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WEBCAST PunchCast #2: Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers w/Nick August, MT White, and TJ Martinell

Novelists TJ Martinell and MT White join PunchRiot’s publisher Nick August to discuss Heinlein’s Hugo award-winning novel Starship Troopers. Why is Starship Troopers often criticized for promoting fascism? If science fiction provides some measure of criticism of the age in which it is written, what does Starship Troopers have to say about where we’ve been …

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REVIEW Battling Insensate Evil Never Looked so Boss: Lightning’s Call, Book One by Vincent LaRosa

Lightning’s Call is what you’d get if Tolkien and Lovecraft co-wrote Gangs of New York and Ivan Reitman directed it as though it were Ghostbusters–while Reitman was channelling John Carpenter. Or F.W. Murnau. Nah, Carpenter, definitely–except instead of the Dead Rabbits versus the Bowery Boys, the plot spins around an agitated Civil War veteran named …

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REVIEW Fast Times in the San Joaquin: Lucifer’s Hammer (1977) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

We’re closing out obscure disaster and dystopian novel week with what may be the least obscure title. I was torn between this and Nevil Shute’s On the Beach, but I covered nuclear holocaust already war with the Alas, Babylon spot and had yet to include a book representing one of my favorite sub-genres:  the “cometpocalypse”. Nominated for a Hugo …

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