Tag: Howard Tayler

Article: “You mean space ships aren’t real?”

by on Oct.19, 2011, under Articles, Books, Comics, Culture, Science, Science Future

Sandra Tayler is the other half of the pair that make up the family Tayler. If that name is familiar it’s because I like Schlock Mercenary, a serial comic online written and drawn by Howard Tayler, the man who is famous (to me) for s stating that “You’re so talented.” is really an underhanded insult, and post links to the comic on this blog.

Sandra wrote a short but sweet article for Locus, a Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine that I would like to share.

Sandra Tayler–The Non-Fictional Sense of Wonder [Locus Magazine]

In the articles I write for Escape Pod I try to link modern science with science fiction. Sandra has pointed out I think yet another possible link between the people who pushed us so far out into the stars and what they read as children. I remember reading various novels about colonies on Mars as a child. I agree with Sandra that it is both thrilling that one needs to no longer look in the fiction section of the library to find inspiring stories about our exploration of space but sad that entertainment media out there that help to inspire young people to purse a career in space are fewer than they once were.

I suppose there is always Schlock Mercenary?

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Hugo Nominations are up! (Part 2 of 3)

by on Apr.25, 2011, under Articles, Comics, News, Writing

The Hugo Award Nominations are available

Man, do we have some great nominations this year. The Hugo Award is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The Hugos are awarded each year by the World Science Fiction Society, at the World Science Fiction Convention. Last time I went over the novel, short stories, and relate work nominees. Now let me go over my favorite category:

Best Graphic Story

My personal favorite category, best graphic novel. We have our three regulars once again duking it out.

Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler; colors by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton (Hypernode)

Fables: Witches, written by Bill Willingham; illustrated by Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)

I do love these three comics to death. It is sad to admit that I am actually behind on my Fables reading at the time of this writing as I collect the graphic novels. Girl Genius and Schlock Mercenary both present their stories for free on their website before being collected into graphic novels, which makes them far easier to catch up on but no less masterful in terms of storytelling.

On the other side we have two new comers:

  • Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)
  • The Unwritten, Volume 2: Inside Man, written by Mike Carey; illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

I admit to knowing nothing of Grandville Mon Amour although I will likely be picking it up. I have heard and actually own The Unwritten, Volume 2, but have no actually read it yet. I know the story deals with the son of a writer of a successful line of children’s stories that turn out to possible not as make-believe as everyone thinks. I read Volume 1 and was really impressed and have been patiently waiting for more. I’m happy to see it is getting some recognition.

And as always it will be difficult for me to make a decision in this category. Girl Genius has won two years in a row so far but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t win again. On the other hand the latest storyline of Schlock Mercenary really was mind blogging in that “I can’t believe he pulled that off” kinda of way. Having not read any of the other contestants I shouldn’t speculate too much on their strengths but The Unwritten had some potential I saw, in Volume 1, that might lead it somewhere.

Up next! The movies!

 

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Hugo Nominations are up! (Part 1 of 3)

by on Apr.25, 2011, under Articles, Books, News, Novels, Podcasts, Short Stories, Writing

The Hugo Award Nominations are available

Man, do we have some great nominations this year. The Hugo Award is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The Hugos are awarded each year by the World Science Fiction Society, at the World Science Fiction Convention. Let me go over some of the ones I am excited about.

Best Novel

FEED is nominated!!

This actually came as light surprise to me. I am not used to having already read one of the year’s Hugo Award nominees for Best Novel. I’ve written about how the book is awesome.  FEED is by Mira Grant, the alter ego of Seanan McGuire and it has a sequel coming out, DEADLINE, on May 31st, a book I am anticipating as much as Ghost Stories by Jim Butcher. So congratulations  Ms. McGuire!

I haven’t read any of the other novels nominated but I do recognize one of the other authors nominated, Lois McMaster Bujold for her book Cryoburn.

Best Short Story

I have not read any of the short stories nominated, however I will be looking forward to Escape Pod in the coming weeks, as they typically make a point of releasing all five Hugo Nominated short stories on as podcasts.

Best Related Work

Speaking of podcasts, Writing Excuses: Season 4, has been nominated for Best Related Work. Created and staring , Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells, the podcast focuses on various topics related to writing and becoming an author while keeping any particular topic under fifteen minuets because, as they say: “Fifteen minutes long, because you’re in a hurry, and we’re not that smart.” Obviously you’re smart enough to get nominated for a Hugo. Congrats guys!

Part 2 and Part 3 of the Hugo Nominees will be posted in just a little bit!

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