Travel Reads: Visions of Tomorrow

Can science fiction stories predict the future? With Visions of Tomorrow: Science Fiction Predictions That Came True, editors Thomas A. Easton and Judith K. Dial gathered tales by such science fiction luminaries as H.G. Wells, Charles Sheffield, Gregory Benford and Murray Leinster that all have one thing in common … they (in some way or […]

Podcast Episode 24: Humor and Science Fiction

What if we could keep up with the news in alternate realities? Well, this week The Genre Traveler chats with Ira Nayman, creator of the Alternate Reality New Service, which does just that! In addition to getting the low down on the “news service,” we chat about Philip K. Dick, Terry Pratchett, humorous science fiction, […]

Podcast Episode 22: Go Thunderbirds!

Host Carma Spence chats with Thunderbirds novelist Joan Marie Verba about how she became a fiction writer and got involved in the series of media tie-in novels based on the 1960s British marionette TV show, Thunderbirds. The conversation also touches on her first book, which covered the discoveries made by Voyager, her first novel, Autumn […]

Podcast Episode 21: Attack of the Nanite Zombies

In which Carma Spence chats with Canadian author Joseph Picard about his unusual trilogy of novels that take place on a slightly altered Earth (it has an additional continent) and feature nanite-driven zombies: Lifehack, Watching Yute and Echoes of Erebus. The conversation twists and turns around a variety of topics, including break-dancing zombies, made up […]

Podcast Episode 20: His Own Take on Storytelling

In which Carma Spence, The Genre Traveler, converses with author Ed Morawski. A U.S. Air Force veteran, serving eight years in locations as diverse as California and Vietnam, Ed is an expert in electronic security with more than 35 years experience in the industry. The conversation covers his books — View, A Paranormal Romance; Avenue […]

Special Discount Available for Readers of The Genre Traveler

On Friday, I visited a local genre bookstore, Secret Passages Bookstore and had a really nice chat with the owners. I told them about my blog and they gave me permission to give you a very special offer. Do you live near Long Beach, Calif.? Then you can get a one-time 10% discount of your […]

Explore Mars in Mesa on Wednesday

Kobie Boykins, a charismatic, young mechanical engineer at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will be speaking at Mesa Arts Center (MAC) on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011. Part of the National Geographic Live Arizona Speaker Series, the presentation is called “Exploring Mars: The Next Generation.” Boykins has been at the forefront of Mars exploration, working on such […]

Enjoy the Film Scores of John Williams in Long Beach

This Saturday, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra continues it’s 2010-2011 “This Ain’t Your Daddy’s POPS!” season with an evening of Hollywood music from composer John Williams. During his career, which spanned six decades, Williams created some of the most memorable motion picture soundtracks, including scores for: the Star Wars saga, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, […]

Podcast Episode 15: Alien Manipulation of Human DNA

So you can get started with your wonderful, genre-travel-filled New Year, Episode 15 is a little shorter than usual. This week, The Genre Traveler chats with biology teacher and science fiction author Lawrence Vincent about his book DNA3, the first in a series. During our 15-20 minutes together, we talk about genetic manipulation, invisible robots, […]

Podcast Episode 14: The Adventures of Alex Detail and His Author

In episode 14, the last episode of 2010, The Genre Traveler chats with author (and TV producer) Darren Campo about his books in the Alex Detail series. Along the way we discuss the virtues of Pluto, colonizing Venus, utopian vs. dystopian science fiction, how working in television can help you write a novel, adding plausibility […]