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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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 and @gigiamk30 for their editorial assistance.

First Look: TNB Commentaries The DCCU Album Art!

For nearly 2 years now (to be honest, it may actually be longer at this point) we have threatened to watch the 1st 2 installments of the recent attempt at a DC Cinematic Universe.
Well, dear listeners, your wait is nearly at an end!

We have finally completed recording on this album and you, our lovely and long suffering listeners, are in for a treat.
With over 6 hours of total content, The Nerd Blitz Commentaries: The DCCU Album is our longest Bandcamp album yet.

Check out our album art above.
The picture is a concept I came up with, but was elevated by @gigiamk30 (who snapped the pic) and good ol @Fitzman73 (who did the editing and photoshopping).

We are currently editing the BVS episode and the intro together, and it shouldn’t take too much longer.
We’re looking to release it on our Bandcamp Page at some point around mid-February to early-March, and we hope you’ll all take the time to check out the intro and consider buying it when it drops.

Let us know what you think of the album art and if you are excited for the album to finally be released!

TNB Book Club 5.02: Role Model

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Welcome back to The Nerd Blitz Book Club! In this 2nd & final installment of a 2 part series, we are celebrating the recently released Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. short story collection, Services Rendered, by reading and discussing the final 3 chapters of the short story Role Model written by Kevin J. Anderson.

We dissect the detail that only a true fan of all things nerd could understand and nail, monsters and their rules are debated, jokes are made, and fun is had, gang.

So grab a copy of this story, available in the Working Stiff short story collection, and join us in the Unnatural Quarter for this fun read.

Also, right near the top, we were lucky enough to get an interview with the man himself, so enjoy Doom’s near hour long chat with Kevin J. Anderson!

URL: TNB Book Club 5.02: Role Model
Direct Download: tnbbc005002.mp3

Episode 064: Like A Make-A-Wish Kid 2: Gas Powered Dildo

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In this episode, the Con talk continues as Doom recounts his recent trek to Cave Con in Springfield, Mo. to see some Monkeys what done comed from Space.

Fitz gets to sit back and relax as Doom talks about meeting and getting intro bumps from Impractical Joker & Kentucky Colonel Brian “Q” Quinn and Comic Book Man & Steve-Dave who Tells ‘Em Bryan “Pops” Johnson.

Also, we debut our 1st ever ***exclusive*** interviews with Comic Book Artist Lorenzo Lizana and Comic Book Man & host of I Sell Comics Ming Chen!

Cool people were met, great fun was had, shoutouts abound and an OBL was nearly poached, so strap in and enjoy this fun ride through the adventure that was Cave Con 2018!

Special thanks to @gigiamk30 for making this possible.

URL: Episode 064: Like A Make-A-Wish Kid 2: Gas Powered Dildo
Direct Download: tnb064.mp3

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #9

It’s Tuesday and that can only mean 1 thing…
It’s Question time, gang!

Given all of the recent rumors and turmoil, this weeks Question is: WB/DC execs come to you and ask you to help recast Batman & Superman, who are you picking to fill the roles?

Leave your answer in the comments below or tweet it with the hashtag #TNBQotW, so we can find it.

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

Episode 048: Fortress Of Sodomy

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In this episode, the fellas are takin’ a deep dive into one of their favorite topics yet again and somebody pees on the floor!

With little preamble, we dive right in and Doom drops some Star Wars novel news in Fitz’s face before Fitz walks us through some Star Wars Rebels Spoilers.

Doom watches a movie while they record, he gives a shoutout, trashes a crappy looking animated movie, teases some stuff, one of them loses their freakin’ mind as they get a visitor, and so much more than you can shake a stick at!

URL: Episode 048: Fortress Of Sodomy
Direct Download: tnb048.mp3

TNB Commentaries 010.5: A Scooby-Doo Christmas

maxresdefault.jpgPlease turn off your cellphones and join Doom & Fitz as they climb BACK into the mystery machine to uphold ANOTHER long standing tradition!

For our 10.5th commentary, we head to the year 2002 to watch the What’s New Scooby-Doo? Christmas special starring Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Casey Kasem, Grey Griffin, & a slew of big name guest stars.

They talk about a local man helping the homeless who is constantly being shut down, their next Bandcamp album, why Superman is so honorable & his relationship with Pa Kent, and eventually they get around to talking about a cartoon dog or something like that.

Before the wrap up, they do a year end wrap as well.

Big things are coming for this show and the others, so stay tuned and thanks for the support this year, gang!

URL: TNB Commentaries 010.5: A Scooby-Doo Christmas
Direct Download: tnbc-010_5-a-scooby-christmas.mp3
Youtube:https://youtu.be/S7reQBYLJsU

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2017