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13 Questions with Natasha Rhodes

In August, I posted a short review of Dante’s Girl, which I loved.

After begging and pleading for a couple months, I finally convinced Natasha Rhodes to agree to an interview. Okay, so maybe not begging and pleading, but I did bug her a few times. And I think you’ll agree that it was worth the wait. From Natasha’s answers below, you’ll be able to see her wit and hopefully it’ll prompt you to go read her book! Or you can just wait till tomorrow to enter a giveaway for Dante’s Girl. So check back tomorrow!

1. For those who haven’t yet read Dante’s Girl, can you give us a brief synopsis?

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13 Questions with Eric Brown

I reviewed Helix back in June, and recently had the opportunity to interview author Eric Brown!

Check back tomorrow for a giveaway of Helix!

Angela/SciFiChick: For those who haven’t read Helix yet, can you give us a brief synopsis?

Eric Brown: The Earth is failing ecologically and humanity must find another planet to colonise. The European Space Organisation sends a colony ship on a mission to find a suitable Earth-like planet. The ship crash-lands, on what the crew thinks is an uninhabitable, ice-bound planet. However, when the sun comes up, they find they’re on the lowest rung of a vast helix comprising of some ten thousand worlds. To survive they must trek up-spiral to find a clement world. On the way they meet all sorts of alien races, and attempt to discover who built the helix.

Angela: The setting, for the most part, is set on another world(s). Did you have a definite sense of what the Helix looked like when you wrote about it? Or did it reveal itself as you wrote?

EB: The former; it was the first thing that came to me. I was having dinner years ago at a friend’s place, and he had a lamp on the table with a kind of helical beading around a glass cowl. I thought at first it would make a neat space station. Later, it came to me that it would make an interesting planetary setting.

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Taglines from 13 Geektastic Shows

Can you list the shows these come from? Some are easier than others!

1. “The truth is out there.”

2. “Saving the world at $11 dollars an hour.”

3. “On this island, survival is not a game.”

4. “He is not alone.”

5. “Are you on the list?”

6. “This July, the missing return.”

7. “New Stars. New Stories. New Worlds To Explore.”

8. “Can’t stop the signal.”

9. “His mind is the ultimate weapon.”

10. “Saving the world… one episode at a time.”

11. “Get home before dark.”

12. “There’s truth to every rumor.”

13. “A new gate will open. A lost city will rise again.”

13 Lame Superpowers

I didn’t make any of these up. Each of these powers came from actual heroes or villains from comic books and/or cartoons.
I give you 13 of the lamest superpowers ever:

1. Stretching – And the strangest thing about this one? Quite a few superheroes from comics have this ability: Mr. Fantastic, Elongated Man, Plastic Man, Skin, etc.
Elongated Man

2. Ability to transform into any form of water – Zan is definitely the lesser of the two Wonder Twins. His sister can become any animal. Zan? He can become water, ice, or steam. Yipee.
Wonder Twins

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13 Questions with Gail Martin!

Back in July I reviewed The Summoner, by Gail Martin. And just recently I was able to interview her and discuss her debut novel as well as the upcoming sequel.

And come back tomorrow to sign up for a giveaway for The Summoner!

Angela/SciFiChick: For those who haven’t read The Summoner yet, can you give us a brief synopsis?

Gail Martin: In The Summoner, Tris Drayke discovers his rare magical talent as he flees for his life after the murder of his family. He is a Summoner, a mage who can mediate among the living, the dead and undead. In a world where ghosts are real, the undead respect an uneasy truce with the living and an ancient evil is about to reawaken, Tris is the Winter Kingdoms’ last best hope—if he can keep his new-found magic from destroying him.

Angela: Where do you get your ideas for your unique characters?

GM: Sometimes there’s a hint of a historical person in a character; that’s true with one of the minor characters in book 3 that I’m working on now. But most of the time, strange as this sounds, the characters kind of walk on stage in my mind and demand to be written into the story. When I need to know more about them, I picture them in my mind and ask them and they “tell” me. They have very distinct personalities, and I can’t force them to do something that isn’t right for their personality; it wouldn’t work.

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13 SciFi Mental Illnesses

If you feel that you suffer from any of these, please consult your local psychiatrist.

1. Sliderepsy – A common chronic neurological disorder that is characterized by recurrent unprovoked interdimensional travel.

2. Holomania – An obsessive-compulsive disorder involving an addiction to the holodeck where social relations or health are damaged.

3. Beamaholic – A person who is addicted to getting their molecules rearranged.

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13 SF/F Upcoming Releases

There are so many upcoming scifi/fantasy releases to look forward to, but here are some that are at the top of my list:

1. Once Bitten, Twice Shy – by Jennifer Rardin
I’ve read the ARC for this one, and Jennifer Rardin already has a fan before her debut release. Loved it.
Release Date: October 9th

2. Another One Bites the Dust – by Jennifer Rardin
Now, I’m dying to read the sequel.
Release Date: December 12th

3. Rogue Angel: Warrior Spirit – by “Alex Archer”
I’m a loyal reader and huge fan of this series.
Release Date: November 6th

4.The Blood King – by Gail Martin
Sequel to The Summoner.
Release Date: February 2008

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13 SF/F Excerpts

For those on the fence about whether or not to read a certain book, excerpts are always a nice incentive. Here are extracts of 13 different science fiction and fantasy books that you may want to check out:

1. Winterbirth – by Brian Ruckley
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2. The Dark Lord – by Ed Greenwood
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3. Grimspace – by Ann Aguirre
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4. Queen of the Orcs – by Morgan Howell
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