I’m doing a Marie Curie horror story

Marie Curie, Two-Time WWE champ

Sheesh, with Facebook, Insta, Twitter, LinkedIn and more, is there any point of blogging anymore? I dunno, but here’s some news.

Blackstone Publishing will be doing an anthology of stories about a young Marie Curie, titled THE HITHERTO SECRET EXPERIMENTS OF MARIE CURIE. No big deal, just a passel of fictional tales about the two-time Nobel Prize winner (two-time science champeeen, whoooo!). The anthology will be edited by Henry Herz and Bryan Thomas Schmidt. From the posting on Herz’s site:

The anthology will comprise 18 dark stories of science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror set during Marie Curie’s high school years in Poland. What might she have done had she applied her genius in darker directions? The rockstar cast of award-winning and bestselling authors is: Scott Westerfeld, Jane Yolen, Mylo Carbia, Alethea Kontis, Jonathan Maberry, Scott Sigler, Stacia Deutsch, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Beth Durst, Lissa Price, Christine Taylor-Butler, Jo Whittemore, Dee Leone, Susanne Lambdin, Emily McCosh, Steve Pantazis, myself, and Bryan Thomas Schmidt & GP Charles.

The book/audiobook should be out in 2022.

I expect my story to be darker, gorier, and more just plain wrong than all the others combined. Looking at that list of authors, that will be one high bar of “wrong,” so I’ve got my work cut out for me.

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Siglocktail 12-07-2020: Santa Clausmopolitan

Another week another festive cocktail!

This one is mostly a cosmopolitan, but with a little extra cranberry juice and a fun sprinkling of cranberries on the top!

Livestream is tomorrow at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

SANTA CLAUSMOPOLITAN RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • 3/4 ounce cranberry juice
  • Garnish: sugared rim and fresh cranberries

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Add vodka, triple sec, lime juice, cranberry juice to a shaker with ice.
  • Shake until well mixed.
  • Use a lime wedge to wet the edge off your glass, coat lime juice in sugar.
  • Strain cocktail into sugar-rimmed glass.
  • Float 5 or 6 cranberries on the surface of your cocktail.

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So let it be done!
MOUNT FITZ ROY UP AT AUDIBLE

MOUNT FITZ ROY is Book II of the Sun Symbol series by #1 NYT bestselling novelist Scott Sigler

MOUNT FITZ ROY on AudibleFifteen years in the making, we are proud to finally deliver MOUNT FITZ ROY, the sequel to EARTHCORE.

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Book I EARTHCORE at Audible

This is an Audible Original audiobook, which means the print/eBook version won’t be out for one year. Audible is doing a ton of marketing that will hopefully expand my audience — in return, they get a window of exclusivity. So you will get print and eBook, just not until December 3, 2021.

If you don’t have Audible and want to get the MOUNT FITZ ROY audiobook for free as part of a no-risk trial offer, check out this page.

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Siglocktail 11-30-2020: St. Germain Cocktail

You guys, you guys you guys!!!! Today is Scott’s birthday, so we’re making a fave drink of his! (And we put up our Christmas Tree! Yay! And you can see just a bit of the Tiny Bar™!! in this video!)

Scott prefers good single malt scotch, or Bud Light most of the time. (Yes, I […]

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Siglocktail 11-23-2020: the Sazerac

We end whiskey month with the New Orleans favorite, the Sazerac.

Made with rye whiskey, this one uplevels a bit with an absinthe wash of the glass.

Livestream is tomorrow at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

SAZERAC RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 1 cube sugar
  • 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1 1/2 to 3 ounces rye whiskey (to taste)
  • 1/4 ounce ​anise liqueur
  • Garnish: lemon twist

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Chill an old-fashioned glass by filling it with ice. Let it sit while you prepare the rest of the drink.
  • In a mixing glass, soak the sugar cube with the bitters and muddle to crush the cube.
  • Add the rye whiskey and stir.
  • Discard the ice in the chilled glass.
  • Rinse it with absinthe: Pour a small amount into the glass, swirl it around, then discard the liquid.
  • Pour the whiskey mixture into the absinthe-rinsed glass.
  • Squeeze the lemon twist above the glass, then rest it on the rim.

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Siglocktail 11-16-2020: Lynchburg Lemonade

Last week I mentioned the weather had turned wintery here is SoCal, but as I write this post it’s 90 degrees outside, so I’m leaning back into summer this week for this drink!

This week’s Siglocktail is a Lynchburg Lemonade.

Named after the town where Jack Daniels is made, but created in Alabama, the Lynchberg Lemonade is a easy, refreshing cocktail. It’s got lots of fresh lemon, but isn’t overly sour or bitter. Instead, the brightness of the lemon blends well with the complexities of the whiskey.

Livestream is tomorrow at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

LYNCHBURG LEMONADE RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Tennessee whiskey
  • 1 ounce triple sec
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 4 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • Lemon slices
  • cubed ice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Pour the whiskey, triple sec, and lemon juice into a collins glass and add ice.
  • Top with soda.
  • Stir well and add lemon slices.
  • Serve and enjoy.

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Siglocktail 11-10-2020: the Mint Julep

The weather has finally turned in Southern California. I was expecting to have some form of autumn, but it went from 88 degrees last Thursday to in the low 60s today. This week’s drink might have been more suited to the hotter weather, but we’ll soldier on!

This week’s Siglocktail is the Mint Julep.

Famous around the world for being the preferred cup to have at the Kentucky Derby, it normally comes in a stainless steel cup. I didn’t have those, but the drink is still tasty anyway, so don’t let that stop you either!

Livestream is tonight at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

MINT JULEP RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 4 to 5 mint leaves
  • 2 sugar cubes (or 1/2 ounce simple syrup) [Production note: I used superfine sugar in the video, but will likely use simple syrup moving forward!]
  • 2 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • Garnish: mint sprig

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Place the mint leaves and sugar or simple syrup into a Julep cup, Collins glass, or double old-fashioned glass.
  • Muddle to well combine both ingredients.
  • Add bourbon or rye to glass.
  • Stir well, to dissolve sugar and mix ingredients.
  • Add crushed ice and stir until your cup frosts.
  • Garnish with mint sprigs.

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MOUNT FITZ ROY audiobook pre-order!

MOUNT FITZ ROY is Book II of the Sun Symbol series by #1 NYT bestselling novelist Scott Sigler

MOUNT FITZ ROY by #1 New York Times bestseller Scott Sigler It… is… alive! Click here to pre-order MOUNT FITZ ROY!

MOUNT FITZ ROY, the sequel to EARTHCORE, is now available for pre-order from Audible. Ray Porter (the narrator of EARTHCORE and the actor who plays Darkseid on the JUSTICE LEAGUE movie) is the narrator.

  • Publication date: December 3, 2020.
  • This book is over 29 hours long! Helluva deal.
  • MOUNT FITZ ROY is only available as an Audible Original until December 3, 2021.
  • If you’re annoyed at that, we get you, there’s business reasons we made this choice, and we list those reasons down below.
  • If you don’t have an Audible account, though, you can get the audiobook for free. Click here to learn more.
  • This series is now called the “Sun Symbol Series.” EARTHCORE is Book 1, MOUNT FITZ ROY is Book II. We don’t know if there will ever bee a Book III. Right now, the series is a two-book duology.
  • Yes, it took me fifteen frickin’ years to get this done. Thank you for your patience!

Why Audio Only? 

We know this will upset some fans. Let us explain the reason why we’re going this route.

We’ve been in the podcast/audiobook/print business for 15 years now. A lot has changed. When we started, podcasts weren’t on iTunes, the Kindle hadn’t even come out, eBooks weren’t a thing, and Audible was only beginning to ascend to industry dominance. (click dat “continue reading” link below to get the rest of the info)

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Siglocktail 11-05-2020: the Old Fashioned

It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, and I’m feeling like whiskey drinks this month!

We’ll be having whiskey Siglocktails all month, starting with a tried-and-true recipe: the Old Fashioned.

Named in the 1880s, you’d think this would be too old fashioned by now to survive, but survive it does. It’s a great basic […]

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Siglocktail 10-26-2020: the Tequila Oasis

The last of the SIGLERinPLACE tequila Siglocktails!

A quick production note: You’ll see I recorded outside today, due to my normal sets being in disarray while we’re recording the audiobook for the GANGSTER. Things should be back to normal next week!

This is a delightful and refreshing cocktail. Fruity and not-too-sweet, it’s perfect for happy hour!

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night and Thursday night at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

TEQUILA OASIS RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila
  • 3/4 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce triple sec
  • Ice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Add all ingredients into a shaker and blend well.
  • Strain into an ice filled glass
  • Garnish with a lime twist

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Siglocktail 10-19-2020: the Paloma

I’ll be honest, I didn’t think I’d enjoy the tequila SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktails as much as I am!

The Paloma is so light and refreshing! The zing from the grapefruit juice is a perfect match for the spiciness of the tequila. Let’s get to making dranks!

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night and Thursday night at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these yummy cocktails. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

PALOMA RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice, plus wedges for garnish
  • 2 ounces sparkling water
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce agave nectar or simple syrup
  • Coarse sea salt, for the rim of the glasses
  • Ice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Salt the rim of the glass by rubbing a grapefruit wedge around the edge and dipping it onto a small plate of salt.
  • Mix the tequila, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave nectar into a shaker and blend well.
  • Pour the tequila mixture into the salted-rim glass and top with two ounces of sparkling water.
  • Fill the remainder of the glass with ice.
  • Garnish with grapefruit wedge.

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Siglocktail 10-12-2020: Tequila Sunrise

Here we go with a sweet, tasty Tequila Sunrise for this week’s SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktail!

This quite famous drink has only three ingredients—tequila, grenadine and orange juice—and is served unmixed to preserve the color of each layer.

Created by Bobby Lozoff and Billy Rice in Sausalito, California, it gained it’s legendary status after Mick Jagger and […]

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Siglocktail 10-05-2020: Margarita

October came in pretty hot in Southern California, so I’m making a refreshing margarita for this week’s SIGLERinPLACE Siglocktail!

Goodness margaritas are wonderful. Four ingredients (sometimes just three!) and truly refreshing, drinkable and fun. There are tons of my pals who “can’t drink tequila” but I’ve only met one actual human who would also resist this easy, lovely, tasty version of tequila’s classic drink.

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night and Thursday night at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these yummy cocktails. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

MARGARITA RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 2-ounces tequila blanco
  • 1/2-ounce triple sec
  • 1-ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2-ounce agave syrup
  • Kosher salt to rim the glass
  • Lime wheel for garnish

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  • Edge glass with lime juice.
  • Salt lime-juice-edged glass.
  • Pour into a glass filled with ice.
  • Add lime wheel onto salted rim.

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Siglocktail 09-28-2020: the Painkiller

Here we are the end of September, with our last rum drink for the month.

This week’s Siglocktail is the Painkiller.

The Painkiller was created at a swim up bar in the British Virgin Islands called the Soggy Dollar Bar. (Since it was a swim up bar, cash was always wet!) I love this drink for it’s simplicity and scalability: a perfect mix of fruit juices that adjusts to different amounts of rum and still tastes delicious.

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night and Thursday night at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these yummy cocktails. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

PAINKILLER RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 2-ounces (60 ml) Pusser’s Rum
  • 4-ounces (120 ml) pineapple juice
  • 1-ounce (30 ml) orange juice
  • 1-ounce (30 ml) cream of coconut
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Add liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
  • Pour into a big glass or goblet filled with ice.
  • Grate fresh nutmeg on top.

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Siglocktail 09-21-2020: Mai Tai

Hoo! My favorite type of rum drinks to close out September: tiki drinks!

This week’s Siglocktail is such a classic: the Mai Tai! If you’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing a great tiki bar, you’ve loved this drink! Let’s make one together.

I have to be honest and say that I *miss* bar hopping, […]

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Siglocktail 09-14-2020: El Floridita Daiquiri

Y’all, this might be my favorite rum drink yet! Well balanced, so tasty, and with a GREAT story!

This week’s Siglocktail is the El Floridita daiquiri! Made with just a few very precisely measured ingredients.

Plus, there’s a literary variation on this yummy drink: Ernest Hemingway enjoyed this drink many-a-time at the El Floridita in Havana, Cuba. But, being Hemingway, he made a few modifications, including adding a couple glugs more rum to the glass.

Recipe below for both versions of this lovely cocktail! If you have a bit more time, watch the video to see how to make this delish drink and it’s Hemingway glow up!

As ever, livestream is tomorrow night and Thursday night at 6pm PST and we’ll be toasting with these yummy cocktails. Feel free to make this one (send us pics here if you do!) but as ever, you drink whatever you like best, or nothing at all, no worries!

EL FLORIDITA RECIPE:
Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar or simple syrup (or less, to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur

To make the Hemingway version, add these ingredients:

  • 1 additional ounce of white rum
  • 1/4 additional ounce of lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice

Mad Scientist Process of Assembly™:

  • Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  • If using granulated sugar, stir to dissolve it in the lime juice before adding the other ingredients.
  • Fill shaker with ice.
  • Shake well, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a thin slice of lime.

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