Episode 12: A Whole Year!

Welcome to the May Episode of the SF Squeecast! Episode 12, A Whole Year. This episode brought together Squeecast regulars Lynne M. Thomas and Paul Cornell, with our Very Special Guest Rachel Swirsky!

In this episode we talked about:

  • 52 and Gotham Central (shared by Lynne M. Thomas)
  • Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh (shared by Rachel Swirsky)
  • EasterCon Report (shared by Paul Cornell)
  • With a bonus Invisible Cup of Tea roundtable discussion on the value of conventioning, and the origins of our cup of tea’s invisibility.

Rachel also answered our silly questions.

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Additional credits: Special thanks to our webmaster, Dmitri Zagidulin, our technical producer David McHone-Chase, Jeff Bohnhoff at Mystic Fig Studios for the instrumentals of music by Seanan McGuire, Katy Shuttleworth, who made our ROCKING logo, and Michael D. Thomas for general administrative support.

12 Responses to “Episode 12: A Whole Year!”

  1. tam Says:

    I liked Batwoman the best in the 52 series. Doesn’t Paul write Superman?

  2. lynnethomas Says:

    I’m a big fan of Batwoman, too. To the best of my knowledge, Paul has not written for Superman, but I’m happy to be corrected on that.

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  4. Kevin J. Maroney Says:

    Paul wrote ACTION COMICS for the last 16 months before the “New 52” relaunch. It was a 12-issue Lex Luthor story followed by 4 months of Superman, dominated by a Superman vs. Doomsday narrative that involved several other Superman-family titles. The Luthor story has been collected in SUPERMAN: THE BLACK RING (in 2 volumes).

    The 52 series was, to my eye, very mixed. The Rucka portions, especially the Question, and the Morrison potions, especially the Island of Misfit Scientists, were superb, and other parts . . . not so much. I never really got much of a feeling for the weeklyness of the title, even though I was reading it in real time, because there were so many storylines barely interacting with each other that there was no sense of a clock ticking off the events.

  5. lynnethomas Says:

    Thanks for the clarification, Kevin. Now that you mention it, I have vague recollections of Paul talking about his Lex Luthor shenanigans, but since it was under the “Action Comics” aegis rather than “Superman,” as a title when I looked at the Wikipedia list, I didn’t put them together immediately in my head. I often joke that my memory is a steel sieve. This was a good example.

    I would guess that reading 52 in real time is a radically different experience than reading it in trades (which is how I consumed it). As would be expected. Reading it in trades, I found it relatively easy to focus on the parts of the story that interested me most, because I wasn’t having a lag-time of a week (or two) between snippets.

  6. Kevin J. Maroney Says:

    On a separate note, I wanted to make the point that British *sf fandom* and British *professional sf publishing* are very different animals. The latter is still astonishingly sexist, with women tremendously underrepresented both in novels and short fiction.

    (One of the enduring shames of the British sf industry is that Jo Walton has STILL never had a book published by a British publisher unless you count WARHAMMER: REALMS OF SORCERY, which was co-written with her then-husband Ken.)

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  8. tam Says:

    It could have been a different Paul Cornell. There’s another Christopher Priest that writes comics. 🙂

  9. lynnethomas Says:

    Nah, it was definitely Our Paul. 🙂 I just misremembered.

  10. Sidsel Pedersen Says:

    Now will you people stop making me want to turn your podcast off and go read what you are squeeing about right that moment. Ok who am I kidding, please don’t stop! I am picking up Gotham Central as soon as I am done listing!

  11. lynnethomas Says:

    *g* Our work here is done.

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