In the long and storied history of science fiction podcasts, never had the powers-that-be deigned it safe to allow John H. Stevens, Fred Kiesche, and Jeff Patterson to appear on the same panel discussion. “It would be worse than crossing the streams,” they said. “Violent weather would sweep the land, and cicadas emerge from the depths!” Okay—it’s more like visiting three cranky uncles in a run-down retirement home…

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The Comforting Glow of the Vacuum Valve

The old year departs, the new year arrives. John E.O. Stevens, Jeff Patterson and Fred Kiesche gather around the warm glows of their ham radio rigs and warm their hands over the vacuum tubes to discuss the best of 2016, what they are looking forward to in 2017 and culture consumed.

Also…why do so many Russian sites feature the works of Samuel R. Delany?

Newsflash: Past Fourth Hoarse Patrick Hester has a book! For reals!

A lot of this episode was inspired by John DeNardo’s two-part look at what is coming in 2017, we recommend a read (while hiding your wallet): Part 01. Part 02.

Fred Kiesche, John E.O. Stevens and Jeff Patterson with Fred Kiesche, Jeff Patterson and John E.O. Stevens


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Hoarsemen vs. Nerds

In this episode, The Three Hoarsemen continue their fine tradition of helping you to empty your wallet! To do so we have the help of returning guest Patrick Hester, along with his Functional Nerds associate John Anealio to pick what you would like to see under the tree (whether it be for you or for somebody you know).

Afterwards, Jeff Patterson and Fred Kiesche are joined by John E. O. Stevens to hear John’s picks and then to wrap up the year with some culture consumed.

Are you ready for the picks?

Fred Kiesche, John E.O. Stevens and Jeff Patterson with Patrick Hester and John Anealio


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TO INFINITY AND BEYOND! with Jonathan Strahan

System crashes, Skype issues, tablets bursting into metaphorical flame, microphones that won’t cooperate and more fail to keep The Three Hoarsemen, Fred Kiesche, Jeff Patterson and John E.O. Stevens from being joined by returning guest Jonathan Strahan, editor of many anthologies, reviewer and editor of Locus, editor at Tor, and podcaster (along with Gary K. Wolfe) of The Coode Street Podcast. And better yet, Jonathan joins us from the future (future…future…future…fuuuuutuuuurrrreeee…)

Fred Kiesche, John E.O. Stevens and Jeff Patterson with Jonathan Strahan


37

The Unmentionable Brightness of Bacon

Battling issues with Skype, microphones, tablets and more, The Three Hoarsemen, Fred Kiesche, Jeff Patterson and John E.O. Stevens are joined by returning guest David Annandale (“…that’s Professor Annandale to you…”) who has taken a break from his regular appearances on The Skiffy & Fanty Show and Totally Pretentious to discuss horror in this vaguely Halloween-themed episode. Do they celebrate Halloween in the mythic forested lands of Canada? They sure do discuss horror.

Hold on to your wallets, by the way. This is another potentially expensive episode!

(AND WAIT! THERE’S MORE! Once the podcast was over we kept talking and some of it was pretty gosh darned good. So, good thing the recording was still running, eh?)

Fred Kiesche, John E.O. Stevens and Jeff Patterson with David Annandale


36

The Ladies That Sailed Our Souls

With a (hurricane) (tropical storm) (tropical depression) threatening, The Three Hoarsemen batten down the hatches, throw bars across window shutters, and get pails ready for bailing. Fred Kiesche, Jeff Patterson and John E.O. Stevens are joined by returning guest Karen Burnham to discuss the life and works of Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (a.k.a., Felix C. Forrest; a.k.a. Carmichael Smith), best known as Cordwainer Smith.

Fred Kiesche, John E.O. Stevens and Jeff Patterson with Karen Burnham


35

The Life of Brian, John, Jeff and Fred

Staggering like a phoenix that has consumed too much coffee and cigarette butts, The Three Hoarsemen come at you with our first episode since the sad demise of our former home, the much-loved SF Signal. We discuss SF Signal, how we met in cyberspace and meatspace, our lives since the site closed. Hard to believe that we have collectively spent one year on a project, gotten a job, moved, and started a business! Fred Kiesche, Jeff Patterson and John E.O. Stevens are pleased to make your acquaintance.

Fred Kiesche, John E.O. Stevens and Jeff Patterson


34

The Works of C.J. Cherryh

As the cruelest month crawls to a close, John E. O. Stevens, Fred Kiesche and Jeff Patterson ponder the works of upcoming Damon Knight Grand Master C. J. Cherryh. For this task they have engineered the return of their first guest Hoarseman, the illustrious Paul Weimer.

The discussion includes their first exposures to the Mri, Morgaine, and the Chanur, the deep history of the Alliance/Union universe, the portrayal of the outsider’s perspective, and how they are all woefully behind on the Foreigner books.

As always, there is an accounting of culture consumed.

Fred Kiesche, John E.O. Stevens and Jeff Patterson with Paul Weimer


33

Out Like a Lamb

As March winds down and Spring arrives, John E. O. Stevens, Fred Kiesche and Jeff Patterson gather for a guestless episode to catch up on assorted pursuits and distractions.

John talks about participating in the Grumptroll annual March Madness Flash Fiction contest. Jeff wades into he Up & Coming anthology and finds it a great utility. Fred and family endure the X-Files reboot.

As always the conversation turns to culture consumed.

Fred Kiesche, John E.O. Stevens and Jeff Patterson


32

An Interview with Joelle Presby and David Weber (Part 2)

In Part Two, John E. O. Stevens, Fred Kiesche and Jeff Patterson continue their talk with Joelle Presby and David Weber about The Road to Hell.

The discussion covers killing characters, the cost of war, and wrapping up franchises.

The Hoarsemen also talk about culture consumed, the state of Marvel, revisiting Watership Down, and their reading plans for the rest of 2016.

Fred Kiesche, John E.O. Stevens and Jeff Patterson with Joelle Presby and David Weber


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An Interview with Joelle Presby and David Weber (Part 1)

As February wraps up, John E. O. Stevens, Fred Kiesche and Jeff Patterson convene with Joelle Presby and David Weber to talk about the collaboration process on their new book The Road to Hell. The talk was substantive enough to necessitate splitting it across two episodes.

Part one of the discussion includes the challenges of stepping into an existing franchise, playing in another author’s sandbox, the difference between art vs. craft, editorial hindsight, working with Jim Baen, and meeting Andre Norton.

Fred Kiesche, John E.O. Stevens and Jeff Patterson with Joelle Presby and David Weber


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Space is Always a Metaphor (with Leah Petersen)

As snow and ice bury the east coast, John E. O. Stevens, Fred Kiesche and Jeff Patterson turn their thoughts to the cold, merciless abyss that engulfs us all. That’s right, SPACE is the place, and they’ve invited Leah Petersen along to talk about the stories set there, and the role it plays.

Science Fiction’s early depictions of space cast it as a medium to be crossed, or an analog for the sea, facilitating trade, exploration, and empire-building. Frank Herbert made it a commodity, accessible only to those who gave up their humanity. Stephen Baxter filled it with incomprehensible machinations. Star Trek used it as a divide between cultures. Kristine Katherine Rusch riddled it with lethal anomalies. Vernor Vinge gave it dominion over the rise of intelligence. C. J. Cherryh, Samuel Delany, Karen Lord, Alastair Reynolds, Lois McMaster Bujold, and many others shaped the infinite void into a narrative tool. Now, with Star Wars,The Expanse, and a possible new ninth planet, space is once again imposing itself on popular culture. Is it up to the challenge?

As always, the discussion turns to recent culture consumed.

Fred Kiesche, John E.O. Stevens and Jeff Patterson with Leah Petersen


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