The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #61

Knights Of Nerd Blitz-Dom, prepare for probing…uh, I mean, questioning!

This week’s question is headed up to outside space!
This go round, want to know: Which Fictional Alien Race Would You Want To Exist And Why?

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #58

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week…The Final Frontier…these are the conversations of nerd-dom, and our continuing mission to…talk about…nerd stuff…that really fell a part, let’s just do this!

This week, we’re basking in the glorious afterglow of D23 and asking: What Announcement From D23 Got You The Most Excited?

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Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories Science Fiction Vol. 2 Review

The fourth and final (at least for now) volume of Kevin J. Anderson’s Selected Stories short story series was released back in February.
This outing was another visit to the much beloved genre of Science Fiction which, for those among you who haven’t been keeping up with the main show, is a genre I have taken a deep dive into since I read the first volume.
With these new experiences in that area, I was wondering how this collection would hit me.
Strap on your space suit and let’s space find out…in space!

I have to say, as per the usual with this series, I think the short intros he writes to each story may be my favorite part.
It really seems to give each story a bit more depth to hear where it came from, who or what inspired it, or how long he kicked it around before he dropped the final product on his editors.
Even with the stories that aren’t my favorites, it is at least interesting to have the back story.

As for the stories themselves, this go round I found myself engaging more with the shorter among them.
Not that the longer ones are bad, but I think it may be a bit of brain training and expectation with this anthological format.
The shorter stories here tend to have a bit more of a reveal or “Ah-ha” feel than the longer ones do which, to use TV as a comparison, I feel like most anthologies shows do better than episodic series.
And I like that.
I like the quick and clever economic nature of it all.

I think every subgenre of Sci-Fi gets its day in the sun in this volume, and a few have fun and interesting spins that almost make you forget you are reading a Science Fiction story, which I think is something that some of my favorites do best.
If you need some Military Sci-Fi stat, you are covered with a few novellas.
But there are also stories of time travel, genetic manipulation, alien contact, and a transformational hooker…you know, that tired old trope!

I always try to give you some of my favorite stories when I talk about short story collections, so in no particular order, the top 3 stories that I would say you can’t miss are:
Technomagic, a story of a stranded alien that becomes a world famous magician.
Prevenge, a time travel tale that is reminiscent of Minority Report, with a bit more investigation.
A Delicate Balance, a dark story about seed colonies and a severe miscalculation that leads to forced population control.
All are wonderfully distinct and showcase the variety of this writer and this genre.

So to wrap up I have to say that after reading and reviewing all 4 volumes of this series, I feel like a jackass.
For a decade or so, if folks would mention Kevin J. Anderson I’d always say “The Star Wars Guy!?” or “Awww, The Last Days Of Krypton!” and now that almost feels reductive.
Don’t get me wrong, Shamble aside, Last Days is still hands down my favorite KJA book, but the dude has way more shades and layers than just Krypton, Star Wars, & X-Files.
The goal of this series was probably to collect a bunch of stories he had the rights to and get them back in print, but they have been damn eye opening as well.
I’ll call that a happy accident and wait patiently for him to get enough material together for a fifth installment, and whatever else he’s ready to produce.

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #51

51 weeks of questioning, things are about to get intense as we shine the bright light of nerd into the dark corner of answers!

This week we are looking towards Pop Culture’s big showcase, and that has us wanting to know: What are you most excited to see at San Diego Comic-Con?

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Episode 080: Dick Van Dikey

MARY POPPINSIn this episode, we are gettin’ our nerd boners primed for Disney+ and The Mandalorian by DEFINITELY not watching a leaked sizzle reel and scene from Star Wars Celebration.

Also, we uncover the 1st image of a beloved dog’s new look from an upcoming movie, talk about how a lot of practical practicality happened at a certain Celebration.

All of that and a mini little late in the game Pimp Spot awaits you in this quick Commentary-esque ep of your favorite podcast that nobody has ever heard of, gang, spread the word!

URL: Episode 080: Dick Van Dikey
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TNB Commentaries 036: Revenge Of The Sith

61ZDSUH2iiL._SY679_Please turn off your cellphones and join us on Coruscant for some baby Jedi slaughtering fun and games in George Lucas’ swan song final film of the prequel era.

For our 36th Commentary, we make the jump to hyperspace…or, rather, 2005 for this fantastic flick starring Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, & Ian McDiarmid.

In this rollicking ep of war filled star talkin’, Fitz calls Doom a psycho and is, for once, TOTALLY UNJUSTIFIED, then they also jibba jabba about the movie and the dark history one of them has with it, so…let’s have fun gang?

 

 

URL: TNB Commentaries 036: Revenge Of The Sith
Direct Download:tnbc-036-revenge-of-the-sith.mp3

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Episode 078: Butt Nekkid Wreckin A Barber Shop

hqdefaultIn this episode, the fellas have lottery fever, prove they are GOOD PEOPLE, and make wildly inappropriate jokes…there by negating the goodness, I guess…

Joke Corner returns again, the finer points of the making of a trash TV show from 2 decades or so ago, and Zombie Guys vs PCP Guys.

They get into the latest SCOOB! and Jay & Silent Bob Reboot! casting news, and speculate more on the upcoming Mandalorian series, so get ready for a damn fun ep and tell your friends, gang!

URL: Episode 078: Butt Nekkid Wreckin A Barber Shop
Direct Download: tnb078.mp3