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We're back to producing new episodes.  Be prepared to see a flood of them as we try to catch up with our promise to produce 52 episodes this year.  We start with a panel on the cult TV show Quantum Leap.  This panel was recorded as part of the American SciFi Classics track at DragonCon 2014.  Keith DeCandido and Michael Falkner were among the panelists.  The panel celebrated the 25th anniversary of the series.

The panelists include:

 

 

Direct download: Roundtable_-_Quantum_Leap.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Roundtable -- posted at: 5:19am EST
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We continue with our quest to bring you 52 new episodes of the Rift for the year 2015.  This time around, Keith sits with this panel from the DragonCon British Media Track.  The topic is a Doctor Who Q&A.  Any and all questions were taken and some form of answer was given.

The panelists include:

 

 

Direct download: Roundtable_-_Doctor_Who_QandAt.mp3
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A new year brings with it a new round of Chronic Rift episodes.  Our resolution to you is to present at least 52 episodes of the podcast in 2015.  To start things off, here is the first in a series of Roundtable episodes from DragonCon 2014.  John, Keith, and Mike attended the con this year and participated in a number of panels.  We begin with a look at the 40th anniversary of the NBC Saturday morning show, Land of the Lost.  It's time for Chaka, and Sleestaks, and colored crystals and Marshall, Will and Holly.  Strap in and hold on as the rapids take us a thousand feet below.

The panelists include:

Direct download: Roundtable_-_Land_of_the_Lost.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Roundtable -- posted at: 11:48am EST
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Keith participated in a panel discussion at Dragon Con 2013 on writing for anthologies.  The panel consists of writers and editors who have extensive experience in writing short works.  They discuss the making of anthologies and what an editor is looking for when one is submitting a short work to an anthology collection.

The panelists include:

 

 

Direct download: Roundtable_-_Writing_for_Anthologies.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Roundtable -- posted at: 7:27am EST
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Keith participated in a panel discussion at Houseing Works Book Store and Cafe this past February on Media Tie-Ins.

The panelists include:

 

 

Direct download: Roundtable_-_Writing_Media_Tie-Ins.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Roundtable -- posted at: 12:07pm EST
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We pick up our look at the various panels from Dragon Con 2013 that Keith, John, and Michael Falkner participated in with a panel that Keith led on strong female characters in science fiction.  At least, that's what the title of the panel was, but the panelists's writing ranged in terms of genre, which brought out a richer conversation.

 

 

 

 

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Direct download: Roundtable_-_Strong_Female_Characters.mp3
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We continue our series of recorded panels from this year's Dragon Con with one that Keith participated in.  From the American Sci-Fi Classics track, this panel took a look at the genre movies and television of 1983.  If you would like to learn more about Dragon Con, check out the link below in these show notes.


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Direct download: Roundtable_-_1983_Geek-A-Mania_in_TV_and_Movies.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Roundtable -- posted at: 8:19pm EST
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The Chronic Rift Roundtable: Dragon Con 2013 - The Snack Counter: Medium or Large - The Genre Movies of 2013

This past August, John, Michael, and Keith attended Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia.  For four days, the three participated in a series of panels with fans and pros alike.  They recorded these panels and we present them to you as Roundtable episodes.  We begin this year's panel collection with Michael Falkner.  The Snack Counter: Medium or Large - The Genre Movies of 2013 was part of the American Science Fiction and Fantasy Track of programming at Dragon Con.  In the panel, Michael and several others from various media outlets discussed the summer movie season of 2013, the good and the bad.  If you would like to learn more about Dragon Con, check out the link below in these show notes.

 

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Direct download: Roundtable_-_Dragon_Con_2013_Summer_Movies.mp3
Category:The Chronic Rift Roundtable -- posted at: 3:13pm EST
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As we near the 30th anniversary of the release of Ghostbusters, John puts together a Roundtable discussion on the phenomenon.  They discuss the movies, the animated series, the comics, and the proposed third movie.  Joining John is unabashed Ghostbusters fan Jay Smith and The Real Ghostbusters writer, Marc Scott Zicree.

Please comment on this episode by visiting our website - http://www.chronicrift.com, writing john@chronicrift.com, or calling 888-866-9010.

 



Marc Scott Zicree’s landmark book THE TWILIGHT ZONE COMPANION has been credited with creating the modern genre of books on TV series and inspiring a generation of series creators and filmmakers. The COMPANION was an instant bestseller (over a half million copies to date) and named in 2006 by the New York Times one of “ten science fiction books for the ages,” the only non-fiction book on the list.

Zicree is an alumnus of the Clarion Writers Workshop, the most esteemed science fiction writing workshop in the country. Graduating UCLA, he went on to a successful career as a writer-producer in film and TV, serving on staff on such shows as SLIDERS, THE LAZARUS MAN, FRIDAY THE 13th – THE SERIES and BEYOND REALITY. He has sold over 100 teleplays, screenplays and pilots to every major studio and network, including landmark stories for such shows as STAR TREK– THE NEXT GENERATION, DEEP SPACE NINE, THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, BABYLON 5, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, FOREVER KNIGHT, SLIDERS, LIBERTY’S KIDS, SUPERFRIENDS, HE-MAN, REAL GHOSTBUSTERS and SMURFS. He’s written about his odd family in features and pilots for CBS, NBC and Showtime.

Zicree is regarded as one of the country’s top media experts and has been interviewed by hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and TV and radio shows, including THE TODAY SHOW, AMERICAN MASTERS, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, E! TRUE HOLLYWOOD STORY, WASHINGTON POST, NEW YORK TIMES and L.A. TIMES. Beyond his three-year stint as a commentator on NPR’s MORNING EDITION he is a regular guest on COAST TO COAST, one of the country’s top rated night-time radio shows.

In addition, Zicree is a lauded novelist with the bestselling MAGIC TIME trilogy, published by HarperCollins and Blackstone Audio.

Zicree has lectured at many colleges, professional conferences and museums in America, Europe and Asia, including USC, UCLA, Stanford and Ithaca, where he was a keynote speaker.

Over the last decade with his wife Elaine, he has taught classes for thousands of writers, directors, actors and producers, guiding them to successful careers in film, TV and books. Their classes have been glowingly reported on by such magazines as WRITTEN BY, SCRIPT and CREATIVE SCREENWRITING, and the Writers Store named their DVD on How To Sell a TV Series one of “ten essentials for a screenwriting career.” Beyond this, Zicree is founder and for the last nineteen years has run The Table, which has provided resources and a supportive community to thousands of Industry professionals both in Hollywood and around the world. (The documentary on the Table just won the Best Documentary Award at the SoCal Film Festival.)

One of Zicree’s recent credits is STAR TREK “World Enough and Time” starring George Takei, which he co-wrote, directed and executive produced. The episode won the TV GUIDE Award – beating NBC Universal’s BATTLESTAR GALACTICA – and was nominated for science fiction’s top two prizes, the 2008 Hugo and Nebula Awards. Zicree has also been nominated for the American Book Award, Humanitas Prize and Diane Thomas Award, and has won the prestigious Hamptons Prize and 2011 Rondo and Saturn Awards.

Most recently Zicree has completed LOVE, GLORIA, a memoir about his mother, collaborated with director Guillermo del Toro on GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES for Palace Press, worked on LOST MARS, a TV miniseries project with science fiction legend Ray Bradbury, teamed with producer Gabe Sachs (FREAKS AND GEEKS, JUST SHOOT ME, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID) on the TV series version of MAGIC TIME, and written and will be directing the upcoming science fiction feature FUGITIVE SPACE, produced by Chris Wyatt (NAPOLEON DYNAMITE). He is currently working on THE SECRET SCIENCE FICTION TV PROJECT with Oscar and Emmy winner Doug Drexler and producer Neil Johnson.

Jay Smith is a six foot tall ape-descendant and a man Harlan Ellison once called "a great scam-man liar or a born writer." Because of this, you must decide for yourself what, if any, of the following information is true.

Jay is the author of the stoner/gamer novel RISE OF THE MONKEY LORD called "Masterful", "Amazing", "A Natural Twenty", "The Stuff of Every Geek's Dreams" and "Incredible Fun" by several readers who were in no way coerced or related to the author. He is also responsible for the series of "aggressive vignettes" called BLUE COLLAR GODS. Jay also possesses his own weight in rejection slips.

In his spare time, Jay collects action figures, reads to his children (sometimes against their will) and writes audio drama scripts, including the un-produced space-western "Blackjack Masterson: Space Marshal" and the zombie apocalypse radio soap opera "HG World". His experimental soundscape program “The Delano Rose” remains popular with the hard-to-please and highly-specified “joker and toker” demographic, according to some guy who smelled like he might be on The Pot.

Jay's dream is to write the novelization of the upcoming Ghostbusters 3 motion picture.  Or cure cancer. Yeah, curing cancer would be awesome.  Jay’s website of projects, daydreams and products for sale is: www.3015north.com.  Jay’s web-log is the memorable and convenient livejournal account “dr_p_venkman”.

 

Direct download: Roundtable-Ghostbusters.mp3
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John and Keith chat with author Jeff Mariotte and media tie-in fan Steve Roby about this particular subgenre.  Is it legitimate?  Is it your gateway to mainstream literature?  Is it unfair to look at it as not original?  Make sure you rate the episode at the bottom of this entry and comment on it - here.

 

 

 JEFF MARIOTTE is the award-winning writer of more than thirty novels, including Missing White Girl, River Runs Red and Cold Black Hearts (all as Jeffrey J. Mariotte), horror epic The Slab, teen horror quartet Witch Season, CSI: Miami—Right to Die, and more, as well as dozens of comic books. He’s a co-owner of specialty bookstore Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, and lives in southeastern Arizona on the Flying M Ranch.  Keep tabs on Jeff's comings and going on his website.

 

 

 

Steve Roby is a longtime fan of Star Trek, science fiction in general, old movies, crime fiction, historical fiction, Bugs Bunny, punk/new wave/postpunk, and a lot of other things. 

For something like ten years now, Steve has been labouring on the Complete Starfleet Library website (http://www.well.com/~sjroby/lcars/), which covers over a thousand Star Trek books, official and unofficial, fiction and nonfiction. If you want to know about Star Trek: The Poems, Going Boldly on Your Inner Voyage: The Unauthorized Starfleet Daily Meditation Manual, or Narratives from the Final Frontier: A Postcolonial Reading of the Original Star Trek Series, this is the site. 

Steve is a librarian in Ottawa, Canada, where he lives with his wife Laura and their cat Spencer.

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