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KAMN Show #50: The Time Machine

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 20:30:39 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer and guest host Michael J (comics columnist at Slice of SciFi) discuss H.G. Wells' groundbreaking science fiction classic The Time Machine, also touching on the 1960 film adaptation by George Pal, and a little bit on the 2002 remake starring Guy Pearce.

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KAMN Show #49: The Thing

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 21:10:25 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer and guest host Jez Conolly discuss John Carpenter's 1982 horror classic The Thing, also touching on the novella it's based on, the original 1951 Howard Hawks Thing From Another World, and the 2011 prequel The Thing.

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KAMN Show #48: Earthsea

Sat, 28 Jan 2012 19:02:53 +0000

Feature Discussion: Dave, Brian and Jen discuss the 1982 Ursula K. Le Guin classic Earthsea series. While they touch on all the books in the original trilogy and Tehanu, they primarily talk about the first novel, A Wizard of Earthsea.

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KAMN Show #47: Blade Runner

Sun, 07 Mar 2010 19:36:25 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, Dave, Brian and Jen discuss the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner. Starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos and Sean Young, this movie set the standard for futuristic noir, and inspired an entire generation of scifi fans.

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KAMN Show #46: Fahrenheit 451

Fri, 01 Jan 2010 01:00:23 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, Dave, Brian and Jen discuss the 1953 Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451, both the original and restored versions of the novel, and the 1966 film, directed by Francois Truffaut.

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KAMN Show #45: Ghostbusters

Sun, 25 Oct 2009 17:25:06 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, Brian, and Jen discuss the 1984 pop culture sensation Ghostbusters, the lamentable GB 2, the ideas for more sequels, and even the different TV animated series.

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KAMN Show #44: The Black Company

Sat, 30 May 2009 22:30:52 +0000

Feature Discussion: Brian, Dave, Jen and special guest Sam Roberts discuss Glen Cook's 1984 fantasy debut, The Black Company. This story and series is noted for it's gritty portrayal of war and its combatants, and its cult classic following amongst members of the military.

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KAMN Show #43: TRON

Wed, 11 Mar 2009 16:30:23 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, Dave, Jen and special guest Krazy Joe discuss the 1982 scifi cult classic TRON, brought to us by Disney Studios. Related news: Yes, TRON 2.0 is a sequel currently in pre-production, slated for production start sometime later this spring. The electronica band Daft Punk has been signed to score the TRON 2.0 soundtrack

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KAMN Show #42: The Stainless Steel Rat

Sat, 27 Dec 2008 22:00:09 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, Dave, Brian and Jen discuss the original 1961 story The Stainless Steel Rat, first in a long series by Harry Harrison.

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KAMN Show #41: The Hidden

Sat, 29 Nov 2008 19:00:19 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, Dave, Brian and Jen discuss 1987 cult favorite The Hidden, directed by Jack Sholder and written by Jim Kouf. There's a Hidden II... supposedly. But there's love, there's hate, there's humor for the first one, and we share it all with you.

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KAMN Show #40: Jhereg

Sun, 07 Sep 2008 18:00:38 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, Dave, Brian and Jen discuss the 1983 fantasy Jhereg. A fun, fast-paced story set in a uniquely crafted world, it's a good opening story in the Taltos saga, even though there is mucd laid down that doesn't get explained until later books in the series. Yes, we argue about the casting of the non-existent movie. After more thought, Summer thinks Vlad should be played by Guy Pearce. Jen wants to see Vin Diesel in anything. The casting discussion gets silly, as it should be.

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KAMN SE #2: Neil Gaiman talks about Fritz Leiber

Sat, 30 Aug 2008 19:00:53 +0000 has brought all of Fritz Leiber's classic Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser stories, all seven books of this all-time great series, into audio for the first time. As a cherry on top of the treat, each audio title comes with an exclusive introduction by none other than Neil Gaiman, and narrated by noted Star Wars audiobook narrator Jonathan Davis.

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KAMN Show #39: RoboCop

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 19:00:20 +0000

Feature Discussion: RoboDave, Brian-209, Summer and Jen discuss the 1987 hit movie RoboCop. A groundbreaking movie when it first came in, in terms of production as well as treading into new territories of movie ratings controversy, much can be said about RoboCop, and we try to hit all the fun points.

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KAMN Show #38: The Forever War

Fri, 30 May 2008 17:27:26 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, David and Jen tackle Joe R. Haldeman's The Forever War, which was first serialized in Analog magazine in 1972, then published in novel form in 1974. It was the Nebula Award winner in 1975 and the Hugo Award winner in 1976.

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KAMN Show #37: Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Wed, 30 Apr 2008 18:18:31 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, David, Brian and Jen tackle Invasion of the Body Snatchers, both the 1956 version startting Kevin McCarthy, and the 1978 remake starring Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldblum. The 1956 version was based on a story called "The Body Snatchers" by Jack Finney, that was first serialized in Collier's Magazine in 1954, and published as a novel in 1955.

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KAMN Show #36: The Broken Lands

Thu, 20 Mar 2008 19:00:22 +0000

Feature Discussion: Welcome newcomer ninja stunt double Jen Crawford. Jen is a big fan of 90s TV, so we'll have to explore that in future KAMN episodes. David, Brian and Jen chat about "The Broken Lands", Book One of the "Empire of the East" trilogy by Fred Saberhagen, first published in 1968, and most recently printed in an omnibus collection of the entire trilogy by Tor in 2004.

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KAMN Show #35: Near Dark

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 12:00:45 +0000

Feature Discussion: David, Brian and Summer chat about the 1987 cult feature Near Dark, written by Eric Red and Kathryn Bigelow, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, starring Adrian Pasdar, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein and Tim Thomerson, and featuring a soundtrack by Tangerine Dream.

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KAMN Show #34: Ringworld

Tue, 06 Nov 2007 23:00:58 +0000

Feature Discussion: David, Brian and Summer discuss the Hugo and Nebula Award winning 1970 novel Ringworld, by Larry Niven. The Ninjas talk about this classic SF novel, and also discuss how this type of story has held up over time. David's a big fan of the Ringworld series, and even he admits there are some issues with some of the more recent sequels.

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KAMN Show #33: Quantum Leap

Tue, 25 Sep 2007 08:00:23 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, David and Brian talk about the Emmy-winning series "Quantum Leap", which ran on NBC from 1989-1993, starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell.

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KAMN Show #31: Voicemail Show

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 08:00:14 +0000

That's right... another All-Feedback show! Summer, David and Brian dive into the voicemails we received for Shows 29-31, covering mostly "Galactic Patrol" and Poltergeist.

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KAMN Show #32: War for the Oaks

Sat, 11 Aug 2007 06:30:26 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, David and Brian talk about Emma Bull's critically acclaimed 1987 debut novel, War for the Oaks. We get a glimpse of how there might be magic in all realms that may happen to collide in this world of ours. All in all, it's a fast, fun read. Go check it out.

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KAMN Show #31: Poltergeist

Fri, 29 Jun 2007 07:15:35 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, David and Brian join forces to discuss Poltergeist, a 1982 offering from Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper. Despite the fact this movie is now 25 years old, there is some disagreement on whether this movie can rightfully be called "classic".

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KAMN Show #29: Voicemail Show

Mon, 18 Jun 2007 03:00:15 +0000

We have a rare and special treat for you this time around: a separate voicemail show! Summer, David and Brian dive into the voicemails we received for Show #29, Colossus: The Forbin Project, and much fun discussion ensued.

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KAMN Show #30 Repost: Galactic Patrol

Sat, 09 Jun 2007 15:00:57 +0000

Welcome to Show #30... again. Feature Discussion: Tim and David give an overview of the book and the plot summaries, while Summer saves most of her commentary for the later dissection of the storytelling style. It's an engaging space-faring adventure, although it's easy to see how the writing style could make it harder for those more sophisticated reading tastes to easily become lost in the story if they're reading them for the first time.

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KAMN Show #29: Colossus: The Forbin Project

Sun, 13 May 2007 16:00:33 +0000

Feature Discussion: Summer, Dave and Brian give an overview of the film, and discuss some of the relatively ground-breaking computer usage (for 1970), and talk a bit about the understated acting performances and how they help create create the slow build up of human desperation in the face of an powerful and inscrutable adversary.

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Joe Murphy Tribute

Tue, 03 Apr 2007 03:00:54 +0000

Raise a root beer in memory of Randy Innuendo. Song: "Mason Rocket" by Beatnik Turtle

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KAMN Show #28: A Fire Upon the Deep

Fri, 30 Mar 2007 07:30:24 +0000

Summer, Dave and Tim give an overview of the story, and discuss some of the more interesting aspects of the book: varying zones of thought dividing up the galaxy, a sentient evil entity and its sentient countermeasure, and a quasi-lupine civilization whose packs are formed from hive minds.

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KAMN Show #27: Highlander

Tue, 06 Mar 2007 05:00:53 +0000

Dave and Brian go over the highlights of the movie, and some lively discussion about what does and doesn't work for the story and the myth. It's much easier to ignore the continent-hopping accents and origins than it is to ignore some of the plot problems. The humor and the wonderful acting by Clancy Brown truly shoot this movie to higher levels of appreciation, as well as some of the more unique camera work.

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KAMN Show #26: Far-Seer

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 07:30:07 +0000

Joe Murphy is back, joining Dave and Summer in the discussion of Robert J. Sawyer's 1992 novel, Far-Seer. This is the first book in the Quintaglio Ascension trilogy, and it features a planet of intelligent and advanced dinosaurs.

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KAMN Show #25: Buckaroo Banzai

Thu, 01 Feb 2007 19:00:23 +0000

Two Ninjas plus One discuss the 1984 cult classic film, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension. It's a little hard to classify this movie because it pulls elements from so many different genres: a smattering of extraterrestrials, a lot of swashbuckling action, a little rock-n-roll, and a little romance.

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KAMN Show #24: The Day The Earth Stood Still

Sun, 31 Dec 2006 12:00:56 +0000

The Ninjas discuss the 1951 classic scifi feature, The Day The Earth Stood Still. Once again, the Ninjas disagree. Both David and Joe were disappointed and displeased with the story, leaving Summer alone to defend it's merits. She also adds a little bit more historical perspective, in terms of it being the film to create what would later become the "standard" for B-movies of the 50s and 60s

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KAMN Show #23: Gateway

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 21:00:45 +0000

The Ninjas discuss Frederick Pohl's award-winning novel Gateway. Published in 1977, it won the Hugo Award in 1977, and the Nebula and John C. Campbell awards in 1978.

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KAMN SE #1: Chat with Steven Gould

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 13:00:06 +0000

We have a special treat for you KAMN listeners -- Steven Gould joins us to talk a little bit more about "Jumper", his first novel and a recent Ninjas discussion feature.

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KAMN Show #22: The Omega Man

Fri, 01 Dec 2006 06:30:06 +0000

The Ninjas discuss the The Omega Man, the 1971 movie adaptation of Richard Matheson's classic "I Am Legend", starring Charlton Heston, Rosalind Cash and Anthony Zerbe. Doing a separate show on "I Am Legend" is a definite possibility for a future KAMN show.

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KAMN Show #21: Jumper

Wed, 15 Nov 2006 17:30:50 +0000

The Ninjas discuss the 1992 fantasy novel, Jumper by Steven Gould. This is a story that both Summer and Dave have fond memories of reading many years ago when the story was originally published, and time has not diminshed the story.

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KAMN Show #20: V

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 11:00:47 +0000

The feature topic for this show is a pair of cult classic television miniseries, "V: The Miniseries", and "V: The Final Battle". The original miniseries, which first aired on NBC in 1983, and the continuation miniseries that aired in 1984, were created by Kenneth Johnson, and initially conceived of as an allegorical tale about the rise of fascism in the United States.

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KAMN Show #19: Ill Met in Lankhmar

Wed, 11 Oct 2006 06:42:12 +0000

The feature topic for this show is the 1970 fantasy novella, Ill Met in Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber. While chronologically it isn't the first story featuring Fafhrd and Grey Mouser (that one was "Two Sought Adventure", published in 1939), it is the first story where they team up and work together. This story also won the Nebula Award in 1970 and the Hugo Award in 1971 for Best Novella.

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KAMN Show #18: Clash of the Titans

Fri, 29 Sep 2006 20:00:14 +0000

The feature topic for this show is the cult classic mythology fantasy, Clash of the Titans. This 1981 feature film stars Harry Hamlin, Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress, Burgess Meredith, and some of the most memorable creature effects Ray Harryhausen created during his illustrious career (he retired from filmmaking after this movie).

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KAMN Show #17: The Demolished Man

Tue, 29 Aug 2006 14:30:36 +0000

Summer, Joe and David tackle the first novel to win the Hugo Award, Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man. The story is on the surface a pulp police procedural where a weary yet tenacious detective must catch a killer. What sets this story apart from typical pulp novels is the incorporation of telepaths and telepathy as integral necessities of society, for business and commerce, lifestyle quality, and for deterring crime.

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KAMN Show #16: Space: Above and Beyond

Thu, 27 Jul 2006 19:00:29 +0000

The feature topic for this show is Space: Above and Beyond, a military scifi show created by X-Files writers Glenn Morgan and James Wong for Fox Network, and likely one of the first victims of Fox Network's habit of early killings of scifi shows with potential.

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KAMN Show #15: More Than Human

Mon, 10 Jul 2006 07:30:32 +0000

Summer, Joe and David reach into the wayback machine and grab an old one off the shelves: More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon. A winner of the International Fantasy Award, this story is broken down into three novellas from different perspectives of the creation, growth and maturation of a different kind of human.

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KAMN Show #14: Flash Gordon

Wed, 07 Jun 2006 14:02:46 +0000

Summer, Joe and David sink their tsais into the 1980 campy cult classic Flash Gordon, starring Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow, Timothy Dalton, and Brian Blessed. The cheese factor is strong with this one.

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KAMN Show #13: Holy Fire

Wed, 24 May 2006 06:00:55 +0000

Summer, Joe and David are joined by the one and only Jack Mangan in a lively discussion about the 1996 Bruce Sterling novel, Holy Fire.

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KAMN Show #12: Logan’s Run

Sat, 29 Apr 2006 11:00:51 +0000

This time around, we discuss the 1976 cult classic film, Logan's Run. The Ninjas also share their thoughts on comparing the original film with the novel, and what the impending remake by Joel Silver might look like.

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KAMN Show #11: Dune

Wed, 29 Mar 2006 07:15:14 +0000

This week, we discuss Dune, the 1965 Frank Herbert novel that continues to have an impact on the way people think about science fiction. The Ninjas also cover the theatrical movie (several different versions of it), and the more recent SciFi Channel miniseries treatment of the book. Listen to their varied opinions on the creative interpretations.

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KAMN Show #10: Ladyhawke

Thu, 16 Mar 2006 19:23:14 +0000

This week, we discuss the 1985 fantasy Ladyhawke. Is it a cult classic, or is it something else entirely?

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KAMN Show #9: Sundiver

Wed, 01 Mar 2006 06:22:32 +0000

This week, we discuss Sundiver, the first novel in David Brin's award-winning Uplift series. The first book of the first trilogy, the one that started it all. Dave, Summer and Joe have varying opinions of the story, which always makes for a lively chat.

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KAMN Show #8: Knight Rider

Wed, 15 Feb 2006 07:07:27 +0000

This week, we discuss Glen A. Larson's Knight Rider. Did Knight Rider help that subgenre back then? Does it hold up well enough to tempt new viewers and new shows?

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KAMN Show #7: Snow Crash

Tue, 31 Jan 2006 07:10:48 +0000

This week, we discuss Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash.

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KAMN Show #6: Battlestar Galactica

Tue, 17 Jan 2006 07:20:15 +0000

This week, we discuss Battlestar Galactica, both the old and the new. Summer, Joe, Dave and special guest Tee Morris (Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy) talk about the original Battlestar Galactica, the new Galactica, and a few things in between.

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KAMN Show #5: The Lathe of Heaven

Tue, 03 Jan 2006 19:30:57 +0000

This week, we head back to the classic bookshelves to discuss Ursula K. Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven.

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KAMN Show #4: Blue Thunder / Airwolf

Tue, 20 Dec 2005 08:11:41 +0000

Today, we spread the love for the gizmos, the gadgets, the weapons, and the stylings of two of our favorite souped-up monster machines. Re-live the explosions and the cheese the way only the 1980's could bring them to us!

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KAMN Show #3: Lord of Light

Fri, 09 Dec 2005 06:27:47 +0000

Today, we talk about Roger Zelazny's Hugo Award-winning novel, Lord of Light, first published in 1967. There are many levels to this book, and we try to hit most of them.

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KAMN Show #2: Stranger In A Strange Land

Thu, 03 Nov 2005 06:15:10 +0000

As mentioned in the pre-show thread, Joe has been having problems with the science fiction classics, and the latest masterpiece he wasn't impressed with is Robert Heinlein's Stranger In A Strange Land.

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KAMN Show #1: Hyperion

Mon, 17 Oct 2005 01:07:03 +0000

As was discussed earlier, I have had problems over the years trying to understand why there was so much hype about Dan Simmons' Hyperion being such an outstanding novel, so I figured that'd be a good topic for a first show.

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KAMN Show #0: Intro

Tue, 20 Sep 2005 08:52:26 +0000

Give a listen to our Intro Show, and keep an eye open on the website for an open thread to discuss the topic of the upcoming Show #1.

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