A Pointer to Badasses, Outlines, Grimdark, and Heaven?

As we prepare to relaunch Boomtron as a podcast I’ve been blogging here and shifting content over here as I have the time.

I’ve been adding more of the guest blogs we’ve hosted from authors to the Sandman Meditations and Notes from New Sodom I brought over here earlier in the week.

This time I brought over Ben Thompson’s kind of hilarious Badass of Week column he did for us. Over at his own site he does wonderful write-ups of historical figures.. well being badass and he did several for me of fictional characters. I’d point to the one he did of Thanos for us – which fans of Infinity War should check out asap.

Erin M. Evans, the author of several novels in Forgotten Realms offered up her expertise on Outlines and Shared World writing.

The great Guy Gavriel Kay I think was on a book publicity leg for his Under Heaven and dropped a guest blog for us.

For fans of Warhammer 40k, author of numerous books Aaron Dembski-Bowden, did a handful of very entertaining and personal pieces for us about grimdark and canon in those settings.

Ian R. MacLeod wrote on Alternate Londons for us. He’s written several novels but his short fiction is really great. His “New Light on the Drake Equation” is a singularly magnificent story and he has at least a couple of collections that are terrific.

I’ll make sure I mention the next group when I move them over, though I am trying to keep this joint more or less my online hub.

 

A Pointer to Sodom

Just as I did with Matt Cheney’s Sandman Meditations, I’m pointing to another feature we hosted as we shift domains around to keep good content alive as we are going to use Boomtron for something else.

This time it’s a series of columns the great Hal Duncan did for us and it’s just full of epic – in length and content – opion from Hal, a lot of which centers around defining and the redefinitions of science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction in general, representation (or lack thereof), via history, taste, trends and style.

You can read them all at Notes From New Sodom.

I want to point to a couple directly as samples:

The Lost Airbender – Hal points  his gauze at the Avatar discussion. Hal tells me what Monstrum is in his piece on Gareth Edwards’ Monsters  and when he tackles is Science Fiction is Dead?

It  has come to my attention literally this second that Hal published some of these since in Rhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictionswhich I’m pleased about because I want to buy a copy and support it. Lol maybe I don’t know about it because there is some negative thing about me in for foreword or something haha. That would actually be cool because Hal could probably take 10 pages to intricately call me a simple ass or something lol.

I’d literally have it inscribed around the patio of one of my pools because I’m self-deprecating like that.

I’ve always liked Hal, guy is a fountain of information and style in his takes, and I’ve interviewed him three times so I hope people take the plunge – many, many already have in the near decade it’s been online – as it’s just great reading for true fans of science fiction and oddly the humans who write and consume it.

I also want to point to a single guest blog we hosted, by Richard Kadrey, one of the writers at the very forefront of Cyberpunk and the author of the incredibly fun Sandman Slim novels.

Sandman Meditations – You Should Dive In.

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Just a quick note. I guess it’s obvious I’ve been moving content over to Miclonian, combining a lot of related content I’ve done into less posts (i.e. If I have multiple reviews of an author’s work they are available in one post, same with interview etc).

I’m not planning on bringing much content over that isn’t mine though, pieces I commissioned for various site or guest blogs authors did with us as part of promotion periods for when they had book releases etc.

One of the exceptions, however, are the Sandman essays Matthew Cheney did for us on Neil Gaiman’s Sandman run from the 90s. It remains one of my favorite things we’ve ever hosted and I’ve collected them under their various individual arcs. You can check them out at Sandman Meditations.

They’ve been read close to 6 figure times since we’ve hosted them and they are well worth it. Matt’s been one of preeminent thinkers in speculative fiction, a sought after opinion, mostly regarding novels and short fiction, for the better part of two decades now. He’s also a really great dude.

I know for a fact that Neil Gaiman himself has read and enjoyed at least a handful of them so be like his Nealness and enjoy!