarterback depth chart, but Quentin is pushing back, hard. He wants his All-Pro fullback to stay where she is, blocking for him and for Ju Tweedy. Quentin convinced Gredok to trade for quarterback Trevor Haney, who will start the season 3rd on the depth chart behind Number-Two QB Yhitzak Goldman. Goldman still hasn’t forgiven Quentin for passing him over in the Galaxy Bowl. As we enter the third week of the pre-season, Quentin is running out of time to get his teammates on the same page. 



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Empty Set’s con schedule for 2015

A video FridayFix™ where we talk about our con schedule for 2015. Come see us! Also, Scott’s excessive whiteness, Snoop D-O-Double-G con, gangstas, “air parenthesis” and Christopher Columbus.

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The Lost FRIENDS episodes

Friends and stuff

This year is the 20th anniversary of the first season of FRIENDS. Yes-yes, I know, you hate that show, you find it insipid and dumb — and yet you’ve watched several dozen episodes, and felt bad about yourself for laughing along with them. I loved the show. I couldn’t stand David Schwimmer’s role, but hey, five out […]

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FridayFix • 2015 Con Schedule

We’re coming at you a bit early in the week for the FridayFix™, but we’ve got important things and stuff to discuss!


In 2015, our convention schedule will switch up a bit, as we will be participating in Phoenix ComicCon this year! They have a great literary track, and after meeting Lee Whiteside at San Diego Comic Con last year, we’re going to check it out. And we’re pretty excited.

Phoenix ComicConThat means we will not be at Balticon this year. Those cons are a week apart, and it only makes sense time-wise and money-wise to do one of them this year. It was hard to give up such a great con as Balticon this year, but in the end it has to be done.

Other cons we’ll be attending are San Diego Comic-Con, Dragon*Con (where Scott is already confirmed as a guest) and SiglerFest (October 8 – 12, 2015 in Las Vegas. Registration opens soooon!)

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THE CHAMPION Episode #17

During the off-season, Quentin, Becca, and Choto the Bright attended the Tier Three tournament together, scouting for new players to join the Galaxy Bowl-defending Krakens. It’s the second week of pre-season, the time for those rookies to arrive. Quentin is expecting a backup quarterback to round out the depth chart. Did Gredok the Splithead acquire the player Quentin wanted?



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THE CHAMPION Episode #16

The Krakens were back at “The Big Eye” in Ionath City to open up training camp. Now, the Krakens head into Week Two of the pre-season. But things aren’t all football — when Quentin & Co were in the Portath Cloud, they were visited by a projection of Petra Prawatt, the living God of the Prawatt race. She used Cormorant Bumberpuff to project herself and deliver a message about a pending intergalactic invasion. Quentin can’t trust Bumberpuff, and tension between the two All-Pro players remains high. And now, Episode 16 of … The Champion.


After the episode, Scott talks about the new video set up in the Empty Set office.

PROMO IN THIS EPISODE: Still Out of Time a charity anthology supporting Doctors Without Borders.

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Empty Set’s Top Four Stories of 2014

Now in fancy video form! New and improved!

We won’t lie, 2014 was our company’s biggest year yet. ARealGirl and the FDØ busted out the new video setup to blab about our top four stories of 2014. Thrill to the sight of so many damn books published this year!

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FridayFix • Empty Set 2014 Year In Review

It’s the holidays, suckas! And with it comes year’s end, and with that comes our annual rambling-ass Year In Review.


The two gasbag partners in Empty Set Entertainment combined to bring you an hour and twenty minutes of blabby-blab about the books we published, the tours we toured and the anthologies we anthologized — and also the new addition to the fam, our lovely little Dog of Døøm. Did we mention how long this episode is? Listen at your own risk.

And, we did our top-four stories of 2014 as a fancy video. Wanna watch? Just click here.

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Book review: GOLDEN SON

Book II of Pierce Brown's RED RISING trilogy

GOLDEN SON by Pierce BrownLet’s just get this out of the way: My name is Scott, and I am a fanboy. I love this series.

As a novelist, I realize I’m supposed to keep some level of analytical distance in order to critique to structure, form, plot, pacing, character development, etc., but for the RED RISING series, my button-pushing brain simply shuts off about five pages in — much as it does with the GAME OF THRONES series. Like an amoeba surrounding a hapless paramecium, Pierce Brown’s debut series simply engulfs me.

The single best thing I can say about GOLDEN SON and the series is this: I wish I could live in this world. Which is weird, considering …

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Poll: The Most-Ridiculous Bowl Game Name

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THE CHAMPION Episode #15

The off-season distractions are over, and it’s finally time for the pre-season. The defending GFL-champion Ionath Krakens get ready as a team, but one individual element remains: Becca’s rookie contract. Earlier in the story, Quentin promised Becca he would help her with this — by introducing her to his agent.


After the episode, Scott blabs about his first-ever trip to a Disney property. Think he’s a grown-ass man? Maybe not after you hear this. Blame it on our Petco Coupons page!

PROMO IN THIS EPISODE: The new Paul E. Cooley podcast novel THE BLACK.

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FridayFix • Shiz Happens

Plus: Throat wounds; chasing the horse and/or pony and/or dragon; teetering masses of crockery; death by Jenga and laces out, Dan!

Rob-and-ScottIt’s the holidays, and that means family and what-not. It also means things popping up out of nowhere like schedule-destroying demons, hell-bend on ruining all yer carefully crafted plans. Yep, happens to us like it happens to everyone else, so how do we handle that?


At right is my lifelong buddy Rob Otto. We were born on the same day, same year, so — obviously — we’re twins! He was part of the very schedule-scuttling distractions of which we speak.

How about you? What kind of things popped up during your holiday season to scuttle your schedules?

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THE CHAMPION Episode #14

Quentin finally gets some time to enjoy his status as the Galaxy Bowl MVP. He’s off to Earth, then it’s time to scout for new players at the Tier Three Tournament. Then, a return to Ionath and a stressful visit with Ma Tweedy.


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THE CHAMPION Episode #13

Quentin Barnes and his friends traveled to the Portath Cloud, where they successfully rescued his sister, Jeanine, and his friend, Fred. That rescue hinged upon a duel to the death between John Tweedy and the Portath known as “The Gouger.” With freedom won, Quentin & Co. become the first sentients to leave the Portath Cloud in decades. Now, finally heading back to Ionath, Quentin faces a different yet equally terrifying challenge: finally telling Rebecca Montagne how he feels about her.



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