New and Improved Ninjas

So, what do you think of the new look?

It'll take some time to add in the appropriate thumbnails for older posts and shows, but eventually we'll get there.

KAMN Show #42: The Stainless Steel Rat

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

Show #42: Pre-show Discussion

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Show #42 will cover The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison.

Originally published in 1961, it tells the story of The Rat, a criminal and thief who is convinced to join an elite law enforcement agency... comprised entirely of former criminals like himself.

As we've seen so often in history, sometimes bad guys can be pretty good good guys.

KAMN Show #41: The Hidden

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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.

KAMN Show #40: Jhereg

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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.

KAMN SE #2: Neil Gaiman talks about Fritz Leiber

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Audible.com 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.

Tor.com, a new blog and community site for SF lovers

Tor has just launched Tor.com, a publisher-agnostic blog and community site for SF lovers, and I've joined the team of bloggers (which includes some really, really terrific folks who are far more interesting than me like Jim Henley, Cory Doctorow, Charlie Stross, and more).

Show #40: Pre-show Discussion

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Show #40 will cover Jhereg by Steven Brust.

Published in 1983, it's the first book in the Vlad Taltos saga, of a planned 17 volumes. Steve likes the number 17; he's said so.

KAMN Show #39: RoboCop

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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.

Show #39: Pre-show Discussion

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Show #39 will cover RoboCop.

This 1987 feature film starred Peter Weller, Ronny Cox, Nancy Allen, Kurtwood Smith and Miguel Ferrer.

Review: Robin of Sherwood

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Even after 20 years, this series still holds a special place in the hearts of many, including mine. Seeing these episodes in clearly remastered digital glory rekindled the magic, even though it's been nearly 15 years since I'd seen them last, on worn and barely viewable VHS tapes made from the series' brief run on Showtime from 1984-86.

KAMN Show #38: The Forever War

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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.