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Claudia Christian has seen it all.  From her start on Dallas to her iconic role as Commander Susan Ivonova on the hit sci-fi series Babylon 5 to her numerous movie roles, Claudia Christian has had a recurring theme running through her acting career - alcoholism.  She shares her struggle with her addiction in a new memoir, Babylon Confidential: A Memoir of Love, Sex & Addiction.  John got to speak with Claudia by phone about the writing process with her writing partner, connecting with her father, and dealing with ice that wasn't ice.

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When actress Claudia Christian flees a troubled childhood and moves to Hollywood at age 17, she steps through the looking glass into another world.

From the set of Dallas to her starring role on the sci-fi series Babylon 5, Claudia’s affairs with billionaires, supermodels, rock stars, and celebrities are mixed with shootings, stalking, heartbreak, and betrayal. Onset and off, drama follows Claudia—an alcohol-fueled coke run and makeout session with a bridesmaid on her wedding day; her tempestuous, love-hate relationship with actor Angus Macfadyen; the conspiracy theories surrounding her ex-husband’s death; and a 20-year on-and-off relationship with billionaire Dodi Fayed before he dated Princess Diana. Hollywood life takes its toll on Claudia as she descends into alcohol addiction and a desperate battle to reclaim her life.

Rehab, alternative treatments, and even hypnotism can’t break the cycle of alcohol abuse that threatens to destroy Claudia. Close to despair she discovers The Sinclair Method, a treatment that saves her life.

Sometimes shocking, often humorous, always captivating — Babylon Confidential is a story of hope that will inspire and enlighten you.

Please read my story and support the important message of hope it contains for those suffering from addiction.

For more on my new book Babylon Confidential, visit http://www.BabylonConfidential.com
or my Official Facebook Fan Page.

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We continue our series of interviews that we conducted from this year's New York Comic Con.  This time around, Keith speaks with author Christopher L. Bennett. Bennett may be a familiar name to Star Trek fans, but he spoke with Keith about the release of his first non-Trek fiction, Almost Superhuman.

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At the age of five and a half, I saw my first episode of Star Trek, believing it to be a show about a strange airplane that only flew at night.  As I continued watching, I discovered what those points of light in the sky really were.  This awakened a lifelong fascinationwith space, science and speculative fiction.  I devoured Asimov, Clarke, and books on astronomy and physics.  I often made up Trek-universe stories set a century ahead of Kirk's adventures (an idea years ahead of its time), but soon shifted to creating my own original universe.  I eventually realized I did this pretty well, and deluded myself into thinking I could make a career out of it.  So far, that delusion has been working out for me.


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John is joined by guest Julio Angel Ortiz (The Dome, "Collective") at this year's New York Comic Con to interview author David Mack.  David talks about his latest Star Trek trilogy, Cold Equations, as well as his return to his first love, screenwriting.  Take a moment to comment on this episode in the forums, or by writing john@chronicrift.com or by calling 888-866-9010.

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David Mack is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty novels and novellas, including Wildfire, Harbinger, Reap the Whirlwind, Precipice, Road of Bones, Promises Broken, Rise Like Lions, and the Star Trek Destiny trilogy: Gods of Night, Mere Mortals, and Lost Souls. He developed the Star Trek Vanguard series concept with editor Marco Palmieri. His first work of original fiction is the critically acclaimed supernatural thriller The Calling.

In addition to novels, Mack's writing credits span several media, including television (for episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), film, short fiction, magazines, newspapers, comic books, computer games, radio, and the Internet. He also co-authored Bryan Anderson's nonfiction Iraq War memoir, No Turning Back: One Man's Inspiring True Story of Courage, Determination, and Hope.

His latest novel is the new Star Trek Vanguard novel Storming Heaven, and his upcoming projects include an epic 24th-century Star Trek: The Next Generation trilogy titled Cold Equations, and a new original supernatural thriller.

Mack resides in New York City with his wife, Kara.

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Kevin Lauderdale continues his holiday children's books suggestions with several Christmas themed works that you can share with your young ones.

You can find all the books Kevin talks about in this episode by visiting our Amazon store.  In doing so, you not only get some great works to read with your children, but you also support The Chronic Rift Network.  Thank you.

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Long time friend of the show Arlen Shumer (Visions from the Twilight Zone, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art) returns to discuss the last endurance of The Twilight Zone, Hollywood's portrayal of the super hero, and Bruce Springstein as Captain America.  Plus, he fills us in on the multimedia lecture he is conducting at the Tribecca Theater in New York on November 11, 2010 at 7pm on the anniversary of one of the best episodes in The Twilight Zone series, "Eye of the Beholder".  Please take a moment to let us know what you thought of this episode by commenting in the forums or by calling our toll-free number 888-866-9010.

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ARLEN SCHUMER is one of the leading historians of comic book art—his coffee-table art book The Silver Age of Comic Book Art (Collectors Press) won the Independent Book Publishers award for Best Popular Culture Book of 2003. His other books are Visions From The Twilight Zone (Chronicle Books, 1991)and The Neal Adams Sketchbook (Vanguard, 1999). He has lectured at universities and cultural institutions since 1988.

Contact Arlen: arlen@arlenschumer.com

Learn more at http://www.arlenschumer.com

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Our series of interviews from New York Comic Con continues as John interviews author Bob Greenberger on the release of his new Star Trek related project, Star Trek The Complete Unauthorized History.  They discuss the work including Bob's approach to chronicling his own history as editor of the DC Comics Star Trek line.  Plus, Bob talks about his journey to becoming a high school English teacher.  Take a moment to comment on this episode in the forums, or by writing john@chronicrift.com or by calling 888-866-9010.


Robert Greenberger (born July 24, 1958) is a writer and editor.

Greenberger was born in Brooklyn in New York City, the son of Edwin L. Greenberger and Joan Greenberger. A lifelong fan of comic books, comic strips, science fiction and Star Trek, he drifted towards writing and editing, encouraged by his father and inspired by Superman’s alter ego, Clark Kent.

While at SUNY-Binghamton, Greenberger wrote and edited for the college newspaper, Pipe Dream, moving from general assignment writer to Arts Editor, Managing Editor and ultimately Editor-in-Chief.  He served an internship at Gannett’s Binghamton Sun-Bulletin as a feature writer and reviewer.

Upon graduation, he worked for Starlog Press as Managing Editor ofFangoria.  He was also an Associate Editor for Starlog and while there, created Comics Scene, the first nationally distributed magazine to focus on comic books, comic strips and animation.  The magazine lasted 11 issues before its first cancellation at which time Greenberger went to work on their sports magazines.

In 1984, he joined DC Comics as an Assistant Editor, working with Len Wein and Marv Wolfman on DC’s Golden Anniversary projects Who’s Who andCrisis on Infinite Earths.  He went on to act as assistant editor to numerous titles for each editor until he was promoted to editor.  During his tenure, his titles included Star Trek, Suicide Squad, Warlord, Doom Patrol, Lois Lane, Action Comics Weekly, Time Masters, Secret Origins, The Hacker Files and others.

By 1990, he had given up editing to become the company’s Editorial Coordinator, helping grow the Editorial Administration department.  When he left the company, he was Manager-Editorial Operations.

In March 2000, he left DC to become a Producer for Gist Communications, television news and listings web site. After ten months there, he learned some new skills and got out before the dotcom bubble burst.

In January 2001, he joined Marvel Comics as Director-Publishing Operations.  During his year with the company, he oversaw editorial schedules, Production, Manufacturing, the Print Library, and other departments.

In January 2002, he left Marvel and rejoined DC in May 2002 as a Senior Editor-Collected Editions.  He helped grow that department, introducing new formats and improving the editions’ editorial content. He also managed DC’sElfQuest publishing program.

He left DC in January 2006, becoming a freelance writer and editor.  His clients included Weekly World News, Platinum Studios, scifi.com, DC and Marvel. By June, he was offered the post of Managing Editor at Weekly World News where he helped transition the newspaper from being produced jointly in Florida and New York to just NYC.

When the paper folded in August 2007, he resumed his freelance career which continues to this date.  Along the way, he helped revitalize Famous Monsters of Filmland and served as News Editor at ComicMix from August through December 2008.

He is a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America and theInternational Association of Media Tie-In Writers.  He served on the final Nebula Short Fiction Jury.

Greenberger joined Fairfield, CT’s Parking Authority in 1999, serving until June 2006. He resigned from the Authority to join the Cable Advisory Council for Area 2 in Connecticut.  In November 2005, he was elected a Representative to Fairfield, Connecticut’s Representative Town Meeting. In November 2007, after winning re-election, he was voted to preside as its Moderator. After losing the 2009 election, he was appointed to represent Fairfield on the Greater Bridgeport Regional Planning Agnecy.

He was married to Deborah Upton on October 18, 1980.  They are the parents to Kathleen Michelle (March 18, 1986) and Robert Edward Jr. (April 8, 1988-August 14, 2008).

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John and Andrea are hooked (addicted) to a new dungeon crawl style iPhone/iPad/iTouch game called 100 Rogues by Dinofarm Games.  In it, you play a Crusader or a Fairy Wizard trying to clear a dungeon of the bandits that infest it while earning treasures and weapons to help in your final confrontation with Satan himself.

The two got to spend a little time talking about the game with developer and programmer, Keith Burgun and Wes Paugh respectively.  They explained some of the more offbeat creatures you can expect to find in this extremely fun and funny game.  They also announce the contents of a major patch to be released in the next week or so as well as an upcoming sale where the game will be available for one day at 99 cents.

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Keith Burgun

 

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While technology has advanced in so many ways, including in the world of entertainment, there are still limits and these limits are sometimes imposed, not by the technology's limitations, but by business itself.  One example of this is the need to impose regional settings on DVDs and DVD players.  Kevin has gotten himself a multi-region player and wants to bring two Region 2-only DVD's to your attention in this episode.

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Kevin presents a special longer episode this month as he features his first interview.  John Brosio is an artist who has contributed to the Star Wars As You Wish Helmet Project, a charity event where artists create different renditions of Boba Fett's helmet.  You can learn more about John at his website and check out the As You Wish Project's Facebook page for more information there.  You can save the episode by right clicking the image on the left.  Please comment on this episode here or write john@chronicrift.com or call 888-866-9010.

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Keith discusses the IDW comic series, Kill Shakespeare, with co-creator/co-writer Anthony Del Col.  Make sure you let us know what you think of the episode by stopping by the forums or by calling us at 888-866-9010.

 

Anthony Del Col has worked in the music, film and television industries, produced two independent feature films and most recently assisted with the management of international pop star Nelly Furtado and her world tour.  He is the co-creator/co-writer of Kill Shakespearefrom IDW Publishing.

 

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